Meet the Mamas: Michele

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON YOUR MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY?

Including pregnancy, a decade this year.


WHAT IS ONE OF THE "HARDEST" MOMMY MOMENTS THAT YOU WILL LOOK BACK ON AND LAUGH?

Known as "The Unspeakable Starbucks' Incident"

I'll cut to the chase. My then preschool daughter threw an unreal tantrum when I divided her cinnamon roll into two parts while at Starbucks. I know ... a mommy dearest moment, right? How could I?

As she was screaming and I was trying to reconstruct the roll, she stiffens her body and slides onto the sticky, disgusting floor. I try a couple times to get her back on her chair while at the same time waving politely to a few moms I recognize in line. Clearly, retreat is in order. I grab her - all 50 lbs - football style and then lunge for my coffee/purse. She kicked right out of my arms and back to the floor. There was no way I was going to be able to carry her, my purse and my coffee out.

As I weigh the pros/cons of leaving her and taking my coffee, a kind man in a wheel chair asks if he can be of assistance. For real. So, I explain that I'm not leaving without my coffee and if he'd be ever so kind to hold my purse and open the door, I'll whisk her outside and stuff her in the trunk and return for my mocha. He laughs over the din of her screaming and agrees it's a fruitful plan. Then, a fellow mom witnessing the madness and sensing my caffeine needs joins in to construct an exit strategy. Plan in place, we count it down - nice man in the wheel chair carries my sassy red purse on his lap, pushes the door open. I lunge for my sweet flower (read: Tiger Lily) and dash to the car. I deposit my heap of hot mess into her car seat, laud heapings of praise and thanks onto my citizen saviors and graciously accept my venti non-fat mocha with whip cream. To this day, there are two nice people, who I owe coffee!



WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?

The biggest surprise is that my children are so different from one another. My son is a gentle little man, who easily complies with most any request. He speaks softly and is a rule follower. He's my missionary man. My daughter is living out loud all the time. She is a loud talker, who is fearless -- embracing life with gusto. She's my hostage negotiator. Their one commonality - kind and empathetic to the core.


WHAT IS A CURRENT CHALLENGE IN YOUR FAMILY?


My mother has a chronic illness - a blood disorder - that will never be cured and she's looking at a lifetime of monthly chemo treatments. It's been a game changer for our family. Everyday, we strive to find the happy in new places.



MY SECRET MAMA WEAPON?


Simple ... iPhone and sugar-free gum.


MY MAMA MANIFESTO ...

Less is more. (b/c all the stuff makes me crazy)

Be kind. (inspired by my son)

Live out loud. (inspired by my daughter)

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