Welcome all the NOLA moms (and dads) out there – and YES that includes us Northshore folks!
I am very excited to be a contributor to the NOLA moms blog, and intrigued about this new journey I will be taking with my fellow contributors and the readership. Being a new mom is tough, but sharing what I am experiencing and learning, as well as connecting with many other moms out there, is a unique opportunity I believe will enrich my life as a new mom in the New Orleans area. I hope I enrich yours, too.
My “mom” journey began on September 8th of last year when the Saints were gearing up for the season opener against the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers. My husband was at work, and I couldn’t drink my coffee because I was nauseous. We were both very excited about watching the game that night, but in a few short hours we received news that surpassed even our excitement for Saints football – we were going to have a baby!
Baby Nathaniel went to almost every Saints home game with me in my belly, as well as Mardi Gras and many family parties and get-togethers. By the time he arrived at 6:43 a.m. on May 10, 2012, Baby Nathaniel had already enjoyed many New Orleans favorites — king cake, a snowball, a virgin Bloody Mary from the Dome– and needles to say, our lives have not been the same since. From late nights to making important decisions about baby Nathaniel’s care, safety, and development, his father and my husband, Greg, has been extremely supportive and wonderful to both his new son and me.
In fact, it is fitting that one of the first baby gifts we received was a “Who Dat” book, and daddy has already been teaching Baby Nathaniel what it means to be a true member of the “Who Dat Nation.” Maybe his first words will be “Who Dat?!”
Besides being an avid Saints fan and a mom, I am also a certified special education teacher and tutor. Therefore, when reading my posts, besides endless accounts of teaching baby Nathaniel about the Saints, you can also look forward to future posts about nurturing your child’s education, resources for students with disabilities, and other issues significant to new moms. Of course, the discussion will be specific to navigating these areas while being a mom in the New Orleans area.