I'm starting this today because I really want to get to be the one who does it WELCOME, you made it to the last month!! The new siggy pic is darling!
Welcome to your lodge!
YAY Drake!! Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge Drake!!!
Yay Drake! Welcome to your lodge!!!!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Welcome to your lodge!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Wow I cannot believe I am this far along. This pg has flown by and I am still in a bit of denial that I am having a baby. I have some time to do an introduction now since DH is putting DS to sleep.
I guess I should start with meeting DH, but that feels so long ago and like a different lifetime. We met on an outdoor orientation trip for our college. We actually met while skinny dipping. Definately a way to drop all inabitions. After that we became friends, but I was dating someone else at the time. Well I decided to break it off with the other guy after being away at school or a few months. He was back in Cincinnati and I was in school in Maine. Two weeks after that DH and got together. We did not really date, but just moved on from friends. Over Christmas Break I flew out to CA where he is from and we drove across country together back to Maine. After that I pretty much moved into his dorm room and we have lived together ever since. We spent the next three years of college together and then he proposed to me right before his college graduation. I still had a year left so we had a semi long distance relationship my last year of college and then were married the day after my college graduation on our campus. We had both been accepted to Iowa State for graduate school and had bought a house in Ames, so we moved out here. The first years of our marriage were challenging since I was diagnosed with Graves disease the spring after we were married and I had been really sick for awhile. After trying medications to control it I had my thyroid removed in the fall of 2004. I started to feel better, but it was still an uphill battle. I suffered from chronic anxiety, depression, and mania. In 2005 do some issues with my program I decided to take sometime off school and worked for Americorp at Habitat for Humanity. While working there we decided to TTC. I had always said I did not want kids, but DH had known I would change my mind. He was right. We got pg in October and I was so excited. We had planned on flying out to CA to visit family that year for Christmas. Well when I got off the plane I started spotting. As the eveing progressed I started having cramps. We decided to go to the ER. By that point I was really bleeding. After spending all night in the ER with no one telling us anything they finally told me I had a m/c. I was really devasted and it was bad tining since it was two days before Christmas. After that I decided to quit my job and go back to school. We also decided to just let things take their own course as far as getting pg. Well I got pg that February. Also at that time I found what I really wanted to do and started working towards my current masters in scientific illustration. DH was also finishing up his masters and that fall got offered a PhD position at Iowa State, so we decided to stay. My pg was pretty uneventful except the horrid m/s from 6 weeks till 15 weeks. I was throwing up 10 times a day and lost 12 pounds. We decided to go with a local mw who did hbs. We really clicked with her and after doing more research having a hb made sense with my anxiety issues and feaqr of hospitals. While pg with DS all my anxiety and hormonal issues went away, which was a red flag for me. DS was born at 41 weeks on November 17th. I had known from the beginning this was going to be his birthday.
Birth story on next page...