Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

chantel-green

Hi y’all! My name is Chantel Green, and I’m a 23-year-old former sports editor turned freelancing work-from-home mom trying to navigate through my son’s first amazing year. I met my husband when we were both just three years old, but sparks didn’t fly until much later in life. After college in 2012, we were married and he joined the United States Marine Corps. He received orders to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune at the end of that year, and I moved to the area from our home, deep in the heart of Texas, in early 2013. Our blessed and exciting journey began with a bang when I secured the position of sports editor at The Globe aboard base. Our lives were busy and filled with outdoor activities as I searched for topics for my then column, The Green Outdoors. My position at The Globe allowed me to work closely with the wonderful military community as well as get involved with the people of Jacksonville, and I immediately felt at home. I was able to get involved with a wide variety of people I’ve grown to know and love. In late 2013, I noticed a change in my body. I just felt different and off. My appetite was increasing, and I felt like I was putting on a bit of weight, but pregnancy was the last thing on my mind. After trying in the past, my husband and I didn’t believe we were able to have children. Four pregnancy tests and one full-term pregnancy later, I’m a mom to the most beautiful little boy, Ryder. Our little man was born on May 15, 2014 at 5:09 a.m. weighing a whopping nine pounds and 10 ounces. As I journey through the early days of motherhood, I hope tales of my raw and honest experiences, although not always pretty, may be able to help a new mom or at least offer a good laugh! This road won’t be easy, but I can assure you it will be plenty interesting.

 

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