Mom: Laurie George

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Jessica Myers
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September 2016 in
Dallas-FortWorthBaby
UPDATED
September 27, 2016
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Before becoming a full-time mommy and business owner, Laurie George, 36, taught English as a Second Language and helmed a language center through Fort Worth ISD. Now the Fort Worth mom instills her love for learning in her two boys — Harrison, 2 ½, and new baby brother Merritt, 12 months — and frequents antique malls with her husband Darien, managing partner at Mackenzie Eason & Associates, to find stock for her vintage china and glassware rental company, Pretty Little Plates.

DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW YOU WANTED CHILDREN?
I never felt a strong mothering instinct and, to be truthful, I never felt a draw towards anyone’s children that I met until I was in my 30s. I’m a rational thinker and in my rational mind I knew that I would do what most people do — have kids. I wasn’t in any hurry to do that until I felt that little urge. That really didn’t happen until I met the right person and got married.
 
TELL ME ABOUT FINDING OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT WITH MERRITT.
I had gone to the doctor for my annual visit. As part of the routine visit, they take a urine sample. When they came back, they said, ‘We can’t do the procedure today because you’re pregnant.’ Me: ‘What? Excuse me? You’re kidding!’ Harrison had just turned 1. I breastfed the full year and just didn’t think about it.
 
WHAT WAS YOUR HUSBAND'S REACTION?
Silence, on the phone. Him: ‘Are you kidding?’ Me: ‘No, this is legit.’ By the time I got home [from the doctor’s office], he was excited. We felt proud of ourselves that we were mid-30s and [getting pregnant] was so easy. We had two miscarriages before we had Harrison, so it felt like a gift that we didn’t have to go through the heartbreak again.
 
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES TRANSITIONING INTO A FAMILY OF FOUR?
Merritt is more of a sensitive kid. Also the smiley-est kid ever, but he strictly nurses. No bottles at all. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to nurse this long but it makes it difficult because we have two boys. We are raising future men. We want them to have a strong, positive relationship and bond with Darien. And I think that because Merritt is so dependent on me for food, it is hard to keep things from being Merritt-and-Mom, Harrison-and-Daddy. We long for more time with the other to continue the Mommy-son, Daddy-son relationship. I take Harrison out for a special treat or play on the floor together, and then Darien will do the same thing with Merritt.
 
HOW IS HARRISON TAKING TO HIS NEW ROLE AS BIG BROTHER?
He does typical jealous behaviors, but he is intuitive about what the baby needs and loves to entertain the baby. When he approaches Merritt, the baby’s face lights up. Harrison pats him on the back saying, ‘How you doing, baby?’ If crying, ‘He needs an animal,’ and brings him toys. He knows when Merritt is upset. He’ll let us know if the baby has something in his mouth that he shouldn’t.
 
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER MOMS ADDING A SECOND (OR MORE) TO THEIR FAMILY?
They say your heart expands. I think your patience expands too. Your ability to do more expands, and it does not seem, at least to me, any harder. In fact, the first child was harder. It involved accepting a loss of self — life is not about you anymore. With the second, it’s more about opening up your heart and your life.
 
ANYTHING YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WITH YOUR FIRST?
I wish that I had known how fast the time goes when they’re young. Newborns are really hard, but that’s only for three months. You blink your eyes and it’s gone. You can never love or hug a baby too much. Just cherish the time.
SIDEBAR

Laurie's 8 Parenting Must-Haves

1. My Emily Ley Simplified Planner makes my life easier, and occasionally using a meal service such as Freshly during those really busy weeks.  

2. I swear by Cherish the First 6 Weeks: A Plan that Creates Calm, Confident Parents and a Happy, Secure Baby by Helen Moon — it’s the perfect read as a new mom on how to map out your days with a newborn. For my oldest, I’m enjoying How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success by Tovah P. Klein.   

3. We use 3 Sprouts canvas bins for the nursery. I love bins because they allow for quick cleanup, and the kids can help.  

4. I’ve become addicted to Beautycounter products because of their natural color palette and the way they moisturize my skin.

5. A double stroller. We use the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite

6. I’m crazy about The Happy Lark for cute clothing and imaginative toys.

7. Merritt would never take a bottle or a pacifier, so the ZoLi Chubby Gummy gum massagers and ZoLi BOT Straw Sippy Cups have been lifesavers.

8. I love to give personalized or handmade gifts to my mom friends. Everyone gets burp cloths from my favorite local brand, Lovin Ewe, and a Bannor Toys personalized wooden teether.  


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