1 Year Since Finding Out I Was Pregnant + Writing Wrap Up

twin pregnancyA year ago today, I found out I was pregnant. It was seriously one of the best moments ever for hubs and me. I will never, ever forget it.

We hadn’t been trying long, but I was impatient. Once I set my mind to something, I like to make it happen! I’d had some strange symptoms and so I remember thinking what if?

It was 4 days before I was really supposed to test, and late afternoon really isn’t the ideal time to do so but being as over-eager as I am, I did it anyway.

Hubs and I sat there together and watched the test start.

I didn’t think it was going to be positive, so as it went along and nothing interesting happened at first, I handed it to him and said, “See, I told you it was going to be…..POSITIVE!”

As soon as I handed it to him, a super dark second line became visible. I could. not. believe it. I just remember being so so so happy and laughing and crying (as you can see in the pic above!)

Of course, now we know why that line was so dark so early (twins). Those little buggers.

If you have kids tell me in the comments when you found out you were pregnant. Did you and your other half find out at the same time?

Now onto the writing wrap up:

Awesome Posts

Mel writes 20 ways to go broke.

Jordann is eating healthier (and we are too!)

Ashley is never financing furniture ever again.

I’ve so enjoyed reading about Harry’s amazing honeymoon the past few days.

Jefferson got a sweet deal on his Disney vacation.

Kirsten was really open about some of her toughest moments.

Melanie wrote about spending triggers.

Joanna wrote about getting organized and caught up.

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My Posts Elsewhere

I wrote How to Get Free Publicity for Carrie

I shared Inexpensive Fall Getaways for DC

I wrote How to Spot Expensive Furniture at Thrift Stores for John

I wrote Alibaba’s Spending Spree is Good for Investors for AnyOption

My Coaching Biz

As many of you know, I starting coaching freelance writers just 2 weeks ago. I have 5 bloggers enrolled, and right now almost every single one of them has a writing job in the works or has signed a contract already. Many of them are also taking those necessary steps to make their blogs more professional. I couldn’t be prouder of them. They are working really hard under challenging circumstances (hectic jobs, kids, life, etc.) If you want a piece of the pie read more about my coaching program here. Given the time commitment I give to each person I coach, I am considering limiting this in the future but for now it’s open to new peeps. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

A Major Life & Biz Update + Writing Wrap Up

4 month twinsIt’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve done a writing wrap up, but I love ‘em so we’re doing it again. Try to keep yourself in check from all the excitement, folks.

Babies

The beans turned 4 months old. I have no idea how that’s even possible seeing as I just gave birth like, yesterday but there they go growing right along. After a pretty intense first 3 months, parenting is starting to get more enjoyable and fun because they are smiling and interacting now.

I hired a mother’s helper, and she’s pretty awesome. The beans just love her, and we do too. One day last week, both babies were inconsolable, both screaming at the top of their lungs as I held both of them trying to calm them down.

I looked at my watch and thought, okay only 10 minutes until she gets here to help! She must have heard the cries across town because about a minute later she walked in early, scooped up one of them, and basically made the whole situation calmer. She’s 17 years old so I find that pretty impressive. I think sometimes we get all caught up in our own head, and it’s nice to add in another personality to even things out.

Hubs

Hubs just finished a pretty intense 12 week internal medicine rotation. He’s basically rotating through all the specialties to decide what he wants to do forever. Next up is pediatrics for 6 weeks, and I think he’ll do really well with it seeing as he’s been elbow deep in kids at home for the past few months.

It was a pretty extreme adjustment for all of us. We moved to New Jersey from Louisiana on a Saturday and he started work on Monday and basically didn’t stop for 12 weeks. He often went in to the hospital on the weekends to study and had some late nights as well. I hear other rotations have worse schedules so no complaints over here. He just basically got thrown into the whole thing, and I’m proud of how well he did considering the great demands he has at home.

Business

It’s been a pretty exciting time for my little biz. I’m so glad I reached out to other experienced bloggers and business owners when I was having a hard time finding balance. There were times when I thought I’d have to give up the whole thing, but I really pushed and fought my way through some of the more intense moments. It’s hard to describe but the answer to finding a bit more sanity between work and the kids was to actually work harder, to make the minutes count more.

Since writing about needing to find balance, I purchased another website www.RedDebtedStepchild.com (where we’re paying $5 for guest posts – hey-o!) and I’m ready to launch another blog that I’ve been working on with a partner for a year. (She’s in the process of moving to Brooklyn with her med school hubby so once she gets up here and settled, I’ll tell you more about it.)

I also launched my freelance blogger coaching program. I don’t know what I expected with the coaching program, but I didn’t expect three people to sign up in the first 48 hours. It’s an amazing feeling to help other people. I wish I would have done it sooner, because I think it’s the jolt of energy I really needed to sort of rekindle the passion for this blogging thing and remind myself why I do it. I knew I always wanted the freedom to work where I want when I want, but now I realize it’s important to help others work where they want when they want. :) You might have seen that I also did my first public speaking gig as Budget Blonde, and it was really fun. Hopefully I’ll be doing more of this very soon!

I’m enjoying all the diverse income streams that I’m creating over here. It makes me feel a little bit safer to have some variety, and I’m having some fun for sure. :)

Inspiration

There’s been a ton of great writing on the web. One thing I really want to get better at is commenting. I read blogs constantly but rarely do I leave comments anymore. It’s nothing personal – I’m just digesting the information quickly. However, I want all my friends and blogging buddies to know I am reading your updates, so hopefully this will pick up!

Holly wrote about lies your parents told you about personal finance.

Kassandra and Kara were nice enough to talk about their experiences hiring me as their coach.

I recently learned Glen is a bit of an expert on buying and selling websites and reading the fine print.

Shannon said she likes dirty dancing. No, I did not take that out of context.

Brian confessed his money mistake.

Anne is so clever. She’s sharing juicy details about her new blog income, but only if you subscribe (I did!)

Grayson dishes about online surveys and if you can really make money from them.

Tonya is going through what so many of us go through – a bit of a slump when work is slow and you’re not feeling well. I so appreciated her honesty in this post.

Did you know Kathleen is finally sharing her wisdom with us and telling us all her secrets to make money blogging?

I loved Joe’s post on scoring a big raise.

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My Writing Elsewhere

I got a new freelance job writing for The Penny Hoarder, which is a seriously amazing website. My first post for them was How Pretending to be Sick Could Help You Make Money.

Have a great weekend everyone! Oh, and tell me what you’ve been up to lately!