Our Interview with Megan from The Memoirs of Megan
Tell us more about yourself, your family, and your site. When did you begin blogging at The Memoirs of Megan, and what made you decide to begin blogging? What are some of the topics you like to post about?
My name is Megan. I am in my (late) 20’s, and have been with my husband now going on 6 years. We got married in 2010, and welcomed our first child (a girl) into the world less than a year later. A long time ago, I used to write MySpace notes and would label them “The Memoirs of Megan.” They talked mainly about my terrible luck in the dating scene and the “trials and tribulations” of an early 20-something (which , in looking back is actually quite hysterical.) My friends would read them, and we would all laugh.
When I moved away from my close-knit group of friends, I decided to go back to writing, and turn it into a blog. However, it is dramatically different now compared to my old MySpace rambles. I blogged my way through pregnancy, and it was awesome to be able to “meet” other blogging moms and learn so much from a whole community who has been nothing but gracious and helpful so far. I don’t like saying that “I blog about ________(insert one thing here)____” because I tend to blog about everything.
99% of my blog is about my daughter, and being a Mom. I post recipes (that even I can cook, which means that a typical 10 year old will master it) or I will talk about the not-so-glamorous parts of being a Mommy, or sometimes I will just dedicate an entire post to coving it with pictures of my daughter. I sometimes do reviews of products, and am transitioning into doing some (select) giveaways.
Basically, you never know what you’re going to get- but it’s my goal that every follower of my site is treated like a member of my family.
It’s less common to see a working mom transition into a stay-at-home mom, but what have been some of the easiest and some of the more difficult parts of that transition?
Well, it’s only been a couple weeks! J I feel so fortunate to be able to stay at home with my daughter and am very grateful to my husband for recognizing how much it means to me, and making it become possible financially. Many people think that since you are not “working” in a workplace, that means that stay at home Moms don’t “work,” when in reality, I haven’t had a single day off in over 6 months (and I don’t see any overtime pay coming my way, either.)
I wake up early in the morning, and my day is jam packed, all day long. I am making all of my kiddo’s baby food from scratch, along with exclusively breast feeding, so I really am never apart from my daughter. The easiest thing about it honestly, is the fact that I don’t have to rush every single morning to drop off my daughter at daycare and make it into the office during rush hour. The hardest would be that I miss sleeping in on the weekends! I haven’t been able to waiver in schedule since she was born. Too bad babies aren’t automatically programmed to know the difference of a weekend- or, come with a snooze button.
What is your biggest challenge being a mom?
I really don’t feel as if I can pinpoint something to say that it’s the most challenging. Every stage in my daughter’s life has been so fun to experience, but it also has its challenges. When she was a newborn, it was learning her cues, helping her achieve a good latch, worrying if she’s too hot, or too cold 24/7. Now that she is 6 months, it is setting a consistent schedule, teething, baby proofing my house since she is weeks away from crawling. But it is all so much fun! Seriously, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What are some ways in which your family tries to save money?
A big one for us has been eating at home more often. When I was working, I had zero motivation to come home and cook dinner. Now that I’m home more, I am learning to plan meals for the week, and cooking at home is a way that we save quite a bit of money. Also, making my daughter’s baby food is also a big money saver. Yes, jars of food are only a dollar, however, when you multiply it by 3 times a day, 7 days a week that is $21/week. Fresh (organic) produce is typically much cheaper and if you make the food in big batches and freeze it, you can save a bunch of money. I am also looking into cloth diapering within the next month. Breast feeding also saves us a ton of money!
What are your top 5 tips for all moms?
I don’t feel qualified to give tips. That and I hated the ladies that would give me tips (unsolicited of course) when I was pregnant (heck, even now!) I guess if I had to think of five things, it would be:
- Find a good wine (and baby proof the wine cabinet, because if your husband is anything like mine, he has no idea how to get the cabinet locks to unlatch. It’s a win-win situation for you and the safety of your kid.)
- Take lots of videos and pictures. I wish I took more videos.
- Find some sort of “outlet” for YOU. (For me, blogging has been my lifesaver)
- Splurge on yourself sometimes.
- Never ever be ashamed to rock your yoga pants all the time (yoga pants are the 2012 version of “Mom Jeans” in my book, and I wear them all the time.)