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!


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!



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: 


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!)


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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  1. Good Lord she is precious! I cannot for the life of me get my daughter to leave a bow in her hair. How awesome that you were able to make the transition to SAHM during this time! It’s a tough change for a million reasons, but I’m sure you’re loving it. 🙂 This makes me want to take my daughter on a cool vacation somewhere!

  2. What a lucky little girl to have been able to go to Disneyland! She is adorable! Here is my contribution this week:

  3. Your daughter is precious! My son will be 15 months this week and I’ve recently transitioned to be a SHAM as well. I look forward to reading more at your blog 🙂

    Here’s my snapshot:

  4. I’m keeling over from the cuteness! My Monday Snapshot is here:

  5. V is so adorable….and to get to see Disneyland! How exciting for all of you! I’m hoping to someday make it there or Disneyworld..whichever so I can experience that childhood joy on my child’s face….I’m so excited for you to have this time with her as a SAHM and to be finding yourself away from that stressful job! So glad you were in the spotlight this week! My contribution is in the trackbacks below.

  6. Okay… that girl is just BEYOND adorable! What a precious photo. I struggle with my SAHM identity – it’s a work in progress for sure. Glad to see you here! 🙂

  7. She is beyond cute. Absolutely adorable!

  8. So excited for you for your SAHM status! And for the vacations! How wonderful!

    Here is my first Monday Snapshot contribution.

  9. Oh my goodness, she is just precious!!! 🙂 This makes me want to take Lids to Disney or somewhere else equally neat. So fun!


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