Alicia posted this nifty little interview meme and since it makes for an easy entry... here goes.
The rules: Leave me a comment saying “Interview me.” I will respond by emailing you or leaving a comment with five questions. I get to pick the questions. If you don’t have a valid email address on your blog, please provide one. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
1. What is one thing you said you'd never do as a parent, but changed your opinion on once you actually had kids?
Hmmm... I think it would be not letting them scream/be loud in public. When I was an idiot (pre-parent), I would think, OMG how can they let their child act like THAT in public. Now, I pretty much ignore L's temper tantrum. He threw a temper tantrum for a good 15 minutes yesterday from The Saints house to the nieces school and I just ignored it. I had about a dozen parents ask if I needed help (drag carrying L, R in a sling and Niece 3 walking with me, must of looked like I totally don't have my shit together), but what am I going to do? Reason with him... HA!!! So, off we went, him throwing his temper tantrum the whole way and as soon as we stopped walking and he saw Niece 1 and 2, the waterworks disappeared. While that makes me batshit crazy and desperately desire to swat his little tush (what, I am a bad parent because I WILL spank my kid... Puh lease!), nothing works to make it stop, so I just ignore. I will absolute leave a store if he throws a temper tantrum though because I can't stand it myself. There is nothing that I NEED that can't wait until B can take the boys.
Oh and considering when I was 18 I wanted a hysterectomy, when I was 22 I thought BF was gross and when my sister was pregnant, I said I would ask for the epidural in my 8th month... well there is a lot of stuff that I changed my mind about.
2. What inspired you to start blogging? Do you share your blog with friends and family? Why or why not?
This one is interesting -- I actually started blogging because I was pissed off at mommy boards one day (I belong to Fertility Friend and used to belong to an off site one -- actually it is run by Alicia, that is how we "met"!) and it was because of the consumer reports findings on car seats. I hate CR and needed a place to vent, so I decided to start a blog. It was something I had been thinking about and had been reading blogs for a while. I didn't think I would have enough to say to keep it going. Since this is post 101 -- guess I have enough to talk about.
Yes, people IRL (in real life) know about my blog. I am kinda an open book kind of person, so I don't mind sharing. I don't complain about B on here though and only talk about work to the extent that I talk about the Co-irker. Everyone IRL knows who the co-irker is!
3. You know you’ve done your job as a parent when your kids… (fill in the blank)
... oh I don't know. There are so many things, but when they can financially support themselves with a job they like and when they treat their wife/girlfriend (or even boyfriend -- although B refuses to believe THAT could ever happen) with kindness and respect. I am proud that L will sign "I'm sorry" when he hurts someone. Kisses his brothers boo boos and such. I like that I am raising an empathetic child and I think that is important.
4. You have a career (something I don't have.. yet!) Are you glad you chose that path in life? What is the best thing about it?
I like that I have a job that pays well and I can provide the life I want to for my family. It also pays well enough for B to do a job that he LIKES rather than one that pays the bills. I don't know if I am happy about this path. Right now I am not because I don't want to be in NY anymore and I feel as though I am stuck here because I am only licensed in NY, but I am also very lucky that I can work from home two days a week. With my job there is a lot of flexibility and ability to work from home and such. However, the biggest drawback with that is that I am NEVER out of touch with the office. Only time I "couldn't" answer the office was when I was on my honeymoon and that was only because I couldn't get a signal on my blackberry. Otherwise, I am always accessible. I was answering work questions that day after I had each of the boys.
Oh and the best thing... I get to get out of the house. If I didn't have The Wife, I may not like it so much, but I think I would lose my mind if I was a SAHM. Oh and the pay and never having to worry about paying bills is nice too!
5. And I'm recycling Sarah's question, because I just love it: Let's say there is a terrible accident and you die tonight. What embarrassing things will people find that you didn't have a chance to hide or destroy?
I honestly don't know if there is anything. As I said, i am kinda an open book and I don't embarrass easily! My house is not terribly messy -- but that is because of The Wife. Maybe it would be that BOBs I have (battery operated boyfriends), but I even my mom knows about them (she helped unpack during a move... oops). But, I Love them and they are not going anywhere, so Internet... there you have it!