Ever since I started this blog, I’ve wanted to find a way to include other Mamas (and Dads) on the journey. After all, it’s the connections we make on this wild ride that give us comfort, make us laugh (and sometimes cry), and propel us from one day to the next.
I’m not certain of much in this world, but I know this whole raising children thing wouldn’t be possible (or nearly as fun) without the love and support of friends, family, and fellow Mamas. On the best and especially the worst of days, there’s safety – and amusement and perspective and reassurance – in numbers. This I know for sure.
With that in mind, welcome to my inaugural “From One Mama To Another: Twenty Questions” series. My first Mama interview is with Janine Stone, a fabulous portrait photographer based in Miami, FL. Here is a teeny tiny snippet of her work:
You might recognize the two silly monkeys in the last shot. Janine has photographed my boys numerous times.
SoFla Mamas in search of GORGEOUS photographs – for any occasion, milestone, or just because – should click over to Janine Stone Photography immediately… just as soon as you read Janine’s Q&A below.
Introducing fellow Mama, Janine Stone (in her own words):
Name: Janine Stone
Age: 37 (I think…really still 27 in my head!)
Hometown: Miami, FL
About my kids: 3 amazing boys! Jacob – 11, Maxwell – 9, and Samson – 2 ½
About me: I am one of those people who is very lucky to live their passion every day! First and foremost, I am a wife and partner to my wonderful husband of 14 years and a mom to the three most amazing boys. Mother is a role I always dreamed of filling and I am truly blessed that we have created such an amazing family. After I kiss my husband goodbye and drop the kids off at school, I get to do what I love! For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with photography! I used to play dress up and make my friends model for me, even as a little girl. I pursued photography in college even when I was told to find a career that could afford my expensive hobby. I love photographing children, couples, and families and the relationships between them. I am really blessed to have such a positive, fun, creative career.
This morning, I woke up at… 7:15.
The last book I read (and actually finished) was… “Goodnight Moon.”
In one word, pregnancy is… beautiful.
As a Mama, I’m really good at… delegating responsibility.
As a Mama, I wish I were better at… unplugging.
Proudest parenting achievement: I feel like little moments happen each day. I am not up for any parenting awards, but it makes me so proud when other parents compliment my kids on their behavior, attitude, anything…it’s a proud moment for mom!
Biggest parenting challenge: trying to balance it all and be there for all three children equally as well as not ignoring my husband.
Scariest parenting moment: My youngest son, Samson, at 10 months found a piece of glass on the floor, and of course decided to chew on it. Blood was everywhere! We raced to the urgent care, which was thankfully a block away. I was in such a panic that I left my wallet at home, insurance cards and all. Thankfully, Samson was fine, but it was scary for me!
Before having children, I wish I had… travelled more.
My #1 parenting rule is… my kids come first!
The most surprising thing about being a Mama is… children grow so fast and they learn things so quickly. You really have to get it right early on.
My best piece of advice for a fellow Mama or soon-to-be Mama is… take in each moment, they happen so quickly.
The one thing I’d like NOT to pass on to my kids is… my disorganization.
A perfect day starts with… a strong cup of coffee.
A perfect day ends with… cuddles.
I’m a Guilty Mama when… I forget something that is important to my kids.
I’m a Happy Mama when… my boys get along.
I’m a Proud Mama when… my children have successes.
Right now, I’m a… Busy Mama.
Motherhood is… wonderful, exhausting, proud, beautiful, fleeting, precious, fulfilling moments through the chaos of every day life.
Credit: Anna-Vaughn Callahan
If you would like to participate in a future “From One Mama To Another: Twenty Questions,” email me at therunawaymama (at) gmail (dot) com.