Remember when I used to blog? No? Me neither.
It's been quiet chez Amelie, hence there's not really been much to write about. Thought it would be a nice idea to update this place once every few months though, yes? Yes.
- D is now almost 16 months old. We celebrated his birthday back in June with family and got him a ball bit as a present. He loved it for a while, then realised it's far more fun to throw all the balls out and watch everyone rushing to pick them up than it is to actually play with them :P
- I've started a separate 'mommy blog' - if you want to call it that - where my parenty ramblings go. My intention was to keep this place a bit more separate, but since there's not a great deal else happening, it's kind of resulted in a flood of activity there and nothing here. Might have to fix that at some point. In any case, if you want parenty stuff, here you go (warning: contains fairly uncensored talk about boobs and nappies and whatnot. Might want to give it a skip if you're eating or something).
- Oh, and there's also the small matter of D's impending sibling, due in late December. Yep. Weren't expecting that, now were you? It's going well so far; very little icky sickness or anything like that, so that's good.
Otherwise, yeah, pretty quiet here. Time is a thing I've forgotten how to have, and any I do have seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. It's all good fun though :)
In my last entry, I mentioned my pregnancy which, at the time, was still in its very early stages. It wasn't the easiest pregnancy to start with; I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (aka severe morning sickness) and spent much of the first 5 months or so bedridden (and, at one point, in hospital). Fun and games, I tell you. By mid-January, all that finally started to clear up and I was able to start enjoying life again, woo.
Nothing much happened between then and my due date, which was 28th May - several other people who were due around the same time as me had their babies and mine stayed put. I didn't mind too much - other than the random hot weather making things uncomfortable, it was not difficult to deal with for the most part. So imagine my surprise (well, I knew what was coming, but thought it might be a while off yet) when I went into labour on Friday 1st June. I'd known for a while that baby was facing back to back; I was warned that this makes for difficult labours and that I should do my best to get baby turned around, so had been bouncing on a birth ball and doing various exercises for weeks in preparation, but it seems none of that worked :(
So yep, back-to-back-baby labour is extremely painful :P I was assured baby would turn in labour, but that didn't happen either - so after 18 hours of mucho pain (and no pain relief until 7cm dilated too - go me! Not by choice, mind...), I had to have some assistance. Our son was eventually born by forceps delivery (not a c-section, which the hospital threatened a few times. YAY) on Saturday 2nd June :)
A week later, this parenting thing is definitely taking some getting used to. I have lost track of days, times, people, things... My life has become a cycle of feeding, changing nappies and grabbing a nap when I can. Yes, this is typical of being a new parent; I fully expected it and am happy(ish. :P) to do it. What I wasn't expecting was the fact that D is a very fussy feeder, and that my recovery from the delivery is very slow going. Both of which are causing frustration at a time when it is really not needed, but with the help of some specialists the former should hopefully be sorted soon and the latter... Well, I'll just have to wait on that one.
I'm just happy to have my little family home and am looking forward to what life has in store for us all :)
It's been quiet around here recently, hasn't it?
So as the title suggests, there have also been a few changes around here. Most notably, the name/URL/domain/thing. Due to an unfortunate translation issue with my last domain (I had no idea how many French pervs there were in the world, trust me), I was kind of put off using that URL until I thought of a suitable replacement. So here it is - amelierosalyn.com. I'd been using that name for a while now anyway (as well as the old one, because I was lazy and couldn't be bothered changing everything round) but the change is now permanent. You can keep using the old one until the domain expires (March or April, I think) but after that plz2be using new one, thanking you most kindly. The feed URL has also changed - if you were subscribed to the old one via its Feedburner URL then you'll need to resubscribe. Otherwise, if you're using the
/feed URL you should be redirected automatically (apologies if all my old entries are showing up as unread - they haven't changed!). I am aware of some issues with the title/search blending into each other a bit in some browsers, working on that... ;)
The other major change is in me. My focus had changed somewhat in the past year or so, but nothing to how it's changed in the past few months: I'm currently expecting my first child, and am going through what has thus far not been an easy pregnancy. So yes, blogging and website stuff haven't exactly been my priority of late, and probably won't be for a while now; if I do pick up the pace then it's likely the tone of the site will change. I'm not apologising for that - I've changed as a person and am not the person I was 10 years ago when I started this site (in its earliest version, many domains ago) nor am I even the same person I was a year ago when I began this version of the site. I only have to look at how much Jem went through with her daughter to see how priorities and entire lives change once there's a little one in your life. But to be honest, I can't wait for the change. I know you can never completely plan for these things, nor ever be really, completely, ready for the total changes that come your way, but I'm at a point in life where I feel that these changes are not unwelcome.
With that you might be wondering about a few things... So here's a quick little FAQ thing:
What's happening to PHPAskIt/Askably/whatever you've called it now?
Good question. I haven't decided yet. I have moved development over from Google Code to Github and have changed everything to use the GPL license, so if anyone would like to contribute to, or take over the project, they can do so. Note that as I haven't fully decided what is going on yet, I may or may not change my decision here.
Why Amelie Rosalyn? Is that your surname?
No, it's my middle name. And why that... well why not?
Will you turn into a 'mommy blogger'?
I generally feel that children have no place on the internet and would not feel comfortable discussing my child's life on my blog. After all, children haven't asked to have their lives shared and I for one would feel very uncomfortable knowing my mother discussed my early life online. However, who knows what the future will bring? I have changed a lot in a short space of time already, so who's to say I won't change further in a few months?
So there you have it; and here's to whatever's next in life. :)
Edit: Thanks for the reports about the broken comments... Fixed now!