Monday, January 28, 2008

The (lack of) brains behind the blog

Hi, my name is Tania. It rhymes with lasagna. Now when you think of something warm and cheesy you'll think of me and this here blog. Go ahead and try to get that image out of your head.

If you'd like, you can call me Chicky - my name apparently being so damn hard to pronounce and all (Why hello little thing on my shoulder. What's your name? Chip? Yeah, I thought so.). It's also the nickname I gave my three year old daughter upon her birth. Hence the blog name: Chicky Chicky Baby. Well, that and my tendency to repeat myself, though these days with two kids it's more of a necessity and less of a personality flaw. I know, totally clever.

My kid is totally cool. Much cooler than me. Surprisingly I'm okay with that. Because she may be cool but I can drink a beer and she can't.

I'm also Mom to a newborn baby girl whom I call C.C. See how I did that? Chicky Chicky? C.C.? If you think that's something you should stick around and prepare to be astounded.

This is C.C. She's going through an Emo phase. Listening to lots of Morrissey these days.

Besides having kids, I'm married to this pretty smart guy whom I refer to as Mr. C. He puts up with my baggage and gave me two pretty babies so I think I'll keep him. Plus, he occasionally supplies me with some choice blog fodder.

Not my husband.
He doesn't like me to post his picture. But Jason Bateman and Mr. C do look quite a bit alike. And I get to pretend I'm married to a rich actor.
Hey, a woman can dream.

Now you know the basics, but there's more. Much more.

In a nutshell - I'm a motherless mom, having lost my mother in 2004 to colon cancer. I'm also a wife who is commitment phobic, since I had to test drive one husband before settling on this one. I'm a couch potato with a bad case of wanderlust and a wallflower who after just a glass of wine or two might be found dancing on tables. I'm a lapsed Catholic who enjoys taking the Lord's name in vain and swears like a trucker and a dog trainer by trade who really loves her cat... Or a cat lover who really enjoys being around dogs. Take your pick. I am many woman. I'm also a bit schizophrenic. But don't tell the voices that. They think they're perfectly sane.

You want me at your next party. Trust me.

I hope you enjoy this blog. It was not created to solve any of the world's problems but I hope it will resonate with another parent or two who once had a mind before they had children. I find if I keep a steady supply of alcohol around life still moves along reasonably well. You won't find that nugget in any of the parenting books, I'll tell ya.

All love letters, hate mail, requests for products reviews or advertising, song dedications, pleas for help and crazed manifestos should be sent to Chicky Chicky Baby [at] Hotmail [dot] com.




Anonymous said...

Hi Tania,
I love your blog and often direct my students to read your work. I'm a Vancouver-based
writer and editor and just published by first book last year, an anthology on motherhood
called Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood. After receiving
dozens of emails from women who wanted to tell their own stories, I started teaching Writing
for Moms both in Vancouver and online (and a friend has started classes in Toronto). We
do a whole session on blogs and the best blog writing on motherhood and you're on my list.
Any chance you could check out what I'm doing and help me spread the word among your
readers...who may want to learn how to document their own motherhood experience in words?
If you have second, please check it out at:

Would love to hear from you.
Thanks so much,

Cori Howard
Founder, Teacher, Writer, Mother, Struggling and Juggling Human

Merrily Down the Stream said...

I never read this before.
I have a girl-crush on you!
I wonder if that is narcissistic as you sound a hell of a lot like me!

Denise Thomas said...

Hi. New here, and am pretty sure that either a.) we were seperated at birth,or b.)we are soul sistas. No, seriously. You don't mind if a sit a spell, do ya? 'Cause I'm gonna hafta lurk, perhaps stalk, and we'll take it from there. In the meantime, perhaps I could work on my grammar...

Angela said...

I'm digging your blog from the sunny wine country in California. Come by for a glass sometime. Hope you don't mind, I'll be back to brush up on my sarcasm. PS. I like to mix my wine with Tylenol pm. angela

pamela said...

I love your blog! Its so open and hilarious. Def will be coming back!

My grandma (my 2nd mom) passed away from colon cancer almost two years ago :(

GChen said...

I'm a mom, a blogger, and a Ph.D. student, and I need your help. I'm doing a study about why women blog, and you have been selected at random to participate in a short survey about what motivates you to blog and what you get out of blogging.

Here is the link:

Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Gina M. Chen
Ph.D. student
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University
215 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100

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