The Yost Family
What is your favorite family tradition?
No matter our schedule, we always make time to sit down and have dinner together. I was brought up in a house where family dinners were really just for special occasions, but now the ability to make time for each other and just be a family is so important to me. We could all have had the most hectic day ever, all be sick, all be busy, but we still sit down and eat.
Tell us about your favorite family story.
We were in the hospital for five days before Maddy was born. Five. Long. Days. Induction just was not working for me. Finally, at three in the morning, the nurse tells us it's time to start pushing. Before I can even start? An announcement comes on the intercom that my car, parked on the opposite end of a massive hospital, is about to be towed with all of our baby stuff in it. My husband made it there and back in ten minutes-- not that he needed to rush, I pushed for six hours after that.
What is your family's motto?
Be brave and wise, but first be weird.
Share Your Parenting Wisdom
What's your number one tip for new parents?
Don't buy any blankets for your baby, everyone and their mother is going to buy your baby a blanket. Number two tip is that no matter what, don't expect anything to go to plan. Ever.
What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?
That I never need anything in my diaper bag until I don't have it.
Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)
Our first couch was cheap and not very deep. Pretty much anytime Maddy moved, she was in danger of falling off of it. When we finally had the money together, we took her with us to the furniture store--Maddy was the first person to test each once to determine the fall-off potential. Everyone looked at us like we were nuts!
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