Tuesday, May 22, 2007

All about Me

I just finished writing a profile entitled "all about me" for our monthly MOMS club newsletter. Hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

All about me by Megan Romero
I was born in Richmond VA in 1980. My mother was diabetic and the pregnancy was very hard on her body, partially through the pregnancy her retina’s detached and she lost her eye sight. For our family this disease was a defining structure and shaped the course of all of our lives.

In 1982 we moved to Oregon, my fathers’ home state, and I grew up here in Beaverton. I love it here and have a hard time imagining living anywhere else. My sister and I had a good childhood, we traveled a lot and I got to see many fascinating places. The beginning of my sophomore year in college my mom passed away. I had missed so much school flying back and forth that I just didn’t have the motivation to catch up and I left school to be with my Dad and my sister. So, the first half this sounds like my moms life story but it is so integrated that I have a hard time separating the two.

I’m going to backtrack a little here…. I met my husband my senior year at westview high school. I was sitting in the back of my first class of the day when a boy I knew only as an acquaintance walked in and sat next to me. I thought he was handsome and of course was smitten by the strong sexy accent he still carried (he had only moved to the US from Ecuador a few years before). We hit it off immediately and before long were going “steady” much to the chagrin of my parents who were not pleased at my intrigue in the boy who rode motorcycles and was not a member of our church. But I was in love.

When we graduated in 1998 I went off to Ricks College in Idaho and Marcelo stayed here to go to PCC. Marcelo used to drive the 12 hours to come and visit me almost monthly at school. We were crazy! The following year he finally joined me and enrolled at Ricks College himself. I was torn between my feelings for him and my family’s uncertainty about him. In February of 2000, after my Mom passed and I moved back to Oregon I decided that Marcelo and I were over for good and I even started seeing someone else. It didn’t last for long, as soon as Marcelo returned from school in the summer those old feelings came back and by August of the following year we were engaged and married by November.

From that point life has been a whirlwind for us. Despite my being on birth control we were pregnant within the first month of our marriage. My beautiful baby boy was born two weeks late at the end of a VERY HOT august. At this time I was working downtown with a company that ran red light cameras and photo radar for the Portland police department and Marcelo was working for his parents company and going to school at nights. Nicolas used to go to work with grandma some days and stayed with my Dad on the other days. Even now he and my mother in law have a very special relationship.

Just before Nicolas’ first birthday I got a terrible “flu” or so I thought. After weeks of running to the bathroom, my boss (who had watched me through my first pregnancy) called me in and asked if I was pregnant again. I started bawling right there in his office! After a pregnancy test at home that night it was confirmed, I was pregnant again! I worked through the pregnancy until the beginning of March and then quit for good. I thought I would have a month to rest and spend time with my son before the new baby came but she was already so big I had to be induced 3 weeks early. So my feisty 10 lb girl was born.

When Amy was born Marcelo was finishing school and doing an internship at Intel. He likes to be in charge and he likes to be busy and the slow pace at Intel was driving him insane. In the spring of 2005 he decided to quite Intel and start Rogue Carpet Cleaning. This has been one of the best decisions he ever made, he loves the freedom of his job and seems to be a natural business man. Now that the kids are getting older I am also enjoying helping with the office work from home.

It has been a crazy and sometimes exhausting journey here but life has finally calmed down a bit and we have landed in a great place. Motherhood is definitely the hardest thing that I have ever done but also the most rewarding and most fun. I am so lucky to have married my best friend and sweetheart. We have built a wonderful life together and I am blessed to have a husband who supports my desire and commitment to being home with my children.