It's true. I'm not dead. Just recovering from two months of near-constant craziness. First came the birth of my beautiful daughter, now two months old. Pics:
Calm, restful Allegra
Pensive, slightly-amused Allegra
Everyone knows how wonderful and terrifying the first months with a newborn are. Luckily, our baby is pretty easy. She sleeps dutifully at night, getting up twice to eat and going right back to sleep afterwards. During the day, she rarely cries without a reason. In other words, we totally lucked out. I've heard the horror stories—why do people choose to share their nightmares AFTER you get pregnant, when it's too late??—and we definitely got lucky with this one.
When she was four weeks old, things were going so well that we decided to shake things up and move. True--I was insane to try this with a newborn, but it had to be done. If you've hung around The Bookshelf long enough, you've heard me complain about my old house (see post on Becca's Nerdery) and neighborhood. Our new house is on an acre lot with tons of trees and greenery. I can no longer spit on my neighbor's house, a state of affairs we both find appealing. Lots of people in this area have horses and other livestock, which I think is awesome; on a still morning, you can hear donkeys braying from one street over.
The one bad thing about moving to the sticks is there's only one hi-speed internet provider for the area. Apparently, this company is aware of its monopoly status because it took them four weeks to hook up our internet. They didn't seem to think this was a big deal. No big deal. No TV or internet for four weeks WITH a newborn to rock and feed most of the day, and having no TV or internet is no big deal. I'm not normally a vengeful person, but I considered gifting the downtown service station with a barrage of Flaming Bags o' Poo (courtesy of the donkeys). Now that I have TV and internet, though, I have better things to do.
So…that's why I've been awol lately. Baby, move, crappy internet service provider. But I'm back now and ready to rock (both figuratively and literally). See you all around the blog!