APPLICANT #33: Katie Henry

Katie Henry is a mother of one from Everett, Washington.

Here is Katie's video application:

Here is Katie's current situation:

"What am I up to? You mean when I am not filming my audition video in my closet?

For those of you that have already seen the video, you know the answer is not laundry OR organizing my closets! For those of you that haven't watched yet, pay no attention to that full laundry hamper. Or at least don't judge me for it.

So what am I up to? I'm a mom of a handsome one year old son named Will and I am fortunate enough to get to stay home full time with him.

Being a stay at home mom doesn’t mean that I sit around eating bon bons every day (but don’t I wish?!). Will is "this close" to walking, so that means I am on a full run most of the time, saving him from the world. . . or it is the other way around?! I also like to get him out of the house for fun activities as often as possible to burn some of that energy off and ensure a good night’s rest for all of us.

As we are on a single income, meeting our monthly budget and making sure our money is working for us is very important.  Discovering free or low cost ways to have fun as a family has become one of my passions.  I also believe that it is incredibly important for parents from all walks of life to rally together and help each other navigate the parenthood journey.  I know that I have learned so much from my mom and dad friends (both on-line and in real life) and can’t imagine doing this without their wisdom and support.

I love writing about my parenting adventures and communicating with other parents on-line. I have been blogging about infertility and parenting after loss for three years at www.takingthestatisticalbullet.blogspot.com. I have also been a parenting journalist for www.storknet.com for two years. You can also see more pictures of my adorable son, Will, at our family blog at www.williampatrickhenry.blogspot.com."

Here is Katie's blog post:

"My Dearest Baby Will,

On the eve of your first birthday, there is so much that I want to say to you.

Looking back over the course of the past year, it amazes me to see how much you have changed. From that tiny little baby that was first placed in my arms, to the squirming toddler that now barely sits still in them, you have grown into such a little person. And though there have definitely been challenging moments of sleepless nights, first tantrums, and occasions when I feared I was failing you, I have loved every single second of you.

Each stage of your life so far has brought us so much joy. When you were a newborn, and nestled so sweetly in my arms, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were six weeks old and gave me your first smile, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were three months old and started laughing your deep, baby laughs, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were six months old and started eating solids with great zeal and taking two naps a day, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

When you were nine months old and saying Dada and smiling your outrageous toothy grin, I thought, "It can't get better than this."

And then it did.

Now, I cannot imagine that life with you could be any better or any sweeter. You fill each day of my life with your smiles and laughter, each moment of my life with greater meaning than I ever thought possible. I am so proud of the little boy you are becoming. You have the biggest heart, the sweetest little soul, and the kindest spirit. Yet you have determination, know what you want, and aren't afraid to let us know about it!

I know so many things will change. I am wistful to leave behind your babyhood and yet so excited to see you continue to grow into a toddler. There are so many wonderful things in store for us as a family and for you. I really don't think it can get any better than this.

But I know it will.

Happy, Happy Birthday, my Little Monkey. May all your dreams come true.

Love always,

Mommy

Originally posted at Will's Blog (www.williampatrickhenry.blogspot.com) in honor of his first birthday."

The Verity Mom Team