Julie Lyles Carr: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Questions, Questions, Questions...

My recent foray back into the media spotlight (brief though it may be) has spurred a round of questions from my blog readers. I've been fielding inquiries about my television experience, kid organization, schedule, decision to stay home, tips and ideas. A precious reader sent me this missive:

I really really enjoyed the interview of your family on Fox News! I am a faithful reader of your blog, so it was fun to put names with the faces and see the whole family in action!
I LOVED your comment about enjoying this "season." I really needed to hear that! I spend so much time feeling uptight about everything, rather than peaceful, as we are going through potty training the toddler and dealing with an energetic little boy who has just learned to crawl.
Your interview made me think of so many more questions I want to ask! and possibly ideas for future posts:
What prompted your decision to become a full-time stay-at-home-mom? (They said you have been a SAHM for 16 years--so your oldest was 2 at the time, right?)
Also describe the transition to becoming a SAHM: What were the struggles or challenges, either logistically, financially, emotionally?
Were you always naturally gifted in home-organizing and child-rearing? Or did it take a while to adjust?
What is your daily schedule?
What are the kids' daily schedules like?
Sorry so many questions!
I am a new mom--not a young mom, I'm 33! But I left a career in auditing at Ernst & Young to have a family. Four months after my daughter was born, my husband lost his job, so we moved 600 miles away to live with his family while he looked for a new job. The past 2 years have been challenging--starting a whole new life, with a new "career," new friends, new church, new home (we've moved 3 times in 2 years)! . . . so I'm always curious how the more experienced (and well-adjusted) moms handled that transition and I'm open any advice you might have to offer!
I feel like my "performance" was so much better in the accounting world than it is at home, and I never expected that! I tend to thrive with routine, and I feel every time I finally figure out the kids' latest "routine" it changes again, as one quits taking a nap or stops breastfeeding or whatever! Maybe I will get it together by the time the 2nd one is a toddler. :-)
I do not regret the decision to stay at home with my children, but wow, it has been a lot different than I anticipated.
Any posts you might think up on those topics would be greatly appreciated!

So I had a little idea. I'm going to open up the floor for your questions and dedicate a good part of next week to what we could call Octamom 101...or should it be Octamom 801? Hmmmm. Well, you get the idea. While I have posted from time to time about the philosophies and practicalities that shape our days, I'd love to hear what you would like to know and respond in kind. So get those comment fingers typing and ask your questions. I'm not shy, so don't hold back. We'll throw ourselves a little Q&A party next week!

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