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Even through I'm a dad, I completely relate to everything you said (except for the scheduling around pumping).  I started a company and had a child at the same time.  I found several parallels between a startup and a new child:  

 

You and your partner try to conceive and with some professional assistance from doctors you start off with a minimally viable product.  Based on continual feedback you iterate day and night.  You lose all contact with friends.  

 

After 3 to 6 months "in the market" things finally start to go a bit smoother and you discover a rhythm.  A year into it your product is barely walking on its own two legs but still requires constant love and attention.  

 

Somewhere along the way you realize how amazing the whole experience is and start to appreciate it's a lifelong commitment.  Without an amazing support network (and wonderful supporting wife) I would fail 10 times out of 10 with either.  Startups:  Winnie and Tadpoles (http://tadpoles.com).

2 years, 5 months ago on Being a “Momtrepreneur” Is Hard. So Is Everything Else in the World. Let’s Move On.

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