Today we meet mom of Kyla (6), Riya-Ray (5) and Knox (3), Cindy Alfino. But she hardly ever gets called Cindy anymore so she tells us. These days it’s more like Mommy, Mom, Mommeeeeeeeee or Mother when she’s in trouble.
This super mom and mom blogger managed to get the “old ball and chain” on her high school sweet heart, and now, 13 years later, they’re three kids and two dogs in to life. Hence the name of her blog 3 Kids 2 Dogs and 1 Old House.
When you take away all the mom stuff though, Cindy is a business owner (insurance brokerage). She also tells us she can be bribed with Nik Naks and Milo, she’s flipping afraid of moths and other flying buggies, she’s tattooed, unable to say no to pizza and is just generally keen to try new things. Except anything that involves water or heights. Or um, bugs.
1. What got you into blogging?
I started for two reasons. 1. I needed an online journal because trying to keep a written one was NOT happening. 2. I felt so alone when I had my first baby, none of my other friends had kids and I just needed to connect with other Moms. My blog enabled me to do both.
2. What are we likely to find on your blog on any given day?
Although we have a strong parenting theme happening on the blog, no life is one dimensional, so I try and mix it up a bit to what interests me. I have a weekly series that is posted every Friday with a behind the scenes look at mixed race couples and everything in between that is whatever I am enjoying that day.
3. Have you met anyone interesting or famous on your blogging journey?
My first encounter with someone famous was being introduced to Graeme Richards and then chatting to him while wondering why on Earth I recognised his face. I’m not good with South African celebrities so it was super blind when I eventually figured out who it was. Eeek. Then I had a two minute slot on the Afternoon Express and met Bonnie and Zola who are regularly on the show and Vicky Davis from Pasella. Again, I had to figure out who they were after the show, time to read more People magazine I think.
4. Describe your first week of being a mom in 3 words.
Indescribable, overwhelming and fulfilling.
5. If we take a look in your nappy/hand bag what would we find?
I think you’d be safer asking what you won’t find. Currently in my handbag: Gum that I don’t chew, nipple cream that I use on my lips (Gross Mom status unlocked), wallet, ID, business card holder, pair of kids socks, bottle of foundation that I need to replace, 4 clips, 2 hair ties, 789 little bits of shiny crap my kids want to keep for later, 5 acorns and the 10876387th letter that the school has sent home about raising money.
6. What time did you wake up this morning?
Um, 7.05. Had a rough night with a sick toddler. But who am I kidding, I live for a chaotic morning and only get up at 7 every morning.
7. When was the last time you slept beyond 9am on a weekend?
Roughly 6 and a half years ago. The good old days.
8. What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Being taken to Grade R and testing out the new jungle gym.
9. What is your favourite fairytale and why?
Does Harry Potter count? It counts.
10. What makes you laugh?
My kids – but not when they are trying to. Those little moments of cuteness where you just can’t help but have a good giggle. I love those moments.
11. What are you reading right now?
Having a bad run with books. Found a random in a desperate moment and trudging through it slowly. Don’t even know what it’s called. I need better books.
12. At what age will you stop telling your kids that ‘babies don’t come from your belly button?’
We had that convo with the kids last year. Telling them how they come out went down relatively well, telling how they get in there is the convo I’m dreading.
13. What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Probably my cell phone – it’s my diary, my camera, my connection. I’d be lost without it.
14. Best piece of mom advice you’ve received, and from whom?
People toss around advice about what you should do faster than they wolf down a Steers burger. As women we know more than what we think we do, give yourself credit that you know or will know what you’re doing. Find one or two moms that you really trust and ask their advice. That’s from me.
15. What’s the most important thing you’d like to teach your child?
Gosh, just one thing? Um. That Jesus loves them and having a relationship with him is a good thing.
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