Getting to Know Me

I am Danielle Nicole or Danie.

I am The Hopeful Pessimist.  Meaning that despite the fact I am always expecting the worst, I do not allow my pessimism to stop me from holding on to hope that things won't be as bad as I fear.

I am a child of God and attend church regularly as well as being a nursery worker and youth staff.

I am an Army Wife.  I am married to a man who is not only my best friend but my hero. We are very excited to experience the ups and downs of life together. My husband is an MP in the United States Army Reserves. We now have two deployments under our belt.  Two very different deployments.

I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls.  They are five years old and three years old.  We also have a third little blessing on the way.  My oldest was just diagnosed with ADHD.  Being a mom, I may go awhile between posts and I apologize for that now.  I may only get paid in kisses, babbles, and baby slobber but I love my job.  I feel blessed that God has entrusted me with these precious lives to guide and nurture.

I am a birth junkie.  The birth of my first daughter left me confused and bitter, something I wouldn't wish on anyone.  The birth of a child should be a joyous, empowering experience.  Since then, childbirth has become a passion of mine.  It does not matter to me what kind of birth a woman wants, I believe every woman should educate herself in a way that allows her to choose the proper birth location and care provider to help her achieve the birth she desires.  Because of my new found passion I planned a home birth with my second daughter and it was very successful.  A much better experience.  It restored my faith and confidence in my own body.

I am realizing that when it comes to parenting I favor the crunchy side of things despite coming from a family that maintains very traditional parenting views.  I have many similarities to those who follow Attachment Parenting but I try not to limit myself to a label.  Parenting is such a complex journey that you must keep an open mind and follow your own instincts.  I am a breastfeeding mama and love it!  Yes I nurse in public, No I don't use a cover, and No I do not expose myself.  I'm picky about what vaccines my children receive.  Yes this means that some vaccines aren't received at all.  I am choosing not to practice corporal punishment.  You can raise a well behaved child without hitting/spanking them.  I am also putting some serious thought and prayer into possibly homeschooling my children.  Take it or leave it.  It's my family and I have to do what feels best for us.

This is a personal blog. I do not censor myself because of who might be offended. But don't get me wrong, I don't want to intentionally hurt anyone. If I do offend I am sorry. Feel free to post comments but please keep them civil.  I am not afraid to admit I was wrong if I am.  Just keep in mind that some things are said in the heat of the moment...and remember that you've probably hurt someones feelings too.

Enjoy the glimpse into my life.