Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy ICLW!!

This being my first, I have gathered that I should post my story.

I can't remember why I started a blog. I had a livejournal back in the angsty college days for my poetry and "I hate everything" tirades but then outgrew it... abandoned it and forgot about the online blogging community.

In that time I met the love of my life and married him 100 days after we met. Got pregnant on accident, but we were thrilled despite poor timing. Then, at our first prenatal appointment at around 8.5 weeks found out via ultrasound that our little angel was no longer with us.

Devestated doesn't begin to cover what we felt. It was a rocky, dark next several months, but in the end it gave Donnie and I an unbreakable bond and has carried us through many tough times since.

About 4 months after the miscarriage, we decided to start trying again. We figured since it happened so easily the first time it would be a cinch now that we were actually making an effort to get pregnant.


Somewhere in the rollercoaster of TTC, I started this blog. I was a terrible blogger, spotty at best. But with work and life itself, I was lucky to remember to brush my teeth some nights.

Finally got my BFP on cycle 12, barely making the cutoff for the "normal" range of healthy couples, but not before I had become something of an expert on all things TTC.

So then, my ramblings about TTC turned into ecstatic and nervous posts about the little life I was growing inside me and also into a way to document all the beautiful moments of pregnancy that I feared I might forget. After a beautifully smooth pregnancy and a eye-opening natural birth center, midwife attended birth, the blog evolved once again into the blog of a mother. Quinlon Jade joined this world on March 30th, 2008 at 4:01 AM, forever changing our lives.

To date, mother has to be my favorite role. I love being a wife/daughter/sister/friend but there is just something about being a mother that still, to this very day, takes my breath away and puts tears in my eyes.

But the evolution was not near complete as we made our plans to move to China to go to TCM school and teach English. Donnie, you see, is a kung fu master whose master himself lives in China. I could go into boring details, but unless you are in the martial arts world, his prestigious titles mean very little. Just know that he has dedicated his life to the art and it has paid off in his accomplishments, so it means the world to him to be near his master.

In February of 2009, we finally succeeded and boarded a plane to China with our 10 month old in tow all of which you can read on my blog in past entries.

So, here we are. A young, hip American family in China trying to carve out a happy, successful place for ourselves in a sinking economic world.

Pleased to meet you all. I can't wait to learn about your lives.


Jesse Mendez said...

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I have an invitation for you to come and visit my art blog here in San Diego Southern California.

I started this blog in an attempt at finding a creative way to find new friends, and explore my artistic skills through bloging.

I hope you will stop by and enjoy the various labels and music videos I design for my art blog.

See you soon :)

Beautiful Mess said...

Happy ICLW! It's SO much fun! I agree, being a mother is a role with so many up's and a few downs. Mostly being tired ;o)

Nicole said...

What an amazing story! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your support. We IF's stick together so it is good to know we have love from the other side of the world!

Happy ICLW!

womb for improvement said...

What a journey (both emotionally and physically).

My 1st comment week too.


•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Wow what a journey so far and what adventures you have to look forward too.

Here from ICLW...No. 103
My Little Drummer Boys

Carrie said...

Hi there!

Thanks for the comment over on my blog! I can't wait to get to know your story (and what an interesting family you are) as I read your blog! Your little angel could not be more darling...I am so glad she is with you in China!


jon and tracy g said...

What a great story!


Kristin said... cool that y'all are in China near your husband's kung fu master (my son is in Tae Kwon Do, so I know how important that is). I'm glad you were successful and have your beautiful son.


caitsmom said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! Your story is fascinating. And though all of what you describe this sticks with me the most, "there is just something about being a mother that still, to this very day, takes my breath away and puts tears in my eyes." Beautiful.


Michelle said...

Wow you have a wonderful story. I can not imagine how brave you must have to be to go to another country and live. It sounds scary but also very exciting. thanks for sharing.

Villagepig said...

Happy ICLW too!!

Gosh, moving to a new country with a toddler, I am in awe of you! Also, China is such a cool place, I would love to be in your shoes ;-)


Ashley said...

I'm glad I'm not the only IF blogger who's been successful with treatment.

Hope you're having fun with ICLW!

c by the sea said...

what a great experience for you and your family!


Mrs. Gamgee said...

What a fabulous story... and an incredibly brave venture!