In consultation with the spouse, we've concluded that I have a very distinctive accent from a very specific (fairly unpopulated) part of the world, and anyone who's ever heard me would know immediately where I'm from and who I was, so no audio-log.
Since no video/audio, here's a Lego rendition of me with my backpack as created by the kid.
BUT. Question answering!
1) What country do you live in? If you feel comfortable sharing, what state or region as well?
I'm in the US in an area where it snows in the winter, although there's no snow yet (boo). There are no big mountains either (phew). My blog belongs in the central time zone because it's a happy medium.
2) What is your favorite “ordinary moment” of the day?
I really like when the kid (age 4) gets home after daycare and comes running in to tell me something and is all MOMMY! GUESS WHAT! It's fairly similar when I'm fetching her from daycare but she has to show me a dozen things before we can leave, or "just one more game" or some other stalling tactic. Her nonstop chatter in the 30 minutes after daycare is excellent and entertaining.
3) What is the first thing you do with your little one in the morning?
Ahem. Often very little with the kid, since I currently am not sleeping terribly well at night and so stay in bed until after her usual departure time for daycare. Little Monster and I exchange pokes when I'm woken up at about 3:30am every morning (or I poke in response to kicks and get kicks back). On mornings where I'm up before the kid goes to daycare, my major project is reminding her to keep moving and doing her next task (get out of bed, get downstairs, get your clothes on, no your underwear first, get your socks on, zip your coat) because otherwise she wouldn't move for about a half hour and then she'd probably go looking for some random thing without putting clothes on at all.
4) What has infertility changed the most about you?
I'd say I'm less trusting of biology than I was before. I used to think that eating healthy and exercise would fix everything and now I don't trust that biology will do its thing accurately at all.
5) What do you wish people knew about pregnancy or parenting through the ALI journey?
All that stuff that happened before the pregnancy/adoption, that doesn't stop hurting just because the journey has changed. It's long-term, life-altering stuff that goes down and it's never undone (so I would say you can't "resolve" an ALI journey, because that implies an end when it isn't really). I think of it like if you've been a soldier, you are never a civilian in the same way you were before being a soldier. It changes you forever and is a part of you forever.