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So Much Change

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 18, 2016, 3:25 PM
 Holy tits. 
  Sooo a lot has changed, and I can see a lot has also changed on the site lol. It's been well, forever since I was last here. Almost at my 21st birthday already. I feel old. But not as old as i'm about to feel in another week or so, buuut i'll get to that in a bit.
 I was working at Petland for about a year after I left the restaurant, got some promotions and it was great. Then I made a silly decision to find a better job, as pay kinda sucked (even though if I stayed I would've probably gotten a decent raise) and moved onto the Humane Society in my town. Which was absolutely fantastic for the first bit, getting to work with all the rescue animals and such, but the almost hour long commute to work in the mornings was horrible, especially when winter came, along with the long 12 hour shifts Wednesday to Saturday. But it also meant I got to be with an amazing guy I fell head over heels with so that was the part that was most definitely worth it. We are still together now and I couldn't be any happier. Hard to say when the 'official' anniversary date is as we started seeing (bowchickabowwow) each other a year ago, but I guess didn't go public? about it till after I left the pet store. I think we're just going with when we had our first date a year ago :p
My zoo has grown of course, no surprise there. I'm currently at 4 cats, 4 birds, 3 dogs, 2 tarantulas, 1 snake, and a rabbit. Along with the 2 fish tanks of course. 

Anywho, so that happened, then I got the surprise of my life back in October, and I was in denial about for a good week or two. Found out I was about 24 weeks pregnant. I had no idea whatsoever over the summer, no weight gain, no nausea or any symptoms. So of course I did my usual partying over the summer on weekends. Did three different tests including an ultrasound, and even then it still didn't click. It clicked probably sometime after we told both our parents. We didn't even want kids, and definitely took as much precaution as we could to prevent spawn from happening other than going the surgical route, but I guess life finds a way. I think telling the parents was the hardest part of this all, stepping into the unknown of whether or not they'd be disappointed. I definitely waited until pops went to work and cornered mum in the kitchen. How did I do it? Asked her how she found out she was pregnant with Calvin, her first born, at age 19. She promptly turned around and asked why, and of course I broke composure and started bawling lol. However, it went well, and I received a call from Dad later on asking if I had anything to tell him, I said nope. "What about making me a grandpa?" 
 I think it was that point when I decided adoption may not be an option, and that I will be raising this little spawn of ours. Even telling his parents went really well. We have both received so much support from everyone it's unreal. It's still a little bit hard to believe, considering this Wednesday, the 20th, is my due date. However, Doc thinks he may come late so if he's not here by next week then I am getting induced on the 28th or 29th. And here I was hoping to do this needle free. I hate needles.
 So now that i'm on mat leave for the next year, i'm gonna dust off the old tablet and sketchbook, and see if I have any motivation whatsoever to draw. I'm sure I can come up with something. So for now, i'm going to throw all of my old posts into a single folder and essentially restart. Here's hoping I can come up with something! 

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: I Need a Doctor :: Dr. Dre FT Eminem


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marton96 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Frig Shantel, you suck.
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Frig connor you suck more
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Thank you for the fave! :iconhummingbirdplz:
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Boy! Look at that webcam... no wonder China is poised to take over the world. It must suck to be an OBGYN there.
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