Thursday, July 2, 2009

Where Do I Begin?

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."  -- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sounds simple enough . . . except that I am venturing into the blogging world to record my journey to and through motherhood.  I don't think it will be as simple as "beginning at the beginning," because that would take me back to seven years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, seven years full of LIFE that I can't begin to cover in a blog post.  I think I'd much rather begin at the present, reflect back to the beginning now and then, and of course dive into a whole lot of the "in-between" from time to time.  :)

I'm Kara . . . wife to Scott and mother to two little kings (William and Edmund) with one more little king on the way (Henry). Some other hats include daughter, sister, friend, former special ed teacher, small time entrepreneur, and I'm currently working for Baby Loves Disco.

So . . . why record my venture to and through motherhood? First, I've long held the hope that sharing my story will somehow help ease the pain and burden of someone else who might be going through a tough spell in their own journey to (or through) motherhood.  Also, I used to keep a journal (and haven't taken the time to keep it up since I've had kids) and I enjoy the process of . . . processing!  :)  This is just a much more public form of processing, but I'm not a very private person, so I welcome you to come along if you like and stick around for the journey.  

There are many unknowns ahead.  Henry (little man on the way) has Down Syndrome.  We found this out several weeks, actually months ago and have been processing it for a while already.  I will write more about that experience later, but for now I thought it would be pretty important to bring up, because it is certainly the next big step? hurdle? chapter? in my story.

I'm not sure who's reading along, but hey, thanks for joining me. 


  1. I am your very first commenter! Oh yeah! I am so excited you are blogging, and I think it will be a fun and very generous way for you to share your life and your story with the world. I found blogging when I was pregnant with our first baby, who we lost. It was indescribably comforting to read other people's blogs who had been through what I had. I've been hooked ever since!

    I have been blogging for about a year now...haven't told that many people because it's something I do "just for me." But I have met so many wonderful people through it, and learned so much! My blog is mostly decorating and projects, that kind of thing, but the family pops up there from time to time. I love it! So now we can be blogging buddies together! :)
    Love, Carrie

  2. I can't wait to go check out your blog, you secret blogger you! :)

  3. Excited to read and "be part" of your journey Kara!

  4. Hi Kara!

    This is Marisa, BLD Mama in Tampa! I have read through your story and I am so inspired...I am all about the inspirations these days. I found you on Twitter too! I have a few personal blogs ( and too and I love it! It is very theraputic too. I hope to read more about your story and I hope you'll read mine too. Take care. BTW...I am due on August 31...when is your due date?

  5. Hey Marisa! So glad you are reading and that you said hi! I'll check out your blogs too. I'm due Sep. 14, so our babies will be very close in age! :)

  6. You have an amazing story to share! I too had a prenantal diagnosis of DS and our Bennett is 7 weeks old and is just so wonderful! We have two other daughters and they love him to pieces! I hope everything goes smoothly with the birth and I look forward to following your journey. There are a ton of us "newbies"-I know of 5 or 6 just in the last few months. It's really nice to read everyone else's stories and know you are not alone.

  7. Adrienne, I'm so glad you found my blog and said hi! It really does help to read other people's stories. I was trying to find other new moms who have babies with DS, and have found a great blogging community! It will be fun to keep up with all the babies and see what they're up to! And yes, it is wonderful to not feel so alone!

  8. hi are such a beautiful person inside and out and henry the newest king will be so blessed in his wonderful and loving kingdom! i'm so proud of you for sharing your journey and what a wonderful place for you mommys to gather for coffee and you all!
    auntie helen

  9. thanks auntie helen! :) I love to see who's reading here!