Mom Monday featuring Carrie with Children
We recently met Carrie through Twitter. We started reading her blog & got sucked into it for hours! She has such a great approach to parenting and to life in general. We also love all her fun reviews. We hope you enjoy Carrie as much as we do!
You started blogging to share news about your second baby, Molly. Can you tell us more about that? With no prior knowledge, our daughter Molly was diagnosed with Down syndrome not long after birth. We were scared, sad and unsure of what the future meant for our precious Molly. I turned to blogging to share Molly’s story with friends and family…and in return I found an online community filled with supportive parents and virtual cheerleaders for my daughter and our family.
We love your approach to life – you are honest, real and enjoying the daily moments of motherhood. What has been your biggest surprise on your motherhood journey? It sounds so cliché, but I had no idea that I could love someone so much as I do Maggie and Molly. At the end of each day, all I want is to see that my girls are happy. As soon as I became a mother, my priorities in life changed…and I couldn’t be happier about it!
What has been your biggest parenting challenge? I’m constantly reminding myself to schedule “me time” and to not feel guilty about it. Everyone deserves a break – especially parents! As much as moms need a break from their children, I think kids need time away from their parents just as much!
You left the PR world to be a stay at home mom. Do you miss your career in PR? In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to adjust to the transition of being a stay at home mom. As a PR person, I was accustomed to interacting with people for a living every day. As a stay at home mom, it’s tough to have a conversation with babies that don’t talk back to you! I think blogging has been a great way for me to keep my feet wet in the PR world. There are many similarities in the blogging world with public relations – I’ve renewed my love for writing and I love the sense of an online community.
While Down Syndrome is not the focus of your blog, you have educated many people on what it is. We loved your birth announcement about Molly that focused on the positive and the joy of having a baby. What is the one thing you have discovered as a parent to a special needs child that you hope to communicate with others? With Molly’s birth announcement, I wanted people to know that we don’t feel sorry for ourselves as a family. I want others to see my daughter as an individual. She smiles, laughs, eats and sleeps just like everyone else. I think it’s important for people to know this.
What is your secret to keeping perspective? Plain and simple – There are much greater tragedies in the world than my child having an extra chromosome. After Molly’s birth, I could either focus on the negatives or focus on the positives – I chose the positives.
Carrie at a glance:
What is something that is always in your fridge? Mountain Dew! I can’t start my day without it!
What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream! It’s my one weakness when it comes to food!
Any books currently at your bedside? Not too many books, but tons of magazines! Southern Living, Cooking Light, Food Network Magazine and Better Homes & Garden to name a few!
What is your best “sanity” break to recharge your parenting battery? Every Sunday, I take an afternoon time-out and go to Starbucks. Just me and my laptop for a few hours – it’s relaxing and a great spot for people watching!
If someone was going to make a movie of your family’s life, what would the title of the movie be? Never A Dull Moment