Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Merge Slowly Onto Freeway

I feel a bit like the driver in this car these days:

I know I have the strength to merge onto the Blogger Freeway with you wonderful ladies, I just find myself hitting the breaks lately. But I love to drive, and I want to get out of the 35 mph zone and get back to cruising at 65 mph, so I'm putting on my blinker (I'm a polite driver!) and asking that you kindly let me in...

Ahh, that's better. Now I can put the top down ('cause I gotta be in a convertible) and I'm gonna crank up the tunes and rock on down the road. I'd follow you ladies anywhere!

So while I haven't switched to being a Mini-Van-Mom, a certain tiny little passenger in my auto-mo-bile has required that I run a Full Service Station. And I've found that I quite enjoy being a full-time grease monkey.

And being a full-time grease monkey has obviously put other things on hold. Like life. But the funny thing goes on. Whadya know?! I never knew how much I could cram into a 2-3 hour period (length between a filler-up). And those 2-3 hours go faster than they did pre-Mr. O Man. So just in the past week...I have gotten LIFE back in some sort of order. Bills paid, rooms cleaned, laundry put away and most importantly: finished the nursery. For the first month and a half of his life, we have had a path to the crib and a path to the changing table. Mucho clutter of baby-stuff covered the rest of the room. Now mucho clutter is all in its place-and makes a happy JJ and Mook. I'm sure the O-man is glad to have a proper room too. In fact, I just asked him and this is the reaction I got:

I know some of you will say-ALL that can WAIT, spend time with your child. I promise, I spend precious moments that turn into hours just staring at this precious boy. And now that I do feel organized, I am able to spend that much more time with him. Organization is my middle name. All must be in its place, and then all is right with the world. Hallelujah.

Even the mundane task of moving all my blog subscriptions from Bloglines to Google Reader is complete, and I feel like I can get back to actual blog reading and commenting--what a concept! And yet it brings me such joy to have all my categories in place and updates galore to read. Now I just need to work on giving my blog a face lift...

Since I couldnt get my thoughts together in time for O-man's 2 month b-day, I will have to combine that with his 3 month update in 2 weeks...yea, just typing that seems impossible. How can he almost be 3 months already?

And just a funny side note, I seem to be having issues with POST pregnancy cravings. I never really had strong cravings (other than liquids) so its not helping me shed the extra pounds when all I want to eat are these:

Ahh, Krispy Kreme...such a love/hate relationship.

And just a few other random updates, since I have asked for opinions/suggestions in posts-past. I ended up getting this diaper bag:
Its a JJ Cole--and it really has been great to carry his necessities plus serve as my purse. I have kept bigger items in a canvas tote in the back of my car, and that has cut down on the amount I need to carry. I love the fact that it's a messenger bag-I can sling it over my shoulder and grab his carrier in one swift motion.

I decided to return to work part-time. Im very grateful that my boss was willing to work with me-we are both testing it out until mid summer to make sure it's working for both of us. There was just no way I was ready to leave O man yet...and so its worked out well that I can work from home with occasional trips to the office. As I said, I am diggin' being a full time grease monkey...

And lastly, but certainly not least, I am so excited that I will be going to New York City in early June to meet an incredibly special friend, who I've come to call my sister across the pond: Bee Cee! We are spending five glorious-girl-days in the Big Apple, and I can't wait! As many of us say time and time again, while we wouldn't choose to battle infertility, the special bonds we form in its shadows are built out of steel!

And as this community continues to support those experiencing loss and celebrating with those who feel joy, I am so incredibly grateful to be able to merge back onto the freeway where I know I'd be welcome.......even without using my blinker.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sockin' It To Me!

Computer time/blogging has taken a backseat in the recent months-and Ive missed it terribly. So when I happened to check the Lost and Found one day, I saw that one of my favoritest bloggers was doing a fabulous thing: a Sock Exchange! I thought it was the perfect way for me to get reconnected and participate in yet another wonderful thing this community does for each other.

My kick-ass socks (literally!) came from the lovely Melissa. She picked a very positive and uplifting pair of socks for me: she said, "Since you kicked IF's butt, I thought these were perfect..."

First, I LOVE the thought behind them. Second, I love that they are knee socks--and they dont cut off my circulation! So many knee highs are uncomfortable--but these are divine. I have worn them so much already! Thanks so much Melissa! Im so glad to have found a new blog buddy as well!

Can you see why they are KICK-ass? The ninjas remind me that we battled infertility and were blessed with the precious O-man.

I also was able to connect with another new blog buddy, Sarah, since she was my sock-buddy. I sent her a pair to remind her that we are all here for each other even on the rainy days...

I've thought A LOT about Kym's other request in the explain what this community means to me. To try and get it all in this one post would be impossible. I started this blog 2 years ago when Mook and I had just received the most devastating news...that we had a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant. I found myself diving into Google to try and find something, anything to make me feel less alone. And boy did I ever...I found one blog, then another, then another...and before I knew it, I was wrapped in the arms of so many amazing women who knew exactly how I was feeling.

I couldn't imagine the past 2 years of my life without this community--I am so grateful for the love and support I receive--and that Im able to offer in return. The warm fuzzies runneth over!