Mamas & their babies

I first met Ulrike in New Jersey back in 1995 (?).

We grew up in neighborly towns and had mutual friends but didn’t meet until after high school.

Ulrike is by far one of the most beautiful women I have met. (inside and out)

Whether she has long hair or short hair, she always looks beautiful. (she now has very short hair, it’s not everyone who can pull that off)

Ulrike and I have been reconnected through Facebook for a few years.

It has been a while since we have seen one another.

She now lives in Austin, TX with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters.

Ulrike has been great help to me during motherhood.

She is one of my mommy friends I have gone to (and continue to go to) for help since I became pregnant with Lily.

You can all see why.

P.S.- I wish I could have been with all 3 of these lovely ladies to take their picture but, unfortunately we live far apart. These photos were taken by Ulrike.

Q- How old are you Ulrike?

A- 35

Q- Where were you born?

A- Livingston, NJ

Q- How long have you lived in Austin?

A- Going on 3 years

Q- How old were you when you had Ayya?

A- 32

Q- How old is she ?

A- 2.5 years old

Q- How old were you when you had Ananda?

A- A few weeks shy of my 35th birthday

Q- How old is Ananda?

A- 10 weeks old

Q- Did you breast feed and if so, for how long?

A- Yes! Ayya until she was 22 months (my milk dried up when I got pregnant, so we had to ween). Ananda is still going strong 😉 Never had any breastfeeding issues with either girl.

Q- Are you a stay at home mom or a working mom?

A- Isn’t that the same thing?! I am a stay-at-home.

Q- What was the hardest part for you of becoming a mom?

A- Hardest part for me is balancing discipline with being nurturing. I have a funny, smart, free-spirited and precocious 2year old who is starting to try to see how she fits in this world. It’s my job to help guide her. It’s not always easy….

Q- How did you come up with the names for your girls?

A- Chris had a book written by Ayya Khema, a buddhist nun. I always loved it. Ananda is a wedding night baby 😉 (we were married last year). We had a hindu ceremony and I (we) really wanted an Indian name. Plus I have this thing in me where my children must have not-so-common names.

Q- What is the best advice you would give to a new mom?

A- What I have found to be the BEST is to have a network of amazing moms/friends who share my parenting values/beliefs/style. It is an amazing resource. I am so fortunate. If you haven’t already, go get you some!!!

thank you Ulrike, Ayya and Ananda!

Location: At their home in Austin, TX

Date: May 02 2011