Hello there! I am Mrs. Jellyfish, and I am so pleased to “meet” you! I have been reading Hellobee since its inception, years before I was even thinking of TTC, and sometimes it is hard to wrap my head around the fact that here I am now with a nearly two year old! I’m excited to share this wild journey of parenthood with y’all. I live deep in the desert (ok, not too deep, but it is hot here in Phoenix, Arizona!) with Mr. Jellyfish, two chihuahuas, three cats, and little Jellyfish, who will go by his nickname here on the ‘bee: Bug.
Mr. Jellyfish and I moved the whole gang out to our not-quite-rural but not-really-suburban house in the desert last fall, after spending a decade trying to scrape by in Los Angeles. After having Bug we realized our priorities had shifted, and while we loved the fast paced and exciting city life, we really wanted to be around family, and maybe even be able to afford to buy a house of our own one day. Mr. Jellyfish works in the up and coming tech industry here in Phoenix, and while I generally consider myself a SAHM, I also do some part time social media consulting during naps, nights, and weekends. Before Bug was born, I was a preschool teacher for almost ten years, and changeover from taking care of 12 kids part time, to one needy baby around the clock, was quite an adjustment!
When it comes to parenting, I am a little bit crunchy and a little bit overprotective, but I also encourage Bug to take many risks and explore. I like to think that it all balances out, but who knows! Parenting is like one huge guessing game, where the kids shake it up every few months just to keep us on our toes.
I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing what I have learned and experienced over the past few years of pregnancy and babyhood, and the transition from parenting an extremely needy baby to parenting a strongly independent – yet still extremely needy – toddler! I will also touch on Bug’s needs and how they have affected my parenting and our lives in general. Bug has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as having a few small congenital quirks. In addition, I can’t wait to tell you about our adventures in preschool to date, as we didn’t find the right fit in our neighborhood, which led me to start a brand new preschool co-op instead. Like I said above, it really has been a wild ride, and I don’t think we have had a single dull moment in the Jellyfish household in years!
So, thank you for reading and following along here on the blog. I’m so eager to dive in and get to know all of you as well. This community is so special, and I am honored to be a part of it!