Mom, wife, daughter, twin, musician, performer, singer, songwriter, fitness instructor - my life is a little complicated, but whose isn't? We are meant to be complex. We have different "selves" depending on our surroundings, our company, our mood, and our circumstances. Some days, I'm completely at peace with my life and everything that comes with it. Some days, I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. Some days I want to curse at my yoga instructor if she makes me do one more *&%#ing plank. I have a multitude of roles, emotions, and interests, and everyday I strive for some semblance of balance within this chaos.
My most important roles are mother to my son, Oscar, and wife to my husband, Chris. Oskie is my first and only child and is a joy and a blessing. I plan to share all of my ups, downs, humor, sadness, frustration, love, and joy of pregnancy and motherhood with you. My pregnancy was not an easy journey, and Oscar had a rough start, to say the least. He is what you would call "rare" and "medically complex" (the inspiration for my blog name). At the ripe old age of two, he's endured a one and a half month NICU stay, six surgical procedures, and has physical, occupational, and speech therapies three times a week. He is globally delayed and fed by tube. While many of the aspects of our day to day life are not typical, it is our norm. While it gets complicated, there is so much more to my little Oskie than his medical diagnoses, and I can't wait to share it all with you.
My husband, Chris (yes, Chris and Cristina) is a banjo / guitar player turned lawyer. His work as a judicial clerk will take us to different cities across the US for the next few years. I hope to use my blog as a way to document our travels, keep in touch with family and friends, and get me out and about in new towns. I'll try to find and share the best places for date night, kids activities, fitness, and meeting new people. It shouldn't be too complicated, right?!
I'm not quite a stay-at-home mom, but I'm also not a full time working mom either. I'm a self employed creative, always have been, so I get to create my own schedule. I realize that this is both a luxury and a blessing. I applaud moms and dads who stay home with baby, those who work and have sitters and nannies, and everything in between. However you have to do it, parenting is hard! Although all of our situations are unique, I hope you can connect with some or all of the stories I share.
My blog will mostly explore my own role balancing life as part time writer and performer, and full time wife and mother while letting you in on the knowledge I've gained in these areas, among others. My posts will be as diverse as the areas of my life. Some may be light, fluff pieces, others will get more personal and serious. I truly want to reflect the many dimensions and layers of personhood.
Life is a beautiful mess, and every complicated aspect of it is worth celebrating. I hope you find a sense of relatability in my (not too) complicated life.