This blog was actually started in 2004 and lived at http://tampamama.blogspot.com in 2004. I started it to keep my family in Chicago abreast of what life was like with my son, Jake. We soon after, added a baby girl, Mia to our mix and then a third child, Shelby, and now we have sweet Abby too. Crazy, busy life…just like many other parents out there.
A little about me: I am overly energetic, always busy, always moving, always “trying” to relax but rarely succeeding. I would love to have stayed a SAHM, but the truth is I work 24/7 just like the rest of the parents in the world- inside & outside of the home. I have the luxury of seeing my kids off the school and picking them up, but my days are long as I pull double duty with a full time job too. I am learning that the years are short. My blog is an online diary about having 4 kids, how I sometimes manage to keep it together and how I pick up the pieces after something breaks. I love sharing with others about deals we find, how we do life and how we manage it all. Sometime-it isn’t pretty. Life isn’t perfect. Smoke and mirrors is how I usually explain it. Instagram is my fun & creative outlet but life certainly isn’t always picture perfect.
I am also writing to help others explain what I have learned as a Mom raising 4 children, three of which have a rare condition: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and one with Type 1 Diabetes. I couldn’t even pronounce these words, much less explain what we were living/dealing with when our first child was diagnosed. Now it is a part of our normal lives. No one is treated any different around here. Lots to do to keep these little ones healthy and lots to share as it IS such a rare condition that most people don’t ever hear about. Diabetes is new To is but she lives a normal life too with proper management and a supportive village. I have found strong support groups online and other parents who live my life each day. Life is different taking care of a child or children with special needs. I have found new friends who I learn from and have taught others a few things too. I am open to talking with parents that have children newly diagnosed with the condition. It’s alot to take in and I have been there first hand and can also offer support to those that might need it.
I love that our life is an adventure. Around every corner, near and far, one is dealt with a card and it is up to you to take it and make the most of it. We live a simple life in Tampa, raising our kids. I have meet so many great and amazing people on my journey so far, and I look forward to those who I will meet in the future.
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Obviously, I live in Tampa and love Tampa. I blog about what is going on in Tampa that might interest who live in Tampa. Follow me on Twitter at UCTAMPA (Urban Corridor Tampa) as I mainly tweet about what is happening in my neck of the woods that others might also want to know about. (I have a large network of friends in the community and they are the best and what they do here in Tampa. If I can be of assistance, let me know!) I write for a few Tampa print publications and you can catch me on Great Day Tampa Bay as their resident “Tampa Mama!”
My crew consists on 4 kids, 15, 14, 10 & 8. Yup. That’s alot of kids. Enough said. You get the picture.
Love to travel. Who doesn’t?! We live in the best place to do this. So being that writing is a hobby of mine, you can read all about our travel adventures on here too! And if you are ever wondering about how to travel with 6 suitcases, feel free to ask…I definitely have that question covered!
CAH & Diabetes
Because I have gone through 4 pregnancies and have 3 children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia , I am now open to talk about my experiences from the beginning. I knew nothing about CAH or that this condition ever existed. I will share what life is like raising kids with CAH, the precautions we take, how we go about our normal life and how I strive to make sure my kids are living healthy with CAH. If you have any questions, I am more than willing to talk about CAH and our lives.
We are only 1 year into living with T1D, but it’s been amazing to be welcomed into such an awesome community. I’m still learning and can offer help when asked too!
We love a good Disney Day so you might find us over at Epcot, Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios! We’ve got lots of tips for families traveling too!
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