Re-post from Scary Mommy

Is it cheating to “share” from another site ( a post that  I wrote?  Many thanks to Jill Smokler (aka Scary Mommy herself) (I’ve met her…she isn’t all that scary, actually) and my agent, Lisa Leshne (also not scary) for letting me guest blog!  

Here’s the link:

31 thoughts on “Re-post from Scary Mommy

  1. I’m glad you shared this article here. This is my first time seeing your blog and that article is an amazing introduction to you as a parent.
    Also… just noticed one of your recent posts is titled, “Got any grapes?” which is kind of hilarious to me for my own reasons. (My 18 month old thinks that’s the answer to the question, “What does a duck say?”) So. I think I’m going to read through your archives and just wanted to say hi, and thanks, before doing so 🙂

    • Thanks so much – start at the beginning…there is a lot there! Let me know what you think and, if you take a minute to listen to the link with “got any grapes” you will think it is even funnier given your little one’s line of thinking!

  2. Couldn’t comment on Scary Mommy, but wanted to come over here to tell you how much I admire you and your entire family for accepting each other for who they are. There is nothing you can do as a mother more important than that. I look forward to reading how much Jessie loves being in her own “new” skin. Huge thumbs-up from me 🙂

  3. I, also, read your post on scarymommy. Came here and read through quite a bit, but it’s getting late and I need sleep. Awesome and inspiring. You are a great writer and a loving, wonderful Mother. And, to be honest, after seeing a few pictures of Jessie, I can’t imagine her a George. She is girl through and through. I will be back to follow this journey and finish reading. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Glad you shared on Scary Mommy. I am in awe of you and your family. I think y’all are a great example to families everywhere! Thank you for sharing your honest, supportive and loving family stories.

  5. Julie, that’s not cheating; just expanding your brand. BTW, I suppose that I would be considered to be the scary mommy in my family 🙂

  6. Julie, Like many others, I found your blog through reading your post to Scary Mommy. Turns out that I have failed to accomplish anything at work today because I have been utterly captivated and inspired by your family’s journey. I have read every post and feel inspired and just a little more confident that the world really is filled with good people. I am inspired by Jessie’s school and your community and just in awe of your ablity to write candidly, but with so much wit and humor.

    You are my here, Julie Ross, though I know you don’t realize how amazing what you are doing is. To your point on a previous post, there is a universiality (is that a word?) to your writing where through readng your struggle with one particular journey, we find commonality. Although, my boss may not agree, I think this was a day well spent. I look forward to traveling the journey with your family (your son Harrison by the way, seems truly amazing) and your adorable and precocious daugther, Jessie (who would be a tour de force if she met my stepdaugther Stella) as you navigate this crazy thing called life.

    Thank you again for sharing with the world.

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  8. Wow, your article was so powerful and hit home with me in so many ways! I too have a transgender child who is 7, who used to be “Eli” and is now transitioning to “Ella” it has been only recently that we started going to support groups, and learning about transgender children but we knew early on that “Ella” wasnt like the other boys and sounds almost exactly like Jessie! It hasnt been easy, it’s been heartbreaking to say the least(and my husband is still struggling!) but we have finally come to grips with accepting/supporting our child the person SHE IS:) and Ella couldn’t be more happy. The child wearing the pink dress is completely different then the one who wore slacks and batman attire! We still have a long road ahead of us(not sure our family/friends will be supportive of this) but know in my heart this is the right decision and have to believe that if Ella feels LOVED just the way she is that everythings going to be alright 🙂 THANK YOU So much for writing this article….because of you people will get a new perspective about this issue, a new understanding which will in turn encourage ACCEPTANCE ❤ In warmest regards, Jill

  9. Jessie is so lucky to have such a fantastic family that have shown her so much love and understanding. Julie your writing is also very inspirational and I couldn’t stop till I had read the entire story, now I will wait with anticipation for every update. My heart goes out to you all.

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