The marvelous Monica Faught, Kemper (2.5) and Conrad (7 months). Monica is also bonus mom to Katie (16) and Clay (13).
Monica and her husband met at a Halloween Party when she was 31, and he was 10 years older. They quickly found mutual passions in life and she says that while she was hesitant, she couldn't deny their similarities and interests. She became a stepmom before she became a biological mother and says there are enough words to express the emotions that accompany either. Monica and her husband dated for 2.5 years, and debated whether or not to have more kids. She hadn't previously wanted to have children but once she settled into their relationship couldn't imagine not having kids with him. Once they decided to try they got pregnant but miscarried twice before conceiving Kemper.
Monica had a healthy pregnancy and a long labor following induction but she says that the second she saw her son, she felt the most remarkable feeling she's ever and likely will ever feel again. Everything felt unbelievable. Conrad came along as a bit of a surprise and Monica is still, amazed at how similar her pregnancy and birth were to Kemper's. "They were magical. They weren't ideal but we were safe and learned so much about life and my body."
Monica says that she spend's each day trying to take it all in and savor as much as I possibly can. "It's all so wonderful but also so fleeting. I can't get enough of it and I'm thankful for each opportunity I get to preserve and capture a little bit of our beginning and our day to day lives."