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Ok. I guess a quick intro is in order. I'm Erin, a graduate student in nutrition and mama to 3. DD1 is 14 and away in England with my parents. DD2 is 14 months and sitting with Daddy. Baby 3 is due 12/8 and we're hoping to find out the sex some time next month. DH is a wonderful soulmate and partner and just finished a graduate program in teaching and is looking for his first teaching job for this fall. I love this DDC and really find benefit in the support of you like minded mamas!
My ancestors came from England, but I've never actually been there, born in Boston, live in Seattle now. My Dad and stepmom decided to take my oldest and my niece to England this summer to study our ancestry and do some bonding. I would LOVE to go there some day, I love Jane Austen and have always wanted to see the English country side.
I love hearing about what you are baking and what your family is eating! Foodies unite! I have so many favorites I'm not sure where to begin: pad thai is always my preggo craving, I've really been into noodles lately. Just saw a cooking show on fresh Chinese noodles and they looked amazing! Basically any spicy noodles dish with lots of fresh veggies. I'm a big dessert girl too. Flourless chocolate cake has been my favorite for years, but lately I've been shifting to fruit based desserts. The other night I tried lemon/basil sorbet which was sooooo good. The school I go to is whole foods based, so we do our best to get fresh, local, organic when we can afford it.
I have always been a lover of science and wanted to help in a clinical setting, but nursing just wasn't for me. I had anorexia for 10 years, and in my treatment, I had a wonderful registered dietitian who was such an inspiration. As I began to see food as pleasure and medicine for the first time, I realized that this was my calling. Sorry for the novel
DD1 is from a previous relationship when I was very young. I always knew I wanted more babies and planned on having at least one by myself if I was going to be alone. But then I met DH...and the rest is history :). We got pregnant with DD2 on our honeymoon and knew we wanted another one soon after. It was very important to DD1 for us to have two close together as well since she wants to have a strong relationship with both of her younger siblings before she grows up and leaves for college. DD2 felt like a first pregnancy and baby all over again since it had been so long! Now we're still in baby zone (diapers, sleep deprivation, etc) so we figured we'd just stay here for a bit longer.
We originally met and became good friends while working together at a microbiology lab. He was my trainer and we like to say we fell in love over urinalysis (honestly, we did). I was in a dead end relationship with a nice but not right for me guy at the time. I secretly knew I was falling in love with DH but I didn't act on it because I was trying to extract myself from the dead end relationship, and I wasn't sure how he felt about me. Then one night we all hung out together (me, current bf, DH, and another guy) listening to music and drinking a bit. Out of the blue, all of a sudden, DH blurted out to me that he didn't want to cause any problems but he loved me! Needless to say I picked up the pace to peacefully end the other relationship ASAP. Every moment since then has been wonderful, he is a loving daddy and step daddy and an all around great guy who surprises me with big romantic gestures when I least expect it.
This is such a tough question! It's so hard to imagine a day away from the DH and kiddos and cleaning/cooking/carpool etc. Sleeping in would definitely be involved. A ballet class, a nice long shower (alone!) and a good book and a hammock sound like a great day!
It is fun, I do love it. I've been dancing since fourth grade. I thought I wanted to be a professional ballerina for quite a bit and then chose college instead. Which was the best decision I've ever made. Now I take classes whenever I can afford it and it's an amazing artistic outlet.