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Tulsa Moms Dish on Their Lives

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In my nine years of motherhood, I have noticed that many mummies you meet can be roughly delineated into a few categories.

There are the ultra-competitive mummies, who must be superior to you – richer! Harder abs! Better looking! Or their kids have to be better than yours: they constantly ask not-so-subtle questions - “Is he potty trained? Is she reading Flaubert? She is drinking JUICE OUT OF A BOTTLE? Is he playing that Mozart concerto yet?”  Then there are those sweet, earnest, mothers who wax rhapsodic over Junior’s latest finger painting, and want to dissect sleeping habits, organic pureed pea feeding schedules, poopies, and the nuances of Gymboree’s pants sizing, and find all of these topics simply FASCINATING.

And then there are the mummies you actually want to hang out with, the mummies who leave you feeling not drained and vaguely despondent, but who inspire you with their outlook to get back into the trenches and soldier on, diapers, doo doo, doldrums and all.

So here is a small sampling of fantabulous Tulsa women who inspire me on those dreary days when I am not terribly fond of my spawn, my hair is lifeless and I feel bloated. All of these women share one crucial characteristic: whenever I talk to them, no matter what is going on in their lives – a sick kid, a crushing schedule, a husband traveling – they are always upbeat and leave me feeling like my own little problems are eminently solve-able. In essence, all these moms share that defining essence of hip mom-ness: alacrity in the face of …well, poop.

Noreen P., mother of four (boys!) and recent marathon runner (she qualified for the Boston Marathon – twice!):

HM: You started running seriously when your youngest was still a baby.  Training for a marathon, and actually running it, requires a lot of mental toughness. How did you muster the discipline to train?

NP: As moms know it is hard to get “me” time in so running is an outlet for me - it’s my escape, my exercise, my sanity. I actually looked forward to training for my last marathon because I could run with friends, listen to music or just enjoy the silence! I always come home after a run decompressed and invigorated - ready to face the family with a smile again.

HM: Do you ever suffer from a mom funk, and if so, how do you lift yourself out of it?  

NP: Absolutely. As much as I adore being a mom, sometimes you just need a break. I find a cup of coffee or glass of wine helps me regroup and face the world again! 

HM: Do you have any vices you care to disclose?

NP: I don’t consider it a true vice (although my husband does) but I do have an affinity for all things celebrity like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and People or Us Magazine. I can live vicariously through the lives of the carefree and glamorous! 

Carrie H., mom of three and full time pharmaceutical sales representative:   

HM: You juggle a demanding, travel-heavy career; a happy marriage; and three gorgeous kids. Dang you! Seriously, though, do you have a secret weapon, besides a lot of mental gymnastics and hard work?  

CH: Ha! You make it sound so glamorous! Well, I would have to say all the support and help we have from my in-laws and our nanny make it all run smoothly. It takes a lot of communication and juggling of calendars (his, mine and the kids) to make it all happen. I must say I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful husband who cooks, helps around the house and is very hands-on with the kids. What truly keeps me sane is exercise. Working out is plugged in to my calendar every day just like any appointment would be. This is my time, my de-stressor, my therapy. I need it!

HM: What is the most important cosmetic on your counter?

CH: Lipstick is number one...I always need lipstick on whether it’s just a gloss or color (I tend to go for a neutral color most of the time). Another product I like is Garnier Ultra-Lift anti-wrinkle eye roller (have to keep those wrinkles at bay!).  Lastly, I love MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream to keep those puffy under eye circles from lack of sleep under control.

HM: Say your kids are at the grandparents and your husband is out of town; you have several hours all by yourself. What do you do?

CH: Well, you would think I’d want to curl up with a book or take a nap, but I love having alone time to organize. Oh, and of course I would never give up the opportunity to exercise in my free time. 

HM: Do you have any vices you care to disclose?

CH: My addiction to exercise (maybe a good vice if there is such a thing?). OK, I can’t believe I am disclosing this to you but one real vice of mine would be cool-whip and hot chocolate packets!


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