Interview with Owner, Julie Trotter

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As business partners, longtime friends, and “mommy colleagues” – Julie and Corinne know just about everything there is to know about each other.  But they want to be sure Happy Baby Solutions partners and clients know them, too.  In the spirit of family and familiarity, Julie and Corinne will each interview the other.  Corinne interviews Julie below.

Q: Julie, when did you first know you wanted to be an infant care specialist?

I always knew I wanted to work with children.  Babies were a passion of mine even back when I was a pre-teen.  At that point I didn’t know there was such a thing as an infant care specialist, but I knew I definitely wanted to work with babies in some type of setting.

Q:  A lot of people have a hard time working with babies because they don’t understand their language.  When did you first realize you had a gift for connecting with babies?

When I was about 13 I started babysitting for my family members and was always the person everyone turned to when a baby was crying.  If my other siblings were holding a baby and the baby started crying, they’d look at me and hand over the baby for me to calm.  I have always been a natural baby calmer and I really think it comes down to just feeling comfortable with babies and staying calm myself when the baby is all worked up.

Q:  As a new mom yourself, what’s been the most challenging part about life with a newborn.

I would have to say having other children to care for really makes a big difference in being a mom.  The first time around, all you have to focus on is your new baby and yourself.  There aren’t piles of laundry, toy messes, and constant family activities.  With more children in the picture you get much less sleep and are so much busier with daily life activities and duties.  So handling a newborn on top of everything else is definitely more challenging.  Some days I feel like my baby lives in her swing because we are all so busy!  Sleep deprivation is the other hard thing to deal with.  Even with a “good” baby that sleeps 4-6 hour stretches at night, you still feel exhausted.

Q:  I’m sure a lot of other busy moms will feel relieved to hear you admit that it’s a challenge and your baby spends lots of time in the swing.  See, even for infant care specialists, having a newborn is tough work, right?

A:  Absolutely!  So if I could share one main piece of advice to new moms, it would be to ask for help when you need it and please, accept any offers of help that come your way.  Don’t try to be “supermom” by attempting to do everything around the house plus taking care of a newborn.   Finding time for yourself is so crucial – whether it’s by simply taking a bubble bath or actually getting out for a pedicure.  Spending time on yourself will make you a better mom – you’ll be revived and able to enjoy that special time with your newborn even more.

Stop by next week for Julie’s interview with Corinne!

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