the monday snapshot – Emily

Emily of Emskyrooney 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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When my husband and I met we were excited to find out that each of us wanted three children as we both had two younger siblings.  We started trying for our first baby about a year after we got married and although the four months it took to get pregnant seemed like FOREVER to me as I’d fully expected to get knocked up right away, we now know that four months is laughably short.When LP (short for Little Paul as he’s the 4th Paul in a row on (hubby’s side) was almost 1 we decided to try for baby #2 as we were hoping our children would be about two years apart.  Four months passed, then 6 months, then a year.  We had two “positive” home pregnancy tests which turned out to be chemical pregnancies.  At that point my OB/GYN suggested we go see the Reproductive Endocrinologist. All the usual tests were done and we were officially diagnosed with “unexplained secondary infertility.”   I was devastated.  There was nothing really that we could do other than keep trying using clomid and then moving onto IUI.  Another year had gone by at this point and so we decided to take a break for the holidays after three rounds of clomid before trying an IUI.   Three days before Christmas I had another positive home test.  The bloodwork showed that my hcg levels were very low however and I was told to come back the day after Christmas to see if this was yet another chemical pregnancy.  Thank goodness we had Christmas with LP to keep our mind off things! Fortunately the news was good and our baby girl Eliza was born in August, 2012, almost 4 years after her brother.I was so worried about what the almost 4 year age difference would mean to our children.  My husband and I are both only 2-3 years older than our next sibling, and four years seemed so far apart.  But seeing them together now, it seems so right.  LP loves his baby sister more than anything.  Last night, in the bath together he looked at her and then said, “Mama, Baby Eliza is soooo cute that I can’t stop watching her!”   I feel the same way about both of them.

So far the age difference hasn’t mattered at all.  I’m sure they’ll have their squabbles, all siblings do, but I know they’ll always be as close as they are right now when LP stops his playing to run over and kiss his baby sister, and when she looks for him as soon as he enters the room._DSC3295


Now, get to know a little more about Emily 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 the spring of 2008 when I was pregnant with my son, mainly as a way to keep my family up to date on what was going on in our lives since we don’t live nearby.

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

My husband and I were married in the fall of 2006 and had our first child (our son LP) in the fall of 2008 after just a few months of trying to conceive. When we decided to try for baby #2 in fall of 2009 things didn’t go as well- after several chemical pregnancies I was “diagnosed” with unexplained secondary infertility. We did several rounds of clomid with no luck and then took a break from trying just before Christmas, 2011. Surprise surprise, we found out we were pregnant two days before Christmas! Our baby girl was born on August 24, 2012.

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

I’m not sure what makes me unique. I blog about everything from infertility to parenting to sewing to crafting to cooking to photography. In the world of PAIL I haven’t seen too many other bloggers who struggled through secondary infertility- perhaps that makes me somewhat unique?

4) One word to describe yourself: 


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

I love so many blogs but have to say that the blog of one of my college besties is so well-written that I just adore it. She blogs at Oh! Henry Thomas, Eleanor Louise, and Charles Edward about the adventures of life with 3 kids in the Foreign Service. It’s a great mix of “Kids say the darndest things,” thoughts on parenting, and random musings… I highly recommend checking it out! (seriously, her kids say and do some hilarious stuff!)


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  Emily at Emskyrooney.

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