Tuesday, May 19, 2015

facebook page


I created a Facebook page for my Etsy shop

I'll be trying to post over here occasionally, but I will keep the Facebook page completely up to date.  If you're interested in keeping up with my shop, please visit the page and follow it! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

etsy shop reopening

Hello hello!  It's only been a year and a half since my last post...  Obviously there are many new things to say, but the main thing is that I'm reopening my etsy shop!  I'm dipping my toes into the water by renewing a couple of items from long ago.  5 years ago, to be exact.  Time is so strange.  These pictures were taken in a house I no longer live in, before I had a baby or any concrete plans of becoming pregnant.  Now I have a three and a half year old kid bouncing around the house!  And yet it feels to me that I only took these pictures a few months ago.

To sum it up with a quote from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, "Everything is different, but the same... things are more moderner than before... bigger, and yet smaller... it's computers..."



These two skirts aren't exactly in season for anyone in the northern hemisphere, but I had to start somewhere easy, and renewing the items I still have is as easy as it gets!  If you are a very small size and live on the bottom half of the world, you're in luck!  I pondered these skirts in a blog post way back when.  I was smaller than I am now, and they were still too tight on my body... yet I considered keeping them.  I'll just say that comfort rates much higher on my list of priorities these days, so there's no point in keeping them.

This shop reopening is sparked by the fact that Audrey will be starting preschool two days a week in the fall.  I'm so looking forward to some time to myself, and I plan to start adding new items to the shop!!  

If you're one of my readers from the good old days, please leave a comment and let me know what you're up to!  I've missed you all.

Friday, October 25, 2013

we meet again...

Well, this is awkward.  I did that thing again: that thing where I abandon my blog for about a year...  Oops!  There seems to be a pattern: one year off, one year on, always beginning in autumn.  Maybe I just need to accept that there will be breaks -- it happens to the best of us. Sometimes I just get burnt out on having a public blog (no matter how small the audience) and need to hibernate for a while.

So what have I been up to?  Last time I posted, Audrey had turned one and was just beginning to walk.  Now we're counting down the days until her second birthday, and she does so much more than that.  I don't even know where to begin, but I guess I could start with the fact that she basically speaks in complete sentences now.  She is a charming little toddler!  She sings, dances, climbs everything in sight, and is extremely lovable (and mischievous).

As for myself, I was extremely depressed last winter.  Finally, in February of this year, I saw a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with social anxiety and a mood disorder... I began taking medication which has been AMAZING.  Things improved so, so much.  Honestly, social anxiety and mood swings have been a part of my life for over a decade.  But I always found a way to cope, until I had Audrey.  I'm not sure if I ever let it show, but I had extreme Postpartum Depression.  This went undiagnosed for over a year.  I constantly tried to rationalize what I was feeling as "normal mom stuff," but now any time I look at one of those lists of PPD symptoms, I can't even believe that I had myself and everyone else fooled.  Anyway, all that is to say that things were rough for a while, but they got better.  Like everyone in the world, I am a work in progress.

What else?  I've made a couple of real-life mom friends that I see fairly regularly for play dates.  I'm an admin for a fairly large group of moms on Facebook, which takes up a lot of my time.  We can call it "volunteer" work, but mostly it's just fun and incredibly fulfilling to be a part of something so big.  I've also found a really soft spot in my heart for helping people, and have begun setting up fundraisers for members of our group when they hit tough times.  It feels amazing to help people.  (Hey, who knew?!) I've also been doing yoga on a semi-regular basis for most of this year.  I really love it, and hope to be a little more consistent with my practice.

So now I'm just enjoying the amazing fall weather and our little family.  I'll throw some current pictures in here to entertain you... and hopefully be back soon with more to say!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I owe you...

WOW, I am possibly the laziest blogger ever.  Managed to skip right over my baby's first birthday and Christmas!  First steps, too - she is walking now!  But as you can imagine, things have been busy.  It hasn't been my top priority to update here.

Here's a little collage of Audrey's first 12 months.  Is it just me, or has she looked about the same from birth?  I think it's the lack of hair.  But she's so much bigger.  In the first year she grew 10 inches and nearly tripled her weight!  She is my tiny giant.

And now... a video of Audrey devouring a cupcake!!  Enjoy. 

Alarmingly, looking through all of these nostalgic baby photos is making me want another kid.  Aaah!  This is how they get you!  You can't see all the sleep deprivation in the happy photos.  :)

I'll try to come back soon and catch up even further!  But to be honest, I've been much better about keeping my Facebook account updated with photos, videos and updates.  It's a little embarrassing.  If anyone would like to keep in touch with me there, let me know!  You will definitely get to see more timely pictures.  This birthday stuff is over a month old!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

baby's birthday checklist

Balloons: Check!

Pumpkin cupcakes: Check!

Sweet baby girl on the verge of being a year old: Check!
Tomorrow is Audrey's first birthday.  A year ago exactly, I was already in bed, trying unsuccessfully to get a good night's sleep, knowing I would meet my daughter the next day.  A year ago exactly, this little person didn't exist outside of my body.  I'm so proud that we made it through this first year; it has definitely been monumental.

Robert's family will be here with us tomorrow, celebrating Thanksgiving and Audrey's birthday! 

Note: that last picture is actually a few weeks old... Our big tree has lost most of its leaves now, and Audrey has outgrown that shirt!  Things change so quickly.