Friday, August 21, 2015

Interesting Person Interview Series: Kate

Kicking off this edition of the Interesting Person Interview Series is... me :)  


My answers, after the break!


1) What is your name and who are you? 
My name is Kate.  I am a woman in my early thirties, happily married with an infant son.  I am a city girl living in the heart of suburbia.  I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.  I love my family fiercely, and I am loyal and thoughtful to those who matter to me. 

2) How do you know Kate? 
:) 

3) What are you most grateful for in life?
I am so grateful to be Jacob's mother.  I've thought a lot about this over the past few months - but I truly won the lottery when he was born.  He is healthy, happy and thriving - and I count my blessings to have him in my life.  He's only been on earth for five months, but his impact on my life has been dramatic and deeply meaningful. 

4) What is your advice to new parents?
I'm not sure if I'm qualified to give this advice, but being unqualified has never stopped me before :)  The most poignant piece of advice I have is just to trust your gut.  Your intuition will serve you well.  Do something for yourself every day (even if that just means taking a shower), take an hour or two a week to do something totally non-baby related (get a manicure, call your mom).  Don't worry about what THEY say you should be doing.  And snuggle your baby every chance you get.  <3 

5) What's your favorite holiday? Why?
Thanksgiving, definitely.  It's always been my favorite, and I'm not really sure why.  My parents host every year (my mom has been hosting for 30 years!), my brothers all come home, we typically celebrate with my grandparents and CR relatives, and it's just so fun.  There isn't the pressure of perfection like Christmas.  We usually drink too much at Steve's bar the night before ;)  It's just FUN.  I can't wait to introduce JSS to Thanksgiving this year!!

6) What are you addicted to?
My phone, probably.  It's almost always within 2 feet of me.  I rely heavily on it, and I don't apologize for it.  :)  PS: a year ago I would have had to say Diet Coke - but I haven't had one since the day I found out I was pregnant with Jacob! 

7) If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Something about geography, I think.  I hate that I live 250 miles from my parents and thousands from my brother, Joe.  My extended family is very spread out geographically - both coasts currently and across the Midwest.  I'd love if we all lived in the same town (or at least the same state!)  I try to not let the distance affect my relationships, but it would sure be nice to raise Jacob closer to my peeps.  

8) What items are on your bucket list?
More travel, certainly.  More children, hopefully.  

9) What do you hope is the same a year from now?  
Good health for everyone I love.  A thriving, happy son and marriage. Seeing my parents and siblings at least as frequently as we do now!  

10) What do you hope is different a year from now?
I hope we're done with the renovations on our house (right, Dad?:)  I hope that Jacob is an active, healthy, happy one-year old running around our house.

11) What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My parents dropped everything to join us at the hospital while I was in labor, per my request.  They stayed by my side - cheerfully, selflessly, devotedly - throughout the first 15 days of Jacob's life.  Scott had to go back to work on our first day home from the hospital, and I was recovering from an unexpected major surgery.  They really kicked it in for me.  They collaborated on the graveyard shift (my mom from 11-5am, my dad from 5am-9am) so that I could sleep and only get up (every two hours, ha!) to feed Jacob.  Every morning when I got up for the day, I'd come out to the living room and my dad would make me two eggs with an English muffin.  My mom made dinners every day and kept our house clean and laundry done.  They worked their a*ses off, and we had the time of our lives.  

12) Where is home to you? 
When I think of home, I think of Iowa, but it's also wherever Scott and Jacob are.   

13) Who is your personal hero? 
I am inspired by anyone who sees an injustice and fights it.  I recently read about an activist in Pakistan who was working to stop brick kilns (thanks HONY) - that's heroic.  Anyone who tries to make the world better and safer and kinder gets my vote.  

14) What is the best time you've ever had?  
My wedding, absolutely.  Probably my wedding trolley if I was going to pick an exact moment - the ceremony was over, Scott and I were married, all of our loved ones were in town to celebrate.  We popped some champagne (ok - a LOT of champagne) and partied with our amazing bridal party.  It was fantastic.  

15) If you could pick out three words for your tombstone to summarize your life, what would they be?
"She loved fiercely" 

I'd love to post your interview! Please send your answers to kate@katespecial.com to be featured.  I'll be posting one interview each Friday as long as I have submissions.  Thank you!

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