Hello, Ladies. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I'm still not quite sure if MDC is the place for me, but for an intro post, the "Women of Color" thread is a no-brainer.
I'm from and currently live in Chicago and have been married to DH for 5 years. Currently, we have no children, but if the plumbing works, we plan on making the steps to change that by the end of this year. We will both be "older" first-time parents--I'll be 36 this year and DH will be 40--but that is not at all unusual for the line of work I am in (I'm in academia). I hate labels, and eschew subscribing to any "philosophies," so I do not anticipate becoming an "AP" parent or a "mainstream" parent. I definitely plan on trying to breastfeed (and I have a lot of family support since both my mother and my MIL breastfed their babies), I might try cloth diapers (my mother used them on me), and I will definitely be a WOH momma. However, that's about all I can say at this point. I'll just tackle the other stuff when it gets here.
I stopped taking the pill a few weeks ago and am learning how to track my fertility, so I'm really quite excited! I never desired kids until now, but for job-related reasons we still have to delay until the fall/winter to begin to TTC. I can't wait!
Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. Sorry I can't contribute to the current hair conversation because I have a relaxer and love it! (Can I say that here?
) My hair is shoulder-length and in fantastic shape, so if any sisters out there want tips on how to keep relaxed hair healthy, I can help!
Oh, and DH and I are both Af-Am---did I say that?