Real Stories: A Mother's Life

Q & A Real Stories

Rachel Callahan is a mother of two and author of the fabulous blog Grasping for Objectivity. She’s had two beautiful babies at Brookwood Baptist, and now that she has a few years of parenting under her belt, we asked her a few questions about what her life is like now.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do? What do you love?

A: I’m a mostly-stay-at-home mom who loves blogging. In my pre-mom life, I was an accountant, so I also continue to do a little accounting work on the side. I started blogging in 2008 and have never looked back—I can no longer separate my “life” from my “blog.” I can’t imagine not blogging, or not being a mom. I have two children: Ali is 5.5 and Noah is 18 months.

Q: How did you get started blogging?

A: Going from working in a fast-paced Accounting Manager role to staying at home with a tiny, non-communicative baby was a much harder transition than I expected: I was extremely lonely and starved for human interaction. I started my blog to share my stories and connect with people, and it has done just that. I now have hundreds of friends all over the world, and I basically interact all day long with other moms. It’s fabulous!

Q: Is it true you were a rock star before you became a rock star mom?

A: At one time, I was a guitar player and singer, mainly at church. In fact, that’s how my husband and I met; we ended up in a small band together. We still keep our guitars on the wall, hoping one day to get back to it.

Q: What made you decide to have your babies at Brookwood Baptist?

A: My mother—and everyone I ever knew—went to OB-GYN South. They were a clear, obvious choice for doctors. My OBGYN is Dr. Nathan Ross—he’s incredible! And I love Brookwood Baptist. It’s close by, and they take magnificent care of patients!

Q: What was your favorite guilty pleasure when you were pregnant? What about now?

A: I went on a severe ICEE kick. I even researched it to see if the fruity flavors had caffeine or not. I’m pretty sure that I never showed up to Brookwood Baptist for a doctor’s appointment without first stopping at the Shell at the bottom of the hill to satiate my ICEE desires.

My favorite treats now are Soft Butter Mints.  They are so easy to make, and pretty much irresistible.  My daughter has fallen in love with them too, and begs me to let her make them at least once a week.

Q:What’s your favorite date night spot?

A: Silvertron, The Bright Star and DoDiYós. Also, we love to travel to Atlanta for a weekend date.

Q: What are your favorite places to take your kids in Birmingham?

A: Railroad Park, McWane Center, Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Homewood Park and 32 Degrees.

Q: What’s the last book or magazine you read?

A: I just finished reading Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Franks.  We’ve vacationed there several times, and we love the Charleston area. It was a fun read!

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