Photo from Take Back Your TableMeet The Stir's Baby Mama of the Week, Christina Stanley of Take Back Your Table. Christina's amazing food blog has inspired more than one meal in my house (and gave me a Thanksgiving Day tradition with her sweet potato and white bean mash) and she does it all with her baby, Griffin, balanced on her hip. Well, maybe metaphorically balanced at times, but still, it's all a balancing act.
Every week we're going to hear from a new mom or dad blogger and ask them the same five questions. Here's Christina!
What about you would surprise your readers?
I was a vegetarian for ten years and still only eat chicken and fish every once in a while. It’s not for activist reasons; I just was never a big fan of meat. I will cook up meat any day of the week for my family but just don’t really groove on it for myself.
What is your proudest parenting moment?
I’m a new mommy so everything my son does makes me proud. He farts and says “farty” and I am gushing to my husband, “Did you hear? He said farty!”
What's your secret coping mechanism?
My mother and my husband are my coping mechanisms. Having a strong support system is crucial. Whether it be a partner, grandparent, a teacher, a babysitter… a strong support system makes everything seem more manageable.
My mom is my son’s primary caregiver during the day, when we are at work. She raised me as a single parent and now that I am a parent and know what it takes, I have even more respect for her and what she had to go through to raise me alone. She’s a godsend and between her and my husband and I, we make a great team. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
When your baby is old enough to Google, which blog post are you most afraid of him reading?
On my blog, I write about food and all of my posts are G-rated, so I am cool with him reading any of them. They might bore him to death but hey, that’s what mamas are for! I’m more concerned with him hearing the potty mouth swears that can sometimes slip from my mouth at this point in time. But I’m working on it!!
What is the best piece of parenting advice you have?
This too shall pass. Parenting is hard work! So much goes on during the first year of your baby’s life and it's easy to get overwhelmed and wrapped up in the frenzy of it all, especially when it’s your first child.
It’s hard to remember that the stressful times are only temporary when you are working on zero sleep and negative zero patience. Every moment, good or bad is only temporary. I think we all need a little reminder to stop and smell the poopie, so to speak. Cherish the good and you’ll most likely forget the bad.
Read more from Christina at Take Back Your Table.
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