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|Sat, 01-01-2011 - 5:43pm|
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.