We are so excited to introduce you to the next mom, author and blogger for our Blogger Profile Series. As a mom of two, Jamie’s refreshing honesty about her experiences as a mom bring life to her personal journey and experiences as she navigates life with a son who who diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Autism. As she ponders, “I am the luckiest woman, mom, and wife in the world. Or am I the unluckiest…? It really depends on the day” that will have you hooked by her beautiful writing and honesty about being a mother and a women. Check out her interview with her and learn what she is donating at our next swap in Manhattan on 5/31.
Little Swappies: What is your blog about?
Jamie Krug: I am the mother to an inquisitive daughter named Parker and the mischievous-grinned Owen. My blog, Our Stroke of Luck, tells the story of my family’s day-to-day struggles and triumphs in the wake of the devastating and still largely misunderstood and rare diagnosis my son received at birth. We found out shortly after he was born that he’d had a stroke in utero that has since resulted in diagnoses of both Cerebral Palsy and Autism. It has been a tough road for us all, but there have been plenty of happy tears to balance out the sad, and silver linings found on just about every cloud.
Little Swappies: What are some of your favorite budget-friendly ways to enjoy NYC?
Jamie Krug: We love taking the children to Central Park to take long exploratory walks, or go on impromptu scavenger hunts! Another favorite pastime is watching pickup basketball games, discovering new playgrounds, and visiting FAO Schwarz to check out and play with new toys and games (I am a firm believer that it is possible, and quite often a healthy lesson, that children do not need to leave every store with something new in their hands).
Little Swappies: How often do you donate and what do you give away?
Jamie Krug: We donate to charities such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army multiple times each year. Every Fall and Spring I go through the children’s clothes and give away those items that they have outgrown. At four and five years old, those two are growing like weeds! I always keep one or two items that are their current favorites, but it feels good knowing that the rest will find good homes with other kids. I usually take my daughter with me on at least one of those deliveries, so she can not only hear about, but also have the opportunity to participate in the process and see the good that it does, firsthand. I strongly believe that instilling values such as volunteerism and charity are done through more than just telling our children about them – but by showing them, as well.
Little Swappies: What was the best thing you found at a thrift store?
Jamie Krug: This is an easy one for me… My late grandmother had given me a large, beautiful porcelain salt container that had a gorgeous floral pattern on it. One day, I was lucky enough to stumble on a sugar container that was an exact match to my grandmother’s! I cannot begin describe how truly thrilled (and surprisingly emotional) I was when I spotted it on the shelf. It was a treasure in more ways than one…
Jamie Krug is a writer, wife, and stay-at-home-mom with a full-time job as the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) of her family. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post where she is a regular contributor, as well as AOL and a number of other publications. She has also been published as a contributor in the nonfiction anthology The HerStories Project. She is mother to an inquisitive daughter named Parker and the mischievous-grinned Owen. She prides (embarrasses?) herself by stating out loud what other mothers may feel but wouldn’t dare say… Jamie can be found at JamieKrugAuthor.com, as well as on Twitter, Instagram, and on Facebook.