I'm Julie (26), married to dh Nate (26) for 3 years this past July. Together for 5 years. We are from Ontario, Canada. Since being married we have moved houses 3 times and will be moving for the 4th time in March. Our first home was a little starter home, and at the same time we bought that home, we bought a brand new home that was to be built. After living there for a year, our new home was ready, so we moved. Then the beginning of this year we bought another new home, and it will be ready in March '09. We recently sold our house and are renting a home around the corner for 6 months. Together we own a Construction Company, and we build houses. Dh builds the houses and I run our office from home, doing paperwork, payroll, bookkeeping, etc. We have 2 employees right now and are working on finding another one, but we find its hard to get good ones!
Since being married we have suffered 2 miscarriages, one 5 months after being married, the other 11 months into our marriage. The following October we found out we were expecting, and while nervous and anxious, we were very excited! We had a few ultrasounds in the first trimester, as I was considered high risk (also have had kidney stones and many UTI's while pg). At our 20-wk ultrasound we found out we were being blessed with a baby girl!! Yippee!! Our due date was July 26th, and then bumped up to the 16th. On July 6th, just a few days past our 2rd wedding anniversary, I started having contractions, and on July 7, 2007 (7/7/07) at 2:27am weighing in at 6lbs15oz (they said we could say she was 7lbs, but we thought that was too weird LOL), our beautiful baby daughter, Olivia Colleen entered into this world. Praise God!! What a blessing she was! Tiny little girl, with a ton of black hair. Olivia spent her first week of life in the incubator as she got very bad jaundice, and lost oz's, so after one week, we were finally able to take our little girl home!! The next 16mos of life are a blur.. full of new things and milestones....
On July 26th, 2008 we found out we were expecting again! Our little bundle of joy is due April 18th, 2009. As I type this, I am currently almost 16weeks pregnant... how exciting!!!
Here are a few pictures of my life...
Husband and Wife..
Bride and the Guys...
About 2 weeks before having Olivia, at a friend's wedding.... completely huge!
Our Little Family... just a few hours after giving birth to Olivia and about 30 hours of no sleep, might I add!
Just after being born... Daddy's little girl already...
Our Little Princess...
Our 2nd Home (our first home is on our other computer, which is in storage... along with everything else!)
Our New Home being built and ready to move in March '09!!
Anyways, as I think of more things to add, I will!!
I will take this spot!
My name is Beverly. I'm 28, and I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband, Johnny (also 28 ); our four-year-old dog, Atari (he's a cream-colored Shiba Inu, whom we welcomed into our lives five days after returning from our honeymoon); and the love of our lives, Jackson John (Jack for short), born on July 12, 2007. I'm not sure what else to write here, so I'll share my life story with you all!
About Me and DH
Johnny and I met on the third day of freshman year at Northwestern University, where he was a film major and I was a journalism major. We lived in the same dorm ... actually, the same room, only he was on the first floor, and I was on the third! We became best friends right away, but in typical college drama fashion, had to each have an ill-fated fling with someone utterly unsuitable before we began dating during the second quarter of freshman year (January 1999). The rest, as they say, is history. I finished my undergrad in three years, but in order to stay in the same physical location with Johnny, I got my master's degree during what would have been my senior year. When people marvel at how I got two degrees in four years and ask me what my motivation was, I always think, "Just wanted to be near my boyfriend!" (I don't say that, though!)
I love this pic of us
We got married in July 2004 in my hometown of Palos Verdes Estates, California, followed by a wonderful honeymoon in Maui. I was 23 (just shy of 24), and we had some people tsk-tsking over our "youth," but we knew it was right. Here are some wedding pictures:
Me with my MIL on the left and mom on the right
With my BMs (and sister as maid-of-honor) at the church
Dancing at reception, first with Johnny, then with my dad (I changed into a traditional Chinese dress)
At the risk of sounding overly sappy, I am so fortunate to be married to a man who knows all of my references and jokes before I've even finished my sentence; who (in many ways) grew up with me; who, when I was in pain at the hospital postpartum because of my c-section incision, put a giant pad in my mesh hospital undies (and changed out the used one), as though it were the most natural thing to do in the world; who tells me I'm beautiful every single day; and who still makes my heart skip a beat when he comes home! Also, I think I have the best MIL and FIL in the world. I am truly, truly thankful every day for my marriage.
During the course of our relationship, Johnny and I have lived in Chicago (our favorite city!), and New York (a close second). My family moved frequently when I was young (nine times!). Mostly I grew up in the SoCal area, although I spent ages 5 through 8 in Taipei, Taiwan, where my parents are from. We're now settled in SoCal again, to be close to my family. Johnny graduated from the MBA program at UCLA in June 2008 and is now a marketing manager at Mattel. I do part-time consulting work (in HR communications, which means I write a lot about health benefits), up to 20 hours a week from home, and am a SAHM otherwise. I also take on other freelance writing projects occasionally. Before Jack (actually, up until he was 13 months old), I worked FT at the same consulting firm for six years. I love being at home with Jack, although it is often exhausting!
In July 2006, we decided to finally TTC, which was something we'd been wanting to do for a while, but had just been waiting for that elusive "right time." I went off BCPs and got pregnant right away that first month. I got my BFP in the first week of August, and we were so excited. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage at 5.5 weeks. We went one cycle without TTC, as advised by my doctor, and then tried again and got pregnant again in the first cycle. We were very fortunate! Of course, I was extremely nervous. Despite all my research and everything my doctor told me, I really believed there must have been something wrong with me to cause that first miscarriage. At our first appointment, around 6 weeks, the doctor did an internal ultrasound and declared that she could only see a gestational sac, but nothing in it. Bloodwork showed that my hormone levels were rising only on a borderline acceptable level. We were told to come back in two weeks to determine whether the pregnancy was a "good" one. It was a nerve-wracking two weeks, but at that appointment, we saw an appropriately-sized eight-week-old embryo, and best of all, a rapidly beating heart! Our due date was July 12, 2007.
Me, 28 weeks pregnant with Jack
Me, 31 weeks pregnant with Jack
Me, 33 weeks pregnant with Jack
I had been hoping for a medication-free birth, but we found out at 35 weeks that Jack was breech, and as bent as I was on natural birth, I wasn't willing to look for a provider who would deliver a breech baby. It just sounded too risky to me! I scheduled a c-section for July 17, giving Jack until five days after his due date to turn. In the meantime, I did literally everything under the sun to encourage Jack to turn around, including having Johnny shine a flashlight down there and call to Jack through an empty toilet paper tube "megaphone". :rolleyes: I also had Johnny hold my feet up while I did headstands in our apartment complex pool. I'm sure it looked like he was trying to kill his pregnant wife! Finally, I resigned myself to a planned c-section and lamented that there was no surprise even in when Jack's birthday would be. Something I regret is that I spent the last weeks of my pregnancy stressed and crying over the fact that the only thing standing in the way of my dream birth experience was Jack's breech presentation. I should have just been enjoying my last baby-free days, especially when my maternity leave started at 38 weeks!
Anyway, Jack did surprise us after all. Not by turning, but by sending me into labor on the morning of July 12 -- his due date! We went to the hospital at 10 a.m., and Jack was born at 12:10 p.m., and I was in recovery by 12:35 p.m. One thing you can say about c-sections is that they're very efficient!
Me, Johnny and Jack immediately post-c-section
Jack weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces (7.12 on 7/12!) and measured 19 inches long.
I can't believe he was ever this little
They brought Jack over for me to nurse him, and then I had to stay in recovery for two hours. During this time, I had the nurse bring my cell phone to me (Johnny was in the nursery with Jack), and I called all my friends and family.
Truth be told, I had been afraid before the birth that I would resent Jack for being breech and altering my birth experience so drastically. Naive as I was, I thought I could control childbirth, just like I prepare for most other important life events. I was feeling resentful in the days before my due date, thinking in my head, "Stubborn baby, why can't you just be like other babies and turn head down already?" I was really concerned about the possibility that I might feel that way when Jack arrived. However, I've never had to worry about that -- the moment I saw Jack, there was only amazement ... no blame. I am so blessed to have a wonderful, funny, adorable son. As his mom, I'm responsible for teaching him things, but he has also taught me many important lessons -- like how to be less selfish, how to let go and not insist that everything stick to a strict plan, and how to just love life.
That being said, while it doesn't matter to me now how Jack got here, it does still matter to me that I didn't even get to try for my natural birth. So, next time around, I'm going to try my best for a VBAC. This time, though, I won't have false illusions about how everything will work out exactly as planned!
OK, and now I've spilled my life story ... thanks for listening! Here are some other random pics ... enjoy! If you ever want more pics and stories from me, feel free to visit my blog.
L: My shameless little man; R: Enjoying a fudgesicle with Grandma
L: With Atari; R: Me tossing Jack in the air
And the Adventure Continues!
On November 1, 2008, two years and a day after I got my first BFP with Jack, I got the biggest surprise of my life: a BFP! :shock: Johnny and I very much want a second child, but we had been planning to wait until spring of 2009 to TTC, for a variety of reasons -- one, we wanted to get into a house first and have time to settle in, so we didn't have to move while I was pregnant; and two, we wanted to enjoy Jack's babyhood to the fullest, and have him potty trained by the time baby #2 arrived on the scene. Basically, we had thought that a three-year age difference would be ideal. But, as I'm quickly learning from this whole motherhood thing, plans don't mean much!
After a couple of days of freaking out and wondering exactly how this happened (OK, so the how isn't really a mystery ... we just weren't careful enough! ;)), we became really excited about our impending arrival. Johnny was happy from the beginning, but I needed some time to process my surprise pregnancy. I think Jack will make a great big brother. This baby is due on July 11 ... almost exactly Jack's birthday (July 12)!
More to come!
Claiming my space. Will add more when I have more time :o)
Okay, I'm claiming my space Will update later...I promise!
My name is Jenn, and I live in Saskatchewan (thats in Canada) with my husband, Matt; our cat, Riggs; and our daughter, Taryn, who was born June 23/07.
Matt and I met after I had broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years. Matt just happened to work with my ex. A bunch of us went for drinks one night - my girlfriend and her husband, Matt and myself, and I found myself falling for this forbidden fruit....We started dating about a month or so later, and the rest is, well...history.
One night in March, 2005, I was laying in the tub, relaxing and decided I'd get out, go lay in bed and read for a bit. When I got out, all the lights were out, our bedroom was filled with candles, and there was Matt, down on one knee with a gorgeous ring in his hand...."Will you marry me?" Of course I would!!!!!! He's my best friend in the world!!!
June 17, 2006, we were married.
Since we have been together, we have done a little bit of travelling. We have been to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; On a motorcycle trip through Saskatchewan, Alberta and part of British Columbia; a trip to go houseboating on Shuswap Lake in British Columbia (this one was my absolute favorite and I WILL be going back); and our honeymoon was a motorcycle trip with another couple down to the Black Hills, SD. We also live for camping and recently bought a new camper, which we definately have got our money worth in the first year!!
Right after getting married, we decided to start TTC. It took us a few months, but on October 31, 2006 I was one day late and decided to POAS...SURPRISE!!!! And there started our journey!!
Claiming my space--hopefully I'll have some time to attack this over the weekend!:D