I have learned nothing about balance, but I have somehow managed to do both at the same time. I take Wolfy to work with me, so it is less of a balance and more of a sticky mash-up of motherhood and career. I love having him at work with me because I’m not distracted wondering how he’s doing. It’s the best. Plus, he is having lots of interesting experiences and meeting lots of people. He loves being on set. He charms everyone in the room and keeps the mood light. It’s almost better than having a puppy on set. Almost.
I haven’t really noticed a difference to be honest.
My favourite person to photograph is Sarah Gadon, who, coincidentally, was the first person to tell me about Ani + Wren!
We started calling him Wolfy when I was still pregnant with him. There’s no real story, just that we talked about thousands of names and both thought Wolfgang was a very cool one. It’s classic but not very common, so it was cool without being a made-up name or a name hybrid of some kind. His first name is Charles, so Wolfy is really a nickname. We use both at home, but with his crazy hair he is a pretty serious Wolfy to me.
He doesn’t really talk yet because he is only 15 months, but once when he was up in the night and calling out he said, “Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama! Elmo! Dada!” That was pretty memorable.
Every weekend we have pancake breakfast. Wolfy likes to dip his in a combo of Greek yogurt and maple syrup, and then our cat Mickey stations herself close by and licks his fingers. He giggles. It’s the best.
I have had exactly ONE epic “girls’ night” since Wolfy was born and it involved a (possibly illegal) firepit in my backyard and a make your own sundae bar, while Wolfy was upstairs sleeping. That was great. It has been sustaining me since last summer. If I can pee alone once in a day I consider that my “time for myself”.
I really don’t know where this line is. I do post some photos and videos online if I feel comfortable with it in my gut. I think this moment in our lives is unlike any other, because obviously sharing about our lives is at an all-time high. I try not to go too crazy with it, but it’s hard to hold back. The world needs to know about this zany little character.
Do whatever it takes to keep you both alive.
Images sourced from @caitcronenberg