Swimmom’s Weblog

Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

About me October 21, 2007

I’m a stay at home mom of 2 just trying to get this whole parenting thing right (or right enough so I don’t completely mess up my kids).  I call my family the melting pot because we are a beautiful interracial mix. I am African American, American Indian, and Caucasian (Welsh), and my husband is Italian and Lithuanian. So you can only imagine the beautiful and somewhat confused mix of my kids. I am just hoping they grow up to embrace their ethnicities,  and find their spot in this world where anything they want to achieve is literally at their fingertips. Daily life as a stay-at-home mom is humorous at times, very challenging at other times and the best decision I have made.

Oh yeah, I graduated from the University of Texas, where I played sports, so of course, I bleed Orange. Hook ‘Em!


12 Responses to “About me”

  1. I see your babies are almost the same age as mine… well, George is a little older so you’re less of a rookie 😉

    Would you be interested in helping us compile a week of fun baby-and-mom friendly outings in the Philly area? Let me know. I see you already have a good start!

  2. MomofAyana Says:

    I’m so excited about the big book of recipes. I’ve been trying to find things that my 18 month old daughter likes to eat and since she learned the word “no” it’s been difficult.

    We started having fun social events for babies and the next one is on Sunday, February 20th. Please join us from 2pm – 5pm at The Guild (735 Fairmount Avenue). Details are available in the blog at http://www.ayanawinfield.com.

  3. Hello,

    Have you heard about the new book, “The Modern Mom’s Guide to Dads?
    Sara Landriault, President, National Family Childcare Association wrote “As a mom at home I find the book refreshing and inspiring on learning a dad`s point of view.”

    “I have to say that I truly wish that I would have read this book while I was pregnant with my son. When I first began to read this book I was really resentful at some of the points it was making (such as a guy needs to feel he is still number one even with an infant around) and I started to ask my husband if he agreed with the author, HE DID!!!!! So then I tried to read the book from my husband’s perspective and talking to my husband about some of the info in the book and I was finally (after almost two years of my son’s life) starting to see it from his perspective. My husband was also able to start talking about some of the things that he had felt during the pregnancy, and after because he finally felt like he was not the only man who felt this way. This book really focus’ on communication as a couple after the children are born, believe me when I say that no matter how well you communicated as a couple before children that communication DOES change when you have children, it is inevitable due to feelings of total responsibility, exhaustion, excitment, and fear!!!! This book can help put you and your husband back on track as a couple and as parents. I would recommend this book to expecting parents,new parents or even parents with older children, it is never too late to start to understand what your husband is really feeling but too afraid to tell you.”
    Kathy, http://www.Raisingthem.com

    This book will also make a great gift for your mom friends.

    For more information about the book and co-authors log on to http://www.momsguidetodads.com.

    The book is available in bookstores and amazon.com.


    Jesse Jayne Rutherford and Hogan Hilling

  4. Barbara Says:

    I am also named Swimmom! Both of my kids swam at Bucknell U so they also bleed orange (and blue).
    Someone told me about your blog and I had to check it out! Great Job!

    PS- I am a fellow NJ resident! Go Garden State!

  5. swimmom Says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I swam at the University of Texas, so I figured once a swimmer always a swimmer, it’s in my blood. I’m sure you understand! Thanks for reading!

  6. Hello Swimmom,

    My name is Kevin Riordan, and I do communications and sundry other things for the nonprofit Camden Children’s Garden.

    If you haven’t already, you and your fans (and their kids) ought to check us out. We’ve got four acres of gardens, amusement rides, educational exhibits and a bunch of fun fountains for cooling-off purposes.

    We’re at the Camden Waterfront, and at http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org

    Have a great summer!


  7. Thanks so much for the really nice (and of course really true!) comments about my Kid Junction of Mount Laurel. I LOVE to hear positive, and more importantly, un-solicited feedback from our clients (of course it doesn’t hurt that you love us!) We are working really hard to get the good word out about Kid Junction of Mount Laurel. Thanks again, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends back at Kid Junction! Please be sure to say hi to me, as I am the owner and love to talk to everyone.

  8. gia giasullo Says:

    Not sure if your readers may be interested, but perhaps!
    Seeking Children’s Drawings for Publication I am a graphic designer (and a mom), preparing a collection of
    children’s rejected drawings to be published in book format. The drawings I am seeking are the ones that ‘didn’t make it’. The drawings that were abandoned, scribbled or scratched over, torn and/ or crumpled with frustration.Please contact me at gia@studioeg.com if you are interested, and I will provide you with additional information about myself, this project, and how your child’s drawings may be include

  9. Megan Kafer Says:


    Don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog, but I enjoy it, thanks. I’m actually moving back to Philly next month after living in Austin for 6 years. We original moved to TX so my husband could train with Longhorn Aquatics for the 2004 Olympics. Now he’s a coach and we’re moving back to Philly with our 2 daughters (2.5 and 10months). We too are an interracial family (Ryan is 1/2 Samoan, 1/2 Dutch – I am Welsh/Scottish) and the girls have the beauty to show for it!

  10. Anna Says:

    Thought this would be amazing for you to pass along to your readers….

    Bob the Builder and the Can-Do Crew are coming to the Beacon Theatre for 3 SHOWS this Spring! In the singing, dancing, and building extravaganza, Bob the Builder LIVE! Spud’s Big Mess, Bob the Builder, his business partner Wendy, trusty machine-team members Scoop, Dizzy, Lofty and Scrambler and other favorite friends from Sunflower Valley, face a big job: to build the first recycling plant in Sunflower Valley.

    Purchase your presale tickets NOW through Saturday, January 24th, at 9PM before they go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 25th, at 9AM.

    The presale code is: *BOBV*

    I am sure you are wondering about Dora the Explorer… I never received the code from MSG- however I am hoping that when I do get it, that you’d be the first to know about!

    Have a great day!!

    -Anna D.

  11. Anna Says:


    this is the link where you can purchase them!!

    happy new year!

  12. elizabeth Says:

    what is fun Friday? I will be in the Philly area in Nov-Dec with my 2 yr+ daughter and looking for activities for us to do daily. You list is helpful. Thanks. Know of any play groups….near Bala Cynwyd? Would love to know more, if so. Thanks, Lyz

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