Your Name: Elizabeth Braatz
Children: 4-year-old twins and a 1-year-old
Work: Owner/operator of Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies; group exercise instructor at the YMCA and domestic dictator of my household.
Favorite part of being a mom: Little voices saying "I love you momma!"
Least favorite part of being a mom: POTTY TRAINING
Famous for: Being a vegetarian who can make a killer tenderloin.
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Happy 4th Birthday to my twins, Emma and Carter! Boy...I cannot believe it's been four years since these two nuts came into my world. They started out at 2 lbs, 14 oz (Carter) and 3 lbs, 0 oz (Emma), not breathing, NICU-bound, etc. Now, four years later, they are active and healthy. They love cooking class, gymnastics, swimming, school and playing in their bounce house. Most of all, they have energy for miles, smiles for eons and can talk your ear off. I love it (most of the time).
We celebrated their birthday this weekend with family and friends with a wonderful party. We have two bounce houses for the kids, lots of great food and a visit from our Red Mango mascot, Miss Mango. (We own Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies in Fox Point) She led the kids in the pinata and a good, ole fashioned dance party. It was such a riot! Everyone enjoyed themselves and all three of my kids slept like rocks that night.
Come the next day, my 18-month-old wakes up with a 104 degree fever. We bee-lined it for urgent care, where we spent the next three hours. My husband was up north so I was solo with the three kids for several hours. My children were amazingly well behaved as we waited for their little sister to be seen. Though the doctor was not sure why she spiked the high fever (and still has it), we are pulling through.
My point in mentioning this event was to acknowledge that motherhood is one, crazy rollercoaster. One day, you're celebrating, excited and joyous. The next day, you're nervous, scared and worried. Emotions last a day, maybe only an hour, maybe only a minute and then change. It's quite amazing!
Kids are Awesome!
I DO love having kids and would not change my world for anything. I have much more wrinkles at the ripe age of 32 and probably need highlites a bit more frequently but can't imagine not getting a wake up call from those three buggers every day. If you have kids, you live on this rollercoaster. I hope you never want to get off the ride!