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More Miscellany

Well, here is a very random compilation of journal entries from this past week. The first entry I was interrupted by a child and never finished my thought, if it seems to end a bit abrupt.

Also, I am restarting my Drawing-a-Day project now that I am not tired and pregnant, but I am posting via Instagram instead. My username is @melissajogordon

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Out of the woods and into a clearing

Alllllllriggghhht Folks.

It has been forever.  It takes SOO long to do anything when you have a couple of kids, am I right?

I am just trying to make it another 53 days, until M1 begins preschool.  I am about as excited for her as I am for myself.  She is so ready.

For those of you who don’t know me personally or aren’t friends with me on Facebook or Instagram, we had a bit of a scare with M2 a few weeks back, and I am only just finally recovering.  M1 caught a cold and decided to share, which can become pretty serious for a six-week old.  We ended up spending a pretty awful night in the ER (the nurses spent over an hour trying to just get an IV in to administer antibiotics).  So, after a dozen needle pokes (including a spinal tap in his back), x-rays, and a catheter placement, we spent a few days in Pediatrics to be monitored and given IV antibiotics.   I am trying not to panic, but rather be balanced when it comes to safeguarding my kids against germs and letting them explore the world.  The world can be a pretty scary place, but it is also exciting and full of wonder.

Oh, and the verdict was out as to whether or not M2 has a dairy allergy until a few days ago.  He does.  It took a few days of experimenting (i.e.: me eating yogurt and ice-cream) and a few more days of colic and smelly green diapers to recognize the unfortunate truth.  So, so  long pizza and yogurt and soft imported cheeses, we shall meet again, someday.  I’m planning on trying goat cheese in a week or two. Fingers and toes are crossed.  I might even braid my hair.

As far as my art goes, I am still working out when I am going to post all my new prints on my shop, but it should be in the next  month or two.  I am also hoping to begin a new project, work on new prints for the shop, and continue an old project, the El Monte Projects.

I love my kids to pieces, but I can’t wait to get back to work!!!!!!!!!!!!

Current goal: Survive the summer.

 

Hope you all are having a great summer!

 

A little bit lighter

We’re back!
I wish I were that diligent blogger, posting minutes after the baby is born an article with amazing photos and charming dialogue of the event. Or perhaps, the blogger who purposely chooses to “savor the moment,” intentionally waiting to blog until the big event has past. The truth is, well, we did get some decent photos, and we did bask in the wonder that is childbirth, but the real reason I haven’t blogged anything for over a month now is because I am freaking exhausted.

That being said, the shop is now up once again and here is some eye candy of our precious new “M2” (aka: Monster #2)
Theodore “Teddy” Lawrence James Gordon

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A Bit Belated, Bemused, Busy, and well, Bloated

A quick little blip of a post, I know I am overdue.

I was up all night with a sick/teething? toddler.  She now is asleep in the bed next to me.  All I can say is, good, get those teeth in before #2 comes!

We’re officially about 95% moved into our place, and out of all our other places (storage units, living spaces, etc.).  We’re donating an entire closetful worth of books, clothes, kitchenware, and other odds and ends, not to mention the pounds of paper being recycled from all the artwork I’ve saved over the years.  It feels good to cleanse ourselves of all that baggage.  (Especially most of the really bad art I made while in graduate school!)

Of course we didn’t throw away everything.  And it feels good to be surrounded by the friendly faces of our books and other memorabilia.  In fact, I am finding it quite inspirational.  I love our color-coded bookshelves (an idea pirated from friends back in Colorado…much to the demise of certain librarian types who wish all books to be arranged in the Dewey Decimal System, or other such nonsense).

And I finally get to “nest”.  Madelyne has never had her own room, so I never got to decorate a nursery for her.  I am having so much fun putting together the little room she will share with her brother.  Not to mention, all of the beautiful things that have been saved from her baby shower that are now being hung up on the walls.  (Pictures to come soon).

Anyways, I have been working as hard as a woman with a toddler, in her third-trimester can work, getting the house in shape so I can update my shop before the impending arrival of #2.  (Yes, I know I may be crazy–what if my shop takes off right after I have my baby ?? –All I can say to this is: If that is the case, bring it. I am ready for the challenge).

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Houseful of Hopeful

Well, I’ve been busy again, working hard behind the scenes, and hopefully I will be able to share some new things with you soon.  I also have been redesigning some of the aesthetics of my shop’s and blog’s appearance.  So…watch out!  As far as the baby goes: Yep, I am still pregnant.  I just had a doctor’s appointment and everything sounded/looked normal.  Teddy has been kicking up a storm, which I appreciate, despite the rib kicks and bladder stomping, it signifies to me that he is alive in there and getting strong.  We also scheduled the C-section (Miss Madelyne was breech) for May 15th.  I’ve considered the idea of having a VBAC, but my husband would probably have a heart attack.  Plus, at the end of the day, it is nice to have that date up on the calendar.  So, 77 days to go!

No new news on the job hunt for my husband, but we are vigilant and confident someone will be swept up by his charm and wit.  I know I sure was…  🙂  It is only a matter of time.

Also, I have been seriously researching on how to make my shop more successful/get more views, so I am hopeful that with adding new items and making some small changes, there might be some boost in sales.  Fingers crossed.  If there is one thing I know about myself, it is that I am persistent, and I know how to work at getting what I want, even if it takes time.  I’m pretty sure I am digging my heels on this one.

As far as housing goes, we are still looking.  In fact, we are looking at a place tonight.  Craigslist is a bloody nightmare between all of the housing scams and overpriced apartment complexes.  Every now and then a good place pops up, and I try and respond as quickly as possible, but I’ve been beaten to the punch a few times.  This time, I caught the rental listing 36 minutes after he posted it, and we are going to view it tonight.  Hopefully it is what we are looking for and there is nobody ahead of us so I can stop be a Craigslist troll.

So, here is a semi-spotty, phone photo of me and my belly smiling in fear right before heading to a yoga class.  (Yes, I was successful, although my arms almost died from all the downward dogs, I was still able to bind in side angle pose, which boosted my confidence).

Have a great week!

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