LTYM Chicago 2016 Cast Spotlight: Megan Drozd!

by Melisa on April 8, 2016

It’s time for another cast spotlight! Tracey and I are thrilled to welcome Megan Drozd to the LTYM Chicago family this year. Megan and her husband are raising their two boys in the south suburbs. She is an English and Drama teacher on break for a little while so she can stay home with her sons, and writes for Chicago Now. Thanks for writing this for us, Megan!

Ladies, I’m here to say that I love you all for doing the best you can. No, really, I’m a mom in your corner because there’s just too much of the alternative. The war between mommies is REAL. I know this isn’t a new concept, but modern parenting really seems to have moms pitted against one another, and it starts right away. I think I can pinpoint the onset of the war to the exact moment that a mother begins her registry. She’s handed her weapon and she must immediately make 1,000 snap decisions. Does she want to register for bottles or is she adamant about breastfeeding? Does she believe her baby would like vibration, swinging, or alien-like undulating best? The decisions just keep on coming, and after one maiden voyage through the store (she will be back many, many, many times) she starts to feel confident about the type of mom she will become.

The confidence only lasts as long as it takes her to go home and start reading reviews on her favorite products. Suddenly, she is inundated with views about these items. The Moby she registered for? That makes her an attachment parent. The MamaRoo? A new age parent. The labels won’t stop for awhile, nor will the feelings of constant competition between her and other mothers. Judgment runs rampant and the tears flow often.

Just for fun I’d like to propose a real mommy war, competition at its finest. While I’m very sure I would never win any other type of mommy war (I’m dead in the water: I bottle fed my kids FORMULA, ditched the swaddles and sleep sacks in favor of blankets, and let them cry it out…ALL IN THE FIRST YEAR), I’m placing my money on me in several of the following events.

1. Diaper changing- I’m fairly certain I could change an alligator’s diaper, in the dark, at 3 in the morning, without batting an eyelash. I’m not exaggerating when I say I can perform this task in my sleep.
2. Crib sheet changing- I consider this one of my finest workouts. Every undertaking of this event leaves me out of breath, sweaty, and swearing. I would literally kiss the woman who can do this in under 30 seconds without getting caught up in the mobile or dropping an “F” bomb. You are a better woman than I.
3. Feats of stealth- My husband is a fat walker. For an average size guy, he makes the most noise ever ascending a staircase or unloading a dishwasher. I, on the other hand, have honed a ninja like stealth for the sole purpose of letting sleeping beasts, well, sleep. I’m like a friggin’ phantom gliding up and down the stairs and in and out of rooms. I’ve learned to hold in a sneeze, a cough, and even trained myself to pee quietly.
4. Car seat wrangling- I have figured out how to contort my body at just the right angle to lock a child into a car seat while still in the driver’s seat. This took several years to master, and several pulled muscles. All in all, it was worth it.

Megan Drozd

Other potential events (up for grabs because I’m all thumbs at them): Baby whispering, poo stain removal, rectal thermometer readings, saggy boob lifting, talking on the phone, multiple child holding, and general multitasking while trying to keep two people with somewhat of a death wish alive.

For the REAL warrior moms: Answering 10,000 “why” questions from my 3 or 4 year old without lying, sleeping during “sleep training” and potty training.

I’ll have my whistle and scoreboard prepared for moms ready and willing to compete. The prize: just knowing that you are doing your best for those you love every day. The big, big prize: sharing your warrior mama story on stage as a cast member of Listen to Your Mother. I’ve been gifted the big, big prize this year, along with my talented and lovely cast mates. Please come and hear our stories on stage!

Please feel free to mosey on over to Stable Mable and learn a little bit more about me and the fun I’m having as a mom!

Thanks, Megan! We are so happy that you’re a part of LTYM Chicago this year!

We hope to see you in the audience of the Fifth Annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER CHICAGO show on Sunday, May 1 at 2:00pm, at the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre. You’ll hear thirteen awesome motherhood stories; you’ll laugh, you’ll sigh, and you may tear up a little bit. Mostly, you’ll leave the theater feeling happy and so appreciative of all the moms in your life! Tickets are on sale right now, HERE.

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