Wednesday Questions

Two weeks ago I asked you guys to leave me a few questions to answer about myself, my life, or my family. I hope someday to build up a FAQ section, but for right now I thought it'd be fun just to share a few things that maybe you've been wondering about. 

The questions are somewhat categorized because I am OCD to the core. Also, I'm obviously kind of wordy, it's a problem I have; and if I didn't answer something completely, if you'd like to know more, if you'd like to know something else all together, feel free to email me!

When did you decide to have a baby and how long did it take you to get pregnant?
Cody and I got married when I was 20 and he was 23. By the time I graduated college at 22 we were ready to have a family, so we decided to start trying and fully expected it to take two or three months to get pregnant. Instead, it happened in two weeks. Gunner was born a month after I turned 23.

Do you want more children?
Most definitely! Cody and I have always wanted to have a large family, the current "plan" is four kids.

As a first-time mom about to have a baby here soon I'm wondering, what would you say has been the toughest part adjusting from a young 20-something to a mom?
Well, I've always been a "me time" person. I like to be alone. I like to read a good book, go to a coffee shop, browse the aisles at Target and just be by myself. Obviously, that's changed a lot since I had Gunner. I still do those things but not as often, but I'm really okay with that, it makes those "me times" even more special to me now.  

What grade level and subject did you teach?
I taught 7th grade English Language Arts. 

Do you miss teaching?
Sometimes. I miss my kids, my students...they were ornery and sarcastic, and I loved it. I miss feeling like I'm sharing something, teaching a new idea, or expanding someone's mind. But I don't miss so many of the other things that come with teaching and if you've been a teacher, you know what I'm talking about. Teaching was great and I really did love it -- but, even on my most tiring, frustrating days as a SAHM, I have never longed to return to the classroom. I believe being a SAHM is where I am called to be right now.

Do you ever have strange teaching dreams or nightmares?
Not anymore but I used to. I used to dream that I would show up to school and have completely forgotten that I had classes to teach. In my dream it would be the end of the day and I'd suddenly realize that I hadn't even gone to my classes. Thankfully, no really strange or scary dreams.

How do you juggle family and blogging time?
It's tough and I am not an expert. First of all, I have an extremely supportive husband who understands and helps me pursue my goals with my blog. I used to blog first thing in the morning on the days Cody was off shift. I'd blog for two hours while Cody fed Gunner breakfast and played with him, but I hated feeling like I put my blog before my job as a wife and mother. Now, I spend all of Gunner's awake time with him and Cody, do my household duties during nap times, and blog once Gunner has gone to bed. This means I'm usually up late but I am much happier with that order. I think you have to find a schedule that works best for you. I also try to stay really organized and plan/write posts ahead of time, this helps me stay more involved and present in family time.

Have you ever really ''splurged'' on anything you couldn't really afford and didn't really need... but really wanted!?
Honestly, not really. I know that's probably terribly boring but I really think about the purchases I make, and if I can't afford to buy it right then, I just save for it. 

What's your guilty pleasure?
Bad reality tv. It's such a waste of time but I love just being able to turn my mind off and watch. On the nights when Cody is on shift and Gunner has gone to bed, you can almost always find me watching reality television with a big bowl of mac & cheese and Dr. Pepper in hand.

Thanks for leaving the questions, y'all! Let me know if you have any others. xo

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