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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself (And My Kids)

By Katie Allison Granju |

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Four of my five - E (13), J (16), C (4) and G (1)

Hey there, y’all. My name is Katie, and I’m the newest blogger at Babble’s KidScoop. I’m really happy to be joining the conversation here.

As the mother of five children who range in age from one to 20 years,  I am thrilled that Babble readers now have a blog focused on the joys and challenges of life with our bigger kids (bigger meaning older than baby or toddler).

For my inaugural post here at KidScoop, I figured I would tell you a bit about myself, and my family. As I said, I am the mother of five kiddos, and in addition to being a longtime momblogger, I also work full time as the Social Media Manager for a large cable TV network. I am married to Jon, who works in his family’s small accounting firm.  We are a blended family; I was married previously to Chris, who is the father of my three oldest.  My teenagers split their time equally between their Dad’s house and ours (we live only a few miles away from one another.)

Because Jon works for his family’s business, he takes our two youngest girls to work with him (except on the days C is at preschool) where his mom meets him each morning and provides on-site childcare. It’s a pretty sweet arrangement that we do not take for granted.

The kids in the fam are:

- G, also known as “Danger Baby” – G is 18 months old, and is a tiny, blond force of nature. She’s very confident, outgoing, hilarious, sweet and exhausting. She’s not talking yet, but our pediatrician says that’s because she’s so doted upon as the youngest that she gets what she wants from her older siblings and cousins, not to mention her parents, by simply pointing and squeaking.

-C is four years old and is a quiet, dreamy, brilliant little girl with a head full of beautiful blond curls. Her favorite things are books, Disney Princesses, her grandparents, and her same-age cousin NC (NC will likely make many appearances here at Babble’s Big Kids blog because the two four year olds are more like twins than first cousins.) C currently goes to preschool 2 full days a week, and we are anxiously trying to figure out what we will be doing for kindergarten next year.

-E is 13 years old and in 8th grade. He’s an athlete extraordinaire and a budding musician. He’s got a mouth full of braces at the moment, and he and a friend have started a band (with E on drums) that they plan to call “Monkeys With Technology. He’s recently decided that he wants to learn to play the fiddle. E is very outgoing, gregarious and kinetic. He’s all about what’s next, and he keeps us laughing.

- J is my gorgeous and amazing 11th grader, and she is one of the most grounded and sensible people I’ve ever met. She’s active in various clubs and activities at school, does a great deal of babysitting, and also works at her stepmom’s dance studio to earn her own $$$. She loves country music and somewhat inexplicably, fishing.  Thus far, J has made parenting a teenage girl remarkably easy and a whole lot of fun.

- Henry was my beautiful firstborn baby. He died at age 18 on May 31 of last year from complications of a brain injury caused by drug overdose. Henry struggled bravely and at length against the disease of addiction, and losing him has been – as you would imagine – the most profoundly painful and life-altering experience that a mother could possibly imagine. We all miss him desperately. In Henry’s memory, our family launched the non-profit, Henry’s Fund, which provides direct financial grants for drug addicted teenagers who need help paying for the treatment they need. You can learn more about our mission, as well as keep up with the latest news about addiction and kids by becoming a friend of Henry’s Fund on Facebook.

So that’s us. There’s certainly lots more to say, and I will be saying quite a bit of it here at Babble’s KidScoop Blog. Thanks for letting me be part of the community; I look forward to sharing my own parenting journey with you, as well as getting to know all of you as you share your own with me.

-Katie

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About Katie Allison Granju

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Katie Allison Granju

Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing. Katie also enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large Victorian house. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katie Allison's latest posts →

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20 thoughts on “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself (And My Kids)

  1. stacie says:

    Congrats Katie!

  2. Virginia says:

    Working mom? Blended family? HS daughter? Younger son? Yep, you’ve pretty well covered the spectrum that is MY life. Looking forward to keeping up with you here (as well). Go Katie!

  3. Calla says:

    While it looks like this post was updated in the middle of the night, I was surprised by the typographical errors. I don’t know if this series is subject to editing, but it would set a nice tone of readability if the blog is typo-free moving forward.

  4. Dee says:

    Congrats! Look forward to reading more.

  5. Melissa says:

    Good for you Katie and good for Babble for putting you here.

  6. kgranju says:

    Thanks to all. And Calla, I apologize for any typos. I will copy-edit my blog post again when I have time after work today. – Katie

  7. Mandy says:

    This is great Katie! Although I can’t fathom how much energy it must take to keep up with all of your writing, as well as the rest of your life!
    I just wanted to mention that I really like the way you introduced your kids. You seem (or at least your writing conveys) to be more comfortable answering the “how many children do you have?” question. I agree (with your previous posts) that there is no way you could not mention Henry, and introducing them from youngest to oldest, allows you to talk about all of your kids rather than the conversation starting with Henry, and getting hung up there. Having the information about all of your other children first, allows whom ever your speaking to, to reference back to them, if they’re concerned with how to react to Henry’s death.
    You’re doing a good job mama.

  8. Lorraine says:

    Jumped here from mampaundit – looking forward to reading more of your work.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Nice to see you over here Katie. I’ve read a lot from you and always find your reads very interesting, written with heart and honest. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Katie- I have followed your personal blog for a long time and I’m excited to read what you will post here. One thing you wrote just made me feel so much better about the raising of my children. I have a daughter who is 20 months old and is barely talking. I always thought it was because I was doing something wrong. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one in this boat.

  11. Jill says:

    I enjoy reading your posts, and I look forward to reading more about your big kids. FYI: I’m impressed by how easily you seem to address the “how many children do you have” questions. Five years after my firstborn son died, I still have trouble answering this question.

  12. Gussie Ownby says:

    Kate, I am glad that you have another, wider audience for your blogging. I am so happy for you and for the additional folks who will get to share your experience and insight. Congratulations!

  13. misha says:

    I have followed Katie for several years! I love reading about the family and she always makes me feel apart of it! As a woman who is an only child with no children, I cannot fathom how you do it all, Katie :)
    Children of every age spectrum, working full time, doing free-lance and on and on!
    With that much on a life plate, a few typos are to be expected. And really, in the grand scheme of Life…who cares! Not me. I will keep reading as long as you keep typing!
    Congrats on this new venture, Katie!
    xo, misha

  14. Meghan says:

    Welcome to the team, Katie!

  15. Tara says:

    Hey Katie. So excited to hear about your new writing endeavor. I completely agree with Mandy’s post about your introductions and think you’ve found your groove with that. Each of your children has such unique characteristics and you make it so fun/interesting to read about them and all the wackiness that ensues. Much love.

  16. jzzy55 says:

    Rebecca, please have your child evaluated by Early Intervention services if you haven’t yet. Don’t worry, just do it. Free, and very high quality. Either you will have peace of mind that she is fine or they will suggest appropriate therapies that could be vital to her cognitive and social development. Either way a win for you and your daughter.

    Katie, a girl with blond hair is a blonde — the noun is blond (male) or blonde (female), while the adjective is only blond. It’s confusing, yep.

  17. NHMaman says:

    As many of you have noticed, Katie handles parenting challenges with much grace. It’s great to see her find this audience and for bigger kids to get their due. So many magazines are geared more to the baby years than to elementary, ‘tween, and teen issues. I’ve heard some people say, “Bigger kids, bigger problems.” Happily, I’ve noticed some bigger joys, too, as my own two have grown.

  18. Claire R says:

    I blogged throughout my 2 girls’ teen years and loved it. I welcome reading you over here in addition to…and…and…
    Bon Courage!
    Claire

  19. Jen D. says:

    Good to see you here!

  20. Lori says:

    Hi! Love reading your blogs all over the web. The whole “Danger Baby” thing is just the cutest. She should have a shirt that says that.

    Your family sounds like a lot of fun. ;)

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