Re-Introduction

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Re-Introduction
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Sun, 02-22-2009 - 1:33pm

Hello everyone,

I was a regular poster (and a former CL) on this board up until about a year ago, but life overwhelmed me and I haven't been around for awhile. Life has finally started to calm down a little, and I've found myself missing this board. I've been browsing and I see a few familiar faces along with lots of new names. I'm really looking forward to catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones.

Here is a little information about me:

I'm 28 years old. My partner, Jamie, is 25. We have been living together for about 2.5 years, and we have a townhouse in Atlanta where we live with our two furbabies. Winston and Delilah are both rat terriers, and we treat them like our children since we don't have any of our own yet. I am a professional nanny. I have been working as a nanny for about 7 years. I put myself through college as a nanny and loved it so much that I kept doing it after I graduated. Currently I work for a family with one little girl. Sara is 15 months. And they are expecting a new baby (gender unknown) in 3-4 weeks. Jamie is a paralegal, but she also takes college classes part time, working on a BA in History/Education. She wants to be a high school history teacher, but eventually would like to get her Masters and PhD so that she can be a college professor.

We both want children very much, but we aren't quite ready for them. Ideally we'd like Jamie to be out of school first, and we'd like to build up a stronger savings. We are very interested in adopting a child from the foster care system. But I have a strong desire to experience pregnancy, so we are still considering that option as well. We have plenty of time to discuss and debate while we are WTT over the next 3-4 years.(If we can wait that long -- we both have our weak moments when we talk about speeding up our timetable significantly.) In the meantime, I'll put all my mothering energy into Sara and her new sibling.



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Registered: 10-14-2005
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 10:35am

Oh, I love it! The pictures are gorgeous, I can't wait to see the photos of the wedding in MN! I can't believe it's only a few months away. The roof-top proposal sounds amazing. Thomas is such a romantic! And my guess is that if he changed his mind so dramatically about marriage, babies aren't too far off. I bet that once he has a few months to adjust mentally to the thought of being married, he'll be ready to start thinking babies as well.

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It sounded like a nightmare to them at first too! When the first ultrasound showed two babies they were in utter shock. Seriously, they could barely speak. They obviously knew it was a possibility since they implanted two embryos, but they never thought it would happen. The first time they transferred two and neither implanted, the second time they transferred two and one implanted. So they just didn't think they'd wind up with twins. They wound up making HUGE life changes because of that -- they moved out of state to be closer to family and so one dad could accept a promotion that would mean less traveling and the other dad quit his job altogether to stay home full time. I think things have really worked out well for them, but it was quite an adjustment. And they are definitely still a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work it takes having a toddler and two infants. (It takes them FOREVER to return calls and emails! )



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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 10:52am

Hello again! It's good to see you here. I was actually just thinking about you recently as I was contemplating the childcare issue and thinking about the nanny possibility. I guess you didn't end up in Alaska after all :) That'd be exciting taking care of a newborn. I've had so few chances to be around them.

Of course, I'll get lots of time in in two months! As you see, we're expecting in late April. But, I love this board and the grads section has gotten really active, so I still hang around.

I hope you and Jamie are doing well!

~Lorien








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Registered: 05-04-2007
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 11:12am

Hi Annie and welcome back.


I'm new here. Jen (36) and WTT around September for #4. I have two teenage daughters and a 14 month old (great age). How fun you are a nanny! That must be a great job and it must make wanting your own hard at times!!


I look forward to getting to know you and sharing this journey.

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Registered: 10-14-2005
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 11:50am
Oh, congratulations! I'm so excited for you. April is right around the corner! If you have any questions at all about nannies or other childcare options, don't hesitate to ask. You can post a thread on the board (I'm sure lots of others have childcare questions as well) or feel free to email me via the link in my profile!


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In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 12:07pm

What a gorgeous family you have! And 14 months is a fantastic age, isn't it? So much fun!

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It's a fantastic job. So exciting and rewarding. And I'm lucky that it doesn't make my wait seem hard at all. In fact, I think it makes it easier. When I was in school and working as a reporter, I thought about babies NON-STOP because I missed working with them so much. But as a nanny, I'm lucky enough to spend 40-50 hours a week with a family, really enjoying all the joys of childhood, but I get to give them back at the end of the day and have a quiet night to myself and sleep in on the weekend. And I get to take them shopping for adorable clothes without worrying about the bill. It's sort of the best of both worlds. I think it would be much, much harder if I were actually ready for a child of my own and TTC but having difficulties. But for now, Jamie and I call my charges our "practice babies" and it's the perfect way for me to get some serious parenting practice and indulge my "mothering" urge without taking full on the responsibilities of parenting.



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Registered: 10-11-2005
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 12:49pm
Yeah Miriam was on our list as well, which is why when I saw Mira was a Hindi name it worked perfectly for us for a middle name. I do feel a bit bad about the name because my Grandfather just passed away 2 weeks ago, and I feel like I should use the first letter of his name G for the baby, but I really love Hazel Mira more then Gwendolyn Mira right now, so we're just going to stick with it I think. If the ultrasound was wrong though and it is a boy he'll most likely be Graeme/Graham Mohan in honor of my Grandfather.










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Registered: 05-04-2007
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 2:16pm

Wow! You really do have the best of both worlds! What a fun job and when you do have your own you

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Registered: 02-27-2008
In reply to: unc_annie
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 9:56pm

Hi Annie, welcome back! I was relatively new here when you posted last, so I don't know if you remember me, but I remember you and it's nice to see you around here again! Great to hear that you've got a nanny position you're enjoying. And with a second little one on the way, too! How exciting.

I hang out mostly in the TTC 4+ months thread down below in the grads section... DH and I have been TTC since last summer, and after 3 miscarriages, here we are, still trying to bring a LO home. :/

Anyway, glad to have you back!!









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Registered: 03-29-2008
In reply to: unc_annie
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 12:18pm

Welcome Back, Annie,


I remember you but I think I was just a lurker when you were last here!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Registered: 11-15-2005
In reply to: unc_annie
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 4:13pm

Hey Annie! How are you my friend! So gad your back on here again with us again! :)


Can't wait to catch up again! :) Do you have a date set to start TTC your first!??


WE just had our second, Tristan Alexander on 10.24.08


We are WTT for #3 we will be TTC in April 2010. :)


Take care, Ttyl

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