Julie Cole: The Baby Machine


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Five Years at YMC!

Happy Bloggerversary to me! Five years ago, I wrote my first post as a Yummy Mummy Club blogger. This is how I introduced myself then:

About Julie Cole

Since it’s my first post here at the Yummy Mummy Club, I thought it might be appropriate to tell you why I’m here and give you the low down on my little life.  So, here’s the scoop:

I’m a busy mama expecting baby #6 next month. I’m actually heading into c-section #6, which makes me a bit of a science experiment. I had my fifth kid when my eldest was six years old, so I’m a fan of packing them in tight. The gap between baby #5 and baby #6 is by far the biggest I’ve ever had, which is a whopping 2.5 years. I usually cut baby’s first birthday cake hovering over a belly full of the next baby.

Yes, I have my babies one at a time.

No, I am not aiming for a show on TLC.

Oh, and I have babies because I want them, not because I’m taking whatever a Higher Power sends my way. In light of some reality TV shows, I feel compelled to mention that.

This pregnancy is a good example of how things change dramatically as you experience more and more pregnancies. I don’t really know how many weeks along I am, I certainly don’t know what developmental stage my fetus is at, I have not had any blood tests or glucose tests done, and I was 10 weeks late for my first appointment with the doc.

Same casual attitude applies to the kiddos. I’m not likely to run off to the doctor for a case of the sniffles and I actually let my kids play outside—in the FRONT yard. Gasp!

Parenting experts have a lot to say about everything kid-related and I have done my fair share of rejecting many expert opinions. Indeed, I'm a bit of a snob about it. Most of the experts have reared one or two kids and, from my perspective of having graduated with honours from the Parenting School of Hard Knocks, my lessons have trumped a lot of what they're preaching. Regardless, they're probably right and you should probably listen to them. But if you wanna get it straight with no guff, I’m your mama.

Official non-expert status and casual mama approach aside, my collection of little peeps are the top dogs in my life. I dropped out of a legal career and started a business (Mabel’s Labels Inc.) for the simple reason that I wanted to hang out with them more. Throw in an autism complication, and mama’s job just got busier—educating, advocating, and being political!

So I look forward to hanging out with you here at the Yummy Mummy Club where I will share my experiences of life in the trenches as a mama of many!

For more of Julie's blog, check out: Why It's Time To Retire The Word "Busy" and Sibling Room Sharing.