Jennifer Ketchmark: Rain or shine, it's back to work time

Posted at 4:00 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 04:00:09-05

It's hard to believe it's been 11 weeks since my son, Conner, was born.

We've experienced his first smiles, laughs, tummy times, trips home to Illinois and special moments with big sister, Stella.

But now it's time for mommy to check another first off her list: first day back to work.


You'll see me back on your TV Monday, Dec. 5.

It's just days away and I've been doing my best to prepare. The mundane things are done like getting my hair done, picking out outfits for the week, preparing breakfast burritos and cleaning the heck out of my house.

But am I mentally ready to return?

Some days it's a resounding YES! I applaud stay at home moms who do this full time. But I've learned over the last 11 weeks that staying at home just isn't for me. I crave to be busy. I will say that I have greatly appreciated this time home, regardless of this need to be so busy.

But then there are always those moments in my day when I stare into Conner's face and tears well up in my eyes. I don't want to miss a moment like this.

But it's time.

Whether I like it or not.

It's time to set my alarm for 1:15 a.m. and drive into Cincinnati under the glow of the stars and the moon. It's time to brew that cup of coffee in the break room next to master control 30 minutes before the show. It's time to catch up on all my stories with my morning show friends. But most importantly it's time to do what I love: forecasting the weather and being on your TV each morning.


I may not be back down to my pre-baby weight (5 lbs to go!), my feet may not be ready for heels and my body may not be ready for the early morning hours but it's time to jump back in!

Good Morning Tri-State, I'll see you Monday!