Where Did the Last Year Go?

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Oh my goodness. Have I really been gone for so long? It seems as though time has flown by while my blog sits here gathering dust.

Of course, I had a few good excuses for my year-long hiatus. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the groove of writing again, but it may still be a while before I can manage consistent posts.

So what have I been up to over the past year?

My Husband Won an Emmy

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll give you a brief glimpse into my personal life. My husband Chris is an awesome animator. During April of last year, he finished his final college project, “The Ghost Next Door.” He put a lot of heart, soul, and hard work into his adorable animation, and it definitely shows in his work.

If you’d to watch the video, here it is:

After finishing his project, Chris submitted the video to several film competitions, including the Student Emmys. He was invited to the award ceremony, and we traveled to California to attend the gala. I came along for the adventure, and I felt like a movie star during the event.

His animation took third place, and he received a trophy for his efforts.

I Got Pregnant

About the same time as the Student Emmys, I found out I was pregnant. I ended up going on the trip during the early stages of my pregnancy, so I got to enjoy all the motion sickness that airplanes and horrible roads had to offer. (Seriously, California, get your act together. Your traffic is terrible.)

Chris and Jenni pregnancy announcement

For the first few months, I had awful morning sickness. Fortunately, a friendly neighbor recommended that I take a combination of vitamin B6 and Unisom, and low and behold, it did the trick. I could function like a regular person again.

Over the next few months, I gained a lot of weight, had healthy check-ins with my family doctor, and discovered I was having a little girl! So exciting!

My Husband Changed Jobs

During the first half of the year, Chris worked as a motion graphics animator for an advertising company. He did not enjoy working for the industry, and he disliked the projects his boss frequently assigned him.

Fortunately, Chris’ work on the “Ghost Next Door” earned him some recognition. He had several job offers, and he chose the job that suited him best, a 3D modeling job that allowed him to work from home. It was a major shift for us, but it was definitely one for the better.

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We had to make a few adjustments to our apartment so Chris would have room to work with his VR equipment and so I would still have room to do my freelance writing and blogging. But even with some maneuvering, we still had a hard time fitting all our computers and nursery items into our tiny apartment.

We Bought a House

It took a lot of work with our realtor to find a property that fit within our budget and our space requirements. We needed room for both of our offices, for a nursery, and for our dog to run around.

frankie the papillon

Eventually we settled on a lovely townhouse. It had three bedrooms: one master and two smaller bedrooms which we now use as nursery and a guest bedroom. It has two small living rooms, one of which we use as an office for Chris. The master bedroom was big enough to keep my desk, so it doubled as an office for me.

Better still, it has an itty bitty backyard for Frankie, and that yard opens up to a playground for Lily. The playground opens up even further into a lot of great walking paths, so now I don’t have any excuse to go outside.

And did I mention the flowers?

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I’m not sure who put these lovelies here, but I can’t get enough of the tulips outside our door. It might not be a forever home, but I look forward to living here for a long time.

I Had a Baby

At the end of November, I started having contractions. Unfortunately, those contractions weren’t enough to for a hospital stay, so I received a morphine shot and went home again until the contractions got stronger.

On December 1, 2016, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and named her Lily. She has my eyes, Chris’ toes, and a smile that seems to go on for miles.

lily baby

I love my little bee to the moon and back, but I seriously underestimated the amount of time I’d spend tending to her needs. I always assumed that I’d keep on writing during her naps, that she’d sleep beautifully, and that I’d continue to earn a steady income after my maternity leave.

But it turns out that my munchkin won’t nap unless I hold her, and she doesn’t nap for more than an hour or so at a time. Additionally, Lily still doesn’t sleep solidly through the night, so I’m lucky if I can string a few coherent sentences together, let alone blog on a regular basis.

Now What?

I’m taking it easy and learning more about my little girl and myself as I embark on my latest life adventure. Lily is slowly getting the hang of napping and sleeping through the night, and I’m figuring out how to balance motherhood with household chores, personal fitness, hobbies, and my relationship with my husband.

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Over the next few months, I hope to post sporadically. But if you need a tiny fix of Jennibeemine in between posts, check out my Tumblr account at Jennibeemine.tumblr.com. I like to post photos of my mini adventures there because it only takes a minute or two to update things.

Thank you for your patience! I look forward to your comments, thoughts, and ideas.

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