Years of experience as a babysitter and nanny as well as caring for my 6 nieces and nephews…. As full-time working woman and mother, how do you find the right balance between work and family?
I work for a company that supports working moms and dads by providing family care time. This helps us manage doctor’s appointments and the unavoidable sick days. Day to day, I try to focus on our baby once I get home and save any additional work or chores until after he goes to bed. I also have a wonderful husband who really pulls his weight.
What is a “typical” day like in the Sullivan household?
No day is typical! Every time we think Will is in a routine, something about him changes and that is that! We got him sleeping through the night…. and then bam, teething. It is always something! The thing that is typical is how we manage. We take it moment by moment, enjoying the little things, planning for what we can, and just taking the rest in stride. Maybe as he gets older we will get a bit more typical………or maybe that is a fantasy I was just having!
What is your favorite family ritual/routine?
On Saturday mornings, we bring Will to our room and all lay on the bed talking and playing for a while. It lets us all wake up slowly and really enjoy the morning.
What is your favorite activity with Will?
Peekaboo! He laughs so hard! Also taking him on walks – he loves to be outside.
Funniest thing he has done?
He thinks he is real funny when he blows raspberries while eating – but I don’t think it is very funny at all!
We love Freedom Park.
What is your favorite restaurant with the baby?
Hmmmm – there are so many! Eddies Place, East Boulevard Bar and Grill and Charlotte Café are tied for 1st place.
What is your favorite date-night spot?
Anywhere we can see live music……favorite concerts have been at Ovens, Great Aunt Stella Center or the McGlohon Theater.
What is your favorite children’s boutique?
I like Chocolate Soup for boy’s clothes. It is hard to find places that have nice clothes for boys.
Best place to get great deals on children’s clothes?
Gaffney, SC or Concord Mills
Best birthday party venue or party attended?
I love LaTeaDa – ya think I can talk my Husband into a Tea Party for his little boy??
Minivan or SUV?
SUV – though I secretly want a minivan! Shhhhh!
What is your favorite weekend escape?
North Myrtle or Blowing Rock – depending on the time of year!
Best thing about raising a family in Charlotte?
There is so much to do in Charlotte and we are close to so many good day/weekend trip locations.
I could not live without my…
1. My Husband. He is a real partner and makes everything a bit easier.
2. My girlfriends. We all need some girls to keep us grounded and remind us that we have to take care of ourselves too!
I wish someone had told me sooner about…
The first 3 weeks with a newborn. Will had acid reflux, and it was really tough for us!
Thanks, Lecil for sharing your family with us.
Can you do a post on what to do with your clothes. THere are ton of childrens consignments but I only know of like 1/2 ladies consignment. I have a whole closet full of Ann Taylor, Neiman Marcus items and sure am not going to throw it to goodwill. HELP.
Lecil is an amazing mom and person. I admire her so much for her ability to balance a time-consuming job as well as motherhood. Thanks for spotlighting her.
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