About Me

My name is Erika. I like to think I'm a pretty unique individual. My husband puts my eccentricity to shame, but that's why we work. We have been together since September of 2004, and we got married in October of 2009. We live in Maryland, though Andy is from Philly. We have two cats. Rio is our baby girl, and Columbus is our little monster, but we love him anyway.

I have severe OCD. You wouldn't know it to look at me, but ask my husband and he'll tell ya. I don't wash my hands 1000 times a day (though I used to!), and I don't check locks repeatedly, and I'm sure as heck not super organized. But that's not all OCD is. As a matter of fact, it doesn't really scratch the surface of the nightmare that is OCD, but OCD doesn't define me, and it's not getting any more spotlight today.

My husband is the most fabulous man on the planet. Well.. he and my dad. We both come from close families, and we both love each other's family, and that's rare, and infinitely awesome.

We've been trying to have a baby for a while, but have been roadblocked by a pituitary adenoma that effectively killed all Andy's hormones, and my kidney disease. Somehow we managed to get cleared for IVF, and Andy's tumor backed off a little (fortunately for it. I didn't want to have to kick its butt). Our first cycle failed and that sucked pretty hardcore. The whole cycle was a mess and I ended up with way fewer eggs than we expected. Cycle number 2 was quite a different story. We ended up doing a day 6 transfer of 1 hatched blastocyst, and froze 2 more. I'm currently 9 weeks pregnant!

My life is otherwise boring. Andy is a homebody when he's in MD, but can't sit still at home in Philly, so I'm considering bribing all of his friends to move into our house. I don't think it's going to work out but a girl can try, right?

Oh, and I'm way into God. I believe he has a plan for our lives and I hope it matches up with what I want, but we'll see. I have definite trouble putting the cycles and my worries into his hands, but I know he'll work things out however they need to be worked out. Andy's not QUITE on the same page as me here, but he's getting there. He loves him some Jesus, but we'll see how that grows over time.

Yep, despite wanting to throat-punch my kidneys and Andy's brain, we've got it pretty good. We love each other desperately, and one day we'll raise a child (or 3) together. Oh, and just to prove my point from earlier that Columbus is a monster....