True Confessions: Marie


Things are about to get real.  You are about to enter the not mom jeans zone.


  1. I really really REALLY did not dig the newborn stage.  That whole first three months of tiny, whiny, not-sleeping baby thing?  Yeah.  Did not enjoy those days at all.  And Jake wasn’t a problem child at all- I kept on fantasizing about a remote control with a fast forward button to 6 months.
  2. I have a pretty carefree parenting style.  I’m pretty much WHATEV about things.  I think this is the number one reason why Jake was so chill as a baby, and never cried for reasons other than hunger or diaper changing.  Of course you know my next baby will be his crying, colic-y alter ego, right?
  3. The jumperoo & Sprout television were my babysitters during my morning workouts when Jake was a baby.  Look- he got his jumping fun time in, and Mommy got her 6 miles in.  And they all lived happily ever after.
  4. TV.  Yes.  I use it when I walk in the door with Jake in one hand and my bag in the other.  I set him up with his sippy cup of milk and goldfish crackers while I rip off my control top nylons that have already left a mark in my waistline, and make his Annie’s Mac & Cheese.
  5. McDonalds.  When we drive by a McDonald’s Jake shouts out, “Donald! Donald!”  “Fries!  Fries!”  OK look, I’m going to level with you here.  I’ve always had a love affair with McDonald’s happy meals.  I credit my passage of the Connecticut Bar Exam thanks to the hours spent studying at my McDonald’s with large coffees and grilled chicken caesar salads with a side of a small fry.  Every now and then (probably twice a month), I will take the boy through the McDonald’s drive through and order him a Cheeseburger Happy Meal.  He eats it in two sittings- legit-  so between that and the toy he gets, everyone is happy.  See #3… And they all lived happily ever after.
  6. I enjoyed every single glass of wine I drank when Jake was a baby and on formula.  I was a very happy momma.  Husband and I already made the decision that our next will be on formula- It worked for us, so why mess with it.  And happy mommas equal happy families.
  7. My husband gave me a “push gift” after I had Jake.  A Burberry bag.  I love it, and firmly believe every single Mom deserves a push gift.  If not for the excruciatingly long 9 months of swell, insomnia, big huge belly, and lack of wine, at least for the delivery!!
  8. I love bedtime.  Not my bedtime, but JAKE’S bedtime.  Bedtime=wine time, TV time, mindless facebook scrolling time, and not having to deal with anything other than my snacks and which ALF re-run or Storage Wars epi the husband and I will watch.
  9. Pre-Kid I made every effort to judge and make fun of parents who put their kid on a leash.  Yeah, you know those body harness things that you sometimes see kids sporting at Disney World or the mall?  I have begun to think about this less than a possibility, but more of a reality.  For serious.  How am I going to keep the kid within hand reach when he’s too big for the stroller!?!!
  10. I may not own mom jeans, but I might own a pair of mom shoes.  And my husband thinks they’re sexy.  Guys- these Dansko mary jane clogs of mine?  Add at least 2 inches of hight onto this 5 foot tall girl!  This is big- big big!
  11. I hate fighting the dinner battle with Jake.  Some nights (most often Mondays) fall short of me trying to force feed him dinner.  I just don’t get why this is such a battle!  Every day that I pick him up from daycare I see the little report left for me- he’s eaten all of his snacks and lunch, so why the fuss with dinner??????!!!!!  I swear I feel like Napoleon Dynamite trying to get Tina the llama to eat…. TINA, EAT THE FOOD!  God!!


FINALLY- I loved loved loved LOVED every single minute of attention the CT Working Moms received for our Belly photo shoot.  I felt like a superstar.  I wore my Today Show hat every weekend during the Summer.  It was the most fun this Momma has had with other Moms- like ever.  I loved sleeping over in New York City, meeting Ann Curry and Natalie Morales, and doing countless TV appearances because of it.  I’m getting excited all over again just thinking about it.

marie today


13 thoughts on “True Confessions: Marie

  1. Marie, you rock! Love the happy Momma, happy baby living happily ever after! And you were SO in your element during our highly public Goddess week!

  2. As ya’ll know, I’m totally rocking the Danskos and have no shame about it. Red ones! With black and white striped fuzzy socks! And Cookie Monster pajama bottoms!!! I just recently learned about push presents and so am trying to get two retroactive ones, too. And I may be the only person on earth who hated “Napoleon Dynamite,” but that Tina reference is still cracking me up.

  3. I have a “leash” and I’m not afraid to use it. I haven’t really had the opportunity/need yet, but we’re getting close. I have a runner/jumper/get-into-trouble-er and keeping her safe is more important than what anyone else thinks of us. ps never heard it called a “push gift” but that’s cute. I got Emerald earrings (my daughter’s birthstone)

    1. It looks like we’ll be in good company, Sara, if we go the leash route! And Emerald Earrings- i love the idea of getting a gift matching your child’s birthstone! I’ll have to remember that for next time 😉

  4. I got my share of comments from people when I had my son on the leash in airports and malls ( he’s 7 now). The thing is: he was happy, he could walk and move instead of being strapped in a stroller. And the funny thing is.. on our flights to Europe and back.. parents with toddlers/little kids always told me what a great idea it is and asked me where they can get the leash

    1. Gisela- i’m sure he was much happier roming around (within reach) than he was strapped into the stroller. i know mine gets very antsy after he’s been cooped up in that thing for a while.

  5. I’ll admit, I’ve used the leash on both my boys, often two boy on leashes at the same time. My husband compared it to taking puppies on a walk and he was incredibly uncomfortable with the concept. However, they were a necessary evil for the hubby and for me. We used them in airports and malls and we loved the security they gave us knowing we knew where our children were and the boys loved them too, they called them their “special bags” and loved being able to walk and not be in the stroller all the time.

    1. Lisa- yes! it’s all about security!! Last year we were at the mall and police and security guards were running around frantically trying to locate a lost child. It was so scary for us to witness, that right then and there the leash concept became more of a possible reality for me!

  6. Woohoo fabulous post! And um, I actually have also been thinking about that leash thing. Not gonna lie. My parents apparently put me on a leash because I would also hide in the clothes racks in the store and they would panic LOL. I think I turned out OK anyways 🙂 Although I don’t think I can ACTUALLY do it with Lillz.

    Also, love your photo from the TODAY show, I love thinking about that because it makes me so freaking happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh and lastly, I loathe fighting with Lills to eat dinner. Every night it’s a struggle, why don’t they just want to EAT?! I even asked my daycare provider if she eats good there and she said yes, eats like a champ. Then WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?!

    1. UM… can we discuss the fact that both my brother and i would CONSTANTLY be running from our parents and into store clothing racks? like every time we were in a store?? i can only imagine the stress level my mother had! And srsly- can we just re-live our summer of fame just once more? So much fun we had with each other and on that NYC trip!!! So much FUN! And finally- Dinner? REALLY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THAT MUCH OF A PAIN IN MY ASS? FOOD IS GOOD!

  7. I didn’t get a push present, but I can now hold every contraction against both the kids and the hubby! ANd I loved our moment in the spotlight!

    1. Dena- the perpetual holding every ounce of labor uncomfort over our husbands for the rest of their lives is the gift that keeps on giving. How much fun did we have together in NYC?! I loved having a girls sleepover, and would love to find a way to get us on that Ellen Show!!!

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