Greetings friends! It has been too long! Where to start?
Probably with the most significant news. I think most of you know that I had one miscarriage but only a few of you know that I actually had 3 miscarriages all in a row. But my 4th pregnancy went well and just a little over 4 months ago I delivered a beautiful baby girl!
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One reason I didn't tie at all during my pregnancy is because a few years ago I participated in a material swap through another forum and ended up receiving a bunch of materials that had bugs in them! Luckily I hadn't mixed them with my other materials but after that I kindof went nuts with trying to make sure I had no signs of bug damage on my feathers. I put alot of moth packets in with my materials and even though I tried to air them out they still smelled and I was afraid to expose myself to them while being pregnant. I feel so silly because in trying to keep my materials safe I made them almost unusable to me! I have considered gifting alot of my materials away to new/beginning tyers or trying to give them back to the people who gave them to me, but I am having a hard time bring myself to do that because they are so special to me.
We moved into a new house the night I went into labor and I thought that after having her I would have loads of time since I was off work for 12 weeks. Boy was I wrong! Babies are A LOT of work! I really had no idea how incredibly my life would change. So between getting settled into a new house, new baby, continuing grad school, tying alway seems to get pushed to the back burner. But I guess that's ok, because what is a completed fly compared to these wonderful baby snuggles that will pass by all too fast? :-)
I am glad I feel this way now, the wanting to snuggle her part. I struggled quite a bit with postpartum depression the first few months and am just now starting to feel like I am getting the hang of this parenting thing. I also have still been in graduate school full-time, along with working. I will graduate this summer as an advanced practice nurse, a certified nurse-midwife.
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This isn't my baby, this is a first baby I delivered myself as a student nurse-midwife. I have now delivered 37 babies.
I don't know why the picture is sideways, nor how to fix it...
As I read back over this post I realized it is a little disjointed. But it is 3 in the morning and I am at work, my 3rd 12-hour shift in a row and I am really tired. I am taking advantage of not having any patients to get some schoolwork done. :-) I am really looking forward to catching up on how everyone is doing, what new flies have been tied, you know, the usual. I have really missed you guys - I don't know why it took me 4 months to get back here, I am kindof embarassed actually, considering how often I thought of you all. Probably because I am just a little ashamed I haven't tied anything in ages. But now the materials are unpacked and I will have an opportunity as soon as my little one learns how nap! For now I will have to settle for perusing the forums on my phone while I nurse her.