Some blogs are so great to read because the posts are so well written, and the stories are easy to relate to. Reading Jill's blog is like that. It's great, honest writing. It's funny. It's real. It comes as no surprise to me that Jill is as popular as she is. I was hooked from the first time I read Scary Mommy. She is an amazing mom, a great writer, and such a sweetheart.
I've already interviewed the lovely McMommy and OHMommy, and today I'm happy to add Scary Mommy to that list! If you love her as much as I do, you will know there is nothing scary about her at all. She's just all-around awesome.
Your blog, Scary Mommy, is so fun to read - you clearly have an adoring fan base, too - can you tell me what made you call your blog Scary Mommy?
My children had just been given Sleeping Beauty as a gift. Ben, who was just beginning to form sentences at the time named everything scary: His brother, the sink, his grilled cheese, and... me. It seemed like the perfect name at the perfect time!
What is your favourite thing about blogging? Can you see yourself doing this for many years to come?
There are so many things I love about it, but mostly I love how it has altered my outlook on life. I appreciate the little moments so much more now. Minor annoyances become blog fodder, rather than disasters, and I see humor in the everyday. I'll blog as long as I have something to say, I suppose. Or, until the kids become horrified at what I've written about them.
What are some of your most 'scary mommy' moments?
I think of scary mommy moments as the tone of my blog-- the real, honest moments of mommy-hood. But really scary? Last year, Lily hopped on an elevator before me and the doors instantly shut on her. I was unable to pry them open and can still hear her screams muffle as the elevator climbed 100 floors. It was horrifying. A kind woman escorted her to the lobby where I was waiting in hysterics with the boys, but it was a terrifying 10 minutes. Her fear of elevators can never be called irrational.
Since it's almost time for back to school, how are you preparing yourself? (Do you have the song "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." in your head, like in that Staples commercial?)How are you preparing the children?
That's the best commercial ever! My children have already started whining that they don't want to go back to school and want to stay home with me. I, on the other hand, am counting down the days. I'm trying to get them excited, but know it will be rocky. Change always is.
Tell me, honestly - is it much harder having a third child? Or was the transition from one child to two children harder?
Honestly? Yes. The transition of one to two was a breeze for me, but two to three kicked my ass. Lily adjusted much easier to a sibling than Ben did at the same age, and being outnumbered even on the weekends is challenging. But I definitely recommend it-- there is nothing like watching my little clan play together.
My son will be starting kindergarten in September. I'm going crazy with worry and anxiety about this, and I think I'll end up being a stalker in the trees at his school, to make sure he is okay. How did you deal with the first day of school with your children? Were you relaxed? Any tips on staying sane?
The first days of pre-school weren't all that bad for me, but pre-school is so warm and cozy. I cried when I toured Lily's kindergarten for next year-- it was just so... big! I think I'll be the mom along side you, hanging from the tree. Hopefully I won't fall.
How do you manage to cook a decent meal every day when you're talking care of 3 children? 2 of which are boys?
Who on earth said I cook a decent meal everyday? My children (and even more so, husband,) are horribly picky. There are about 5 meals they happily eat so I begrudgingly make those. Again and again. I hate it. But I go all out for company-- want to come over for dinner?
Do you think boys are harder to take care of when they are young, as opposed to little girls?
Boys, at least so far, have proven to be infinitely easier for me. There is so much less drama, less emotion and less yelling! Plus, they just adore their mommies. But, my oldest boy is only three, so I reserve the right to change my mind. :)
What's the one thing you tell your children about a hundred times a day? (Besides I love you).
"No." Evan isn't speaking much, but I am quite certain that he thinks his name is "Evan, No." The kid is getting into trouble constantly- climbing on counters, jumping off of furniture, helping himself to cookies... Yes, no. Definitely, no!