On the Night You Were Born is my attempt to chronicle my joys and frustrations of parenthood. I’m fairly new to the mommy blogosphere, and I read some brilliantly-funny mom blogs, so I hope to be half as witty, insightful, and I won’t say inspiring. The only thing I hope to inspire is for my 4k kid to cut the sass and my 2.5-year-old to stop being disruptive at bedtime. Alas, they both come with time.

I’ve found that my biggest daily struggle as a mom is desperately wanting to spend more time with my girls and sometimes being driven to the brink of insanity when I’m with them. The guilt. Oh, the guilt. The number of times I’m driven to the brink has actually lessened though …

I am a WAHM (work-at-home-mom). I’ve been doing freelance public relations for the past three years after nine years of agency and nonprofit life. So far this venture has given me the flexibility and time I desire with my daughters, while still allowing me to have a life outside of mommyhood (since daughters go to Nana’s house while I’m working).

I’ve been married to my best friend for nine years. My husband is one of the hardest working people I know. Quiet, unselfish and unassuming — three things I’m not as good at. We balance each other well. When he laughs his hard laugh, it’s everything I can do not to pee my pants. One of the best dads I know.

Monkey is our 4.5-year-old who is much like me in personality — very expressive, very active, and very curious. And freakishly strong. She has a smile I’d give my left arm for.

Bean is our 2.5-year-old. It’s funny that we thought she was going to be laid back. We haven’t quite figured her out yet, but at least she loves to sleep. Or so we thought …

Grand Finale is the THIRD baby girl we’re having in about a month! She’s nicknamed Grand Finale for a reason — she was totally planned, but will definitely be the last. 😉

Getting pregnant is not difficult for me — maintaining pregnancy has proved to be more of a challenge.

Other things about me:

At least once on a daily basis I hope to reconnect with my husband.

My intense need to have my home life organized and scheduled certainly has diminished, especially in the last few years. I can procrastinate and I’ve found that it’s rather fun to be lazy. Until the day I freak out that the house is a DISASTER, everything’s a mess, there’s so much to do. You know the story. Then I’m not much fun to be around. You can ask my husband.

Although I like to organize, I don’t like to clean. After I pick up everything around the house my husband cleans it. He’s seriously the best.

I love People magazine and people.com.

I think DVRs are the greatest invention of the 20th century. I heart my DVR. It allows me to have time for myself, whenever I can find it. Parenthood is my all-time favorite TV show ever. Keeping up with the Kardashians is a guilty pleasure.

I love Taylor Swift, and I have rescinded my belief that I’m out of her target demographic.

I’ve always lived in the country (except when I was in college). I hate the non-existence of parking in the city. I’ll take a wide open parking lot at a chain restaurant over a cute, over-priced boutique restaurant any day. I know, you’re not supposed to say that.

The title of my blog was inspired by the wonderful children’s book of the same name by Nancy Tillman. I know this book by heart because I read it to my daughter almost every night. Seriously, you should buy it.

Having kids means thankfully, joyfully, wonderfully, life will never be the same.

4 responses »

  1. Kudos to you, Jen! This is a great blog and will be such a wonderful chronicle for your children to read when they are older.

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  3. Wow! So many things I feel like I could’ve written about my own current station in life…I’m glad I came across your blog. One of them being I feel like I need to spend every waking moment with my daughter for fear I will miss something compared to wanting to rip my hair out sometimes because she just won’t take a nap and give mummy a much-needed reprieve. And I LOVE On the Night You Were Born and also It’s Time to Sleep My Love by the same author. Two classics for sure! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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