Confessions of a South Louisiana Momma


Life in the South revolves around food, football, and fun times. And nowhere is this more true than southern Louisiana. These themes continue to ring true when it comes to how we mother.  But, bless our hearts, we all have a few Louisiana mom confessions. The Red Stick Mom contributors are no exception. We boldly (and perhaps proudly) confess:

  • I carry a koozie in my diaper bag.
  • I bought a two seater bike trailer to bike to college football games even though we only have one kid.  The other seat is for our beer.
  • I put gumbo in the blender so my little one doesn’t have to miss out on its goodness.
  • I picked my kids’ names based on how they look in a monogram.
  • If you plan an event on a home football game day, we won’t be there.
  • My kids had lifetime fishing and hunting licenses before they could walk.
  • I tell my daughter that my daiquiri is “mommy’s medicine” so she won’t ask for a drink.
  • I never potty train my kids until after Mardi Gras.
  • I have a separate bank account to buy all of my kids’ smocked outfits so my husband doesn’t see how much I spend.
  • I don’t like crawfish so I tell people I have a shellfish allergy so I don’t have to explain myself.
  • My kids said “y’all” and “ma’am” before they knew their last names.
  • My kids have their own koozies so they don’t ruin mine.
  • I always have full gas cans for the generator during hurricane season… to keep the breast milk frozen and the beer cold.
  • My kids dislike “The State That Must Not Be Named” because of its college football team.
  • Stain on a shirt? Just cover that up with an applique of your team logo!
  • I planned my pregnancy so that future birthday parties wouldn’t interfere with college football season.
  • My kids think that wedding cake is the only flavor of snoball because I don’t want them to spill colored syrup in the car.
  • My kid drinks from a shot glass during Mardi Gras because she thinks it’s just a kid sized cup.
  • I wear latex gloves when eating crawfish so I don’t miss out, and so I can tend to my baby at any moment.

What are your Louisiana Mom confessions?

Ashley S
Ashley grew up in Joplin, Missouri and attended the University of Arkansas where she earned a degree in Finance and Insurance. She met her husband, Jason, in Fayetteville and they have one daughter, Etta Mae. They moved to Baton Rouge in 2013 for Jason's job with the LSU Tigers. Ashley is an extroverted introvert who loves Ted Talks, following politics on Twitter, and figuring out how to get the best deals on everything without paying shipping. If it were up to her, she would get paid to read books and take every college class so that she could learn everything about everything, but instead she pays the bills by working in recruiting for a multinational tech company. Ashley is blessed to have a daughter who is at least as stubborn as she is and a husband who is laid back enough to put up with both of them.


  1. I love this! My son is almost 10 months and we are already planning his LSU 1st Birthday Tailgate Party = )

    My daughter’s birthday party can only be on Sunday’s due to LSU Football games. She has an October birthday.

    People in Baton Rouge know not to plan a wedding on a Saturday during football season. If one must do will need a tv plugged in somewhere and be prepared for people to be wearing ear buds to listen to the game.

    My husband, mine and both kids must have a closet full of LSU clothes at all times.

  2. My sons first real non pajama outfit was a saints jersey and hat that he wore to his first big family football party at 3 days old. And since his birthday is early September we always make sure a big game isn’t on when we do his party. And he has been catching Mardi Gras beads since he was 4 months old. I even bought his stroller based on whether it could handle jazz fest and carry enough stuff.


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