Sharing the Journey with Arlene Pellicane

Arlene is a co-blogger with Sue McRoberts at Totally New Moms. Today I am posting her interview. She is passionate, strong, and truly carries a desire to help others take the best care of the body God gave them the best way possible.

Arlene Pellicane

1)  When did you become a Christian and what has helped to solidify or sustain your faith over the years?

I grew up going to Catholic church, but when I was in elementary school, my family started going to a Assembly of God church.  I accepted Christ as my personal Savior around 6th grade.  I remember feeling the love of God whenever I walked into the church as a child. 
 
2) What do you find to be most challenging about Motherhood? The least?

Rearranging schedules around naptimes.  Yes, I’m the parent who says, “I’m sorry.  That time won’t work because my baby will be napping.”  I’d like to be more flexible but it’s just no fun being out with a cranky baby!  And long plane rides – yikes!  The least challenging is reading stories and having fun with my kids.   

(My note – I do the SAME thing – if it’s nap time, it’s not happening! Naps are not sacrificed unless it’s an absolute emergency!)

3) How has becoming a Mother changed you?

Has it strengthened your faith in God?

Being a mom has been the greatest joy of my life.  We had trouble conceiving, so when we had our first child Ethan, he was our miracle.  Then we lost a baby girl at 26 weeks and that really taught me to trust in the Lord with all my heart.  On what would have been our baby’s due date, I found out I was pregnant again.  We rejoice in God’s blessing and healing touch in our lives.  My children have taught me so much.  Motherhood certainly puts your patience and strength to the test. 
 
4) In your opinion, what aspect of Motherhood should be most celebrated?

Celebrate the honor and privilege of training a child for life.  Before having children, people would say sarcastically, “Oh, your life will never be the same” – as in, enjoy your life now because you’re going to hate the next 18 years.  That is what Zig Ziglar might call, “stinking thinking!”  We didn’t want to hear those kind of remarks.  Yes, motherhood has changed my life forever – for the better! 
 
5) I viewed an online video piece in which you spoke about your daughter, Angel Rose and was impressed by the strength with which you told your story. Is there any advice from your experience you would share with other mothers who one day may face a similar situation?

When difficulties enter your life, walk through those dark days with an open hand and heart towards God.  Cry out to Him to strengthen and comfort you and He will.  On the contrary, if you clench your fist and say, “Why did you allow this to happen to me?” it hardens your heart and slows down the healing process.  There’s a song by Steven Curtis Chapman titled “Miracle of the Moment” that says, “And if it brings you tears, then taste them as they fall, let them soften your heart.”  When you allow the sorrows of life to soften your heart, you will someday look back upon that sorrow with a sweetness that can only come through Christ. 
 
6) What do you do to spoil yourself when you have time away from the kids?

Go to the outlet mall.  I love shopping for bargains and it’s hard to really look through those sales racks and try on clothes with a baby and toddler.  Or watch a chick flick like Sense and Sensibility.   
 
7) What is your number one not-so-healthy food to spend your calories on?

Ice cream!  At our local grocery store, you can buy 2 gallons for $6 – that spells trouble!  We do this on special occasions like birthdays, usually choosing Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Moose Tracks which is chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks and fudge.  I am a sucker for chocolate!
 
8) When did your website, Losing Weight After Baby begin to take shape?

I’ve always wanted to write a book but wasn’t sure what the book would be about.  After having 3 pregnancies in 3 years in my 30s, my friends were asking how I got back into shape.  I began to journal about it and the idea for the book was born, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.  The book is made up of 31 daily readings that any busy mom can read to get motivated and encouraged about shedding those pregnancy pounds.  The website was born out of the book which hopefully will published in the next year or so. 
 
The website http://www.losingweightafterbaby.com features more than 60 articles and a free weekly podcast, Losing Weight After Baby.  Soon, I’ll be adding will be free videos and mini eBooks in the online store. 
 
 
9) How did the idea for your joint blog, Totally New Moms with Sue McRoberts and Rebecca Ingram Powell come to fruition?

I saw Rebecca’s book, Baby Boot Camp, and I wanted to know more about her experience with getting it published.  I emailed her with a few questions.  She kindly responded and it was a God connection!  She and Sue have been so terrific to blog with. 
 
10)  If there was one piece of advice you could give to an expectant mother (new or experienced), what would it be and why would this be important for her to hear?

Champion your children and expect the very best from them.  Give your children a good name to live up to.  Let your children overhear you saying things like, “I am so proud of my son.  He is learning how to share,” instead of “My son is driving me crazy!”  They will rise to your level of expectation. 

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