It’s not easy being a working mom. I miss a lot of special moments with my kids as they grow up, and they grow up in a blink of an eye! I am also breastfeeding my infant so organizing milk supply can be stressful at times. I worry that my milk supply will diminish as I go back to work, so I am pumping as much as I can at home and on my lunch break at work. Even for that measly half or 1 once, I’m pumping it out!
Sometimes people don’t realize that along with pumping, there is all the washing and sanitizing bottles and pump parts. My day consists of feeding, pumping, cleaning, bagging milk, and repeat about 2-3 times a day. It’s all worth it though.
With only 1 car between my husband and I, we decided that it’s best to leave the car at home in case my husband needs to go somewhere with our toddler and baby. Commute by car is actually not ideal. I work in Richmond 4 days a week, and I have to cross a bridge. The traffic congestion in Vancouver, especially the bridge traffic to and from Richmond, is getting unbearable during rush hours. If I’m lucky, I only have to line up 10 minutes just to get to the bridge deck, but if I merge to the bridge traffic at the wrong time, I could be in line for over 25 minutes just to get across. If there was no traffic, it only takes a few minutes to cross the same bridge but only in my dreams. 😛
Other commute choices would be either public transportation or bike. I could take the skytrain and bus but I don’t like dealing with this:
It’s worst than car traffic! So, that leaves me with biking and I get to enjoy this:
Now, there is nothing wrong with riding a regular bicycle. I just don’t have the fitness level or mindset to conquer hills so soon after giving birth. It’s only been 2 months since the birth of my second child, so I’m not ready to sweat profusely just yet but I am ready to ride a bike. That’s why I choose an electric bike!
With an ebike, I can cycle with peace of mind that my body won’t hurt afterwards. I can still pedal and control the level of assist so I can ease myself back into shape. Riding an ebike is also the fasting commute option for me. I can get to work in about 20 minutes. It’s about the same amount of time by car in ideal traffic conditions, but without the added road rage. I have my own lane to cruise, and I bypass all the congestion.
I take designated bike lane routes, so when I come to an intersection, I even get to control the traffic lights and vehicles have to stop for me. For a working mom, efficiency and comfort is so important. With my eProdigy ebike, I get to go home to my family faster than any other modes of transportation. I carry my milk in my backpack and I race home to kiss my babies. The road is open for me and all hills are welcomed.