I am a former microbiologist turned stay at home mom to a small herd of two boys, turned elementary school teacher. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest but moved to the desert of Arizona where I spent ten years. It is here where I earned my BS in Microbiology and met my husband. We moved back to the Pacific Northwest for eleven years, where we had our two children and I earned my Masters of Art in Education. We recently moved back to Arizona. What can I say, we have the desert in our souls.
In 2006 we had our first son, Cody. Life tends to get a bit more complicated once children enter into it. Our road got a few extra bumps and turns than the average parents as Cody was born very early at 26 weeks (2 lbs 1 and 1/2 oz). He suffered a brain hemorrhage that required him to have a VP shunt and may be the reason behind his mild cerebral palsy. He has had several seizures but so far is not on any medication for them. We have been told by Neurodevelopment specialists at Children’s Hospital that we are “lucky”. Cody just plain rocks. He is great.
In 2008 we had our second son, Carter. Also born early, at 31 weeks and some change (4 lbs 4 oz) he flew through the NICU and was home in less that 3 weeks. For the next year and a half he wrecked havoc on everyone’s sleep, being colicky and refusing to sleep for more that a couple of hours at a time. We joked that we wished the Gypsies would come and take him. Sometimes it was not a joke. He has rounded a corner and sleeps – life looks way better when you are not sleep deprived. Carter is an awesome little boy. He is energy. He is full speed ahead all.the.time.
And that is the short version of what makes us, well, us.
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