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Where I've Been

Hello, Great Big World! Meet Buddy Bonesteel Nichols, born May 2, 5 lbs 11 oz, 19 inches! 
 For anybody wondering where on earth I've been, or who have known, but have just been wondering how on Earth I have been doing: My update post is finally here. I feel like only just this week am I emerging out of the hardest, most challenge-ridden couple years of my life so far. Those of you following my blog over the years have know about our struggles with my back pain and infertility, then this turned out to be a tough pregnancy with lots of puking and headaches and hips popping out and carpal tunnel, etc etc etc. Then to top it all off, baby came prematurely, and then I ended up struggling with some serious postpartum depression and anxiety. I am lucky (?) to have had experience with clinical depression and anxiety in the past, so after only a few weeks I knew that it wasn't baby blues and I needed to get some sort of help... Just this week are my meds balancing out and I am feeling like a normal person again and starting to enjoy my life. That's only the story in a teeny itsty bitsy little nutshell. 

But I am HAPPY. I have my BABY and he is BEAUTIFUL :) Here are some pictures for you guys!
 At the hospital, when things started to get real about a month too soon. We're thinking, "Holy crap! I'm gonna be a father!" and I am thinking, "Holy crap! This hurts like a mother!"
Just about an hour old, face all swollen and cute.

 My favorite picture in the entire world.
 When preemie Buddy had to be a little glo-worm in the bilibed because he was jaundiced.
Two weeks old, tiny boy

Seven weeks old, big boy

My mom and me and Buddy. 

Anyway, I've missed the blogging life. I hope to be back soon with pictures of some things I've made. I do have a few projects I've yet to share here that just haven't made it onto the internets yet because I've know. Busy! 

Thanks for all the love.


Nichola said...

He's a beauty and so are you! What a lovely family you make :) Good for you for recognizing you needed help and getting it... you are a smart cookie. Enjoy your little one. It does get easier. It does get way more fun. There's so much for you to look forward to and I can't wait to read about your adventures xoxo

Michelle said...

I just found you blog looking for inchie inspiration and read today's entry.

First.. OMG! baby Buddy is freaking adorable

Second... love the happy and get out of my face pic. fathers.. LOL

Third... Taurus babies Rock! :)

My BDAY is May 10th :)

What a just made me happy :)

ami said...

Woah! Congratulations! You "popped" before me--I had our baby only 3 weeks ago, even though I was due around the same time, maybe even earlier. I'm so happy that he's here and you're feeling better, and I wish you so much luck continuing on over that hump of a tough birth & PPD. Those things are so hard, and the women who get through them are even more amazing than your "average" mom, I think. Much love to your crafty corner of the internet!


Kirsten Corby said...

Glad to hear it. I was a little worried. My blog reader has you listed as a "dead feed." I figured it was the pregnancy, but I was afraid it might be difficult. Anyway, congrats on the bay and welcome back t he blogosphere!

Unknown said...

Congrats, he is wonderful!!!! I had PPD with my second, what a time! He's two now and things are pretty wild but normal around here. I've been reading your blog for a while now and I am just so happy for you guys! Sending prayers your way that you will be able to really enjoy this precious time. And when the art makes its way back I'll be glad to see that too. ;)

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Congrats, best wishes, hugs and kisses in the folds of his tiny neck. I'm glad you are home and all is well. Those first months can be a bugger but he looks great now and you're feeling better too--a fab combination. How's Dad?

Renee said...

Congrats! What a beautiful baby and Mommy!! Take LOTS of photos and write things down. You think you'll remember but you won't. Enjoy your sweet baby. Hope Dad is holding up okay.

Tina said...

I have been wondering how you have been! I am so happy to "meet" your handsome little boy and am super excited for you. Congrats on already following your gut and getting the help you knew you needed. Keep that when you start getting all the "helpful" advice.

Lots of warm thoughts headed your way!

Kaz said...

He is adorable and your fave picture is gorgeous - he looks so tiny in daddy's arms!
Sorry you've suffered with depression and I'm glad you're getting back to where you should be. I have been wondering how you are all doing xxx

Laura said...

Sorry you've been blue, and glad to hear things are evening out now.
Wow, he sure is stunning! Huge congratulations to you and your Mr.

Anonymous said...

Its amazing what you can stumble across while looking at other's creativity- miracles! Congratulations!!!

I love your blog. I am excited to browse through it more. Thanks, Kit

pmstamper said...

What a lovely baby! You are blessed.

SheLovesToCraft said...

He's gorgeous! I, too, had a May baby boy! Congrats!!!
(I know I am late, I thought you had stopped blogging a while back, soooo glad that you are back!!)