I am currently living in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest U.S. in Seattle, WA. Like most people out here, I am a transplant from somewhere else. I became a Washington State resident in 2002 after I got married.
I was born in New York City (Flushing, Queens to be precise) to immigrant parents, and my family moved to New Jersey when I was in elementary school. It’s definitely hard being so far away from family and old friends – especially after having kids.
I feel like my kids are missing out on growing up with cousins and relatives, so we make an effort to go back for extended trips 1-2 times year.
After working in NYC for a few years after college and being used to the go-go-go mentality, I really enjoy the casual and relaxed quality of life out here. I have finally learned to slow down and not feel the need to cross the street when the light is red for me, even if no cars are coming. My suits are collecting dust in my closet and I can’t remember the last time I wore pantyhose to work!
What language(s) do you speak?
I was brought up bilingual – I speak Spanish and English.
When did you first become a mother?
I first became a mother in 2006 when my first daughter was born. My second daughter was born last year. I’m pretty sure we’re “two and through” :).
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
I understand this question, but I have to say….ALL moms work…whether it’s as a stay-at-home mom and/or with a “day job” outside the home.
I am a full-time working mom. I work in the public health arena, and if I didn’t love my job and have a mom-supportive work environment, I’m pretty sure I would be a stay-at-home mom.
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
With regard to myself: I may seem “put together”, but I think that comes with being a working mom. I have to be organized (when it comes to the kids….my desk, not so much), plan ahead, and am always ready to roll…or just go with the flow when things don’t go according to plan.
With regard to my girls: I don’t tolerate rude or disrespectful behavior, and my girls, especially my oldest, know it. I hate when I see one of my friends’ kids talk back to their mother (my friend), or hit another friend. It’s not my place to “butt in” when that happens, since they are not my kids, but if they do it to me or one of my girls, I will step in to let them know that that type of behavior is NOT okay.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
Maybe it’s my protective maternal instinct wanting to shield my girls from everything bad in the world, but today’s world just doesn’t seem as safe as it was when we were kids. Before we moved to NJ, I remember as early as first grade, I used to walk to school with friends, almost a mile from my home, every day without adults…and it was perfectly safe to do that. I can’t picture myself letting my oldest do that two years from now when she is in First Grade.
Why do you blog/write and how did you find World Moms Blog?
To be honest, the thought of blogging never occurred to me. Jen Burden is an old high school friend, and she invited me to write when she launched World Moms Blog. I’m so glad she did!
What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?
It’s opened up the blogging world to me, given me the opportunity to meet other moms across the globe that feel my pain and/or can offer helpful advice, and I find it therapeutic to write about what I’m going through on the journey of motherhood. Another little perk…my posts are going into the girls’ baby books 🙂
Eva can be found on Twitter @evafannon and Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/evafannon/.
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