In October of 2010, my husband (B) and I packed up our Lakeview apartment into boxes, loaded up our city-sized hybrid car with our two dogs and drove West for two straight days. We were newly married, I was newly graduated from Law School, and most newly of all, 8 weeks pregnant.
Back in Chicago, after months of being unemployed, I was hired as an In House Counsel for a healthcare company owned by old family friends. Lucky them, their President left the company, and I had a law degree and could fill her shoes, and provide legal advice all in one underpaid position. Lucky me, I desperately needed a job. B was not so lucky to find a company that could use him as a lawyer, but was lucky to start a good alternate career as a Banker. My company expanded and bought some Physical Therapy clinics out in Las Vegas, offered me a less-underpaid position, B got a transfer with his bank, and off we went!
My first impressions of Las Vegas were lukewarm, at best. My pregnancy went as smoothly as any pregnancy could go, but I was not the glowy pregnant lady everyone else is. I was grumpy, tired and achy. A few friends came to visit, and we took them to the strip as dutiful hosts, but my feet got swollen, I was wearing elasto-waist pants, and I couldn't have the footlong margaritas in the shape of eiffel towers everyone else got. So, I'm saying, it's not Las Vegas' fault! I do love the warmth, the pools, the 50 degree winter, the lack of snow, and the little to no traffic that this city has to offer.
On May 25, 2011, our little Mia was born. Although the first few weeks of constant feedings, lack of sleep, crying were very difficult, Mia is now just over 2 months old and is a snuggly smiley bundle of joy that I am more in love with than I ever imagined.
Now, I begin the next chapter: accepting the fact that I live here, rather than my beloved Chicago, and making the best of it. I want to raise my daughter so that she doesn't spent 90% of her free time in front of the TV, so it's time to start exploring.
Also, I won't be using my real name, but will call myself "FF" and my husband "B". I'm guessing it would be pretty easy to figure out my real name, etc, but I ask that you please refrain from using it in any comments. I will write about Las Vegas family-friendly activities, being a Momttorney, living far away from family, losing baby weight, and anything else. I'll use the Labels to categorize each post, and go from there!