Siraya Gloudemans, Mrs. Zookeeper:
Took my journal and made it into a blog that can help others to navigate motherhood. I married my high school sweetheart & love of my life in June 2011. Alex will occasionally guest blog and share his perspective of being a parent in this crazy house. We have rescued our Puggle in February 2012. We got Badger after we were struggling getting pregnant & I needed a baby to love–to get pregnant 6 months later.
After a difficult time getting pregnant, months of modified bed rest for irritable uterus, and a couple other scares, we finally had our miracle little boy, Nolan Alex, on August 2014. Nolan is a bright boy who has brought (& continues to bring) so much joy to our life. After his 1st birthday, & with no difficulty at all, we got pregnant again. After a scare with her heart, very small head, and more irritable uterus, Stella Rose was born on June 2016. Stella’s birthday was also my last day of school and teaching 4 year old kindergarten–a job I absolutely loved and had a huge part of my heart and identity.
I chose to stay home with the two kids and watch them grow into little people. September 2016- 1.5 weeks after Nolan’s 2nd birthday, my teaching training kicked in and I realized the quirks, regression, and difficulties Nolan was experiencing could not be linked to being 2, being a new big brother, and being just plain quirky. After tests, pediatrician visits, referrals, more referrals, and then finally an autism assessment, Nolan was diagnosed with level 2/3 (but going with 2) autism in January 2017. We are now expecting baby 3–saving the gender for a surprise on baby’s birth day. Join me as I navigate all these many roles and hopefully offer someone who is also going through one, some, or all of these situations some sort of community, camaraderie, and peace.
|As a mom, how do you prioritize your day?|
I start my day with all therapies and classes planned out. I then factor in any/all errands needed and how can it be done on the way to/from the therapies. Then fit it meals and naps. During naps I plan blogging and house cleaning that needs to be done.
|What made you decide to start your business or blog?|
I started as a journal to share our journey with our of town family. It grew into helping all moms fell connected and part of a community. We’re all raising a our own zoo!
|Who are your biggest influences?|
I have learned a lot from findingcoopersvoice, thespectrumcompass, rockymtnmomma3, and themommytruth
|What advice would you give moms who work from home?|
Block scheduling. Block out time for errands, self care, meals, appointments, and weekly activities.
|What advice would you give moms who are working to start or build their business?|
You have to invest money to make money, but having something you love to do and are proud of is worth it.
|What one word would you choose to describe yourself?|