Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the internet. I started TAW in June 2011 as an offshoot of my crafting blog, La Georgia Paperie. I've always enjoyed recording my life in blog form (I started my first blog in 2003) and realized that what was supposed to be a place to show off my paper crafts had turned in to an online diary. So, it was time for a new blog!
I went with the name The Accidental Wallflower because while I don't think I fit the mold of a stereotypical wallflower, I do have social anxiety and deal with my disorder on a daily basis.
You can read more about my blog here.
And here's the cast of The Accidental Wallflower.
After graduating I moved back home to Wheaton and have held various jobs in the retail industry. At one point I was working on my MBA but have put my studies on hold for the time being. In April 2011 I was working as an administrative assistant/bookkeeper at a craft retailer when the company restructured and my position was eliminated. I've been out of work ever since. Since the arrival of our son in November 2011 I've enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, but would like to eventually start working again.
That's my husband! I call him Ant, but most people call him Tony. Ant was born and raised in Palatine, Illinois. He graduated from high school the same year I did and by chance moved to Columbia, Missouri to attend the University of Missouri, a block down the street from Stephens.
In the summer of 2005 Ant was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune's College Week... no joke! At the time I was renting a house that didn't have cable so I watched a lotta Wheel that summer. I distinctly remember watching his episode and thinking that the guy from Mizzou was cute. Fast forward nine or ten months and we were on our first date!
He proposed in 2009 and we moved to Roselle, Illinois in November 2010. On December 3, 2010 we tied the knot. In January 2011 Ant took a job with a news organization in Chicago as a writer/editor. I don't know if Ant was 100% prepared to be a father, but he's a natural! He's been great with our son and it's been wonderful watching their relationship blossom.
That's my son! My pregnancy with Harry was somewhat complicated. At my 24 week appointment my blood pressure spiked and I was rewarded with a two-night hospital stay. After that I was put on bed rest and then spent Halloween in the hospital for more blood pressure monitoring. During my 36th week doctors concluded that Harry and I both were in danger and decided it was best if I delivered. Turns out, Harry thought so too; my doctor performed an internal exam and discovered I was in active labor (I have a really high pain tolerance and thought I was only experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, not real ones)!
Harry Desmond arrived on November 7, 2011, he weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. Because Harry was about a month early and my high blood pressure prevented him from developing as much as he should have, he spent six days in the NICU. He was put in the NICU for body temperature regulation, low blood sugars and feeding difficulties.
Since being released from the hospital Harry has thrived at home. He's a great baby who was kind enough to start sleeping through the night at just four weeks old. I just love being his mom and watching him grow and develop is the most rewarding thing in the world.