Can you tell us the story of your “two lines?”
Hoping, praying, I finally reached the day I could take a test. I did my business and wah-lah, plain as day the word appeared: PREGNANT! I burst into sweet, surreal joy. I jumped up and down and screamed a quite scream – Addie was napping and Phil wasn’t home from work yet.
Holy Moly! Pregnant! Just 9 months after I gave birth to my first born. A miracle, a joy, a sweet, sweet blessing! Immediately, my heart felt warm and full of life. What we had experienced in the last 9 months had been indescribable, and now we got to do it all over again. When Phil got home from work, we had dinner together and I told him I had a little present for him. I gave him a bag with 2 things in it, some framed art that I made and the positive pregnancy test! He was thrilled, as expected.
You recently became a mom again—congrats! How’s it been adjusting to life with a newborn?
Honestly, the adjustment was difficult. You’d think that doubling your offspring would double the hard work. But honestly, two is a million times harder than one. And what’s craziest is that my firstborn is the hardest part of having two. Her tantrums, trying to understand what this new baby sister really is all about, wanting and needing attention from her parents. The newborn? Easy-peasy the second time around. Now that my newborn is nearly 2 months old, we’re into our “new-normal.” Still difficult, but really wonderful.
What’s been the hardest part about being a young mom?
I think the hardest part is relating to friends our same age that don’t have kids. Heck, most of our friends aren’t married either. We live in worlds apart and it’s hard. We still get invites at 10pm on a weeknight to go out and do something. Um, hello? We have 2 babies. And they’ve been asleep for 3 hours now. And really if you want to hang out with us, you’re going to have to ask like 2 weeks in advance so we can book a sitter. 🙂
The best part is having all of my life ahead of me and having my kids along for the ride. There’s nothing that’s more exciting than my husband and I living our dreams with our kiddos in tow. I love that we are young and have the energy to show them the world.
I love your column—how did you get your start as a writer?
I’ve always loved writing. I started a Xanga (wow, oldschool) when I was just a teenager and have been blogging ever since. I’ve taught high school English since graduating from college. My favorite part of teaching aside from the students themselves is teaching them how to write well. Writing has a way of expressing life that no other form of art can. It’s a craft, and I love to do it.
Your blog’s motto is “trying to live a big life in a simple way”—what does that mean to you?
My husband and I have always longed to live a BIG life. To us, this means exploring, learning, going on adventures, seeing the world, being a part of something that matters. And while most people define these things with HUGE events or circumstances, I really believe that BIG things can happen day in and day out. The small moments, the fragments of time – these are the things that make life big. These are the things that matter.