My Backstory

I grew up in Atlanta, went to college at Miami University in Ohio, and then lived in Chicago for 2 1/2 years. While there, I worked in market research and consulting for healthcare companies and became a certified yoga teacher. Also during this time, I got engaged, got pregnant, got married, and had a beautiful baby girl, Sadie. When Sadie turned 4 months old, my husband and I moved back to Atlanta. Right now my full-time job is staying at home to take care of Sadie and our new puppy, Wally.

I am not an expert on babies or puppies. My experience with babies comes from helping take care of my brother (who is 10 years my junior) and babysitting neighborhood children. I have experience taking care of dogs through the dogs my family had growing up and volunteer work at animal shelters. Despite my lack of expertise, I want to share my experience of having a baby and a puppy to potentially help other moms in similar situations who have as many questions as I do.

Wally’s Backstory

Wally was found living on the streets of Atlanta as a puppy and surviving on garbage. When he was first rescued, he was always on the hunt for food because he was so accustomed to not knowing when his next meal would be. We aren’t exactly sure what breed he is but we think he looks exactly like Tramp from Lady and the Tramp!

Sadie’s Backstory

When I was pregnant we found out Sadie had Gastroschisis, a condition where the intestines are outside of the abdominal wall. This required major surgery after she was born and lots of recovery time for her intestines to “restart” so she could eat. On top of that, she was born eight weeks early. These two factors made it so her first twelve weeks of life were in the NICU.
Sadie has since made a full recovery and has a beautifully made belly button. She still runs on the small side of the growth chart and strangers are always surprised when I tell them her age, but she is catching up quickly so watch out world!