This can not be happening. We already HAVE two kids.
“Do you see what I see?” my OB said, turning the ultrasound screen to give me a better view.
“I see two,” I said, and then I burst into tears.
Not the happy kind.
“We don’t have room for two more children, we’re going to have to buy a f&*^%ing minivan, I was just getting my life back together, no f&*^%ing way can this be happening, we absolutely can not f&*^%ing do this and YOU — YOU” — I twisted around towards my husband, MrBigIdeas, “this is all YOUR fault, you are going to go get that f&*^%ing vasectomy RIGHT NOW!”
Cut to fifteen minutes later. I’m still weeping my eyes out while they’re drawing my blood. All the techs in the office are swarming around me, trying to convince me four kids will be fun.
Uh-huh. Sure they will be.
Except when those twins arrive, I’ll have four kids under four.
There is nothing anyone on the planet can say that will possibly make this seem okay.
“You know, if we’re going to do this, we’re going to have to get seriously organized,” MrBigIdeas says. “I mean, we’re going to have take all your OCD checklist shit for real.”
Reader, right then and there, I remembered the why I’d married him.
Seriously: this was one of the most romantic things I think he’s ever said.
Also, it spawned this blog.
Welcome to ChecklistMommy, where the world is neat, and organized …
… and most problems can be tackled with the help of a handy checklist and neatly labeled plastic containers.
When I started blogging, I was doing stuff like:
- Downloadable checklists like these.
- Product reviews.
- Parenting book and lecture reviews and recommendations like this.
- Funny little stories about my family’s attempts to “take my OCD checklist shit for real.” (Here’s a handy little cheat sheet about me and my family.)
I still do all that. But then I started to get some attention, for posts like “Tricky People” Are The New Strangers, which went fairly viral (and continues to grow) to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pins on Pinterest.
And then THIS happened.
After which, the blog busted a little more widely open, and I started sharing personal thoughts about parenting, marriage, and sometimes, umm, larger issues, like human rights and mortality and basic civil decency.
Really, at this point, most things are fair game.
Along the way, I co-founded MomciergeLA, a business that helps expectant parents get organized for their new babies.
And I continue to write essays, screenplays, and TV specs. I talk about the / my writer’s life over at SKLevy.com.
All of this makes me a great partner for brands pitched at the smart, opinionated, informed, and compassionate adults who hang around here, and on my Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages, where I share interesting things I’ve seen about parenting, marriage, and the general state of the universe.
I’m always looking for the next opportunity to grow this blog, and offer more service to my readers. Download my Media Kit for more thoughts about how we can work together to do that.