Me (aka Geochick) - 40-something, (what!?) civil engineer, wife, adoptive mom, introvert/extrovert, ranty, former ballerina, former Jazzercise instructor, lifts heavy’ish things, yogi, skier, road cyclist
S - 40-something mechanical engineer, patient husband, adoptive dad, introvert, mountain biker, skier, lifts heavy things, sometimes road cyclist
X - Asian Indian and Latino, eldest son, analytical, athletic, extrovert
C - X's first mother, Asian Indian, open adoption
Baby Z - White, youngest son, bubbly, mover, risk-taker, extrovert
J and J - Baby Z's first parents, semi-open letters-only adoption
L - Full brother (oldest of the younger brothers)
I also have 2 half-brothers younger than L. I don’t write about them much.
Mom - Well, goes without saying
Step/Adopt Dad - Was step, adopted me and L when I was 16(?)
Bio-Dad - Divorced from Mom when I was 4. Never really knew him.
Uncle B - Bio-Dad’s brother who called me at work one day, 40 years after mom and bio-dad divorced.
Uncle J - Bio-Dad’s brother. Was unsure about contacting me and L after his wife found my information online.
Therapist #1 - Catalyst for me starting to realize I need to address messed up family dynamics in my family. Moved out of country after 2 years seeing her. 2012-2014
Therapist #2 (Dr. D) - 2 years with her was rough and too clinical, but helped me realize the type of care I need. 2015-2017
Therapist #3 - EMDR and trauma specialist. LOVE her. 2017-
Stretch Guy (SG) - The person I will forever be grateful to for recognizing how trauma was affecting my body. Mentor and friend as I move through healing. 2017-
Dr. M - Network Chiropractor. Helping my body release tension. 2018-