In 2009, I was a single reality television producer in my late 30s, starting to panic that I’d never have a family. By 2010 I was in love, cohabitating and pregnant. What a difference a year makes.
Today I’m a stay-at-home mom planning my wedding while trying to squeeze out one more kid before the clock strikes old. I write about our adventures in parenting, wedding planning and family planning (all of which are equal parts exhausting and awesome) on my blog Carriage Before Marriage.
When I’m not blogging, I freelance for Parenting and Babytalk magazines. It’s a joy to be able to “write what you know,” and I’m excited to share ideas and stories at Lifetime Moms.
Q: How many children do you have?
A: I have one gorgeous and talented 2-year-old daughter, not that I’m biased or anything.
Q: Where do you live?
A: I grew up in Connecticut, lived in Manhattan after college, then moved to Southern California for graduate school and never left. Sure, I miss shoveling snow, and all these palm trees can get annoying, but somehow I manage.
Q: What’s your astrological sign?
A; Virgo, which means I’m supposed to be neat, so just pretend you don’t see the huge pile of rejected clothes next to my side of the bed.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes?
A: The great author and screenwriter William Goldman (“The Princess Bride”, not “Lord of the Flies”) famously said, “Nobody knows anything.” He was referring to Hollywood, but I think his quote applies equally well to parenting. If the experts really had the answers, then all siblings would get along and all babies would sleep through the night.
Q: What TV or movie character or celebrity are you most like?
A: Reese Witherspoon in “Election”, or so says my fiancé when I’m insisting I’m right. Which is often.
Q: If you could have dinner with three famous people (dead or alive), who would you invite?
(1) Judy Blume, so I could thank her for saving my adolescence and get some writing advice for that YA novel I want to write someday
(2) Ryan Gosling
(3) Bill Maher, to keep my fiancé busy talking politics while I fawn over Ryan Gosling
Q: What is your biggest vice?
A: Online shopping. Sometimes a package arrives and I don’t even remember what I bought. It’s like my birthday every day.
Q: What’s your most memorable ballsy moment?
A: While studying abroad, I visited Florence and was pick-pocketed. I chased the thief and screamed so loudly that he dropped my wallet. I felt like such a bad ass.
Q: If your life was a Lifetime Movie it would be called…
A: “Mother, May I Sleep With My Sippy Cup?” It’s a sequel to the Tori Spelling classic, except instead of fighting off a homicidal boyfriend, I’m losing a battle of will with my toddler.