the monday snapshot – Jess

Jess of It’s just a box of Rain 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. 

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

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V is the light of my life. She is my 14.5 month old daughter. I recently made the transition from full-time mom with a baby in day care to a SAHM. This is not without its sacrifices, but I was unwilling to make the sacrifices required of me working in a stressful career and not getting to spend enough time with the daughter I had waited 7 long years for… it was an adjustment but I am pretty happy about it. Most excitingly, V just started walking! It’s been so much fun but wow, pretty tiring too.

Despite the belt-tightening due to my SAHM status, we lucked into some vacations recently (for little to no many) which has been awesome, as I always wanted to travel with my child. We went to the Outer Banks first, where V frolicked in the sand and waves. And last week, we went to Disneyland and had so much fun, it truly is magical, especially as a parent…especially because I was so often doubtful (in the past) I’d get to see the joy of a child watching a parade, hugging Pluto, and riding on Peter Pan… So my snapshot for this week is from our recent trip.

I am in the middle of trying to figure out more about who I am these days, beyond infertile… beyond a recurrent loss mama… beyond an adoptive mama… beyond someone with endometriosis… come stop by any time if you’d like to connect or learn more about my journey! All are welcome!

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

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

I started by blogging about IF and loss experiences and then IVF… and now adoption! I have
been blogging for about 4 years. I started just by writing about my feelings but stayed
for the company.

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

We TTC for 6 years then moved to domestic adoption. We tried 10+ IUIs and 4
IVFs and lost 4  babies along the way. We are now proud parents to a daughter
we adopted as a newborn, and in an open adoption and oh I just became a SAHM.

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

I am a recurrent pregnancy loss sister and an open adoption mama
– both of which are a little on the rarer side.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

open

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

Buzzfeed!   There’s always a quick bit of humor or news centralized for a busy mama
and they have a great app. (and sometimes recipes too!)

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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 Jess at It’s Just a Box of RainIf you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

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