I’m Andrea- high school science and math teacher, owner of an educational consulting business, Ph.D. candidate, foster mom to 14 kids, wife to Ian (often referred to as my Dizzle), and best of all, mommy to three AMAZING children, Grae (11.15.11), RJ (3.8.07, formally adopted in October 2014), and Gia (4.1.14).
Dizzle is a busy guy. He recently got his elementary education teaching certification, runs a business, and still makes time to take care of all of us- me, our three “forever” children, our current foster children, four dogs, a cat, a turtle, and a salt water aquarium. Am I a lucky girl, or what? 😉
Ian and I met when I was just 21, and it was love at first sight. We haven’t spent more than a night or two apart since. We also got dogs numbers 1 (Paris- North American Dingo) and 2 (Nova- Siberian Husky). At 23, we moved into our first house and here come dogs 3 (Demi- Chihuahua X) and 4 (Mac- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). At 24, we moved to Atlanta together. At 25, we bought our first house and with it came dog number 5 (Deacon- Siberian Husky #2), and 9 foster children (not all at the same time of course ;)). We got married in September and it was, by far, the most magical experience of our lives. Less than 14 months later, our first baby was born! Graeson Royce arrived at 10:29 pm, 11-15-11, 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 29.5 inches long. Ian jokes that Grae couldn’t have been born at a more convenient time, as he thought I was going to bring home another pet every six months until we had a baby of our own! We have a crazy life, full of new adventures everyday- lets just say we like to live life on the edge- but in our eyes, it couldn’t be more perfect.
This blog was started originally as a diary for our first born son, Grae. We started journaling the day we saw (or didn’t see) the extremely faint pink plus sign on the pregnancy test. It has become more than just for the baby though, we have decided to share the entire experience with our family and friends, so that no matter where they are, they can feel close to the baby during this indescribable time in our lives.
If you are reading this, we would very much appreciate hearing from you and we welcome any advice for semi-first time parents, not to mention jockeying for position on the baby’s favorite people list… start your engines. 🙂