I am a dog mom too and demand the respect that real moms get...my babies (a whippet named Sue Ellen and a lab named Daisy) require 110% of my love, affection and attention. We are real mommies too
As a business owner and mother of two boys (ages 4 and 1) I can say that it is HARD! It is not too bad if you can just work for yourself at your own pace, but I am at the point where I have a sitter come in daily so I can get things done and I`m hiring friends at night when they get home from work to help get orders out the door. I feel like all I do is work and I can`t even pay myself yet (hardly at all anyway). It`s very taxing on me, but at the same time it is an incredible feeling of accomplishment! It`s totally worth it but just be aware that when things start growing it can be difficult to balance things between family and your biz. I`m finding that out!
Hope maybe someone finds it helpful (and today I think I`ll start following my own advice and log off of here to go for a walk.)