About Me

 Hi!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m Kate.

I’m a boy mama. A yoga lover. A labradoodle cuddler. A silly song singer. A recipe tweaker. An over-sharer. An ice cream devourer. A grammar enforcer. A bargain shopper. A “teaching myself to sew”er. A 4-day a week corporate trainer. My favorite days end in sweatpants with a glass of red wine in my hand.

This is my husband, Benjamin.

He’s where the story starts. He owns a video production company and doubles as my in-house photographer/videographer (lucky me!).

We met, we fell in love, we made our house a home.

In 2009 we threw the birth control pills out the window and decided to start a family. We naively began this blog thinking that it would be a fun way to chronicle our pregnancy and the adventures we would have raising babies together. Little did we know that our story would take an unexpected emotional detour before we got to that point. Interested in the fertility nitty gritty? Read our baby making story here.

Throughout our struggle with infertility, this blog became a way to work through the disappointment and the ups and downs, and to connect with other young, healthy women going through the same confusing thing. Benjamin wrote the man’s perspective through the crazy journey, which is a side of the story that is often under-represented if not ignored entirely. But, long story short, we eventually made a baby. And once we finally saw that beautiful plus sign, This Place is Now a Home became a place to share our thoughts and feelings about the most incredible transformation of our lives. OUR place. And so we wrote. And I continue to write. Benjamin doesn’t write so much anymore (ok, really at all), but he’s still here.

And that baby we made?

That’s Owen. He’s… well, he’s pretty much the center of our world. And this blog.

And this is Schnitzel.

He actually came before Owen. He’s my pillow, my jogging partner, my company when Benjamin travels, and, perhaps most importantly, Owen’s best friend.

That’s the fam. So far, anyway.

So, what are you waiting for? Come. Join us. Read. Laugh. Cry. Roll your eyes. Nod your head. And when you’re done? Write back. Interact. Share. Comment. Email me. I want to hear what YOU have to say.

Kate

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21 responses to “About Me

  1. romancingthestone

    You really make me smile! Best of luck to you guys. Let me know if you want to talk sometime. i’ve been through it!

  2. Great blog! I love it! I will be reading! :)

  3. Hi Kate! I just stumbled on your blog and realized we met at the summit! :D

  4. Hi Kate,

    I am so happy to have come across your blog – we are at the same stage in life and dealing with the exact same fertility problems. I wish you all the best on your journey and hope that we are both blessed with happy healthy babies in the NEAR future :)

    Kristin

  5. romancingthestone, Thank you! I may take you up on that :)

    The Healthy Hostess, Thanks! So nice to hear from you.

    Whit, Yes! So nice to meet you at the Summit.

    Kristin, Amen to that! I appreciate the support. Good luck to you!

  6. Taryn M. Peine

    Hi Kate – I just came across your blog via the Mommy Blog awards! Congrats! I appreciate you sharing your experience – who knew it would be so complicated? All this time, I thought if I even LOOKED at a guy the wrong way, POOF! I’d be pregnant…

  7. Taryn, I know, my whole life I’ve been SO careful NOT to get pregnant… who would’ve thought that now I can’t even when I’m trying! Ironic, no?

  8. I love that you refer to your husband as “the hubs” because so do I ;-) Sometimes it’s “hubby” too!

  9. I chose you as a recipient of the Beautiful Blogger Award, check out my recent post :)

  10. Oh my goodness. I have been hanging out on your blog for awhile now, and you are just too cute for words.
    I watched your video where you found out you were expected and CRIED AND CRIED.
    New life is so beautiful isn’t?!
    I’m thrilled for you both. Marriage and babies are God’s greatest blessings.

  11. Hi Kate. Thought you might be interested in this wrap up of a seminar that took place at The Wheeler Centre here in Melbourne Australia. http://wheelercentre.com/dailies/post/8fc21f6e9140/

    I log onto your blog probably twice a week if not to read the most recent post, to read the posts that coincide with where I’m up to in my pregnancy (Week 13 and counting!). Because I relate to your character, lifestyle, work ethic and relationship status, I find your posts thought provoking. And generally sensible. Thanks again for sharing.

    best wishes
    Kate in Melbourne

  12. Kate,

    My husband and I struggled with infertility with our first child. We are on month 6 attempting for the 2nd. I am so glad I came upon your site. You smile and positive attitude are an inspiration to me! I am so sorry to hear of your recent….you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jessica in Michigan

  13. Found this site whilst browsing for ’19 weeks pregnant tummy photos’ as I didn’t know if I was growing ‘normally’! To be honest, I still don’t haha, but I’ve enjoyed reading about you and your family!

    Erica :)

  14. I just found your blog while looking for advice on stopping pumping. You have a site and, in particular, I so appreciate your post on “cabbage boobs” — I have recently made the tough decision to stop pumping for many of the same reasons and it is so nice to know that there are others out there making the same tough decisions!

    Congratulations on baby 2 — I look forward to following your progress!

    Sara

  15. So happy to have come across your blog. We seem to have a few things in common – infertility challenges, grammar enforcement and red wine :) – and I’m looking forward to reading more!

  16. Hi Kate-
    I found your blog and want to say thank you for writing about your experiences. I’ve been struggling with infertility and just got my first round of Clomid. Your blogs helps give hope!
    Best of luck to you!

  17. Good morning Kate!

    I just stumbled across your blog this morning! Congratulations on baby two! I wanted to ask if you might be willing to share your belly pics on my site:
    http://maternitygallery.com/
    I would be happy to link to your blog from your photos if you like, or keep them anonymous, whichever you prefer.

    Thanks so much!

  18. Kate–
    I know you’re (likely) deep in the midst of welcoming your second child, so this message may never get read (since there are other, much more important, things happening). However, I wanted to say thanks. My husband and I are going through some issues trying to get pregnant, and your blog has been a breath of fresh air. It is so nice to have a documentation of what you went through rather than having to decipher comments on a confusing forum.

    You’ve inspired me to journal what is happening publicly. Maybe someone will be helped through me discussing what has been happening with us. It’s also cathartic for me to have a place to pour my emotions. Hopefully my problems will have a positive ending, though the route to get there is unclear right now!

    Thanks, and healthy, happy, speedy thoughts on your upcoming labor and delivery!

    J

  19. Marianne Bradford

    Hi Kate,

    I came across your blog by accident while researching on the chances of getting pregnant on the first cycle of chlomid. I found your blog so refreshing and so informative, and so well written that I felt like I was right there!

    My husband and I have been trying for 7 months. Which in essence is not that long, but due to our ages of 37 and 36 we figured that time was not on our side and decided to seek help. I have just finished my first cycle of chlomid and I am one week into the dreaded two week wait.

    Thank you for sharing your lives and giving couples like us hope! And, congratulations to you and your family for the arrival of Emmett!

    Marianne from Brisbane

  20. Kate;

    Just wanted to take a second to tell you that I love your blog! My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about a year and a half. We’re only 28/29 yrs old and both very healthy, so it’s been a little difficult to comprehend and cope with high hopes and disappointment each month only to find that I’m not ovulating. I finally gave in and started trying Clomid last cycle…my body didn’t respond very well the first time (small follicles, lots of side effects), so I started Googling everything fertility related, which is how I found this blog. There’s a ton of great information here from a very intelligent and down to earth perspective. Your family is beautiful and I’m so happy everything worked out for you fertility wise.

    I’m on my 2nd Clomid cycle and had my follicle scan done today and everything looks great! Two large follicles ready to go and everything else looks perfect. I just read The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis over the weekend (I think I heard about this book on your blog) and realized her original clinic is here in Houston very close to me. My chiropractor has been encouraging me to try acupuncture, but I’ve shyed away because of the needles and the cost. After reading the book and hearing about your acupuncture experience (and success!?), I was too eager to get started with acupuncture and on a budget. I found a great community acupuncture clinic near my house (thanks for the tip!). I was able to fit my first session in this afternoon and I loved it. Well, it was weird, but the acupuncturist was great and wanted to hear about every single aspect of my life. My physician and OB Gyn rarely ask me about anything related to diet, painful, heavy periods, stress/anxiety levels, sleep patterns, gastrointestinal, etc. It did seem to reduce my stress levels and I’m hopeful it can help give me the extra boost I need to finally get pregnant!

    Anyway, I’ve found your blog very useful, supportive, and hopeful. Wishing you and your family all the best!

  21. I just discovered your blog and am excited to follow your writing! Your fertility struggles resonate with me and your beautiful family is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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