Hi, I’m Kate (or 1 in 8 Kate) creator of the Baby Steps Blog. My desire for starting TBSB (not to be confused with the Backstreet Boys), was to be that person I was searching for when we were first diagnosed with Infertility. Don’t know what I mean? Head over to my first blog post to find out exactly who I was searching for. As clichè as it sounds, while I was searching for this mystery infertile woman, I found myself and realized that my story may help someone. Maybe that someone is you, and if so, I want you to know that you’re not alone. And maybe that someone is me, who knows.

I’m a Florida girl, born and raised, and am super close to my family (I talk to my mom and sister every day). I’m very proud of my Catholic faith and grew up in Catholic school for most of my life, I may be a Jesus Loving Freak but I promise to never push that on you. The love I have for my hometown (and family) is so immense that I didn’t go away to college but instead attended our local state college. While in college, I found my passion in high-end private retail for nine wonderful years until that all came to a crashing halt in 2016 when the business couldn’t keep up with the demand of online shopping. I have since started my career in higher education, working in Marketing for a private university and I can truly say that I am thriving in my career! Also, I’m an open book, I’ve realized the only way to truly share what we are going through and to educate others is to be as open and honest as possible, so if there’s something that you want to know more about, just ask!

In addition to being so close with my family, I have a group of nine best friends, I can’t just pick one and I’m sure you feel the same way! I talk to at least two of my girls (one being my sister) every day. They have all been so supportive with prayers and good jujus throughout our journey but no matter how many times they call, text, or tell me they are praying for me, they will never know the struggles because Infertility isn’t a feeling, it’s a true medical diagnosis and just like so many other things in life, you don’t know what it’s like until you’ve been through it yourself. I never expected at 28 years old to be diagnosed with Infertility and then two months later to be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, yet here I am.

And then there’s this guy…. (heart eyes)

Meet Jeremy, my husband, who you will notice I refer to as J. For the number of times that I call him J on the internet (mainly Twitter), I don’t think I have ever once referred to him as J in an actual conversation. (I’m being completely honest when I say that the five characters that the rest of his name uses can go a long way on Twitter!) You should know that as open as I am, Jeremy is just as private. Opening up about our journey was something I knew I couldn’t do until he was comfortable with it, so here we are. I could ramble on and on about Jeremy and how I truly married my best friend, but I’ll save all of that sappy stuff for another day!

Thank you for reading The Baby Steps Blog and welcome to our story!

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