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The Featured Mommy: Coins and Babble

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Describe yourself and your blog.

I’m a hot mess most of the time. I have two special needs kids and one typical daughter and I love to plan, but that doesn’t seem to help. I also have endometriosis and so I seriously love my bed. My blog is my place! It’s like the cup of coffee I never have time to have with my girlfriends or the glass of wine at the end of a tired day, although, my tired days are usually caused by my blog partially :). It’s the place I let off steam, it comes if in my writing and I LOVE that I can let things out that way!

What is the best moment you have had as a mom?

When my first son was born, he was incredibly strong. Like, holding up his head in the O.R. strong. He sat up at three months! This kid was crazy, he seemed so advanced physically, but what did I know, I was just a young new mom. By the time he turned 2 and still hadn’t spoken I knew in my mom gut something was up. I would find out years later he was Autistic. One of my best moments was his first words, from non-verbal to speaking. His first word was, of course, “jelly-bean”.

Advice you can give to other moms?

Let those little things go. Honestly, when all those older ladies tell you it goes by so quick, it’s because it does.  Every year your baby gets older, that year will go by quicker then the last. It’s horribly devastating when all of the sudden the house IS actually quiet. Let them be kids, and be one with them. You will never regret the time you spent with your kids, but you will ALWAYS regret the time you didn’t.

What is the scariest part about being a mom?

Knowing that one day I might lose one of them.

Tell us a story about motherhood:

This is actually my own mother’s story, it relates to my fear above. She got pregnant before her and my dad were married, they were young and dumb and in love, you know the way a 19 year old boy and a 21 year old girl would be. My dad comes from a full Ukraine heritage so there was no way he wasn’t marrying her. Even if she hadn’t have been pregnant, they’re still in love so I like to think it would’ve happened anyway. At their wedding in May, I believe she was around 5 months pregnant. They had a beautiful baby girl named Jessica the October after they were married. The birth was fine and it was the first grand-baby on both sides, so family was thrilled all around. Sadly that child received a Leukaemia diagnosis at a young age and spent her remaining life in the hospital. She passed away at 18 months old, shortly after my older sister was born. My mom says it physically broke her heart. She told me once when I was being a stupid teenager that if she ever lost another child she KNEW she would die of a broken heart. She said when you lose a child it causes physical chest pain, you can feel your heart breaking. I think that is the greatest story on the strength and love of a mother.


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Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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  1. So sad, my MIL had a similar experience and lost her youngest son around the same age. I think since getting pregnant a level of worry is created for your unborn child and that worry to some degree never goes away even in their adulthood.

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