My name is Jenn, but I’m most often called Momma, or Wallace’s Mom. I’m 36 and I’m a single mom by choice. When I grew up I wanted to be an archeologist, an author, an illustrator, a teacher, a chef, and a mom. As an adult, I’ve been a short order cook, a cashier, a bookseller, a student, a pizza maker, a nanny, a performance poet, a smut peddler, worked on a dude ranch, a bear maker, a tea seller, a breastfeeding peer counselor, a doula, a yoga teacher, a grocery order shopper, and I had a used book business. I currently am applying for disability due to multiple chronic illnesses greatly impacting my ability to function. I grew up in Michigan, called Chicago home for 6 years, spent a year and a half in Denver, back to Michigan for a spell, 9 months in Chicago, and the last 6 years have been back in Michigan.
My child, Wallace, was conceived via DIY alternative insemination with the help of a known donor. They was born March of 2013. I would very much like to have another child, but since going through pregnancy and birth my illnesses have compounded and I’ve spent the last 8 years treading water and trying to get doctors to believe me.
I started this blog as a safe place for me to talk about my feelings, plans, and experiences. I also wanted to be able to share with others who might be interested in starting a family on their own. I found much comfort and validation in reading the blogs of other families and found a sense of community through writing my own. Due to some privacy issues, many of my posts are password protected, so please email me if you are a friend or genuine follower. My email is goodfamiliesdo at gmail dot com. Oh, and the title is a reference to a children’s picture book… 50 points for anyone who gets it!