Friday, July 29, 2011

Getting to Know Me #1

I'm want to do something so that you can
get to know me a little better.
I'm not sure how many of these I am going to to do, 3? 15?
I guess it doesn't matter, just as long as you get to know me.
The real me.
The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

In trying to write this,
I am having a little trouble thinking of things about me.
Maybe I don't want to confess the bad stuff about me.
Maybe I don't think anything is special about me.
I don't know,
so I just chose some random things about me and my family

1. My Hubby and I started dating 11 years ago

  Well I am only 27 and we started dating in 2000. We were only 16!
We knew each other long before that, but I didn't fall head over heals, madly in love with him until we were in High School. Summer going into our Junior year. Most people would think, OK, so you started dating then and were on again off again for years, right? Wrong! We only broke up for 1 week after we had only been dating for a month. Been together ever since. Doesn't mean we haven't had our ups and downs but we have stuck by each other's side the whole time.

2. From 6 weeks to 4 months was a Nightmare
When Boogs was born he was a happy healthy little boy. We had a little trouble breast feeding but I thought, what mom doesn't? Well after 6 weeks and him being almost back at his birth weight, the doctors were greatly concerned. We had been noticing him not breathing in his sleep. We told the doctors about it and they said, until he stops breathing for 15 seconds, its not a problem. Boogs was not breathing for 11 seconds, every couple of minutes, every time he slept. It would make this squeaky, squealy sound every time it started. It would haunt me at night.
I will NEVER forget that sound!
We were looked at like NEW parents that didn't know any better and we were frightened for our little boy. After many, MANY, stays in the hospital and numerous tests, and thousands of dollars later, they finally figured out what was wrong. He had extra skin in his throat that when he would relax it would move over his wind pipe. There was still a little room for air to get by but not enough. They said it was something that he could eventually grow out of but it would be 3 or 4 years. That would have meant that he would have not had a full, restful, night sleep until he grew out of it. Imagine what that would have done to his development and learning.
Well, thanks to a wonderful, amazing doctor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, my baby boy is smart and very intelligent. He had to have a surgery called epiglottoplasty to cure his Laryngomalacia (Lots of big words, I know. I always have to ask my husband what is called). You can read about everything here. I couldn't imagine him not having the personality that he does. We are so blessed and thankful that things were made some much better. He still has some issues but nothing like he did. As you can see in other pictures, he is growing just fine.

3. What I Carry Around Everyday
(I will spare you a picture. If you really want to see, Google it, but it's not pretty)
Speaking of children...
I have had -I guess you could call it a "condition"- since I was about 18 years old. It is quite painful and some days really hard to deal with. I have Endometriosis. For anyone that doesn't know what that is, it's a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain (the medical description) , but you can find out more here. There are many levels of this from hardly noticeable to extremely sever. That's right, you guessed it, I'm the extremely sever case. I don't know if you have ever walked around with continual pain, but let me tell you, it is not fun. It can totally change the "you" part of you. I do have medicine that I can take for the pain but a major side effect of the medicine is moody/ mean-ness. Who wants to deal with that?
I have had multiple, multiple surgeries to take care of it but it just comes back faster, stronger and more painful than before. In most cases once you have a child it goes away. Well in my case, that is not the case. Nope, still have it. Still pumping strong. One major thing that results from Endometriosis is not being able to conceive or carry children. God blessed Hubby and myself by beating the odds and gave us Boogs without even trying. Now we have been trying for baby #2 for a year and a half with no luck. The thing I have to keep telling myself, it's on His time, not ours!

4. Interior Design Associates Degree

When I went into college I didn't know what I wanted to do. I thought I wanted to do radio science, then I thought I wanted to do accounting. Nothing was fitting and nothing was motivating me to want to be there. I didn't have a desire for anything. In my sophomore year at Northern Kentucky University, thanks to the help of my husband, I figured out that I wanted to do design. I transferred to University of Cincinnati and wanted to join DAAP. Well, unless you are an incoming freshman, they don't really want you. As devastating as that was, I still knew that's what I wanted to do. Doing some research I found Antonelli College. I did a tour and from then on I was sold. It was downtown (which I loved) it was hands on learning, not just in a book. Most people say, why would you only want an associates degree, a bachelors is so much better for you. Honestly, I knew that my desire was to go to college, get married, work for a while and then have children. When I had children I didn't want to work. We had Boogs a little sooner than expected so I do still have to work but work is not my focus or priority. It's just what I have to do. Boogs is my priority! I don't use my degree now but I'm OK with that. I have the degree to fall back on and if I need to go back to college I will. As for now, I'm all set.

I really want to do 5 at a time when I am doing this Getting to know me, but since these first 4 were so long, I will let you get back to your lives. Thanks for listening to me. I hope you get to see a little more into my life. I hope in NO way do you feel pity on me or think that I did this as a pity party. I just want you to get to know me better. I want to get to know you better. Comment here or go to my Contact page and email me. I would love to know more about you!



  1. Hi Christina! I am a horrible piece of crap because I completely forgot about the thing I told you I'd do (don't want to be too specific here!). I promise - I will do it soon.

    Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing. I've considered Chris a friend since elementary school, but I never really knew you well in high school, and I really wish I had!

    So scary to read about what you went through with "Boogs" when he was little - my best friend/cousin just had a baby this past Easter - she was born 6 weeks early. She's been having a similar problem where Felicity (the baby) will stop breathing, too. She's been strapped to a monitor ever since she was born. I can't imagine how scary that is.

    I'm also sorry to hear about your struggles with endometriosis. I'm sure Chris was a good support for you through your surgeries - I still remember when he had heart surgery in high school - my family was really worried about him, and we were so glad he pulled through okay.

    Speaking of Chris, I'm so happy you two found each other and wish you both the best in life. And Isaiah really is SO adorable (especially in a little suit!). Can't wait till I have my only little family one day. :)

    Thanks again for this post, and I hope you do more. :)

  2. @dontcallmejessieThank you so much for your kind words. They really mean a lot to me. You are totally fine about the "thing." Just let me know when you can. I hope things are going good for you. Thanks again for your wonderful generosity.


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