I’ve waited a long time to write this post. For the past three years I’ve been thinking about re-starting the blog, but haven’t been able to fully commit to it. It took me that long to feel like writing again after my mother passed away. But I have missed it and now the time is right to get up and going again.
A Mothership Down is back in action, and Liz 2.0 is happy to be here!
(I don’t totally know what this newer model of Liz has to offer, but presumably there have been some upgrades made in the past three years. I look forward to discovering what those might be.)
If you haven’t been closely following my life since the blog left off – which, first, RUDE. Haha just kidding I’m going to assume most of you have not been following my life. If you have, please note that I have been VERY TIRED and that is reflected in my wardrobe and hairstyle. Anyway, here’s a summary:
I’ve had two more kids. That totals three now which I discuss here. It is, to put it in mathematical terms, a shit ton of kids. It’s way more than I had before. Anyway, here they are all as babies:
Nolan (left), Thomas (top right), Ani (bottom right)
I’m including this visual so that you will see that you haven’t really missed all that much, on account of all of my children being exact replicas of each other aside from some slight variation in genitalia, which was to be expected when I found out I was having a daughter.
Otherwise, the same.
The kids are now 5, 2, and 5 months old. Those ages, when being managed all at the same time, are….challenging. Parenting requires a whole set of skills that I don’t necessarily possess in spades. I have some skills, of course. But certainly not all the skills that I *believe* are posted in what I imagine to be a very lengthy (and often unappealing!) job description.
Setting up activities with friends? Nailing it. Setting up arts and crafts at home? Well I’m not sure how I am at this because I have literally never once attempted it. I don’t think setting up crafts is in my “zone of genius,” an idea that I heard about from The Parenting Junkie and have clung to religiously because it really speaks to my need to not do crafts.
I’ve also moved into a new house, in the same town. I have been decorating and renovating like a complete madwoman and I’m showing signs of an addiction to Facebook Marketplace which I attribute partly to the time I have to scroll through FB while I’m nursing the baby, and partly to the fact that I have some pathological need to bring old and kind of dirty things into the house when I feel they are a bargain.
I’m not totally sure what to tell you about the blog moving forward, except that, while it will involve my kids a bit, it won’t be about them. Nolan is getting older and the others will get older (all at the same rate of speed, that’s science). And I want to respect that. But I do enjoy writing about parenthood and the related topics of home and family. I want to continue to write humor and, sometimes, serious stuff too. And ideally this blog will become a resource for parents like me – who need a laugh and who also need help navigating this rewarding, demanding, often all-encompassing task of raising our children.
I’m hoping to strike a nice balance here.
People have been asking me for the last three years if/when I’m going to start writing again, so I hope this development pleases many of you! If not, well, no worries about that either. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with old friends here and making some new ones.
Welcome back! Is that weird to say to myself? Eh well.
Welcome back, me!
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