Confession: Some of my facebook friends are only still my facebook friends because they have cute babies. A few women post the most annoying statuses and ultra-conservative conspiracy theories, but their babies are just too adorable for me to delete.
I love babies. I love children. I even love teenagers. And I can’t wait to have my own one day. But before then, I have a few things to get done first.
Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, and France is the second-best country (after the good ol’ US of A!). I studied abroad in Versailles for three months; I was an au pair in Le Vésinet for ten months, and I taught English in Niort for seven months. I left France just a few months before I met Beau, and I’ve been desperate to return ever since. France has played such an important role in my life, and it’s important that I share that with my boyfriend. Once I pop out a kid, international flights will be put on hold for years.
Who doesn’t love the happiest place on Earth?! I haven’t been to Disney World since I was 20, which is a tragic shame for a feminist Disney princess. They have a New Fantasyland, with special areas devoted to Belle and Ariel, plus other Disney characters. Since I’m basically the Millennial version of Belle, I really want to make my way back to Disney World and meet the original. (Let’s be honest… I also want to see if she actually speaks French!). I know Disney World is kid-friendly, and I’ll want to go again once I have kids, but I really want to experience it one more time as a child-free adult.
When I finished my teaching gig in Niort, I had a few weeks to travel before I returned to the States. I spent six days in Norway, visiting my distant cousins. It was really cool getting to know more about my heritage, plus seeing pictures of my parents from their visit to Norway, exactly nine months before I was born…
Even if it’s a self-published e-book, writing and publishing a book is an important goal of mine. I already have an idea for a kindle single, which I’ve started outlining. Writing and publishing a Kindle single will give me the experience for the process, so then I can produce a longer work. I know writers are able to have babies and write at the same time, but that sounds REALLY hard. I might be able to pull it off, but to be on the safe side, I’d rather publish first.
If the title of my blog didn’t make it obvious, I’m waiting for marriage to engage in coitus. So there will be no babies until I’m wedded and bedded. And as much as I can’t WAIT to have children, I also want to have a few years to enjoy being a newlywed before adding a baby to the mix.
So until I cross off items 1-5, I will heal my baby fever by cooing over Julia Grace and all the other cute babies online!