My name is Angelina and I am BEYOND EXCITED to become a contributor to this blog. Fellow contributor Sarah introduced me to this group, and I have enjoyed it immensely already.
I have been married to my husband Josh for nearly eight years, and we have one son, Jude, who is 22 months old. If someone would have told me years ago that I would be a business owner and a blogging mom, I probably would not have believed them. Truthfully, I was fearful of having children until the last few years. I was a selfish 20-something, happy in my ‘DINK’ (dual income no kids) marriage. I didn’t see myself ever reaching 30, let alone becoming a nurturing mom. By nature, I am not a nurturing, overly empathetic person. Fast forward a few years and wow, has life changed! There are toy cars and cheerios in my purse, partying nights became happy hour play dates and I’m lucky if I get a full night’s sleep. Yet I wouldn’t change it for the world. In fact, I will probably do it again. Sounds crazy, but also so rewarding.
I was born and raised here and like so many others, returned after college. Chris Rose, Times Picayune columnist, sums up why: “We dance when there is no music. We drink at funerals. We talk too much, and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of those who don’t.” I love all of that and so much more about our culture and hope to instill all our traditions in Jude. He already loves ‘noballs’ as he calls them like his mother, and his father is working hard to make him a boiled seafood fan.
I will admit, the things that scared me about becoming a parent turned out to be 100% true. I did however, learn to adapt through trial and error. I’ve cut my morning beauty routine in half, successfully used warm French bread to get through a grocery store trip and learned the art of distraction with an iPhone. I’m still working on more ways to exercise and cook (not at the same time) with an ultra clingy toddler, which I hope to incorporate in a future blog post. There have been times when we had to abruptly leave a restaurant and regretted not sticking to the routine. Then there are other times when I am glad we deviated in order to make the most of Christmas Eve or catch a light up sword at Bacchus. The joy on Jude’s face for all these little sacrifices make it SO worth it. While I may function with permanent mommy brain, juggle a sippy cup and a glass of wine simultaneously and goldfish is now a staple in my household, Jude is the best thing I have ever done.