Sunday, January 10, 2010

Well hello there... a little bit about myself...

This is me, the momma....

Since a lot of you don't know me and happily laugh at my crazy stories about life as a new mom I figured a formal introduction was in order. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my family... First off I'm probably the most dynamic individual you'll ever meet, gypsy is kind of a decent word, I have lots of interests and energy and goals for life that I pursue to a fault at times. I call myself a prissy tomboy because I can't find another word to describe it. Most of my friends are guys, I hunt and shoot guns, I drink beer instead of wine, I camp and ride dirt bikes and love to 4 wheel in Moab.... and then I model and throw on super cute stillettos and make tutus and bake cookies and raise chickens and craft/sew/partyplan ... I'll always keep you guessing folks!


I am married to the most wonderful man I've ever known, he truly is amazing, the best husband and father and my best friend ... we started dating after high school although we had grown up together unknowingly. Several years later we found our way down the aisle, the most magical day of my life and the happiest I've ever been outside of meeting my sons for the first time. We live in our hometown in the beautiful state of Colorado spending our life with 363 days of sunshine!



I have several "professions" and seem to always have my hand in something new. Since I can remember I have had a love for pregnant women, infants, and children so naturally I decided to get a degree in nursing, pediatrics & OB being my fave. This is something I'll probably never stop doing, I keep finding my way back to school to get more and more initials behind my name, I think I'm a glutton for punishment... Taking my similar affinity of pregnant women I decided to start my own business. I started Bella Bambino (and later Rail Wrapz) in 2007, a retail child & maternity company which has been growing exponentially since. The road ahead is set to be a big one for my business as I delve into the world of trademarking, licensing, and global distribution. I'm just sitting back and enjoying the crazy and often times bumpy ride! I knew nothing about starting and operating a retail business, I taught myself everything I know to get the company running. I literally quit my job, went through design, production, website creation, etc and full out market tradeshow- ready to sell in THREE weeks.

To this day I still can't believe I did it... when I put my mind to something you better watch out, nothing will stand in my way, never has, never will. While I have put nursing on the back burner to grow my business I am now officially back in school on the trajectory to earn a Doctorate of Nurse Practice in Anesthesia...  or perhaps make a stop off to get my M.D. something I've grown more passionate about since my Dad's cancer diagnosis. Perhaps a trauma surgeon... Just going where the wind takes me... I love medicine and I work well under pressure, what can I say?


My dream was always to be a stay at home mom, to give my children something I never had, and I'm getting the next best thing. I'm a proud work at home mommy!! I feel so lucky to be able to work from home. Although it is busy, complete chaos at times, well actually most of the time :) it's the best of both worlds! The stress of owning a business while raising 2 under 2 is insane a tad overwhelming at times but the payoff is worth it in my eyes. Most days I feel like I won the lottery in life...

After 9 months of trying to conceive, 9 months of pregnancy, 12 hours of labor, and 1 hour of pushing, our beautiful son HL was born 11-5-2009. I'll never forget my husband crying and exclaiming "He's HERE.... Babe he's here!" My eyes were nearly swollen shut and I was so out of it I hadn't quite realized that I had finally pushed him out! If you have any doubt about miracles being real, witness the birth of your child.


10 months later I was pregnant with the baby Dude! Ended up in labor all by myself *woohoo* and after a relatively calm and uneventful labor on May 24 2011 we found ourselves in Two- Under- Two- land... The Dudes are basically twins born 18 months apart (can you tell them apart below!), there's never a dull moment and I wouldn't trade our blissful chaos for anything.

So this is my life... business owner, nurse of many specialties, wife, and momma... sit back and grab some popcorn, it's sure to be an interesting ride!



Want to know more...

I started blogging as a guest blogger when I became pregnant the first time. You can read my week by week journey at Mom To Be Depot and see what a crazy 9 months it was from wondering about carrying twins to pre-term labor and bedrest to my baby's growth issues and impending induction to a premie baby and chaotic delivery!

Birth stories are here and here...


I blog about Cancer and all of it's supreme SHITTYNESS here. And yes I curse.... like a sailor at times, I'm working on it ok.

The first day of the rest of my life was the day I found out I was pregnant. You can read all about my life changing Year in Review 2010 photo documentary and see pictures of how I ended up where I am today.

And during De-Lurking week I answered questions from all of you covering everything from my Post Partum Depression to how my life has changed as a mother.

Want to be a fly on the wall of my home? Read about my typical day as a mompreneur! And see how I feel about people who think we're all *just stay at home moms...

This is why I blog and this is why I will keep blogging no matter how busy life gets.

And this is the most beautiful thing I've read about motherhood

Want to know more, just ask! You can send me an email over on the contact page. Thanks for stopping by!

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