Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mrs. Froh Interviews Yours Truly - Logan Wallace

Yeah, not true. I was not sober. (Las Vegas, NV)
About a month or so ago, I was contacted by a Mrs. Froh, and she asked if she could do an email interview with me. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant. Mrs. Froh sounds a lot like one of those names on an email that begins with, "Dear Sir or Madam..," and ends with that someone asking for your bank account info.

Mrs. Froh is the writer of a blog called Life As Bryan's Wife. I checked out her site and immediately thought, oh great, a blog about God, religion and all the beautiful things. Was this interview going to be about my relationship with or without the Christ almighty?

Almost unwillingly, I accepted the interview, and a couple weeks later she sent me a list of questions to answer. Upon opening and reading the questions,  I was pleasantly surprised! It was as if I was on an episode of Inside The Actors Studio being interviewed by James Lipton!! The questions were extremely intuitive and thoughtful. I enjoyed every minute of answering the questions. The interview made me think about my life as it was, as it is and as it will be. Read the full interview, she's a very God, I mean good writer ;). The Froh, is still a mystery to me, and I like it that way. Read the bio here.

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Read on to see the interview in it's original form...

Interview with Mrs. Froh:

1) What was your first reaction to learning about the pregnancy? Your wife’s?
My initial reaction? Honestly? It all happened so fast, but I think it went something like this (in my mind), "Holy shit. Cool. No way. I kind of feel like a grown up all of a sudden. What about our vacations we have planned? Does this mean that I'll be the stay at home dad? Please say yes."
Interestingly enough, Christie felt exactly the same way, although she felt a sudden wash of anxiety and fear.

I always tell people that I had an average size part in the pregnancy of my wife:).

2) The blog was started during the first trimester of the pregnancy, with the rate of miscarriages being high during that time why didn’t you wait until the second trimester?
Awesome question. My life is an open book (99% of it at least). I thought about this and decided that had my wife miscarried, it would create an amazing dialogue I could open up with myself, my wife, and anyone interested in reading. Honesty and openness makes my blog "real". Yes, it would have been an unbelievably personal time for us, but it would have been something we would have wanted to share with the world (I think). Of course, I wouldn't have written about it if she wasn't on board.

3) Your “Pregnancy Tip for Guys” segment, do they all come from personal experience or are other resources used?
100% personal resources, hopefully that's evident. They are aimed at being comical and tongue-n-cheek. This is a segment that I love writing and wish I had more stories/advice to share!

4) As the title of the blog states, this pregnancy was not entirely planned. Did you two as a couple have a timeframe in mind when thinking about when to have kids? If so, what was it?
I'm not really sure, honestly. I think it was in the 5 year plan for the past 3 years, although nothing was a definite. It seemed to keep getting pushed back, which was fine with me. My wife is very, VERY intent on being financially secure. As with most people, we wanted to be as prepared as possible for if and when we brought a child into the world. Not to mention, she was scared to go through all the physical and emotional changes. Truth be told, since I started coaching soccer to kids ages 3-12 full-time last year, I had been getting the itch and wasn't shy about letting Christie know.

5) Any thoughts on having more after this one?
We'll just wait and see on this one. Christie already says that she will NEVER have another kid, but I've been told by many women that no matter how bad pregnancy is, she'll want to have another! If it were up to me (which it isn't), I'd have to say that 2 is a perfect number when it comes to kids, but one is better than none:). I guess I'm indifferent!

6) What advice would you give to first-time expecting dads?
Document your thoughts, feelings, pictures and stories. They can be funny, sad, serious or light-hearted. The same is for pictures. Pregnancy is part of the parenting experience, you can't go back, so enjoy it while you can. I'm looking forward to creating a book out of my blog one day. Often, my blog becomes a great way for Christie and I to connect, laugh and discuss the changes we are going through together. You don't have to write a blog, but be involved from the beginning.

7) Is there anything you know now that you wish you’ve known earlier?
Yes! When I told my dad the wonderful news, he conveniently and belatedly let me know that we (my Dad, Brother and I) have super sperm. Thanks Dad.

8) Your bio states multiple adventures of employment; do you think your time as a stay-at-home-dad will be a lasting one? Do you plan on returning to the workforce after the child starts school, or will you home school?
I won't home school. My goal is to have my child among other kids as early as possible. Christie and I have briefly touched on this, but haven't put much thought into it. The stay at home dad will probably last for 5 years, so I have some time. However, I also run a company called Alternative Motive T-shirts + Apparel, and that (along with Wonderful Whoopsie and coaching soccer) will continue to be my part-time gig. Yeah, I live the A.D.D. lifestyle and I love it.

9) If you could tell America’s adults who don’t know what they want to do in life one thing, what would it be?
Don't be ashamed of not knowing. For the past 8 years, I compared myself to my peers, financially and socially, only to just recently realize that it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that you do the right thing, enjoy life, work hard, take care of your shit and most importantly, share all of it with someone else (and maybe even a son or daughter).

10) Any tips on how to figure out what to do?
Listen to your conscience, those around you that you love and respect. Always think about what, how and who your decision(s) will affect. That is, unless your conscience is not a good one (then you're just f*%!ed).

11) Obviously not everyone has the perfect pregnancy, with many feeling ill the entire nine months. Any words of wisdom for their companions? I can't even imagine. Thirteen weeks of it was hell. Patience and understanding will save your marriage. Just remember, you and your companion are best friends. Don't forget that. Do everything you can for each other which will make one another happy. Take pride in yourself and your marriage. That's all I've got.

12) Why did you decide to start a blog on pregnancy? How long did it take for your popularity to kick off? I started a blog on pregnancy and parenthood because I know nothing about it. What could be more interesting than that? People that know me, know that I have an interesting sense of being. I say what I feel and have a goofy and entertaining way of doing so. As with any new venture/business, the blog's popularity was slow going, but I must say, it's popularity has exceeded my wife's expectations! I think she half expected me to give up on it after a month. Wonderful Whoopsie's page rank and visitor stats are trending the right direction and have blown my other company's site (www.alternativemotive.com) out of the water! And that one is 5 years old!

13) Do you receive any income/payment from the site?
Totally! I've already made $9.34!! I know!! I'd really like to be able to make a modest supplemental income off the blog eventually. More like $100/week or more.

14) Last but not least, how does your wife feel about all of this?
Ahhh, I was waiting for this question. Surprisingly, she loves it (and so does her family). The other day, she called me in tears of hysterical laughter. She was partially through the post entitled, "Pregnancy Tips for Guys #5". There are a few times she playfully complains that I don't say enough good things about her and only focus on the negative or gross aspects of her and the pregnancy. Immediately after those conversations, you'll often notice blatant references to her within the blog as, "my beautiful wife", etc. She knows that I love writing, and this is a great way for me to harness my creative energy while challenging myself at the same time.

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