Baby Maker: Megan O'Neill
Physical Location: Brooklyn, New York
Mental Location: I'm back and forth between Jamaica and Paris
Number of kids and ages: 1 boy, he's 1.5--how are we hear already!!?
Did you always want to be a parent?
Yes, but it's no less surreal now that I am one. It's wild, all of it, from the fever dream that is giving birth to watching the 1.5 year old you produced run around and start to say things---and all the terrors and joys in between.
Describe your parenting style in three words.
Physical, loving, indecisive
Has your work changed at all since becoming a mom? If so how?
I have slightly better boundaries around stopping in the evening. You simply cannot do the juggle of, say, crafting a real email or thoughtful response AND simultaneously watch a baby. Both will suffer--the email will be gibberish and the baby will fall into something and hit his head. And you will feel crummy. Baby comes home from daycare, and I stop working. Maybe I resume after he's gone to bed--and I have done that maaannnnny a night---but it's too much, to fiendishly work into the night these days. I really try to get the urgent stuff done within the work day. Obviously my to-do list is a thousand miles long, but that's what it is, and I'm working on being fine with that.
Where do you find inspiration? Do you find inspiration?
My mom--she raised me and my brother in New York City completely by herself. Emotionally and financially all by herself. I couldn't do that. I remember her coming home from the office and then starting on a freelance assignment that she'd work through the night on--so that I could continue to go to my school or basketball camp. It takes my breath away that she did that, now that I see what an enormous job it is to be a mother. When something is hard, I think of her staying up all night after work or just having no one next to her in bed to bounce ideas or fears off of---and it makes me buck up.
If there was a billboard that everyone in the world could see, what would you say on it?
ABORTION IS A HUMAN RIGHT
What's your best 'beauty' hack during pregnancy or postpartum? Something the freestyle fam should know!
To keep moving as much as possible--walking and Pilates is magic.
Best self care ritual?
I am the most hardcore walker. I walk everywhere. Like miles and miles, no matter what it's doing outside. I think it's the secret to longevity.