the monday snapshot – Em

Em from Teach me to Braid is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

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I just finished a blog post about weaning, so I was looking through my photos for images of Harriet and I snuggled up together in our favorite nursing chair. I found what I was looking for, but I also found this picture and I couldn’t stop staring at it. I couldn’t believe how grown-up my baby girl looked, walking…running around outside in her jeans and pea coat. And here’s the kicker – I snapped this pic last fall…before she had any teeth, before she could climb stuff, before she learned to give hugs and kisses, before she fell in love with books. I’m struck by the way time is literally streaking by and I’m so grateful for those moments when it seems to stand still so that I can celebrate her, and memorize her, and just let her soak deeper into my heart.

Monday snapshot


Now, get to know a little more about Em with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started blogging in July of 2012. My mom had been encouraging me to start a blog for years and I finally decided to go for it.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

I have PCOS. It took us two and a half years, two losses (one at 19 weeks and one chemical pregnancy) and IVF to get pregnant with our daughter who was one in December. We will be starting fertility treatments again when she is fully weaned.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I think my blog stands out because I write with the non-ALI person in mind. I don’t use any abbreviations and I try to fully explain all medical terminology and procedures. On one hand, I think the abbreviations and all of that is great because it helps us develop a sense of community with one another. But I often hear ALI-ers complain that nobody “gets” what we’re going through and that fertile people can be so out of touch with our struggle. My hope is that my blog can help fertile folks understand our hearts a bit better. Avoiding infertility jargon is one of the ways I’m trying to do that.

4) One word to describe yourself: 


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

Lately, I’ve really been enjoying Wegen Tales. Shayla seems very wise and humble, a great combination for a writer.


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit  Em at Teach me to braid.

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