A Mama That Inspires- Interview with Failure to Thrive No More

a mama that inspires

“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” -Gail Tsukiyama

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”-Sophia Loren

Having mom friends or fellow moms that you look up to is extremely important. Motherhood is a tricky game.   You can feel so lonely, even though you physically rarely have a moment alone. Being a mom can present tempting reasons to just isolate yourself, for example:

  • You are the first one to have a baby in your group of friends
  • It is hard to find like-minded moms
  • You are too busy

The ironic thing is all the reasons above to not make mom friends are also great reasons that you NEED to make mom friends. I know that it can be intimidating, which is funny coming from me, who always had a ton of friends growing up and was always a social butterfly. However, it is different when you become a mom. It is almost like I lost all my ability to socialize.

“Hi. I made babies. You made babies. Want to be my best friend?” 

Hypothetically speaking, I have never actually used that mommy friend pick up line (or have I? I do have sleep deprivation.) Who knows? 🙂

Strangely enough, I said all of the above to say this. I am grateful for the mom friends I have met while on this blogging journey. This wonderful Mama you are about to “meet” is so inspiring and is also a fellow blogger. I have never met her in person, but this girl encourages and inspires me. I know that if I ever got to meet Jennifer we would have a blast and TONS to talk about. I love that she is so honest about herself and her family.

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JJ and Mama (Jennifer)

A Mama That Inspires: Failure To Thrive No More

Please introduce yourself and your blog to my readers.

Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am the woman behind Failure to Thrive No More. The reason I started to blog was to use it as an outlet for my stress and frustrations. Our son Jaxson was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder and I wanted to take our story and share it with the world. I hoped to help another family struggling to find answers, let them know that there is hope. I have also included my love for health and fitness, our life as a military family, and more.

When did you begin your blogging journey?

I began my blogging journey on June 2018, can’t believe it’ll be almost a year! I’m definitely hooked.

Can you describe your blogging style?

I would have to say that my blogging style is humor. I love to write and include funny things in my post!

What was your greatest failure and how did you overcome it?

My greatest failure, that’s a good one. Definitely my affiliate marketing skills. I signed up for Share a Sale thinking it would be easy, turns out it wasn’t. I’m slowly getting a little better at it, I am reading Carly’s affiliate marketing program and hope to be even more successful in it this year.

jaxson and jj

Jaxson and JJ

What do you do in your spare time?

I do a lot of lounging around on the couch catching up on my Investigation Discovery shows or Netflix. When I’m not doing that you can find me in the garage working out, studying for class, and hanging out with the boys.

What are the biggest trends in your niche?

Currently, a lot of the healthy recipes and workout posts seem to be doing quite well in my niche. I recently shared a recipe on Chocolate Banana Egg White Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Egg White Oatmeal–they’re doing great. I will be doing a free workout printable sometime soon!

What are some things people don’t know about you?

I am half Japanese and I speak Japanese! I grew up on a little island called Okinawa and I miss it terribly. I may be biased but the food and the culture is just so awesome, I can’t wait to go home and visit. I met my husband James there and we fell in love and got married within three months–crazy I know, but when you know you know. I use to draw a lot growing up, mostly anime. I was in the Marine Corps JROTC Program for FOUR years, haha.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

My typical day starts around 0630 when I wake our oldest up for school, I am trying to get up earlier than that but it hasn’t happened yet. We take JJ to the bus stop around 0730 where he’s gone until 1645. Jaxson has Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy on Monday and Thursday mornings. He has Physical Therapy every Wednesdays. Other than that I’m generally relaxing on the couch from a sleepless night (thanks to Jaxson), catching up on shows, doing homework, or working on my blog until I pick up JJ at the bus stop. I usually like to work out in the mornings but lately, I’ve been doing it when our oldest gets home since he loves the garage.

Best Mama Hack?

Best Mama hack? I use our kitchen scissors to slice up pizza, and other big foods for Jaxson. He still has trouble feeding so I want to make the pieces as small as possible. I love that hack!

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Jaxson

Tell us about your sweet Jaxson. Any resources that you would like to include?

Our son Jaxson has kept us on our toes since he was in my belly. At 20 weeks we found he had a two vessel cord so we were sent to a Perinatal Specialist where they monitored me throughout the pregnancy. Growth scans frequently, non-stress tests frequently, he sure kept us busy. When Jaxson was born on February 22nd, 2017 we knew he was going to continue to keep us on our toes. He lost a pound within two days of leaving the hospital, screamed, cried, couldn’t eat well. We found that he had a terrible suck and swallow and started feeding therapy. When he was 6 months old he was diagnosed with an airway defect, Laryngomalacia. At 8 months we were sent to Physical therapy because he couldn’t roll or sit up. We were sent to a Genetics team a few hours away to find answers, and in December we opted to do the WGS (genetic testing). April 2018 we got a phone call that Jaxson has the Dyrk1a Syndrome, it’s a deletion of the Dyrk1a gene within the 21st Chromosome. I know, a lot to take in. I was both happy and sad, happy we got answers and sad for what’s to come. He was going to have a challenging life but I know he will do his best to overcome it. Below are some useful information about Laryngomalacia and Dyrk1a Syndrome.

Coping With LM

Dyrk1a Syndrome

Thank you, Failure To Thrive No More!

 

I also want to include a few posts from Jennifer that I think you would really enjoy, especially if you are a Mama to a special needs child. ❤

Jaxson Update: He Keeps Us On Our Toes!

You: An Open Letter To A Medical Mama

You can find Jennifer and Failure To Thrive No More on the following social media. ❤

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“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

 

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4 Comments »

  1. Thank you so, so much for this awesome post!!! You did a wonderful job and I love that “I made a baby. You made a baby. Let’s be friends” bit lol. I’m so awkward I would say that 😆

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