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Hello, My Name Is Mom: Meet November Sunflower

We all have a unique background and personality. Everyone has a different story, journey and title but we all have one thing in common—someone special calls us Mom. This series celebrates all moms, no matter how we got the title. Today’s featured mom is Staci Gerardi—better know as November Sunflower and a featured writer at Inexpensively.

If you had to write a bio without including your kids or any form of the word Mom, what would it say? Staci is a writer. She has a degree in Journalism, but is not a huge lover of writing with “rules”. Staci just writes for the love of writing! Poems are not her specialty, but she has written a few. Blogging has become her writing outlet and she loves sharing her words with others. She has even started a frugal minded book she hopes to finish before her hair goes completely gray!

How did you get the name Mom? Well, totally by accident. My daughter was a total surprise. I was told I’d probably never have kids without medical intervention, but the doctors were wrong! I wasn’t officially called mom until my daughter was around 2 or so, most of the time I am Mommy, Mom-Mom or Mama (I still have a one and a half year old, so Mama will be around for a while).

What is your favorite thing about being a mom? I can demand kisses and hugs and I get them! And high fives, too. Seriously, I just love watching them learn new things. My son figuring out how to “pester” his big sister and my daughter is now starting to learn how to write, instead of typing on the laptop. I sit back and think “I created these two.”

What is your biggest motherhood challenge? I don’t have just “one” biggest challenge. The first one is trying to make the right decisions so that they grow up to be good people. I want them to be able to make good choices in life, but how does a Mom teach this? If anyone knows how, let me know!

The second one is learning to let go. My daughter is at the age where she will be going to Pre-K and I just hate the thought of her experiencing life without me. It’s been my kids and I, all day, every day for so long – I just don’t want to give that up.

My third one is more for my daughter. I have no idea how my mother raised me to have such a good self image and high self esteem…..and she has no idea how she did it either. LOL. Again, if anyone knows the answer to that one, please share!

Finally, I don’t want my kids to be the ones that succumb to peer pressure, so how do I make sure they don’t feel the need to do what everyone else is doing? No clue. If I figure it all out, I’ll share it on my blog!

If you could say one thing to every new mother, what would it be? I’ve got two things: Don’t buy baby socks. They are a waste of money. This is the same for ALL BABIES. Just get outfits with feet attached to the legs. I kid you not.

Be prepared for your kid to hate you once in a while, because it will happen. They don’t always say the words “I hate you” but they think it and show it, in hopes that you will cave and give in. DON’T CAVE. Stick to your guns. Make sure your partner backs you up and vice versa. Be a united front. Those kids will divide and conquer if you let them! Even when they are just days old!

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  1. I love your questions about raising your children. While many people try to answer from the angle of “I know it all” you are refreshingly humble. Its good to know I’m not alone in trying to find those answers! 🙂

    I can’t wait to read your book! I know I’m going to love it! And I want a signed copy! 🙂

  2. Golden Lily says:

    Great job Staci!!! Love your comment about baby socks – that made me nuts! And my son is 6 and still calls me Mama!

    • Sofia-I am far from a know it all….most days I just hope I don’t screw them up so bad they have to be in therapy for their entire adult lives. LOL. And I am far from finishing that book….just started narrowing down my topics, so it will be a looooooong time before I’ll be signing any copies! But you’ll be the first (in the year 3000 when I finally finish it, LOL).
      Dan – My daughter called me Mama until she turned 2, I should have made that more clear on their. She wasn’t silent until she turned two, just called me Mama. And at the age of 3 and a half, goes back and forth between Mommy, Mom-Mom and Mom. No more Mama. Which I miss, but I got the little one who does it, so I’ll try to keep him saying Mama. I just love that.many don’t, but I love it.

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