This is our second in a series of interviews with real MichiGirls. Each interview will include a few questions about Michigan as well as a few personal insights. Today we have the pleasure of reading about Rachelle. Rachelle and I met at the University of Michigan during our first year of graduate school at the School of Information. Both Rachelle and I were residence hall librarians. Rachelle works as a systems analyst at a local health care system and recently became a mother! Her son Tristan was born this past December.
Why do you like living in Michigan?
Living in Michigan is never boring. We are surrounded by the four seasons pretty everyday. Anyone can vacation and feel like their in a different state/place in any city. You have a little of everything: farm, city life, rural, cultural area.
What is your favorite Michigan weekend getaway? and why?
Mackinac Island is a place where the sounds are so different than anywhere else. No smog or the sounds of cars or traffic. The only traffic are the people and horses. I love feeling the wind pushes my entire body alongside the water while I bike the island 3 or 4 times. It’s peaceful and calming to bike an entire island without cars.
What is your favorite Michigan product? and why?
I absolutely LOVE Guernsey Milk. I love that it’s local and fresh. I love that their skim milk tastes like it’s whole milk – rich, smooth and fresh. It’s available in most supermarkets too! If someone offered me milk – I would have to pass on it if it isn’t Guernsey.
What would you consider to be your baby essentials?
Pacifier (more than 3 in case you lose them) Aquaphor for the dry skin! SwaddleMe – Babies love to be swaddled when they sleep! Aden & Anais Muslin Blankets – nice & light coverup for breastfeeding and multi-use iPod – need the sound of waterfall, white noise app, music everywhere you go. And music is great for me and the baby!
If you had a babysitter for the day, what would you do to pamper yourself?
Acupuncture from my favorite place: Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan and see Monica Leibson. Then I would take a break and have the best sushi/soup lunch at Ajishin in Novi. Following that, I would get a deep tissue massage from Eileen Ramos at Blissful Healings, take a long hot shower and nap for more than 5 hrs in a row. Unfortanately, picking even one thing from my list above would take me a month – given that I am back to work, breastfeeding and plan around Tristan’s schedule. It won’t be too long before I can do the things I used to do.
What have you discovered about yourself after becoming a mom?
The unconditional love for another human being, falling madly in love with someone who grew to be a part of you is now an independent little person! I have discovered that to have very low expectations (leaving the house at a decent time, planning a day), and to let go of things that can wait, like chores, bills, work etc. Also, that parenting is about “letting go” – the minute they were born, as kids have to figure things out on their own. That advice is extremely challenging for me. I also think that being a mom let’s me become “creative” in handling situations with Tristan and exploring different ways of doing things and enjoying life! Work to live…not live to work.