Hi! My name is Holly, what’s yours?
I’m 35 years old, and mom to two awesome kids, ages 5 and 7. I’ve been married to a wonderful, supportive man for 13 years. I attribute much of our success at marriage to the fact that he’s a Psychologist.
Now that my kids are both in school, I’m able to focus on my career, and am LOVING it! Besides running this site, I do freelance writing and web marketing for individuals and companies.
I’m thankful to be through the baby stage of life. Very, very thankful. I love my kids like crazy, but I don’t miss the newborn stage. At all.
Like many of you, the baby days were full of carrying, bouncing, distracting, rocking, crying, fussing, and just a whole lot of work.
Before being a mom, I envisioned lazy days of curling up on the couch with my baby, meeting friends for lunch (the baby sitting contentedly in the high chair), little baby giggles and coos (aren’t those the BEST sounds in the world?), and generally just incorporating my kids into my already full life.
My daughter, while not extremely fussy, did not like to cuddle, hardly even liked to be held, and even now at 7 years old, is very independent and not especially affectionate. And those baby giggles? It was like pulling teeth to get that child to smile, never mind laugh.
You’re probably tired of hearing about my son as a baby, but obviously since he was the inspiration for this site, you can imagine he was pretty fussy. He’s 5 now, and he’s completely awesome. He’s also one of the most sensitive and spirited kids I’ve ever met – which is excellent because it means he’s super fun and charming. And not so excellent when it comes to telling him he needs to clean up his room, or when his sister ‘looks at him the wrong way‘.
But seriously, I wouldn’t change a thing about him.
So what about you? What brought you to this site?
I’m guessing it’s because:
- Your baby is a couple of months old, and things are not going like you imagined. He or she cries more than other babies, maybe all day, or maybe just in the evenings. In any case, you’re exhausted and frustrated, and are wondering how you’re going to get through the next weeks without losing your mind. Or,
- Your baby is a little older – say, 7 or 8 months – and while he or she doesn’t cry all the time anymore, you are still constantly ‘on’ – entertaining, distracting, carrying, wearing. Your little one is likely not sleeping through the night, and may have very short naps. He or she keeps you on your toes, and while you have definitely fallen in love, you wish things could be easier. What you wouldn’t give for an entire night of uninterrupted sleep! Or,
- Your baby is now a toddler, and while this stage is so much easier than the newborn stage, you’ve hit the terrible two’s at full speed (and probably way before 2 – as early as 13-15 months). You’re coming to terms with the fact that your toddler is more intense, more energetic, and more sensitive than other kids. You are finding you need to be more creative, more flexible, and more in tune with your child’s needs. Your child is teaching you how to be a better parent.
I would love to know more about you.
If you’ve been following this blog but have never commented, NOW’S the time.
How old are your kids?
What’s the biggest challenge you face on a day to day basis?
What can we do to help you?