Did you ever read something so funny that you laughed until you cried? That was all of us here at Kolcraft when we starting reading Baby Rabies blog. We completely fell in love with Jill’s honesty, sense of humor and insight. She tells the “real” story behind childbirth and parenting in a way that nobody else can. We had to have our Kolcraft fans meet her and are THRILLED to have you meet Jill – the mom behind Baby Rabies.
We LOVE your blog. You are so honest & funny. How is it that you can find so much humor in everything from birth pains to baby poop to your post-pregnancy body? Did we say we LOVE your blog? I love that you love it! It’s always nice to find others who relate. That’s the main reason I blog! You know, I have to find humor in all this stuff. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry… and I have an ugly cry. I just try to always look at life in a way that makes me smile.
How would you say motherhood has changed for you, now that you have two children? My day to day is all about balance now. It’s about weighing the needs of one child against another. I used to never let my first-born cry if I could help it. I ran to him every time he whined. Now? If my infant daughter is crying in her crib while I’m trying to get my son to the potty before he pees on the kitchen floor, well, she’s just going to have to cry. I do my best to give equal love and attention to the one who needs it most at the time, but that’s not always obvious, and that’s hard for me.
What is your favorite part of being of mom? Love. It’s always the love…the love, the smiles, the laughs, all the trite things that every mother will tell you. It’s all that.
What has been your greatest challenge as a mom? Not being so hard on myself. As a business professional, and before that as a student, I demanded a lot of myself, and I excelled at it. I was an honor’s student, I was great at what I did in the work place. I didn’t fail often, and when I did, I could fix it. As a mother, there’s no way to be perfect. There are many days I don’t excel at this job, a few that I fail. It’s hard to let myself off the hook for that, to learn from it and grow and move on.
If you could give ‘expert advice” on one aspect of parenting to new parents, what would it be? Coming from a woman who produces children who grow like my boobs produce Miracle Grow, I say don’t waste too much money on tiny clothes! They grow out of them sooooo fast, and honestly, there are so few opportunities to dress a baby up in anything more than a comfortable sleeper or onesie those first few months. Save your cash and spend it on yourself! Get a baby sitter for a night or buy some great 4th trimester transitional clothes. Consignment sales and stores are your friend.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? A happy empty nester, finally living in that downtown, super chic condo with our fancy, expensive furniture that we never had while having kids in the house. We travel. A lot. We have a dog. We visit our children frequently, and then we return to the quiet of our little space and raise our glasses every night to the beautiful life we made for ourselves.
Now for a quick glance into Jill’s life.
What is one thing always in your fridge? That sour cream that expired last year that my husband and I are silently arguing over who’s going to finally throw it out. Spoiler alert- it won’t be me. That and cheese. We are a cheese loving family… that hardly ever goes bad.
What is your one guilty pleasure? Just one? Goodness I have so many. Lately it’s wine and episodes of The Real Housewives of The OC, laptop up, tweeting snarky commentary.
If a genie could give you one wish but it couldn’t be immortality or 2 more wishes, what would your wish be? Health? Can it be health for my whole family? We can be broke, living in a van down by the river as long as we’re healthy. My husband and I strive to be examples of healthy living for our children. A healthy, happy family is my dream come true.
If you had a free day to yourself, how would you spend it? I would spend it dressed up, probably with heels on and impractical jewelry, carrying a purse instead of a diaper bag. I would meet up with some of my besties at a vineyard and drink some wine in the shade of a big tree in the Hill Country of Texas. I’d like to say we wouldn’t talk about our children or our husbands, but I know better than that.
If someone were going to write a book on your life, what would they title it? The Girl Who Knew Just Enough To Have It All