I'm ALIVE!!!

Though that was never really in doubt.  I have had an incredibly crazy last 9 months.  Here's the main reason:

This lovely lady is Eleanor Octavia!   Here she is awake:
 And having some yogurt:

And reading a book a few months ago:

She was due to be born at the end of May but she just couldn't wait to meet us.  She decided to show up 10 weeks early on St. Patrick's Day!  She weighed all of 2 pounds 12 ounces but other than being so small she was very healthy.  She was on oxygen in the NICU for about a week but after that just got better and better.  After 7 weeks hanging out there, she was able to come home. The doctors, nurses, and specialists were all so amazing and gave Eleanor, and us, such great care.  We're so thankful for them!
Here we are on the day we finally go to come home!

It's been amazing and exhausting.  I started a new full-time job in August so that made everything even more crazy; it threw our whole schedule out and I also now get so much less sleep.  :(   

Here here she is with her dad at Shakespeare in the Park in September:

My reading habits have changed a bit.  I seem to have no time to read in any long stretch; i read in little 10 minute increments it seems.  I've been reading more on my Kindle because it's easy to hold a sleeping baby and read with that device.  I've also been rereading a lot; it's easier to follow things that i've read before.  I now have a lengthy commute too so audiobooks have become my friend again.  I've not kept up very well with what i've read but, roughly, I've read probably 35-40 books if you include graphic novels.  Not too bad I suppose!

Going forward, I want to try to get back into blogging. I'd like to at least keep up with what I do manage to read as well as getting more involved in the community again. Maybe I can keep up a running total but just write about the really good books I read. I do plan on writing up an end of the year post.  

 So here I am, back to the web!  Feel free to say hi, or ask any questions you want about having a premature baby, or if give me any hints about getting a baby to sleep through the night!


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