Two Good Reasons

Hello Blogosphere — how the heck have you been?  If you’ve been following this blog (Anyone….anyone?) you’ll notice that I’ve taken an extended absence.  Now, I’ve noticed that other bloggers tend to apologize for falling off.  But I won’t be a cliche.  I’m not going to apologize for disappearing.  No, I’m going to make excuses instead.  I’ve had two reasons for not blogging since last winter.  Two darn good reasons, if you ask me.

The first reason:  This cute and cuddly little munchkin here, Baby Z, born on September 6th! Omega -- Day 1 (For blogging purposes, her nickname will be “Omega,” for not only does her name start with the last letter of the alphabet, but she is indeed the last if you catch my drift.)  I had her at home, which was an amazing experience and one that I will need to explore further in a later post. Omega with K and big sisters  We spent a lot of time before Omega got here stepping up our house game a little bit. Some of it even involved outside contractors (!) which was definitely a new experience for me.  We had to move Mamacita out of the nursery and in with Sunny and Snaggle and seriously needed to maximize our storage.  We had some electrical work done, added shelves, knocked out a wall in a closet.  I should give K most of the credit.  When I got into my nesting mania, he stayed calm and cool and just got it done.  He also found and dealt with most of the contractors too (he even found one in the aisles of Home Depot and brought him home one day — that’s the guy who did our closet.)  I still want to put in some finishing touches to the girls’ room too.

The second reason:  My cute and cuddly ABC Quiet book!  I finally finished it.

ABC Quiet Book - Title Page

This is a picture of Snaggle helping me with the title page. More photos of the actual book to come.

I originally started this book around 2008 for Snaggle.  I finished about 8 pages or so and then realized how much of a commitment it would be to cover the entire alphabet…I don’t think it dawned on me that 26 letters meant 26 pages, 26 unique designs, 52 letters to trace and cut and sew, 26 pictures, 26 activities with some intricate sewing involved, you get the idea.  And I was a beginning sewer at the time. Ultimately I got overwhelmed and my momentum petered out. But ironically, it was Omega who gave me the motivation to start again.  I figured I’d need something to keep Mamacita busy while I dealt with a new baby.  Plus, now I’d know I’d have someone in the pipeline to play with after Mamacita, so it would get some use over time.

Lo and behold, I delivered both these babies at roughly the same time.  I literally finished the book a few days before Omega made her arrival. Good thing she came 10 days late!

Omega - sleepingNeedless to say, I also found out how difficult it is to blog regularly while working full-time, being pregnant/caring for a newborn, parenting other kids, and finishing projects to feature on said blog.  So I fell off.  I lost my vision for a moment.  I’ll forgive myself for it.  And like a phoenix, I’ll rise out of the ashes to blog again.  Okay, that’s corny and a bit melodramatic.  A better metaphor is that like a hooptie fresh out of the auto repair shop, I’ll keep on pushing.  There’s no guarantee that I won’t break down on the side of the road again, but I’ll keep on going until I can refuel.  Or recharge my battery.  Or get a new engine.  You get the idea….

Plus, January is the best time for fresh starts, isn’t it?  My goal is to blog “regularly” but to keep it manageable.  That might mean once or twice a month folks, less regularly than the superstar bloggers of the world, but it’ll be the best I can do.

Stay posted for more on the Quiet Book and the home birth.

By the way, Snaggle is called Snaggle because her initials are S.N.A.G.  But she actually really is a snaggle tooth now, so the name is even more appropriate:Snaggle!

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