Where can I start with Julia?
Let’s start with the fact that we were best friends in high school. (even though we went to rival schools)
We met in sophomore year and we became inseparable.
We would have sleep overs at her house, her parents were my parents, my parents were hers, we wore each others clothes, we watched each other fall in and out of love, have many hair colors and hair styles, had crushes on our college Art teacher and stared at his butt, you know… we did everything best girl friends do.
Then a falling out happened.
Then, last year through a friend’s profile on Facebook, I saw a smile I would never not recognize.
Julia!! (she had gotten married so she had a different last name)
I was nervous, do I send her a message?
Do I not?
So many years (over a decade) had passed….
I wrote her.
Only to have the warmest reply and find out that she too had been broken hearted all these years and wondered what I was up to as much as I did her.
Julia is happily married, has 2 super cute boys and has been living in Oregon for quite some time. (she’s a crafty mom too. check out her handmade goodies here)
She looks the same as the last time I saw her and I cannot wait to see her soon. (a reunion is in the works)
Q- How old are you Julia?
A- 38years old
Q- Where were you born?
A- Eugene, Oregon
Q- How long have you lived in Bend OR?
A- 11 years
Q- How old were you when you had your first son?
A- I was 33 years old
Q- How old is he?
A- Milo is 5 years old, hard to believe
Q- How old were you when you had your second son?
A- I was 36 years old
Q- How old is he?
A- Charlie is 2 1/2Â years old
Q- Did you breast feed and if so, for how long?
A- Milo breastfed until he was 18 months. Charlie, well, he still wants to nurse at night. I’m sorta at a crossroads with him. I planned on nursing until two, but he had another plan.Â I’m hoping he will ween soon…I’ll keep you posted.
Q- Are you a stay at home mom or a working mom?
A- IÂ started working part time last spring, I needed to get out ofÂ my house a little and support my fabric habit…it can get expensive!Â I am aÂ bartender and cocktail waitress at a casual fine dining restaurant, I loveÂ talking to folks.
Q- What was the hardest part for you of becoming a mom?
A- I think the hardest part aboutÂ becoming a new mom was getting adjusted to sleep deprivation and finding solidarity with other moms.
Q- How did you come up with the names for both of your sons?
A- My husband Geoff and IÂ both loved the name Milo but weÂ wanted him to have options, his full name is Miles Henry. Charlie was easy… it’s a friendly, classic name; not to mention thatÂ I was bedridden for a month in St. Charles Medical Center. I felt Charles Lewis was appropriate. It’s funny how they fit their names.
Q- What is the best advice you would give to a new mom?
A- Trust your instincts, don’t take unsolicited advice to heart and most importantly… smile, it’s ever changing!
Date: May 20 2011
Location: Bend, OR