Chelsea Stanley is one of the talented writers here at Incredible Infant. To see the other writers and staff that make Incredible Infant work, click here.
Chelsea Stanley joined the official Incredible Infant team after serving two years as a self-described “Heather Taylor groupie.”
Background and Life
She is mama to two adorable little boys, William and John, and wears her two-under-two badge with pride (and maybe a little spit up).
She and her husband Dan started dating when they played opposite each other in their high school’s production of “Zombie Prom.” He was the zombie, she was his girlfriend, and they’ve been duet partners ever since! (Seriously, take a listen.)
After graduating from Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!), she landed her dream job as a political fundraiser, planning events for local politicians and even a few presidential hopefuls. Since then, she’s traded in the glamorous life of wining and dining for a life of bottles and baby food, and she hasn’t looked back!
After their Fourth of July wedding in 2009, Chelsea and her husband crossed the cheddar curtain and moved from northern Illinois into southeastern Wisconsin. And while their drivers’ licenses may now be green and gold, their blood still runs Chicago Bears blue and orange. She can’t agree with Heather on everything…
Heather interjection: I literally laughed out loud when I read this, Chelsea. (Prompting some “what’s so funny?” from the girls.) Good thing I’m JUST NOW DISCOVERING THIS! 🙂
But there is one thing they definitely can agree on. Just like Heather, Chelsea is a daughter redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. She became a follower of Christ at a very young age when a dear Sunday School teacher shared the gospel with her. Since that day, she has been on a journey of grace, falling more deeply in love with Jesus through the mountains and valleys that come with this life.
She and her husband consider themselves crazy blessed to be a part of Crossway Community Church (where they met Heather and Cameron).
Heather Interjection: If you have questions about Christianity or want to hear some really amazing Biblical teaching, download and listen to a sermon. It’s life changing. Seriously. #myexperience
God has used Crossway to teach Chelsea that in a season of endless poopy diapers, dirty dishes, and loads of laundry, the gospel allows her keep on loving her family because Christ loved her first. She is ever-so-thankful that her identity isn’t rooted in her homemaking or parenting skills, but fully rooted in Christ and his work on the cross!
Challenges of Motherhood
While some moms will tell you that they love the newborn stage, Chelsea would tell you it’s been a real struggle for her. She has fought (and is still fighting) through the thick fog of food allergies, reflux and breastfeeding battles with her own incredible infants.
Along the way, though, she has learned how to advocate for her babies, and she hopes her story will encourage other moms who find themselves in similar situations.
She has also entered the new (to her) territory of Toddler Land and is excited to take you along on her journey. You’ll have a front row seat as she navigates through the goods, the bads and the just-plain-grosses of the terrific twos! (One of her biggest pet peeves is scaring mamas with terms like “terrible twos,” so it’s the “terrific twos” around these parts.)
Outside of Incredible Infant
When she’s not writing for Incredible Infant, she loves spending time with her family (including her FOUR ridiculously beautiful sisters), snuggling her boys, and sipping on large Mickey D’s diet cokes.
She has a real heart for women’s ministry and uses her God-given talent to write for women’s events at her church and for her own blog, Daughter Redeemed.
I’m unbelievably excited to have Chelsea on board here as a monthly columnist.
I have always found her writing entertaining, encouraging and helpful. (Sigh. I can’t think of an “e” word…#alliterationaddict)
All of her articles will have the “Chelsea” graphic shown here in them. So you can play “I-Spy” and track them all down when you’re awake at 3am.
You could just use this list. *wink*
- Our Baby’s Milk Allergy: How We Battled the Big Bad Dairy Monster — and Won
- The Legally Blonde Guide to Being the Best Medical Advocate for Your Baby
- Going There: 5 Steps to Heal After a Disappointing Delivery
- Ron Swanson’s Top Tips for the Manliest Father’s Day Ever
- Paging Dr. Right: 7 Steps to Find the Perfect Pediatrician
- Finding Ped. Charming: Is Your Pediatrician a Prince or a Toad?
- 5 Truths for the Hurting Mama on Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day
- 36 Sweet Ideas for a Sugar & Spice Baby Shower
- The Breastfeeding Mama’s Guide to an Allergy-Free Diet
- Mamaraderie: The Art of Making Mom Friends
- Your First Getaway: How to Confidently Leave Your Baby Behind