Hi! How are you? I feel like we haven’t talked in a while. These last couple weeks have been busy and challenging. I threw my back out about three weeks ago carrying Jackson in his stroller up and down a million subway stairs, and I’ve been varying degrees of immobile since then. Drew’s been working a lot of late evenings recently — coming home after Jackson’s asleep, and our wonderful babysitter who watches Jack three mornings a week (and sometimes more if I need her), has been on vacation for the last eight days. I don’t mean to be all “woe is me,” but it’s been a total bitch trying to care for a very active 10-month-old when my back is out and I don’t have the help I’m used to. I don’t want to jinx anything, but this morning was the first time in three+ weeks I didn’t wake up aching. And so far — it’s only 8:30 am as I write this but I’ve been awake for hours — I haven’t been limping when I walk. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ve turned a corner.
In other news, I got my hair cut yesterday. I know that isn’t terribly exciting — like, at all — but I have spent the last three months growing out a terrible cut and it feels great to actually be able to wear my hair down and not in the ponytail I’ve been sporting all summer. Also! I made a decision three weeks ago that I was tired of feeling fat (I have lost hardly any weight since Jackson was born) and it was time to do something about it. I bought a new bike and rode it two whole times before I screwed up my back. But now that I’m feeling better, I’m hopeful I can get on it again this weekend. That’s not the best part, though. The best part is that I have given up alcohol … well, six days a week, that is. Ok, maybe five. And I have pretty much stopped snacking between meals. And I stop eating by 7 pm. Even though I’ve been basically immobile for three weeks, just making these few changes I’ve managed to lose six pounds so far. My goal was to lose ten by my birthday, which is still three weeks away, so I think I can do it. Then I am going to shoot for ten more by Thanksgiving.
In addition to all that, Drew and I have slowly been tweaking things around the site. We’re cleaning up the design a little bit, and by popular request, we’ve added a search bar at the top right corner. In coming weeks, I’m going to start writing a regular email that you can sign up for. It will contain tips of the day, inspirational quotes, comment of the day (featuring YOU), additional links to interesting articles, personal updates, and other cool stuff. Keep an eye out for more info. Also! By popular demand, mugs are coming! We have one design ready and are working on a second. They’ll be ready for purchase soon.
All this is to say, I’m feeling a renewed sense of energy today. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as we look forward to Jackson’s first birthday in a few weeks, I’m finding more energy to focus on, well, myself a little bit again (which includes this site). I’m committed to getting back in shape and nurturing my new friendships and making this space into what I envisioned for it when I launched it. I got pregnant that very same week and my focus has definitely fallen way more on the “motherhood” side of things, and justifiably so. But after almost 20 months of living with Jackson (counting pregnancy), and adjusting to his presence and the demands of parenthood, I’m beginning to find a little more balance. My focus is still mostly on him (as it should be), but there’s a little more breathing room now. I’m hopeful I may even find energy to do more of the kind of writing that brings me so much fulfillment (like the Alphabet Series), and sharing a bit more of myself with you.
There are more exciting things in store (even more exciting than a haircut, if you can stand it). I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank you for all your support. Thank you for reading the site, thank you for your comments and your emails. Thank you for forwarding links to your friends and sharing posts on Facebook and Twitter, etc. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for using the DW Amazon link when you shop. Thank you for sticking it out through the various growing pains we’ve experienced. It means so much that you spend part of your day or week here out of all the millions of websites you have to choose from. Thank you!
Now: what’s new with you? How has your summer been? How are you feeling? What are you excited about in your life? What do you need support with? Let’s hear it.