My inspiration to start The Real Moms came when I had been home from the hospital one week after having had my second baby. My firstborn (18 months at the time) some how got his hand under our vacuum, giving him a full-thickness/3rd degree burn. Finding myself spending hours on end viewing the perfect Instagram accounts every time I nursed our baby quickly left me feeling severely inadequate about my life as a wife and mom. I knew that was not the intention of those accounts, but I still had these feelings. I knew I couldn’t be alone, either. I thought about ways to create a community for parents world-wide to be able to come together for moments of laughter, sorrow, and joy. That is why I started the Instagram account- an opportunity to share photos globally as a universal language, with our particular expression about reality, in all its messy glory.
I am a former critical care nurse married to a family medicine physician. We have two little boys, a goldendoodle and 6 chickens. I used to run an international company based in Washington, DC, flying abroad every other week. I went through 3 passports and 24 countries in my first year and a half. I was a nursing officer on Disney Cruise Lines, worked on a private Bahamian island as the sole medical provider, was assistant nurse manager for 65 bed, level 1 trauma center, and won the junior olympics for cross-country mountain biking in my age division.