First questions. How many children do you have, what are there ages, what are there personalities like? ( sorry I didnt check out your siggy before) How many children do you plan on having?
I have three beautiful girls. Victoria is 6, and very much a teacher's pet. She was Student of the Month in kindergarten, for crying out loud. She's the one we're going to worry about when she becomes a teenager. She's athletic, and loves to learn new sports, but is also fairly girly. She's willing to try anything once, twice if she came away unscathed.
Sydney is 4, and aptly nicknamed "Doodle." She is one of the silliest kids I have ever had the priviledge to know, and makes me laugh on a daily basis. She is more rebellious, and has led her preschool class in a few "acting out" events in the last year. She seems to be growing up well though, and we're not real worried about how she'll do. At least she's getting it out of her system now! Sydney is more of a tomboy, but is a wuss. She is afraid of everything, but looking back, Victoria was like that at the same age.
I wish I could take credit for their beautiful names and incredible looks, but I had nothing genetically to do with either of them.
They are the bonus family I got when I married my DH, Brad. I've known them since Sydney was 18months and Victoria was 3, so they call me their 'Nother Mommy. Mommy to my face.
Samantha is 16 weeks old tomorrow (and I'll be 12 weeks pregnant!!). She is our success story, in that she was born at 30wks, and is already on the growth charts for her real age. She is starting to smile, which lights up the entire room for all of us. Her sisters love her to pieces.
This very well may be our last baby, unless it's a girl, in which case we'll freeze some sperm and try again at a later date and hope for a boy. Either way, DH is getting snipped! Sam was a birth control baby, and this one was a 1 in 1000 chance. So we're incredibly fertile people.
What is your favorite part of mothering now and what do you look forward to the most with this one?
I love watching things through my kids' eyes. I learn so much more just by listening to the way they think. I am a better woman because of them, and I thank them every day for making me a better mama. I look forward to integrating this baby in to our already amazing family. Most mornings I pinch myself over how blessed I have been in just three short years. It is truly amazing.
What is your favorite place you've ever travelled to, and why?
I was lucky enough to spend a month in Salamanca, Spain, studying the language and living in an apartment with my mom and brother. I learned so much, and met so many amazing people from all over the world. It was an experience I will never forget, and one I hope I can share with my family someday. It was beautiful, and enlightening, and I came back with a renewed sense of self and purpose to my life, at the ripe old age of 17.
I finally felt like I fit in. It was the first time in my life I was surrounded by a culture that praised women for looking like women, and having been a very athletic, fit size 14 since the age of 12, that was a welcome relief.
I'll try to keep my other responses more brief!