Welcome, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune readers!

Thank you so, so much to everyone that's visiting our page.

Most are coming with messages of love and compassion and I couldn't be more grateful, humbled and appreciative.

But if you're here because you disagree, or aren't sure how you feel about our story, that's ok too. I just ask that you be curious and open minded. I may not convince you, and that's ok. I just want us to treat each other like humans and to learn from each other. We're real people. Not just words coming across your screen. Just like you're a real person too. 

On that note, this is us: 

A little about us: Jim and I have been together for 8 years, and have been married for 6. We love riding bikes, our two spoiled cats (Elliot and Biloxi, the latter a Hurricane Katrina foster kitten that I ended up keeping and who now rules the household). We also love our friends and family, and music (Jim actually works in the music industry). In fact, we had a dance party of songs that Jim had always wanted to teach Grace about the night before her termination as a way to celebrate her far-to-brief life, and say goodbye. I'll share the playlist soon. We couldn't wait to raise our baby girl to explore music, reading and travel, and to just see how her personality revealed itself.

I'll be posting more blogs in the coming days talking about some comments I'm seeing (for example, noting that I call Grace a baby in my Op Ed, and what my stance is on that) and so on. But for now I wanted to share a little bit more about ourselves.

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