I’ve been blogging consistently for around 5 years now, and I thought that nothing would ever slow me down. I posted all the way through my first pregnancy, and started up again a few days after the birth. Bloggers come and go, but I thought I would be posting on an almost-daily basis for the rest of my life. That Wife had become an integral part of who I am. Others dropped their blogs completely, or took long month- or year-long breaks, but I assumed that would never be me.
Then I found out I was pregnant, and went back to school, and we moved across the country (in two parts) and I was so sick. Now I’m months behind in relation to things like categorizing receipts on Mint and answering emails and I haven’t photographed anything Jenna Cole related for months and I miss it so. Every day feels like a race and by the time I put T1 in bed the thought of sitting at my computer and drafting a post feels overwhelming. Instead I’ve been spending more time talking to That Husband when he gets home from work and reading (right now it’s Tomatoland, which is appalling and something you should definitely read).
All of the pictures I’ve been using for my posts lately have been on my phone because that’s just how my life is now. I like this one because it encapsulates the things that have been keeping me so busy: T1, T2 (I’m sleeping around 9-10 hours/night on average), and the picture in the top left corner is something I finished hanging right before I took the picture. Now to tackle the rest of the home decorating, which is very slow going (though I’m not complaining, I love our hardwood floors and being out of an apartment).
Actually, Instagram has turned into a mini-blogging outlet of sorts for me. I’m user @thatwife if you want to see what we’re up to on a daily basis.
Oh, and I’ve been cooking/baking a lot. I pick up our CSA on Friday, menu plan that afternoon/evening, and then do my grocery shopping on Saturday morning. I like the routine. I’ve been tackling/adding recipes from/to our group Cook/Bake This! board. The next thing I need to figure out is some sort of lunch schedule for T1. I’ve been sending him in with leftovers, but when I don’t make dinner the night before (or we don’t have any leftovers left-over) it can be stressful. Anyone have any fantastic Pinterest boards related to packed lunches (bonus points if it’s a board with ideas for preschool lunches (and yes I know about and love Weelicious!))
As usual though, I miss the community when I’m not producing new content. Some of you are pregnant like me (hooray!), and some of you are regular commenters that I haven’t heard from in months. Where are you? What are you doing? What new blog did you find to fill your morning coffee time?
I’m not going to make any promises about what I will or won’t do in the future. Maybe T2′s arrival will mean the end of That Wife forever or at least for a long time (Molly’s posts have helped me realize how incredibly difficult this two-child-with-travelling-husband and no-proximal-family-support thing is going to be). Maybe I will need the outlet and start posting more than ever before. For now I’m not going to beat myself up, and post when it works for me. It’s much better for my stress levels if I don’t let it become a thing. Whatever it is, and however long it lasts, this is my life right now. It’s different than it was, and different than I anticipated but… I’m actually really loving how things are going for me.
I hope you’re feeling the same about your own situation (I mean that, I really do).