the monday snapshot – Jules

Jules of The Quest for Little Lambies. 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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Hi PAIL Bloggers!

I’m Jules, and I blog at The Quest for Little Lambies. Right now my 10 month old daughter Iyla (pronounced “Eye-La”) Grace is definitely keeping me busy and on my toes! She is at such a fun age, where it seems every single day brings some kind of new adventure. Most recently? She has decided to boycott her afternoon naps, which is super awesome. ; )

I am a Realtor and cut back on work once Iyla was born, so am now managing my own business- taking clients on a case by case basis while primarily caring for Iyla. One fun factoid is that in February of 2012- one month before we got pregnant- I was featured in an HGTV “House Hunters” episode with buyer clients of mine. So much fun!

I am working hard to maintain a sense of balance- nurturing myself, my business, my relationship with my husband, and this little family we’ve created. It is a constant labor of love and definitely a challenge! My blog has evolved from a snapshot of our infertility journey to a documentation of mine and Iyla’s lives- sort of an online baby book for her that I hope she enjoys turning back to when she is older

Jules

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

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

I’ve been blogging almost 3 years, and began as an outlet for our infertility journey. We were in the thick of it when I began the blog- about 22 months into the 3 years it took to get pregnant. Reading other women’s blogs who had walked this difficult walk had always given me a sense of hope and community, and I have been so touched by the women who follow my own blog & have been cheering me on from the beginning.

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

I met my husband in 2005 on a blind date from Match.com (it worked!). We wanted to wait a year after our 2008 wedding to start a family, foolishly thinking it would happen quickly for us. It ended up taking us almost 3 years to finally conceive. Those 3 years involved countless cycles with Clomid, Femara, & IUI’s, a laparoscopic surgery that revealed and cleared Stage 3 Endometriosis, 2 Gonal-F injectables cycles- the first of which we conceived but sadly lost the pregnancy early on- and then miracle of miracles, after our 2nd injectables cycle failed we discovered we were pregnant the following cycle, without any interventions. I was absolutely floored, in shock, and overjoyed!

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

One unique bent to my blog that was documented while TTC were the countless psychics & clairvoyants I visited to give me some hope in the midst of despair. They were often the only light at the end of the infertility journey for me. And amazingly enough, many ‘saw’ a strong little girl waiting to come to us, and predicted she would be here by the end of 2012. Which- when my 2nd injectables cycle failed in February of 2012 and I was told by my RE I had to take a month off before trying again- totally saw me swearing off those psychics saying they had ALL been wrong! And then we got pregnant, and had our little girl in November of 2012.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

Resilient

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

I’ve always loved Jesica at “Just Smile and Blog.” She has been on a very similar journey, and had her son in August of 2012- so has always been an excellent snapshot of the upcoming months of pregnancy & child development for me. She also writes in such a candid, honest way that really connects with the reader. Definitely worth checking out!

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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 Jules of The Quest for Little Lambies.

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Comments

  1. Great smiles on both of you! Will have to check out the HH episode! My Monday Snapshot is here: http://waterbelle44.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/the-monday-snapshot-fall-forest-fun/

  2. Love the story about the psychics, thats very cool. She’s a real cutie, great name, too. Here’s our Monday snapshot link https://didiforget.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/the-monday-snapshot-too-cool-for-school/

  3. What a journey, and totally amazing that the psychics ended up being right!

    Here’s my snapshot for this week. http://geo-chick.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-monday-snapshot-rain.html

  4. You are both beautiful! 10 months (and thereabouts) really is such a fun age.. one of my favourites (so far)! 🙂

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