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This is not what I expected . . . It's more.

I am Jen.

 

I am 35 years old. 


I am the proud mother of this incredible little boy. 


We co-sleep. 


We cloth diaper. 


Breastfeeding is still going strong. (Oh, the horror!)


We are Gluten Free. 


We are Vegetarian. (But eat seafood on occasion) 


I practice peaceful parenting (and it DEFINITELY takes practice)


We both wear our babies. . . 


And . . . 

I am a single mom.

I work full time.

My work takes me all over the Midwest, and sometimes farther. 


I have perfected the art of pumping on the go.


I have an AMAZING support system.
My son LOVES his nanny. (and so do I)


I planned to be happily married. Twice. 
I planned to be living in Arizona, enjoying the most beautiful weather all year 'round. 
I planned to be done having babies by 30.

The universe had a different plan.

This is not the life I planned. This is not the life that I (intentionally) chose. This life is better than I could have ever imagined, and sometimes it takes a while after your "plan" crashes and burns, before you realize that even the challenges in life are part of a much larger plan. 

This is not what I expected . . . It's more.

I love my life. 




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