Chaunie Brusie is an OB nurse turned writer and a young mom of four. She is the author of Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy.
Proudest parenting moment:
This is going to sound silly, but it was when we started reading "Little House in the Big Woods" together as a family at bedtime. After the first chapter, I closed the book and my second daughter's eyes just went wide. "Mom!" she said. "I love this book." Just knowing how important reading and books have been in my own life, I've always tried to so hard to pass that love on to my kids and seeing it "click" in their brains has been the best feeling ever. My oldest daughter, at 6, is going through chapter books like the best of my awkward middle school, oversized-nose-in-a-book self, and I couldn't be more proud.
The one piece of advice I’d give to a new parent:
My mother-in-law always told me, "Just let go of the guilt," and I think that's been one of the most common things I've had to tell myself, over and over and over again. There's so much second-guessing I do as a parent and I really think that's because in a large way, we are in a generation of pioneer parenting—so many of us have relationships and careers (like working at home, for example) that look nothing like our parents did, so it's hard to know what's best without that precedent before us to look to. It's been a learning process
My guilty pleasure:
I bought a Hulu Plus subscription solely in order to watch "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Yup.