~ Meet Kimberly
My name is Kimberly (34), and my husband Monte (35) and I have been married for 12 years. We met while in college. We lived in the same apartment complex; my roommate invited him over to watch movies with us one night and the rest is history! We met January of 1993 and were married that December. Monte and I have four children right now with our fifth expected in February. (The first four are all three years apart.)
Here is a little history of our family's evolution from just Monte and I to our now rather large family. I finished with my bachelor's degree when we had been married for a year and a half. I walked in my graduation ceremony 7 months pregnant with our first child. Our son Britton (11) was born while Monte still had a year and a half to go to get his bachelor's degree. The hardest part was working full time while Monte finished school. He finished when Britton was 18 months old, and I have been a stay at home mom ever since.
Our second son Chandler (7) was born a few years later. This was a great time for us. Monte was working for a software development company, and we had two wonderful little boys. A little under three years later, our daughter Kaitlyn (5) was born. We were so excited to be having our first little girl. The night she was born, I was getting ready for bed and Monte put his arms around me. He started talking to my stomach and asking the baby when was she ready to come and what we should name her. I turned around to leave the room and my water broke!! That is the last time our little girl has listened so well to her father!
Then four years ago, our life changed. Monte's company was bought out by an overseas investor, and half of the company was outsourced. We knew that Monte would have a hard time getting a comparable job with just a bachelor degree in Psychology, so we talked for several months and finally decided to pursue an MBA degree. Since Monte's job wouldn't last, we made up our minds to sell our house and use our savings to quit work and go to school full-time for 2 years - with no income other than student loans. Monte got into the school he wanted, so the next year, we sold our house, packed up our family of five and moved a few states over to start graduate school. This was a big deal for everyone, especially since we left grandma and grandpa back home.
As we began to settle into our new life, we were hit with a lot of trials. We were in a car accident, and our oldest received a concussion. Soon after that, Monte had surgery on kidney stones. That first semester, he also broke a tooth, contracted Rota virus, and got hit with the flu epidemic. Monte missed over a quarter of the semester, and we were stressed out wondering if he would be kicked out of the program. It was during this time that we found out we were going to have another baby. Sydney (2) was born a month into our second year of grad school. Due to the insane schedule of grad school, she is the first baby Monte didn't take a few weeks off to be with. In fact, he had to leave town three days after she was born.
About the time Monte was getting ready to leave, I felt something was wrong with our daughter. She screamed all the time and was losing weight. The more I nursed her, the more upset she would become. After many doctor visits and tears, we discovered she didn't have the ability to suck strong enough to nurse. Sydney was born 8 pounds 10 ounces, and in 10 days, she dropped to 6 1/2 pounds. I began to pump and feed her in a bottle. This was still a struggle for her, but she began to grow. You would think your fourth child would be easy, but she was a new learning experience! Due to her inability to suck, she now has a speech pathologist helping teach her to speak.
We finished school last year and have settled into a house in a nice town nearby. Monte's parents moved in with us in January and are often very helpful as I get tired so easily and spend a great amount of time throwing up. I have mixed emotions about this baby - excitement for leaving the baby phase of our lives, but sad at the same time. I am sure these are all issues I will bring up in my journal and look forward to writing about this last baby adventure for our family.