Christy is a writer and editor who has worked in magazines for about 14 years now. Most recently, she was a deputy editor at Philadelphia magazine; these days, she's freelancing (though still writes frequently for Philly Mag, as well as other publications) and running Wee Wander, the website for Philly parents that she co-founded with her best bud and colleague, Ashley Primis. She's also mom to Luke, who's three!
what was the thing that surprised you most when you became a mom?
I was surprised at how much I trusted myself with mothering. Not that I didn't appreciate the advice. I definitely did, and sought it regularly. But I was surprised that I wasn't more nervous, more worried, more neurotic about the whole endeavor. I trusted my gut more than I would have guessed!

 what do you wish someone else had told you about parenting
so you would be better prepared?
That virtually everything -- weird sleep issues, breastfeeding hiccups, whatever -- is temporary. It won't last, even if it feels like it's going be your new normal. I think that perspective might've helped me relax a little and not feel so anxious to hurry up and "fix" everything that wasn't going the way I wanted it to.

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what is your biggest accomplishment you are most proud of?

It's a little early to call this an accomplishment quite yet, but I will say that it makes me mighty happy to see my little guy show empathy toward other people. Raising a loving, brave, good person will be the ultimate accomplishment. (Ps. I'm also pretty proud of Wee Wander!)

 organic boys clothes

what is your biggest pet peeve?

First place: The cultural tendency to use "mom" as shorthand for "lame" or "lacking" (see: "mom haircut", "mommy brain", "soccer mom" and etc.). Most of the moms I know are the same smart, competent, cute, funny, successful people they were before kids, only now they're multi-tasking geniuses, too.

Second place: Loud chewing.

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if you had a day kid free to do anything you want, what would you do?

Is it so cliche to say "go to the spa"? Because, really, that's what I daydream about: A massage, a body wrap, a steam, a facial and hours of reading magazines and drinking champagne in a big fluffy bathrobe. Sigh.

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