Hello! I’m Victoria Sharp. When I started this blog, I was a new mother to a beautiful 10 week old daughter, Caroline. I am married to my fairytale husband, Dave, and we have a sweet 6.5 year old pup, Molly, who was very excited to share the big news for us last year.
The WHY :
I started this blog to share our story of infertility struggles, pregnancy complications and to show and find support of other parents and parents to be. I also have a touch of OCD and figured I’d share some organizational tips and tricks. I’ve never been completely comfortable in the kitchen, so what better way to feel more comfortable than to make yourself spend more time there in order to share these recipes with you. I also hoped that maybe someday this could make me some money and I could afford to stay home with our daughter.
Some FACTS :
I work full time as a Sonographer but would love to be able to stay home with our sweet daughter. Maybe this blog can help me achieve my goal. Originally, ultrasound wasn’t what I thought I wanted to do with my life. I went to Towson University for my undergrad. I graduated early with my B.S. in Exercise Science and then my ultimate professional career goal was to basically be Jillian Michaels. I wanted to help people learn to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle to continue to live that way. I wanted to end childhood obesity- huge goal, right?! So after college, I found that what I wanted to do was next to impossible and what I could do with my degree wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do anyway. So, I knew I had to go back to school. I decided upon Ultrasound schooling and am so incredibly glad that I did. I enjoy my job truly, but, I will admit that I enjoy being a mother more and feel that that is my true calling in life.
I traveled a lot when I was younger. I taught, trained and competed in martial arts for many years. Competitions took us all over the world and the States. I homeschooled through high school to be able to continue training and competing. It was my passion and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I made so many friends and learned so many life lessons along the way. I’m so thankful that my dad took me with him to try martial arts out because it was something he wanted to do when he was a kid and didn’t get to. We started training together when I was in second grade I believe, maybe first. Dad ended up taking a break because of work and the Marine Corps, but I kept going. Eventually, when he started training again, I was teaching and was his instructor. I got to take him through Black Belt testing. Not many kids get to say they got to train their father in martial arts and be his instructor anddddd be their judge through the black belt testing. I could go on and on about my experience in martial arts— hello, future post— those were the best days of my childhood.
My favorite vacation spot I went before I was married, is definitely Hawaii. I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve been there twice. The first time I got to go was for a martial arts competition. Then I got to go with my childhood best friend a few years later. Nothing like the beautiful islands of Hawaii and their sunsets. Man, so gorgeous there. It’s definitely on my bucket list to take Dave there eventually.
My favorite vacation spot once married, has definitely been our honeymoon to Jamaica. We stayed at Sandals Montego Bay and had an absolute blast. We did a couple excursions and planned to return this past year but ended up deferring because I was pregnant with Caroline. Dave even got to play bartender one night! Although, I will say our Florida vacations are pretty high on my list too. We are lucky that my parents have a vacation house down there so it’s a relatively cheap getaway. We go down a couple times a year.
I have a touch of OCD. Hence the organizational posts. My closet is organized by color and then each color section is broken down into lengths of sleeves- tank tops to long sleeves. I have to have my silverware drawer organized, in fact, if I see yours in your house I automatically take note of it, I’m not trying to judge you, it’s just a weird thing I do. I have to have the volume on an even number unless it’s on an increment of 5– Dave complied to that early on in the relationship. Anddddd I can’t stand for the microwave to have leftover time displayed on it, press the darn clear button already. I know it all sounds silly but these are the quirks that make me me, and I’ve learned to embrace them. Okay, so, maybe it’s more than a touch of OCD.
My Other Half, My Rock, My Fairy-tale Husband, the Marshall to my Lily (yes, that’s a HIMYM reference- because it’s our favorite show):
My husband, Dave, is pretty freaking perfect in my eyes. He makes me the happiest I have ever been, without even trying. He keeps me level headed and loves me unconditionally. He’s an incredible father and loves our daughter so much. There is nothing more attractive than being a fantastic father to your child.
We met unconventionally. I had just moved to the Eastern Shore with my best friend. I took on my first full time position as a, Sonographer, at a small town hospital and was previously commuting an hour and a half each way every day. That stuff got old, real quick. Anyway, I decided to make an online profile, more as a way of entertainment than anything else. I never thought I would meet my future husband there. I made rules for myself and said I would never go on a date with someone I met online unless I knew someone who knew them in person. No catfish schemes for me.
One night I was perusing the profiles and stumbled on Dave’s page. I read his profile and he sounded pretty awesome. I decided that I would go out of my comfort zone and message him first. I NEVER do anything like that. I’m a shy person but I figured if he didn’t respond, it wouldn’t matter because this was all online, no in person humiliation. Much to my surprise, he messaged back. We started talking and he asked what I did for a living. I told him I worked at this small, local hospital and blah, blah, blah. He said Oh, you probably know my friends who work there but he didn’t name names. Being as it was a small hospital with a small radiology department, I took a guess and as I did, some of the dots started connecting in this picture. I asked if it was friend X and friend Y, as they lived around where we both did and worked with me. He confirmed it was those friends. Once he did that, I realized who he was. He was my coworkers husbands best friend. I had heard dozens of stories about him and didn’t realize it. That coworker was out on maternity leave currently but I remembered everything she had said about Dave. He seemed like a genuinely good guy.
We decided to meet up for dinner at the sushi place within walking distance from my house. We hit it off immediately. We clicked perfectly and have been inseparable ever since, spending only a handful of nights apart. We weren’t together long before we started talking about a serious future together of marriage and kids. We had both been in relationships that were huge failures and we knew what we wanted in a husband and wife. We started dating in October of 2013, by September of 2104, we were engaged (he asked in the parking lot of our favorite sushi restaurant where we went on our first date- he was too excited and nervous to wait until we got inside) and married in May 2015. When you know, you know! 💕
We are extremely lucky that both of our families get along so well. In fact we have regular game nights with family and friends. Not many people can say they love their in laws like we can or even that their in laws get along with their own family. God truly meant for us to be together.
So, now WHAT?
Now, you know more about me than you probably care to. But what else do you want to know? You can email me at OneSharpMamaBlog (at) gmail.com or comment on a post. I read every comment and would love to reply back.
Want to hear about our journey through infertility issues and becoming a parent to our beautiful little Caroline?
Don’t forget about the recipes I can’t wait to share.
Finally, I’d like to thank you for taking some time to get to know me and my story. I’d love to hear yours!
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