NICOLE BLADES With silver buttons all down her blog.

Ms. Mack is ready for her close-up.

 

AGE   30-something.
(Mama’s gotta keep some mystery, yes?)

HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? I’m from Montreal, Canada. But we lived in Brooklyn for years, and The Youngster was born there, too. So hometown points to BKNY. As for where we live now? Connecticut; moved here summer 2011. Can you tell I’m not yet ready to call it our hometown?

@TWITTER   @NicoleBlades

GOOGLE+   ( if applicable) I have one, but use it less than every blue moon. Kinda don’t get the point. Sorry, Google.

ON THE WEB    Ms. Mary Mack

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   One

DAY JOB   Writer and journalist.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

I work from my home office, so that’s seems like a big part to solving the puzzle – in theory.

Our son started preschool in September, so that gives me a chunk of hours Monday through Friday to work. Again… in theory. My hitch is trying to make sure being both Household Manager and Queen of Errands doesn’t crowd my creative hours.

It’s a juggling act, like so much of parenthood. Some days I feel the “this can’t be fair” thing that creeps up on most mothers, but overall this family works well. We have a good system – mainly because it’s our system, not one we’re mimicking or trying to adopt and adapt into our flow. This family is paramount. We like spending time together, so we make sure that’s always at the front of the line.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

I love this baby boy more than any words can tell. I am happier, more compassionate and considerate because I am his mother. He sprinkles sugar over everything, making this life enriched and important.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

One that comes to mind first involved a potty bowl full of pee, a tug-o-war over said potty bowl and ill-placed bathmat. It wasn’t pretty. Frustration and an already long day got the better of me and instead of using good sense and patience to talk things down, I was standing there yelling at a toddler: Let GO!

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

Goodness, I can’t even begin to peg just one moment as the best.

Maybe one of the sweetest is in the mornings, when my son wakes up. We bring him into our room and he climbs into bed between my husband and me so he can drink his milk. It’s all very tender, but the most delightful part about it is the shower of hugs and kisses I receive from this cute pie as he shares my pillow and sings “Hi, little Mommy.”

Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is the Founder and CEO of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

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