I’m excited to share this guest post with everyone since I thought the timing would be appropriate given that we just got back from the Boom Boom Room celebrity gifting suite. Well we also went to the same gifting suite last year and had the opportunity to meet a very pregnant Diane Farr. She was expecting her first child in a couple weeks and she looked like every other woman expecting her first child in a few weeks- confused and a little scared! (and of course adorable all at the same time- that is why she’s a celebrity!) The minute she saw that Melissa and I were from Graco and that we were moms, (we had pictures of our kids pinned to our chest!) she hit us with a barrage of questions. Celebrity? Who even cared! We were moms. Period. It’s something that unites women instantly. And there we were, chatting away, answering questions, making her feel more prepared for the incredible event that was about to come (oh and we helped her set up her set trailer with travel products that would fit the tight quarters). She was so wonderful, so thankful and so sweet. We e-mailed back and forth a couple times after the event and then a few times after that.
Well she had a son last March who is not so little anymore (he’s already over 25lbs and only 10 months old!) and I had heard (well read in Celebrity Magazines) that she and her family were doing well. I decided to e-mail her to see if she would be at this year’s event and she e-mailed me right back! No- she would be out of town (bummer!) but said she was enjoying the writer’s strike (only because she gets to be home with her son) and was loving listening to her son say “Mama” all day long. On a whim, I decided to see if she would give me a quick perspective about being home because of the strike and she obliged! This is what she had to say:
5 reasons why I like my imposed “stay at home-ness:”
1. Spending all day with my child is great (especially since I don’t think the strike is going to last until he is 18!)
2. I am no longer jealous of other stay-at-home moms.
3. I know exactly how much food and sleep my baby needs to be happy now – so I can tell his dad to do it on Saturday and Sunday when I take care of me!
4. I don’t feel like the nanny needs any more money when I go back to work. This is a hard job, but it’s really fun too. I can pay appropriately without guilt.
5. I love errands. When you work 14 hours a day, you miss the market. I’m happy to take my son with me and get two things checked off the list every few days.
I thought this was just fantastic. It’s a simple and positive way to look at something that you don’t have control over. Sounds like what parenting is all about. Some things you have control over and the other 99% you don’t- enjoy every minute you’ve got- it sounds like Diane certainly is.
Thanks Diane for sharing.