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Hi! Here is some info about me! i am so excited to contribute my experiences and ideas to this resources page. 

Growing up I had an inkling that getting pregnant was going to be difficult because I had irregular periods every 3-4 months. Unfortunately, my mom passed away before I was old enough to think about conversations about it and my sisters weren’t dealing with the same issues as me, so I walked in blind.

I tried birth control and reacted horribly to it so less than a year after we got married, and long before we wanted to start having kids, I got pregnant. The week before my first OBGYN appointment I started bleeding and by the time I went in for my first ultrasound I had already finished miscarrying. It took Johnny and me out at the knees and we took more than I year to mentally and emotionally recover from it. Once I found a healthy mental place again, I began doing research. I ended up balancing my hormones out enough that I had a regular cycle. Then I got pregnant again just before our third anniversary. Then came miscarriage number two. Four more months, and a plan from my OBGYN, I found out I was pregnant again with my little rainbow baby, Sarge. Sixteen horrible weeks of progesterone and I carried him to 42 weeks. Just after his first birthday I found out I was pregnant again. Onto progesterone I went and 2 days before my first ultrasound I started bleeding. I was 7 weeks and 2 days along. This was the first time that I saw an ultrasound of one of my miscarriages. Now we are back in a holding pattern as we wait to see what happens next time I get pregnant. 

Along side all of that I was still attending USU and working 3 part time jobs. I ended up overexerting myself on Upright Bass and causing nerve damage in both arms that effects motor function. 

I dropped out of school two years ago in order to take care of my health and quit my jobs as well. Right now I’m doing physical therapy for my arms, getting back to the great outdoors, and keeping busy as a stay-at-home mom. Every day I work on finding balance between looking forward to the future and finding joy where I am right now because, no matter how this journey ends, I want to be able to look back on it without regrets.

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Hi! I’m Whitney. After my Mom passed away, when I was in middle school, I helped raise my 3 younger siblings along with a lot of other family members. Mistakes were made on my part, a lot of mistakes, but that time was what opened my eyes about parenting and started me on my journey of observing and learning about different parenting styles.

I started studying music at BYU-I, but when I was given an opportunity to transfer to Utah State University, I took it. During my first year there I met Johnny and we saw each other occasionally. The summer after we met, Johnny got my phone number and we ended up talking so much that I had to buy a Bluetooth headset. Eventually he made the drive up to my parent’s house in Kuna, ID just in time to meet my whole family. Saturday morning Johnny sat behind the camera as we all posed for family photos; Saturday afternoon we started dating (I’m still getting in trouble for that one). 4th of July weekend we had our first date at stadium of fire and the next night, as I was preparing to drive back to Kuna the next morning, we decided to get married. Six months, and one incredibly stressful semester, later we were married. I was 21 and he was 26. It was a crazy start, but we’ve been married for 5 years now and have loved every moment of it. 

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