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Sunday, 30 December 2012 13:14
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As a long time college student, I’ve spent much of my adult life writing all sorts of things from creative pieces, to literature reviews, to research papers.  With the explosion of the internet and various blogs, I always thought it would be great to have a blog, but I wondered who would read it.  When I became a contributor for The Birthing Site, I was given a voice and my creativity finally met my academic prowess. TBS has given me an opportunity to expand my writing to a cause that is near and dear to my heart while still being able to infuse a bit of myself into my articles. 

When I was told that I was going to have blog space on TBS, I was ecstatic.  Here was an established audience who also may know my work!  Excitement turned to terror when I realized that if I were to write a blog, it was going to need to live up to all that TBS represents.  I was back to wondering what in the world I would blog about.

After a few weeks of contemplation, I decided that since as a contributor for TBS I have a place to provide informative and helpful articles related to pregnancy, birth and motherhood, I would use my blog for more personal accounts of my experience of these things.  For the most part I try to keep my opinions out of my articles for TBS, though as a contributor my opinions are obviously in line with TBS’ mission of brining birth and motherhood back into the hands of mothers from a naturalistic perspective.  My intent for my blog will be to bring my experience into some of these topics a bit more and perhaps supplement some of the informative articles with a more raw and experiential perspective.

So who am I anyways?  I am an almost 30 year old mother of 2 boys who are 18 months apart (though I occasionally tease my husband and count him as a “third”).  My oldest turned 3 in August and my youngest will be 2 in February.  I am still nursing my youngest and don’t know when he will wean, (I would love to have him keep nursing though this not sleeping through the night thing is a bit of a challenge sometimes.)  I am currently in grad school pursuing a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and I’m currently an intern at a local non-profit clinic where I have my own caseload of clients.  I am on staff with a dog rescue that primarily saves pit bulls, and I have 3 of my own rescued knuckleheads…er…pups.  I have worked in retail since I got my first job at 16, and spent most of my 20’s working full time and going to school full time (and was pregnant with #1 in there too!)  I stopped working when my second son was born because even if I had worked full time, it wouldn’t be enough to pay for daycare for both kids.

I spent nearly a year as a full time SAHM.  I decided to go back to school because I wanted more for my kids, and my wonderful husband has been nothing but supportive the entire time.  I love being a SAHM, though I must admit that school is a wonderful “getaway” that gives me some adult time, and an excuse to take a shower.  I never truly understood the blessing of a daily shower until I had two small children and a husband who was gone 12 hours a day at work.

I can’t promise you will find my blog to be the most riveting you’ve ever read (though I can dream can’t I?)  What you will find is honesty, humor, and a realistic perspective on some of the most important experiences that we have in common; pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.  Thanks for checking me out!

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