Man at Desk

Party of 5

I've been told the things that surprise you can be the most exciting.


I've never been a fan of surprises. I'd much rather be the one on the surprising side that knows the details. It's easier to modify your expectations. Expectations and parameters are the key to never being disappointed, but that's not how life works.


We moved home from Chicago where we lived in married housing because we wanted to start a family. Over a year into trying, we were defeated and nothing was happening. I walked around watching friends of friends get pregnant by the wind (or so easily it seemed). Green with envy and wishing it were instead morning sickness, I waited. Month by month.


September 2016: PREGNANT. Blissful. Minimal morning sickness, felt the most beautiful I had in all my life. Mid-Master's Degree and giddy through the entire process. (no idea now how I pulled that off). May 14th, 2017 at 9:55 am Aiden was born at home. For about 30 minutes I was ecstatic. But, Aiden's birth was traumatic. Recovery took forever, or so it felt.


Aiden and I had the most AMAZING ten months together, and we decided to try for another.


Less stress, I figured it wouldn't take as long. And it didn't- 6 month