Darcy awesomely agreed to do my *second* Her Story interview and I am so. Excited. She is absolutely hilarious and her blog, When Life Gives You Lemon, and picture captions always put a smile on my face. We were in the same sorority at college, but it wasn’t until we stumbled across each other’s blogs that we became cyber friends. I hope you enjoy her unique and amazing perspective on parenting and life!
Occupation: Harrison’s slave
City: Brockport, NY
What is your favorite Saturday morning ritual?
Haha, there is no such thing as “favorite” anymore. Wake up at 6:30 when Harrison gets up. Feed him. Play with him. Try not to fall back asleep. Make coffee. Chug said coffee. Eat breakfast, etc. So if by “favorite ritual” you mean, “what I wish I could do on Saturday mornings but will probably never get to do again,” that’s easy—sleep in, drink my coffee in peace, and sleep some more.
What is the best part of motherhood?
This is tough. There are a lot of great parts about it (and also a lot of parts I could do without, like the crying and the pooping). I think the absolute best part is knowing I’ve never loved anything more. I know that sounds really sappy, and you are probably rolling your eyes right now, and I also know that you have heard the cliché that you will never love anything as much as you love your own child, BUT IT’S SO TRUE. When I go into Harrison’s room to get him up from a nap and his face just lights up with so much excitement and joy at simply seeing me—there’s nothing better. It’s a feeling I will never get enough of, and that I will miss so much when he gets older.
What movie do you know all the lines to?
There are two. Mean Girls, obviously. The second is Love Actually. I watch it every year around Christmas, and sometimes even in like July, because I just love it so much, actually.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve learned about love?
Food is both the best and the worst way to cope with heartbreak.
What book do you never get tired of reading?
This might be shocking to you, but the only books I’ve ever re-read are Harry Potter. Safe to say those books will never get old. It’s probably why I gave my son the initials HP. Jussttt kidding.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
The best compliment I can possibly receive is about my parenting. Motherhood is such uncharted territory, and often I feel like I am doing a million things wrong—not being as attentive as I should be, being selfish, etc. So when someone assures me that I am a good mommy, I take it with so much appreciation. I almost breathe out a sigh of relief like okay, I’m at least doing something right.
What year or time in your life do you wish you could re-live and why?
Oh boy. These are tough questions! How about all of Geneseo. Panama City spring break. Greece and Italy. When Harrison would cuddle me. I can’t pick just one! If I had to though, I would have to go with Geneseo. I think that’s pretty obvious if you know anything about me. And why? Again, pretty obvious, since the majority of people who will read this are Geneseo alumni, and agree with me on that one.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I am wracking my brain to think of the best advice I’ve ever received, but I have a horrible memory, so I’ll have to settle for something I heard recently. It’s embarrassing to admit where I heard this piece of advice. It was something Kathie Lee said on The Today Show. Don’t judge. They were talking about living in the past (which I tend to do), and she said that if you live in the past, you will miss out on what you have right now. That’s why they call it the “present.” I had never thought about it that way, but realized how extremely true it is. Here I am, wishing myself back to a time of having an easier baby, or going to the IB on the reg, but what I have now is a present and I need to enjoy it (him) more.
If you could pursue a lifelong dream of yours, what would it be?
Become a personal stylist, like Stacy and Clinton on What Not to Wear. Until I make it big, I practice on my mom and sister.
What are your top three favorite blogs?
Don’t forget to stop by her lovely blog!