The Secret’s Out

Well, our little family secret is out. If you didn’t hear about it, you must not matter.

Our little family will be growing by two feet in early July. That’s right- I’m popping out a baby. Yeah, it’s kind of crazy.

When we first got married, I was always asked “How’s married life?” Now the famous question is “How are you feeling?”

I never really know what to say. Oh, you know, I’m doing great. My uterus is just stretching. It’s currently the size of a softball and I feel it growing everyday.

Pregnancy is a weird thing. I don’t have a lot of control over my body right now. Just always hoping that little baby is growing correctly. 

Looking Back

Four years ago, I graduated college.

My story is a little different than most. I “graduated” in May with the Class of 2011. However, I wasn’t fully finished. Because my desire to study abroad in Australia was more important than finishing college on time, I took a ninth semester. Looking back, I never regretted any part of this decision. During that semester, I only had student teaching and one class to focus on. No sorority life. No crazy roommates. No fun senior events that I had to miss out on.  It all worked out well.

Thinking about where I was back then and where I thought I was going compared to where I am now is strange.
Then: I was single, living in a one bedroom apartment with my cat and living life to the fullest that summer. For real, though, I was having the time of my life. [insert winky face here] I was prepping for student teaching, but I didn’t even know if I truly wanted to follow the path of being a teacher. I was actually looking into traveling back to Australia to work. I even had a couple of nanny jobs that I was thinking of persuing. The travel bug had bitten, and I wanted to follow it.

And then it all changed.

Now: I’m married, with two cats and a step-daughter. I am teaching first grade back in the district where I was student teaching. I live in small town Illinois. Sometimes we even talk about babies. That’s right- BABIES. I’m relatively happy with my life, but have faced and overcome many challenges in four years. Challenges that I never expected. 

But that’s life for you. It’s kind of funny that way. 

I love reflecting on who I was then, and who I am now. I’m stronger. I’m confident. I’m successful. And I’m still growing and learning. I’m like a first grader in some ways. 

I’ve been pleasantly surprised in these four years with my life. And I look forward to looking back again in another four years. Here’s to growinng up!