Hi I’m Stefanie. I have a Babble blog. If you peek over at my bio you will see some of my accomplishments —accomplishments that are important to people who run websites and are in charge of important stuff like signing paychecks. But these accomplishments do not make up who I really am and between you and me, the interesting things are what you don’t see. Like did you know that last night I ordered two Dominos pizzas for all of my children (plus a few of their friends) and since they only ate one, I polished off the other one? Yeah, you’re not going to read that in my “bio.”
To get to know me a little bit let’s start with the basics: I have three children, Elby who is six, and Sadie and Matilda my three-year-old twins. I came to the parenting game a bit late (although not by Los Angeles standards). I was thirty-eight when Elby was born and… you can do the rest of the math on your own, nosypants!
My twins were born prematurely at 33 weeks due to something called IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) which meant that one my girls (Sadie) wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed to thrive. After a few years of extensive therapy, expensive medical equipment and a lot of Zoloft, my girls are all perfect. And I will never let you forget it.
In May of 2009, I quit drinking much to the surprise of everyone who bought my first two books. I promptly went on a crapload of talk shows to discuss it and although it’s been over two years, I continue to take that story to lunch whenever I can. So now that you have the facts, let me help you understand a little more of where I coming from:
I believe there’s no shame in loving Barry Manilow.
I believe that people who don’t drink coffee in the morning are suspect.
I believe flossing every day is overkill.
I believe Botox is an amazing invention provided you’re not a fan of winking.
I believe Twitter is trying to steal my soul.
I believe in an afterlife- I have to.
I believe that deep down most people are good except those profiled on my favorite crime documentaries. And people who don’t comment.
I believe Ariel is the coolest princess.
I believe consistency is the spice of life.
I believe you’re never too old to have a BFF.
I believe in the healing power of love.
I believe it’s important to own a great hat.
I believe in a sixth sense (I also loved that movie).
I believe if you buy a cup of coffee for $1.99 and you hand the cashier two bucks, life is too short to wait for your penny in change.
I believe you should stop getting birthday presents once you’re an adult. Especially from your friends.
I believe talking on your cell phone while working out on the Precor machine right next to me should be considered a war crime.
I believe Love Actually is an underrated movie.
I believe John Mayer should have to register himself as a repeat relationship offender.
I believe reading bedtimes stories is an absolute requirement of parenting.
I believe David Letterman has still got it.
I believe in pedicures.
I believe in the Official Scrabble Players’ Dictionary.
I believe Earth Day always seems to come too fast. First it’s Easter and suddenly out of nowhere, it’s Earth Day.
I believe in the check/raise.
And I believe you should bookmark my blog.
So keep coming back. I plan to share in a humorous way a lot of what I’ve learned from parenting. And even more of what I’ve learned watching reality TV.