Hello (Again) Everyone!

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Hello (Again) Everyone!
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 5:43pm

Hi Everyone,

I used to post here a few years ago -- and was even the CL at one point -- but I disappeared when life changes put babies WAY on the back burner. I've lurked a little and I see a few familiar faces back again and lots of new people. I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone -- this board has always been full of some of the smartest, kindest, most supportive women on the internet.

Here's a little about me:

My name is Annie and I'm 30 years old. I'm a professional nanny/newborn specialist living in Atlanta, GA. My new year's resolution (one of them anyway!) is to get my labor doula certification and shift my career from working long-term with families to working short term pre-natal, during delivery, and during the early newborn stages. My partner's name is EJ. She is 39 years old and works in IT. We have been together for almost two years. We have been living together about six months, and in October we exchanged rings privately -- our version of a wedding since a legal wedding is not possible in GA and we had no desire for a public ceremony. We have no children yet, just a French Bulldog who we spoil mercilessly. We also rescue and foster French Bulldogs.

EJ and I both want children, but until recently had not discussed a timeline. I'm honestly not in a huge hurry right now, which is ironic since I've had baby fever for many years and even seriously considered becoming a single mother by choice a few years ago. I think it's because I'm very happy and content with my life right now, whereas in the past I felt like something was missing and I hoped a baby would fill that hole. My partner however, is definitely ready to start the process. Because she's a few years older than I am, she is feeling the ticking clock and is worried that she'll be in her 60s when our children graduate from high school.

Today, for the first time, we discussed an actual timeline. We have not set a date, but we will definitely start TTC this calendar year. Our plan is that I will carry our children with the aid of an anonymous donor from a sperm bank. There are some things I want to accomplish first, so I'm guessing it will be sometime in the fall/winter. But our date is definitely flexible. I'm very excited about starting this process and building our family, but I'm also feeling a little overwhelmed now that this is a reality.

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Registered: 07-13-2007
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 5:22am
Hi Annie and welcome back to the board. Thats exciting that there is a time line now and that you see yourselves starting your TTC journey this year. Your job sounds amazing and I hope your career shift goes well for you. It is overwhelming thinking about TTC and I find I weigh up the pros and cons again and again in my head but its finding the perfect balance (if possible) in your mind and with your partner and going with that. I was thrown in the deep end with DS so Im looking forward to the whole TTC process(I hope these words dont come back to bite me in the butt) and am WTT impatiently. Best of luck with 2011 and looking forward to getting to know you.
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Registered: 04-17-2009
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 8:57am
Hi Annie! Welcome back to the board! I'm Victoria, 29, and DH and I are WTT our first! Looking forward to getting to know you!

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Registered: 07-27-2005
Mon, 01-03-2011 - 6:46pm
Hi Annie! Welcome back to WTT, I remember you from a few years back. I am finally back, with an actual date, February 14...it's kind of funny that just happens to be the last day of my BCP, just now realized the significance!

Anyway, I am Jaime, 33 and DH is Robert, 34. We are excited to be moving toward this journey, and it is incredible to finally be able to discuss certain things like what crib I want with DH.

Best wishes for 2011!
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Registered: 04-29-2006
Wed, 01-05-2011 - 2:44pm
Hi Annie, nice to meet you! Congratulations on your wedding! Even without the public hubbub it's certainly a momentous occasion, very exciting.

I love that you're about to become a doula - I read "The Birth Partner" and loved it, thought about becoming a doula myself someday. It sounds difficult to make a living on it though, because you can only schedule so many births a month with the unpredictability of the timing. In any case, I'd be thrilled to hear more about your work. I love reading about natural birth.

My name is Becki and I'm 25, my DH Paul is 26. We've been married three years, and we're waiting to try for our first but have no date yet. Currently I'm working on losing weight, and we're both working on our careers and getting established while trying to build up a small nest egg of savings. But most of all I'm waiting for him to just feel ready, but he's not there yet - we'll see. We both enjoy talking about kids and occasionally looking at baby supplies in stores, but we're not quite at the turning point.
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Registered: 07-23-2008
Sat, 01-08-2011 - 11:06am

Welcome Annie! Congrats on your wedding! I'm really interested in your work as well! Good luck on becoming a doula!

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