Dr. Megan Meier is a sports medicine and dance medicine physician, a volunteer doctor for her local high school's football team, eight months pregnant, and has a 3-year-old daughter. She elected to help out during the opening game of football season at Putnam City North High School, but, at the last minute, the babysitter for her daughter fell through.
Instead of missing the game, she strapped her kid in a carrier on her back and brought her along. Someone snapped a photo of Meier working the game with a seriously pregnant belly and a content toddler on her back. She later posted the photo to a Facebook group dedicated to physician moms.
"Sports Medicine Doctor Mom — this is what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yofalls through, and you have a game to cover!" she captioned the photo.
After her friend shared it on her personal Facebook page, the photo went viral.
Meier's dedication and hard work inspired and resonated with people all over the Internet.
Meier re-posted the photo on her own Facebook page with an appreciative message to all of those sharing kind words.
"I posted this to a group of physician mom's because I thought they would enjoy it — seeing a visual representation of what we all do each and every day," she wrote. "I am overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and support the members of this group have given. I really believe that you can have it all and find a great balance to a multi-faceted career and life. However, it takes a lot of hard work and improvisation at times."
While Meier's photo can certainly serve as a glimpse into the day of a life of some working moms, it's important to note every parent does things their own way. Of course not all moms are doctors working football games, but mothers everywhere are finding their own ways to multitask. Some juggle careers, families, friendships, hobbies, volunteer opportunities, and more. Others juggle three of those things, while some juggle just two. Still, others find handling their kid and nothing else is plenty of hard work on its own — and that's enough and 100 percent OK.
Just do what works best for you and your family, and everything will be ab fab. 'Nuff said.