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Welcome back to the boards, congrats on the baby! Seems like you had a quick and easy labor, was it? You had a c-section though? How do you pronounce the baby's name?<br><br>
I see you're proud to be Canadian! When did you move to the U.S.? Where in Canada are you from?<br><br>
What is the meaning behind your screen name?<br><br>
What are your hobbies / interests?
 

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<b>Welcome back to the boards, congrats on the baby!</b> Thanks! I was in the hospital for 5 days, so I was out of the loop - I'm glad that Hannah was able to post that I had Carys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><b>Seems like you had a quick and easy labor, was it? You had a c-section though?</b> I have very 'easy' labours - I dilate, can push and everything, but the babies get lodged in my pelvis in sort of a corkscrew manner, so they can't come out. After 2 unplanned c-sections, I decided that it was in my best interest to have a c-section without even trying to push ... I didn't want to risk rupturing the scar, and I felt that it would result in a c-section, anyways. The Drs are just as disappointed as I am because I look like a prime candidate for vaginal birth.<br><br><b>How do you pronounce the baby's name?</b> Her name is pronounced "Care-Iss" - it's Welsh and it means 'to love'<br><br><b>I see you're proud to be Canadian! When did you move to the U.S.? Where in Canada are you from?</b> We moved to the U.S. after I finished my Master's degree in Molecular biology, in 2000. We moved to California, where I worked in the biotech industry, and then to North Carolina. I'm from Montreal, which is a bustling city - way more urban than where we are in small-city U.S.A.<br><br><b>What is the meaning behind your screen name?</b> During my Master's research and my biotech work, I studied/worked in Functional Genomics. It's the study of a DNA sequence and it's gene function. I would look at particular gene sequences and try to see which protein, if any, they encoded for, whether I could insert/delete sequences to improve/decrease their function, and whether I could increase/decrease their production. I started using GenomicsGirl in University and have been using it ever since <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><b>What are your hobbies / interests?</b> At this point, I feel like a lost soul in terms of my personal interests and hobbies. I have none. I don't watch TV, I don't read anymore, I don't even do Sudoku! I exercise, I go for walks in the woods with the dog and the boys (and soon the girl, too), I hang out with my mommy group friends ... but other than that, I have nothing but my kids and my dh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I've never been to Montreal but I'd like to go! I've been to Toronto, Vancouver, and the Yukon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Where did you go to university? Did you move to the U.S. because of job opportunities? Is your dp Canadian too?<br><br>
Is the baby home yet? I hope she's doing well!
 

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definitely need more questions on this one!
 

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Where did you meet your dp? Any funny stories about the meeting? Love at first site or took a while? Does your dp share an interest in science as well?<br><br>
What is your second most proud of achievement (second because I know everyone always puts kids as the first!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: )?
 

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Shannon, I just can't imagine why you'd want to be on here answering our questions rather than holding that sweet baby girl!!! Don't feel obliged to answer any of us!!<br><br>
Did you find that laboring with such an early baby was easier because she was smaller??
 

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<b>Where did you meet your dp? Any funny stories about the meeting?</b> We met in biology class in CEGEP (which is like Junior College in the U.S. - we have to go to CEGEP after high school and then go to University to do a Bachelor degree). It was the first day of class in the winter semester (Jan 20th) and I was looking through the microscope trying to see whatever lame thing was on the list, and there was this black spiky thing that kept obstructing my view. I said out loud, and to no one in particular, "I can't see" and Ian came over to save me! We became lab partners and best friends right away. We started dating about a year later and have been together ever since. We were 18 when we met, we're 33 now. Oh, and the things that were obstructing my view were my eye-lashes! They're very long and kept being bent in front of my eyes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br><b>Does your dp share an interest in science as well?</b> Yes - I did my BS and MS in biology, Ian did his Bachelors in Computer Science. He's one of those amazing people who are interested in just about everything, so he can talk to just about anyone. He's really bright and very charismatic.<br><br><b>What is your second most proud of achievement?</b> I think it's that I have made a great effort in changing my personal attitude on life. I grew up with a mother who is agoraphobic, alcoholic, depressed, and has anxiety. She was totally withdrawn after the death of her father when I was 11. I was exceptionally shy and adhered to the "Shhhhhh - don't talk to people about family issues" so strongly that I eliminated friends who questioned my mother's weird non-motherly habits. Actually, my "I can't see" microscope issue was the first time I spoke to someone without having been spoken to first. It was the start of the new, more open, more talkative, less ashamed me. It has taken me years to get passed my shyness, years to get passed the feelings of embarassement ... but I'm loving life much more and I'm very proud of myself for making a life-altering change. As far as my mother goes, she is on the right medication now and is a completely different (and wonderful) person.
 

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<b>Shannon, I just can't imagine why you'd want to be on here answering our questions rather than holding that sweet baby girl!!!</b> She's in my arms right now looking very sweet. She's wrapped up in a purple receiving blanket (although I had always sworn that I wouldn't buy any 'girlie' things just because she's a girl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: ) and she's got a clean diaper and a full belly. The internet is my only down-time, and it's something that I can do at night, so I appreciate the questions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><b>Did you find that laboring with such an early baby was easier because she was smaller??</b> All 3 of my labours have been totally different. 1st: water broke at 2:30am, contractions started immediately, started pushing at 8am, had c-section at 11:30am. 2nd: Contractions started at 2:30am, water broke and started pushing at home at 3:15am, had c-section at 6:30am. 3rd: mild contractions at 10:30pm, bloody show at 6am, fully dilated, water bag intact, no pushing; c-section at 10:56am.<br><br>
Moe questions, please!
 
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