Nice to meet you. I’m Jen and I’m the gal behind MiddayMornings. I started this blog in 2017 as part of my word of the year: Explore. I wanted to explore what would happen if I tried to connect with other mothers and we all shared our journeys as we embraced our motherhood while retaining our identities.
I’m a wife and a mother.
My husband Adam I were married in December 2005 and were excited and surprised when I got pregnant 4 months later. But the night before my first OB appointment I miscarried. It was a difficult experience because I didn’t have any experience with miscarriages – was this common? what did others do about the emptiness they felt inside? That miscarriage paved the way for our desire to grow our family sooner rather than later and in 2007 our daughter, Elle*, was born.
*I’ve changed the names of my kids because, you know, internet privacy and all of that.
I’ve had my kids “naturally” and via IVF.
When Elle was two years old we started trying to grow our family again. And we tried. And we tried. And we tried. During our six-year roller coaster ride with infertility, I wondered – was this common? what did others do about the emptiness they felt inside? I longed to connect and share with other mothers not just about the babies I wasn’t able to have, but about how to raise an only child.
In June 2015 we began the IVF process. Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d one day be poking myself with so many needles with such intense medicines. But there I was. In 2015 we transferred one embryo into my womb. In 2016 little Addie* was born.
There’s a lot going on in my life: baby, pre-teen, ADHD, and much more.
Having kids with such a big age gap is….different. We’ve started all over again. When Addie was 5 months old Elle was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, inattentive type – so not only did we have to re-learn the baby phase, but we also dove into the world of ADHD at the same time. And I kept wondering – how are other mothers handling the age gap? how are other mothers helping their daughters with ADHD?
And I’ve started a blog about it all.
This blog is, in part, an answer to my selfish quest to connect and share with other mothers and get the discussion going on the questions I’ve had all these years. I hope you find something enlightening, useful, and even humorous during your visit.
Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you’re here.
MiddayMornings Blog Series List
- The Articulate LDS Women Series began in 2017. It is a way for LDS women to practice articulating their faith in a public way. I hope you feel uplifted by these posts. Click here to see all the posts in this series. Click here if you’d like to participate in the series yourself.
- The Scripture Mothers Series began in 2017. To feel connected to the mothers in the scriptures, I began a post applying what we can learn from our scripture mothers to our current struggles, questions, and concerns. Click here to see all the posts in this series.