"Today's woman can do it all," Julien Houchen said. "She can still
have a career and have children and participate in politics."
It's possible to have it all now, she said, because men are full
participants in the child-rearing process -- not like when she was
Bryan, a general contractor, has been lending an active hand to help
with the children's array of needs, she said.
On Feb. 28, Julien Houchen gave birth to three girls -- Rachel Kim,
Katherine Rose and Grace Allison -- at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
in Laguna Hills.
The girls weighed in at 3 pounds 14 ounces, 3 pounds 10 ounces and 2
pounds 4 ounces. They've been bulking up since then. Rachel and Katherine
now weigh eight pounds; Grace weighs in at five pounds.
"We must be doing something right because they're growing," Julien
The three share a room at the Houchens' baby hotel.
"They're really good babies," Houchen said. "They're really mellow.
They don't cry or scream."
Julien Houchen missed five council meetings -- spread out over
January, February and half of March -- while she entered her final weeks
of pregnancy and the birthing process.
She phoned in for the City Council meetings to offer input as her
colleagues chose a replacement for disgraced former Mayor Dave Garofalo.
Julien Houchen posted public-meeting notices at her home, so her
participation would be permitted under the state's open-meeting laws.
Now back to work, Julien Houchen says she has scaled back committee
meetings to allow her to juggle duties. So far, it's working out fine,
* PAUL CLINTON is a reporter with Times Community News. He covers City
Hall and education. He may be reached at (714) 965-7173 or by e-mail ato7 email@example.com .