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3 years



It’s been three years since the Professor and I got married. This morning I woke up and took a walk, mulling this over. In three years we have been through so much. Scary autoimmune disease with a too close for comfort brush with blindness; infertility; loss; IVF; pregnancy filled with anxiety; completing a Ph.D.; struggling with potential unemployment; taking employment at one of the LAST PLACES ON EARTH we had planned to live; and more. We have not had a traditional marriage thus far, and I’m not sure if we ever will. We are not traditional people.

I do have high hopes for the coming year and that it might bring us some positive non-traditional times. I hope that the coming year is free from sickness, from fear, from fighting and from the anguish that comes with loss. This morning I sat on the bed and wished the Professor a happy third anniversary, and asked if he was ready for three more potentially stress filled years. He said he was ready for 30, as long as they were with me. Despite all our challenges and our differences (and there are a lot) we seem to make a pretty good team. I’m incredibly thankful that of all the ladies out there, he choose this OCD, infertile, spread-sheet loving, overly energetic one to be his partner in crime.



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  1. Jennifer #
    May 29, 2013

    Happy Anniversary!!

  2. Kathy #
    May 29, 2013

    Happy Anniversary ! You are a great team and your new team member will add lots of fun to the mix !

  3. May 29, 2013

    Happy anniversary!!! But seriously- what is a “traditional” marriage experience? Maybe I’ve just had a non-traditional one but it seems normal to me… Not everyone goes through the same stuff but I feel like we all look at our experiences and go – oh, this is sooo not what anyone else is experiencing! Like how everyone thinks THEIR family is the most exhausting/weirdest family on the planet! So glad you and the Professor have been in this together and may you both have many more kooky/challenging/fun/non-traditional years together 🙂

  4. Jen #
    May 29, 2013

    Happy Anniversary! So excited to read along as you enter this new chapter of parenthood and living in NYC!

  5. May 29, 2013

    Happy Anniversary! May all of your anniversary wishes come true. 🙂

  6. Shinara #
    May 29, 2013

    What a sweetie! With a man like that you can both get through anything.

  7. SRB #
    May 29, 2013

    AW! A very happy day to you both! 🙂

  8. jak #
    May 29, 2013

    HAPPY ANNI CHICKEN PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!! have a great one and more than 30 more!!!

  9. May 29, 2013

    Happy anniversary! I love his response to your question – so sweet!

  10. May 29, 2013

    Happy anniversary! I hope the next 3 years (and the next 30) are A LOT less stressful.

  11. May 29, 2013

    Happy anniversary to you and the Professor! Sounds like you BOTH are lucky to have each other!

  12. May 29, 2013

    Happy anniversary!

  13. APE #
    May 30, 2013

    Happy Anniversary Belle and Professor. You do make a good team, and that helps make a happy marriage. I am a depressed perfectionist with PCOS, and we have three losses and a 3 yr old under our belt and are coming up on our 7 year anniversary this month. We have had a lot of ups and downs in those 7 years…So, I know how you feel. We are truly blessed to have found amazing partners!

  14. 35life #
    May 30, 2013

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you’ve been through more in three short years than others would even comprehend, but I bet you are now stronger than you ever imagined. We’re not “traditional” either. We’ve had a lot of struggles in our almost six years, but I know we are stronger for it. Many would crumble if being faced with half our stuff. Here’s to many more strong years!

  15. May 31, 2013

    Awwww. I know that I late but happy anniversary!

  16. May 31, 2013

    I meant that to say I KNOW THAT I AM LATE. Gah.

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