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About me:

I am the director of marketing for a local software company. A lot of my work involves storytelling; putting messaging together, explaining how software can solve business problems. I like the company and the people I work with. My company has excellent healthcare and a flexible schedule to support employees with families.  It is perfect for a working mother.

My hobbies:

I rescued my dog Wyatt two years ago and he is a big part of my life.  He’s a sweet and goofy lab mix who loves people and is really great with little kids. We go for long hikes and swims in the summertime.

I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. It has taught me to appreciate my life more, not take myself too seriously, and helped me become a kinder, more patient person. My yoga retreats have taken me to Italy, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I’ve met amazing people through these experiences – including some of my closest friends.

Activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I want to provide a child with a warm, loving home filled with laughter and the traditions I grew up with -- plus a few new ones we’ll make up along the way.

I look forward to teaching my child to swim, ice skate, and ride a bike.

I look forward to snuggling up on the couch and watching Disney movies on cold rainy days, carving pumpkins and going apple picking in the fall, spending a warm, summer day at the beach splashing in the waves, and making snow angels on a wintry day in the snow.  I want to share my love of travel – whether it’s a weekend road trip to visit friends or a trek across the globe.  Let’s have an adventure!

Extended family & holidays

I grew up in a close, tight knit family (11 kids!) who relishes time together and family traditions. Because we live close to one another, I spend a lot of time with my siblings and their kids. I am lucky to have 22 nieces and nephews. They love each other dearly and are all funny, smart and outgoing individuals.

On the weekends, you’ll find us hiking in the woods with our many dogs, ice skating in my brother’s backyard rink or swimming at my sister’s pool. We rent a beach house in the summer and spend the days’ boogie boarding, swimming and surfing.

We love to celebrate the holidays and our birthdays as a family.  My mom’s birthday is Christmas Eve and despite the size of my family we still celebrate together in the house we grew up in.  We draw names in a Secret Santa gift exchange and the kids go crazy when it’s their turn to swap gifts with each other.  Over the year’s people started showing up in Santa costumes. Last year, three Santa’s showed up -- the youngest was twelve.

Many of us have March birthdays. A few years ago I planned a bowling party to celebrate with my family. Everyone showed up to play, some in costume (why not!), and we gave an award to kids with the highest scores.  This tradition has continued on.

My adoption story:

I recognize that a child who knows they are adopted may have questions about their birth parents. I will be open about the adoption process with my child from the start so they understand how loved they are. I believe that if I introduce the birth parents as a nature extension of the child’s life, and am open about their adoption, I can help my child understand and appreciate their history.

I hope to meet with and maybe have regular contact with my child’s birth parents.  They are an important piece of my child’s life and our family story.

My home & neighborhood

I live in a beautiful 3-unit brownstone on a family-friendly, tree-lined street . My home is recently renovated and features a large open concept kitchen and living room.  Most of my neighbors know me and my dog, Wyatt, by name and often stop to say hello and give him a scratch behind the ears.

During Halloween, our neighborhood association hosts a barbecue and closes the street to traffic so the kids can safely trick or treat. The week before Christmas, parents and their kids go door-to-door caroling.

It’s a great neighborhood and we can walk to restaurants, shops and public parks.  I am 1 block from several parks and 2 blocks from a children’s playground. There is a children’s daycare across the street and a middle school one block away.

 

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