The day before my 29th birthday, I learned I was expecting my first child. Words can’t describe my elation. My husband and I struggled to reach that point, so to say we were over the moon is an understatement. By my 30th birthday, I’d officially added the title, MOM to my resume. The same resume that once landed me jobs at CNN and writing for major local news markets now had a new addition:
June 2005 – Forever: MOM
Over the next six years we gratefully welcomed three more babies to our brood. I spent the bulk of my 30’s pregnant or nursing or sometimes both. I always fancied myself a multitasker, but nine continuous years of diapers taxed every multitasking bone in my body. I didn’t have room for much else in my life outside of keeping our busy household going.
Looking back, I’m not always sure how I functioned half the time, but somehow I muddled through.
During the midst of my childbearing days, my womb sometimes hurt when I saw babies. That’s how I knew I needed to keep going. That aching subsided after baby number four arrived. But a different yearning started creeping into my world. For a while I only paid attention when inspiration kicked me so hard I couldn’t ignore it.
Slowly, though, the longing grew deeper, more agonizing. I. Needed. To. Write. Right. Now. It could no longer wait. I toyed with the whole blogging thing for a while, but as my 39th birthday approached, I knew it was time.
In my 20’s I nurtured my career. In my 30’s I nurtured my babies. Now my 40’s loom ahead, waiting to officially start in just a few months. I’m able to take a little more time for me these days. It comes in fits and spurts, and when I’m not doing something for my children, husband or home, I admit I sometimes feel a little guilty.
Still, I’m realizing that me time makes my family time more mindful and more meaningful.
Enter this blog. Enter you my dear readers. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll stay a while and come back again and again. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
Books? Essential. Fiction & Memoir Preferred.
Coffee? Yes, please. Just milk, no sugar.
Exercise? Regularly. Though always appreciate an excuse to skip. : )
Favorite Color? Green (Obvi)
Organized? Lifelong goal, still working to achieve.
Travel? Hate to fly, love to explore
Food? Former vegetarian. Now part time carnivore striving for vegetarian again.
City? Native Chicagoan, former New Yorker, now back home in suburban Chi-town
Politics? No thank you
Device of Choice? iPhone
Married? Since June 2001
Husband? Blond, blue eyed and my best friend
Kids? Boy, Girl, Girl, Boy
Music? Pop, Classic Rock, Classical, Current Country
College Years? Brandeis University
Post Grad? Masters from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
Career? Former CNN Editorial Producer