“How I Do It” introduces you to a local mom and how she juggles life. This week: Carly Urbach, a certified nursing assistant-turned-photographer. The 32-year-old is married to Bob and has two children — Bobby, 7, and Olivia, 5. The couple lives in the LaVista home they built two years ago.
After working as a certified nursing assistant at the Nebraska Medical Center for 13 years, I’m studying commercial and still photography and run my own professional photography business. During the day, I’m acquiring my associates degree in photography. At night, I work as a CNA.
A HECTIC HOME
My home can be hectic at times, especially with demanding schedule between working nights, going to school, doing my photography and being a mom and wife. Sometimes I feel stuck in a routine: homework, dinner, baths, and bedtime. I can’t wait to be done with school and working two jobs. I think family time is very important and I want to be there as a mom. But my hectic schedule takes away from that. The kids have grown so fast, I don’t want to wake up one day and they are off to college already.
MY BIGGEST FIGHT AT HOME… DINNER TIME.
Sometimes we feel like short order cooks because we have picky eaters. We could definitely use some ideas on how to be able to get our kiddos to eat the same thing at dinner time. I’d also like to plan better meals since our daily schedules are so busy.
BEST PART ABOUT BEING A MOM…
Knowing that after having a hard, long day I have two beautiful kids waiting for me with smiles on their face. My kids make me want to be a better person.
SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE KNOWS…
I’m really a tomboy at heart. I love an adventure. I don’t mind to get a little dirty… people that know me usually see me all dolled up and put together.
WHEN I GET “ME” TIME
I’m sleeping or at the gym. I am always trying to catch up on sleep. It’s hard switching gears mid week from nights to days and trying to make time for family when I have photography appointments lined up pretty much every weekend. My husband Bob has really been a blessing to me. He helps with the kids, picks up the house, gets dinner ready on the nights I work and have appointments.
BITS OF ADVICE
Never give up. I have worked really hard to get to where I am today. My other piece of advice is do something you love, because then it will never be work for you. I have a great support system that has helped me and cheered me on. Just know you may stumble a few times before you get to your goals. Don’t settle.
I’m the parent that usually says “no,” while my husband on the other husband on the other hand can lack patience and tends to give in a little more than I do. I want my kids to have things, but I also want them to work for it that way they appreciate them more. I think I parent this way just because my husband and I have both worked hard to be where we are and have the things we do. But my kids still do get spoiled.
We lost her five years ago to cancer, although it has been tough I feel like we all have a piece of her that carries on inside us all. She was always kind, giving, and had such a zest for life. She was my biggest cheerleader, next to my husband of course. She had been though so much in the 46 years she was alive. She taught me to be a fighter and to never give up hope. She would say it’s not always going to be easy and you are going to make mistakes, but keep your chin up and always smile because there is so much to smile about in the world.
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