Dear world,

My name is Rachael, and I want to be a mom. Right now, I’m not quite ready to start trying to have children, and I know it’s going to be a difficult path getting to the point where I am ready. I am happily married, with three puppers and two kitties in my current family.  While the furbabies are wonderful companions and I love to be their human-mom, I’d like to take things a step further and have human children of my own. (As if I were capable of incubating any other kind of children. Especially not alien children. This is what you call an Earth joke.) While that’s all well and good, I am also dealing with chronic illness, chronic pain, am morbidly obese, and have not worked regularly for a while because of these issues, but some changes may make these things easier to deal with, or, at the very least, under control with a combination of lifestyle changes, therapy, and medication.

That’s where you come in. I have tried and failed many times to get healthy and lose weight, but have failed to stay on the path set before me for one reason or another for the majority of my adolescent and adult life. I have read a lot of research stating that more women are overweight when going into pregnancy, and that can lead to complications during pregnancy as well as possible problems with the baby. This being said, I want to get healthy and fit before we start trying to have children.

I needed a community, so I am looking to you, my friends, family, and internet strangers to share each of your experiences, your ups and downs, your victories and failures. I want this to be a place where we can encourage each other, explore evidence-based information regarding losing weight, conception, pregnancy, childcare, and more.

My plan for this blog is to share my experiences, book and product reviews, and maybe even share myself singing lullabies or reading children’s books for you to share with your little ones. I hope that you will share this adventure with me and bear with me as I learn how to put this blog together.

Sincerely,

~Rachael, Mom Hopeful