When Laurel found out that she would give birth to her first child at an overseas military base, she was elated! Although she was committed to choreographing a local production of Mary Poppins in her third trimester, she thought her pregnancy, having started smoothly, would be run-of-the-mill. However, Laurel’s on-base OBGYN clinic recommended inducing Laurel due to blood pressure concerns.
Her baby made a fast, exciting, and healthy entrance into the world after 38 weeks of travel and dance adventures in the womb. Tiny Marguerite was born stubborn and perfect in under 14 hours. Laurel, Dave, and Margo ended up back in Urgent Care three short days later when Laurel developed preeclampsia. Luckily for them, the hospital was at the edge of their neighborhood and a 2 minute drive away. Laurel never pictured a global pandemic, postpartum preeclampsia, and being separated from family for months as part of her birth story but can confidently say that the road to motherhood was anything but dull.
Laurel Simon Bio
Laurel Simon is a former professional dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and stagehand who currently spends her days singing musical soundtracks to her daughter at home. The wife of an Air Force pilot, she has lived in various U.S. cities and counts Seattle as the top contender for hometown. Marguerite is her first child; she and her husband also have a lovable Sheltie pup and an irascible cat. Laurel’s public-facing account is @Sheltie_in_place_pup on Instagram. It features their dog and his adventures, with occasional human appearances.
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