Since When Is Life Allowed To Get In The Way Of Blogging?

I know I dropped off the face of the Internet. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and only the occasional Instagram.

I know! I feel bad, I promise, especially since I've completely lost touch with a few friendships that had been kept up through Twitter, blogging meetups, etc, and I really do miss you ladies!

If you look at my house, it doesn't look like I've been busy. A couple weeks ago Jeff finally got fed up with the Valentine's wreath in the front room, and took it down. My Spring wreaths are still up in the kitchen. The 4th of July wreath is on the front door. My spray-painted-but-not-assembled summer wreath project needs to be packed away to do next year. I've got some cute glittery and washi-ed pumpkins on my kitchen windowsill, but they're just piled there because I haven't arranged them yet.

But I've been busy.

Belly pic

Keepin' it real with no makeup and a self-portrait phone picture!

I can't believe it… I'm 24 weeks, 2 days pregnant! (For those too mommy-brained to do the math, I'm due January 20th!) (Also: This may not be as much of a surprise to anyone who saw me at the Daybreak Blogger House thing [I had been wearing maternity jeans for 3 weeks at that point], or who have been seeing what I pin on Pinterest…) I've got an adorable baby bump, which I love, but this kid is kicking my butt (among other things). This has been a rough pregnancy for me so far—not nearly as rough as it could be, and for that I'm very grateful, but my joints really don't appreciate being pregnant. I've had back and hip pain that occasionally makes me want to scream (or cry). I've been carrying around this thing for the last couple weeks…


…because I have some days when I can barely walk to the bathroom WITH the cane.

But I'm so grateful to be pregnant, and to be past one of the big viability hurdles! I'm so grateful that Jeff has been so patient with my mood swings (which haven't been as bad this time around) and with my physical incompetence. I'm grateful that Nathan is so excited to be a big brother—and I hope that excitement sticks around when he's no longer an only child!

I honestly have no idea if I will be able to keep up with doing actual projects. I do almost all of my crafting after Nathan goes to bed, and usually by then my hips are DONE, and all I can manage is vegeing out to Netflix. I have so many partial things going on that I started after the nausea left (at around 13 weeks) and before the back/hip pain kicked in (at around 15 weeks) or that I started on my good days. I think I've got enough energy to get back into meal planning, finish my fall decorating, and finish the strip quilt I started for the baby… Just not at the pace of 2-4 posts a week! But, I do miss blogging, and now that I can allow myself to let the cat out of the bag, I hope I can ease my way back into this space. Hey, maybe I'll repost some things from my personal blog I kept with my first pregnancy…

P.S. This is how we announced the gender, at a family reunion in August. I love how the shirt turned out! I'll try to post details another time.

Nathan in his Baby Sister shirt

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I'm a working, crafting, loving, baking, home improving Mamma, trying to make my corner of the world better. I also happen to write a lot about my little boy, because I think he's fantastically hilarious!


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