Pregnant Chicken is easily one of the best places on the Internet, maybe in the whole world. And it’s the brainchild (brainchicken?) of Amy Morrison. After a career as a creative director at an ad agency, Amy left to freelance as an art director/graphic designer in 2004. Pregnant Chicken followed in 2010 as Amy’s effort to help other folks navigating pregnancy (and laugh while they do it).
Both of Amy’s sons are in school now so she has a little more time on her hands than when they were babies. Yet, Amy knows those six hours of “free time” fill up quickly with freelance work, laundry, dinner, school runs and cleaning up the occasional cat vomit. There is no structure to her work week – she addresses whatever is screaming or leaking first.
Here’s what Amy had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
I am a much more empathetic person and I’d like to throat punch my smug 22-year old self that thought the world was black and white. I think that’s a good thing. As for negative, I still have trouble stringing a coherent sentence together because I’m always so rushed. I’m not great at savoring right now. I’d like a telepathy machine and a cattle prod for everyone I encounter.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
I never hid the fact that I have kids, but I don’t discuss them too much. It’s hard to tell if people are genuinely interested in your kids or just being courteous, so I save the cooing for my family. Plus, they are the two best kids on the planet so I wouldn’t want people to get jealous, right? Tee hee.
We know a SpitfireMom like Amy has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I cut up all my produce when I get home from shopping, and I wash the kids’ clothes in single loads on cold so there’s no sorting or guessing who that t-shirt belongs to. I have nothing else to share unless you count forgoing showers and only shaving my legs in the summer.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
How the hell to make the after-school-to-dinner stretch work. It is a goat rodeo here almost every night no matter what I do. I curse homework, snacks and dinner making in one hearty “screw you!” Don’t tell me about the crock pot either. Crock pots are just a way for me to do all the work 8 hours earlier and have my son cry “Ew, what’s that smell?” when he gets home from school instead of when I set in down in front of him.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Amy says:
As with anyone, use your common sense – you’re pregnant, not stupid. You’ve got a job to do, but you also have a person to grow. Keep it all in perspective. Also, if someone says there’s cake you stop what you’re doing and eat some damn cake. YOLO, man.
In all seriousness, we all need more cake. Here’s to taking this motherhood thing with a healthy serving of irreverence, honesty and snort-laughs too. Amy, you are my hero.
Julie, Heidi & Jenn
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