On any given Wednesday morning, Apex mom Heather Petrovich closes the door to her home office and records a podcast that will eventually be broadcast to 80 countries.
Granted, some of those countries only have one listener, but still.
Each week, Naptime Radio is downloaded more than 7,500 times from iTunes. Listeners tune in to hear two best friends chat about parenting issues such as money, consequences, entitlement, summer safety, snooping and sexuality.
Naptime Radio is the brainchild of Petrovich in Apex and Kate Anastario, who lives in New Jersey. Skype makes the long-distance collaboration possible.
Petrovich, a single mom, has twin 6-year-old daughters. Her initial vision of motherhood was different from the reality, which became the impetus for the show.
I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, that was my goal, but when I got here I thought This is lonely, says Petrovich, who has a background in radio. I felt like I was losing my mind, and I didnt know if I was doing a good job. I thought it would be cool to tune in at nap time and listen to other moms stories so I didnt feel so bad.
Three years ago, Petrovich and Anastario, who has four kids (including a set of twins), brainstormed a multi-part show to include friendly banter, parenting issues, news and the workplace (for moms planning to return to the workforce).
Two other friends participate in the show, each taping their parts from different states. Theres Alli P., a single businesswoman living in Washington, D.C., who tapes the Biz Buzz portion; and then theres Andrew News Man Nodelman, who tapes News Quiz in Connecticut.
Petrovich and Anastario are the official co-hosts.
The podcast used to air twice a month; now Naptime Radio airs weekly.
Our goal is to create a community of people and tell our real stories, Petrovich says. Everybodys in the same boat. Nobody is doing it right or not frustrated or loves every minute of it like youre supposed to pretend to.
Petrovich is also a Realtor and has full-time custody of her kids. Its a delicate balancing act.
There have been moments that Ive wanted to quit, Petrovich says.
But the feedback she receives, and the fun shes having, keeps her coming back.
On iTunes, Naptime Radio has more than 100 customer reviews, nearly all of them five stars.
One reviewer wrote: This podcast keeps me sane! I love the way Heather and Kate keep it real and always give me a good laugh, which is important when youre in the daily trenches that can be parenting.
Petrovich has run into listeners who recognize her voice. She also gets emails from around the country and the world. She and Anastario hope to sign a national sponsor and eventually offer daily communication to listeners either through a blog or phone line.
No matter what happens, though, Petrovich is determined to enjoy the journey.
I just try not to take anything real seriously, she says. I dont have time to beat myself up about anything anymore because if I do, I miss the next thing. I just try to remember whats most important. Im very blessed to have two healthy kids; Im healthy, we have a house, and were pretty happy.
Everything else is just icing on the cake.