Hi! I’m Sarah, the RealSimpleMama. I enjoy dark chocolate, cooking, being in the sunshine, fresh breath and laughter. I’m a thirty-something mama of 2, born and raised in Texas. I married my best friend (and got the better end of the deal, trust me) and was a music educator for nine years. Yep, marching band and recorders… Thug life.
Once my first child was born, my priorities made an unexpected shift. Sure I was a mom now and my kid was undoubtedly important, but suddenly all those goals I’d worked so hard to achieve in the field of education… Things I’d been striving for since high school and college… They just faded. I was desperate to be able to stay home and raise my own child, and I no longer cared about climbing up the ladder in the professional world. (Oh the irony of paying strangers to care for my child, when I got paid to care for strangers’ kids…).
So I did the stereotypical “pumping working mom” thing until I got pregnant in January 2015!!! I was thrilled, but terrified to leave another baby at daycare. I did some soul searching, and made some decisions; in summer 2015, hubby and I decided to do a spring cleaning of our lives and downsize to the bare necessities. We sold the new home we’d built, got rid of half our belongings, and I quit my job!
Now you see me as an ecstatic mama who gets to be home with her littles, and never misses a smile much less a milestone. Hubby works hard as a bilingual teacher to support us and is an incredible father (did I mention I snagged a good guy?).
Since my first pregnancy I’ve really wanted to help new parents with all of the questions we couldn’t ask. I’ve also gravitated more towards attachment parenting. As I followed my heart and my instincts, the more my love and respect grew for AP. But how to go back to my “teacher” roots and satisfy my urge to help others when it comes to parenting topics?
Cue the RealSimpleMama blog, Twitter handle, and YouTube page – handling confusing and intimidating parenting topics one at a time. This is the stuff I wish I could’ve found as a new mama.
So here you have it, ready or not. Real, simple AP solutions with a straightforward, slightly sarcastic, speak-from-experience standpoint.
Because us new mamas and papas gotta help each other stay strong against the baby poop of ignorance.