Tell us about yourself and your family:
I’m Julie, and I’ve been married to Clint for almost five years. We met at a Chipotle, and it was a true love story ever since. We have two boys – Shepard who is 2.5, and Bowman (we call him Beau) who is 10 months. They are pretty different in their personalities, but both really sweet kiddos who light up my life.
We just recently moved to Columbus, Ohio from Tampa, Florida for my husband’s job and to get closer to family, and this city is incredible! We loved Tampa, but are blown away by all there is to do here. I miss our friends and the beach a lot, but feel so fortunate to be able to hopefully plant some roots here in Columbus and call this home for a long time.
I recently transitioned from full-time employment to part-time self-employment, and before that spent about 10 years in corporate communications as both a director of communications for a healthcare organization and an account supervisor for an international public relations firm. I work part-time now with several clients on various communications strategies and love this balance. While it’s not always easy, I love being able to essentially have the best of both worlds.
Thoughts on being a boy mom:
I grew up with three sisters (I’m the oldest) so never in a million years did I have a clue what it would be like to be a boy mom. My husband and I swore up and down we were going to be having a little “Charlotte,” but at 20 weeks our sonogram told us something much different! Shepard was our first sweet boy, and 21 months later Bowman Wendell was born, and he’s very special. This last year was hard for us when my mother-in-law passed away from cancer just several months after my grandma passed away. Beau brought us so much joy in a difficult season of our lives. He’s still the jolliest, happiest baby I’ve ever seen!
My boys have taught me patience, stamina and strength even when I doubted myself. The first two months with both boys was hard, for different reasons, but mainly the breastfeeding and sleep deprivation. Once I got through that, I felt like I could do anything. Now, I have such a blast doing “boy things,” and love how they enjoy being outdoors, playing at parks and building things. They are both little explorers at heart.
How you enjoy spending naptime:
I’m usually working during naptime, and really any moment I’m not with the boys. But occasionally I make sure I find some time to unwind, and love watching Gilmore Girls or a Real Housewives (guilty pleasure!). Since we are still unpacking, I’m usually still organizing things or trying to get through another moving box.
Favorite activities with two little boys:
I love finding new parks to explore with them, and now that it’s colder out, we’re either at COSI, playcafes, gymnastics for Shep or Gymboree for Beau. Whatever it takes to get out that endless energy! I also won’t pretend like we don’t enjoy a good Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Daniel Tiger. I try to balance screen time with playtime, but sometimes we all need 24 minutes of less talking.
Favorite places to buy boy clothes:
I love GapKids – it’s definitely my favorite. I usually splurge at Smocked Auctions or Vineyard Vines for special outfits.
Your answer when people ask, "Are you going to try for a girl?"
I come from a big family, so the idea of one more is definitely something we talk about a lot. I love the relationship that Shep and Beau have, and if we could add one more to the mix, I think that would be wonderful. My husband and I both agree we want to space a third out longer IF there is a third (so definitely not any time soon). But as far as trying for a girl – that’s not something I would worry about. I spent almost all of the first and second trimester with Beau praying he’d make it through – and he did (he’s my little fighter!) So when I say I’d want a healthy third child, I really mean it.
Your favorite tip for other boy moms:
I always heard that the way a boy treats his mother is the way he’ll treat his wife, and I think that’s true. Clint’s mom definitely taught him to treat women with respect and kindness, and I want to do the same. I have the honor and responsibility of teaching Shepard and Bowman some of the most valuable lessons in life, and I take that seriously. Being a boy mom is tough work, but it’s so, so rewarding! Boys are really affectionate, and truly love their momma!
Can any of you fellow boy mamas out there relate to Julie and me? I'd love to hear from you!