Well, Hello There

I’m a new mom on the Disney Baby block, and I’d like to take this first post as an opportunity to introduce myself and my family. My name is Mary. I’ve been blogging for Babble, both on Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year, since June, and you can read much of our family story there. I also maintain a personal blog, Finding Magnolia, which I started when we began the process to adopt our first daughter from Ethiopia. I imagine that many of you are busy parents just like me, so for those of you who don’t have time to blog hop right this minute, I’ll give the bullet point version of our family story.

I’ve been married to my husband, Jarod, for five years now. We met at the Apple store where he worked, and on our first date, I was not convinced there should be a second date. However, it didn’t take me long to realize he was the nicest guy I’d ever gone out with, so I accepted a second date, and now here we are, married with two young children. Jarod has put up with my antics without visibly rolling his eyes most of the time, even the time I brought home a third cat without checking in with him first. He’s a good man, definitely a keeper.


Our older daughter, Zinashi, is five years old. She joined our family via international adoption. On a beautiful fall day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she walked into my arms when I asked her to, and she’s been our little girl ever since. We recently celebrated two years of Zinashi’s presence in our lives. Most people describe Zinashi as “a hoot,” and I have to say that I agree. She is imaginative and enthusiastic, with a little bit of drama to keep it interesting. I am so lucky that she is the girl that made me a mother.

Our younger daughter, Elvie, is nearly nine months old, and was placed into our arms in Ethiopia this past summer. Elvie’s adoption went lightning fast due to special medical needs, and sometimes I am still surprised that there’s a baby in our house. She is pure sunshine, happy almost all the time. Elvie was in very poor health when we took custody of her, and she is doing amazingly well now. In the coming months, she’ll have major surgery to correct a birth defect, and we can’t wait to see what new things she’ll be able to do once she is free of some of her medical burden. I feel lucky every day that I have the privilege of mothering my sweet, happy baby.

We are originally from the landlocked Midwest, but we now live out our life as a family in San Francisco, close enough to the ocean that we can see it from our house. Jarod is a geek who works in Silicon Valley, and I am a stay at home mom. This year we embarked on a homeschooling adventure, tackling kindergarten learning with Zinashi. I never thought I’d be a homeschool mom, but now I am, and I like it much more than I thought I would. We are definitely busy, keeping up with Zinashi’s schooling and extracurriculars as well as nurturing Elvie and maintaining her health, but it is a good life. My house isn’t as clean as I’d like, and my time isn’t as free as I’d like, but life continually surprises me in the best ways possible, and I am glad to do the work I do to create the kind of life I want for my little family. I’m happy to begin sharing some of our family life with you here at the Disney Baby Blog and hope you’ll come back around to hear more.

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