Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rebranding

I hate that I have been MIA - from both here and CaringBridge, but especially here,  my blog.  I think about blogging frequently but when the end of the day comes I never get around to it.  I want to get back to blogging because it has been such a good outlet for me for may years, and it satisfies my "inner writer".

I expect it will be a slow come-back... between the usual busy life we lead, add in tax preparation and sorting/tagging some 200-ish items for consignment next week, plus a volunteer shift.

I am starting with rebranding my blog.  I've thought about starting a new blog but for many reasons I don't want to do that.  I have renamed my blog to My Amazing Ella, also my new Twitter handle.

The blog will be primarily focused on Ella and being a new(ish) mommy of a micro-preemie.  I will, of course, write about being a Single Mom by Choice (SMC - the original focus of this blog) and infertility (the focus of this blog for two years).  I believe that my infertility and determination to be a SMC were instrumental in  developing me as a good micro-preemie mommy.

I haven't figured out whether I will update the URL to the new blog name or leave it as is.  It will be a pain to update as it will break links for those of you who still have my blog on your blogroll.

You may have noticed I turned off Anonymous commenting.  It pained me to do that and I debated it a long time as there are a number of you out there who have commented anonymously with wonderful & powerful words.  Unfortunately the spam just got unbearable and since captcha is just awful... it seemed to be the "best" solution at the time.  I may revisit it in the future.

Posts will still be sporadic for a while... I need to figure out if it's my ISP or my wi-fi device that doesn't transmit a signal all the way to my bedroom. I would probably get to read/post more if I could bring my laptop to bed.

I'm beginning to plan for Ella's first birthday... less than 5 weeks away!  But just the thought of her birthday brings back so many difficult memories from that time.  I want to be able to blog about it... for my own therapeutic reasons.

Until my next post, I'll leave you with some photos...  She does smile, I promise!  When you take the camera (iPhone) out for a photo... let's just say she's camera-shy, for now.

Taken at the end of February by my sister who was visiting.  We were at the hospital for the first time in 2 months waiting on lab work.


Yeah... a helmet AND eyepatch (2 hours a day).  She's a pro at taking off that patch!

SuperBowl Sunday



Dreaded tummy time with her favorite book.


20 comments:

  1. I can't believe she is nearly a year already, crazy how fast time has gone by (at least from the outsider's point of view).

    Her helmet has such a cute pattern on it, I have seen some really ugly ones. Looking good Ella!

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    1. Thanks! Except for the last couple of months, it's actually been the longest year of my life... but I'm still not ready for her to be a 1 year old... crazy!

      A local artist paints lots of helmets in town for a reasonable fee. I just gave her design ideas and she went with it. SOOO much better than the standard medical white!

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  2. She is rocking that helmet! Love the decorations. Holy Cow that her birthday is 5 weeks away...whoa.

    The Terriversaries can be rough, especially the first time through. Many hugs.

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  3. Congrats on meeting that one year milestone! You've done such a great job!

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  4. She can't be a year already. Where does the time go?
    I agree, she rocks that helmet!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Where does the time go? I can't believe yours are THREE!!!

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  5. Awww she's so cute - both with her eye patch and helmet and without. What a sweetie. Glad to hear from you - I can imagine how tired you must be at the en of the day. I look forward to reading posts whenever you find the time/energy. Would love to hear what you guys have been up to.

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    1. Thanks Kristina! I'm so behind on my blog reading, I hope you are well.

      Actually most nights I have to force myself to wind down and get to bed. There's always something that needs to be done...

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  6. Glad you are back to your blog! I think about blogging every day, except I never got around to putting in the first entry (yet)!

    It really is hard to believe our babies are almost a year. I won't forget Ella's entrance, just a few days after our boys. I had everything crossed that you would have a happy ending - and little Miss Ella is a miracle! I know the road ahead won't be easy, but I will be here rooting for you both!

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    1. Blogging is therapeutic... I am accepting that I have to let go of my writing/editing standards (i.e. lots of time spent on posts) in order to get any posts out.

      I won't forget where YOU were this time last year, in the hospital for so many weeks just trying to get the boys to viability, then beyond!

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  7. So glad you posted! What a year you've had! How is it almost Ella's birthday already?

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  8. Its good to hear from you - have been thinking about you and Ella. She looks really great and happy 1st birthday!

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  9. I LOVE the new title!! I can't believe it haas been almost a year already!!

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  10. I am so thrilled to hear from you! It might not seem like it should be a year, but when I look at the calendar, wow!!!! Ella looks fabulous. I just hope that you are remembering to take care of yourself also.

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  11. Can't blame you for turning off the anonymous commenting.

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  12. I love the photo of her with tummy time. Great to see you back and blogging...whatever its name!! One year?? Wow...

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  13. You and Ella are always in my thoughts and prayers! I am so glad to see you posting and look forward to more.

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