Picabo Street: Olympian Skier (And Mom)
What will you be doing in Vancouver?
I'll be working for NBC as a correspondent, doing a pod cast and blogging. I can't decide if I'm going to bring [[the baby]]. I'm still breastfeeding him, but it'd be difficult because he just wants to crawl and reach and grab right now. He's not just a little blob any more.
How's breastfeeding going?
It's great, he loves it. The thought of weaning him is bumming me out.
How long do you think you'll breastfeed?
A year is a good target. If I'm capable, why would I stop?
How are you recuperating? I know you just got the Essure procedure.
There is no recuperating, no ma'am. You go right to the doctor's office and it takes about the same time as an annual exam. You can see the insert in the ultra sound. It was really efficient, I was back making oatmeal at 11 in the morning. It's so simple it sounds too good to be true.
Was it a difficult decision to make?
The difficult part is deciding whether you are ready for permanent birth control. Once you've decided you do, it's going to be blatantly obvious that you should do the procedure. It was a no brainer. It only takes ten minutes. No surgery, no hormones, no cutting.
Had you always known you only wanted to stop at three kids?
No, I didn't know I wanted kids at all. I wasn't sure I'd be a good mom.
Have you had one moment where you thought, "wow, I am a good mom"?
No, moms don't give ourselves those moments. Trey says to me, "Mom, you're the best mom I've ever had." And I say thank you. Boys are cool. They give moms that validation.
What are the boys like? Are they athletic?
[[My stepson]] Eli is 7, and he's extremely competitive, driven, and athletic. He's showing perseverance in skiing. He'll stay out there all day long, and falls down and gets back up. Eli needs to win -- I have my work cut out for me. Trey is 5 and a half, and he's non-competitive, goofy, left brain artistic.
How'd you get their names?
Treyjan is named after the Roman emperor -- he's the third one on his Dad's side. And with Dax, I needed something short, tough and cute. I wanted the X in there. I knew a kid in kindergarten named Dax. I arm wrestled him once -- I beat him
How old were they when you started them on skis?
Trey was four, Eli was five.
Did you ski when you were pregnant?
I conceived in December and skied all the way into March.
How do you talk to your kids about sports? What do you tell them is important?
I like to take everyday experiences to teach them things. Once Eli and I were playing Chutes and Ladders and he wanted to quit because he got the chute all the way to the bottom of the game. He said, "There's no use playing because I can't win." And I told him, "If you quit now, I'm never going to play with you ever." And he knew I was serious. Then he beat me. It was the humungous moment ever.
If your boys wanted to be in the Olympics, would you be proud?
Yes, I'd be proud, excited, nervous.... I'm all about it. It would be a big journey, and I have a bag of tools to guide him along.