Greetings! Why "Mud Mama" you ask? No, I am not one of those bikini clad, platinum blonde, hair pulling chicks wrestling in a tub of wet dirt. I am an earth mother watered down (somewhere between tailgating the Grateful Dead with your kids in a 1970s VW bus and carpooling them, in full makeup à la Stepford wives, to soccer practice in an SUV) ... hence the MUD MAMA reference!
I recently completed writing a parenting memoir titled A JOURNEY TO THE SON. It is my true-life tale of emotionally preparing for motherhood (as a "motherless daughter"), space-aged fertility, perilous pregnancy, a near-death birth experience and a difficult aftermath. Today was an exciting day because I got to sit down for the first time with the fine folks at Cold Tree/Moorsgate Press, which will publish and release the book this fall. Jim (my husband/PR man) and I really enjoyed meeting Peter (CEO) and Rachel (editor). They were both bright, down to earth and very enthusiastic. I feel that I am in great hands to help get this "baby" out into the world!
Aside from being the busy mommy of an active four year-old son, I am a singer/songwriter and actress. I'm currently completing a CD, also titled A Journey to the Son, a folk-rock opera concept which closely follows subject matter within the book. It's a collaboration with my songwriting partner/producer, Don Henry.
My hope is that Mud Mama becomes a place where women, regardless of where they stand on the earth mother scale, come to share their stories, philosophies, tips, and all things pertaining to motherhood. Embracing the Goddesses we all are!
I would love to blog away more today, but I had very little sleep last night as our little man crawled into our bed in the middle of the night last night(a new habit) and proceeded to kick and (accidentally) punch me in the face through the wee hours of the morning (felt like eternity!) This has been an issue since he has outgrown his baby gate and can come and go from his room as he pleases. Part of my whole "muddiness" wonders...do I order him out of the bed, or embrace the "groovy" family bed philosophy. But, a girl's gotta get some sleep! Aahh, the quandries continue! Here is my middle of the road approach. We put him to bed in his room around 8 PM so we can have a little time to ourselves, hold his hand until he falls to sleep (I know, I know!) then he will come down mid-nightish and I usually find it easier to let him just stay in bed then to do the back and forth dance of putting him back in bed/him getting out repeatedly. Most nights it works out ok but last night was not one of those nights!
We have his four-year appt. with the pediatrician tomorrow, we'll see what kind of feedback we get about the sleep issue. To be continued!
To my first on his 12th
6 months ago