I have been away from my blog for months, about 7 months actually! It's a long time, I know that if you were a regular reader you may have wondered when I was going to come back and why I had left my blog alone for so long.
I don't really have a good answer and maybe that's why it's taken me so long to write this post and write my come back. I went off in April on a long holiday and that was all the break that I was going to take from the blog, it can be exhausting to keep a blog going when you are working full time so I figured a break of a few weeks might do me some good, help me recharge.
But just before leaving on holiday, I found out that I was pregnant! We had only been trying for a couple of weeks, so it came as quite a shock (a pleasant surprise) and I felt like I needed more time to spend with the baby, just enjoying my last few months of not being a parent. I didn't feel like wearing makeup, or even thinking about beauty. Getting pregnant and expecting a baby puts life in perspective like nothing else, and I felt like there were more important things I wanted to focus on.
Then as if this wasn't enough change to be getting on with, my husband was offered a really good job offer but it meant that we would be moving away from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. It also meant that I would have to give up my job and we would be down to one salary for a while till I found something. I need a visa to work in the States and add my growing belly to the mix and I figured it would be a while before a job came along.
So I took a very extended hiatus from Twitter, Instagram and other blogs. I am sorry if I have missed some important events in your life in the past few months, I have been selfish but I hope you understand.
We have moved to Portland, been here for about a month and settling in OK. I was stressed about finding a good OB/GYN who would take me half way through my pregnancy but I have been blessed to find a good doctor and a good hospital. I have also been incredibly lucky to find a job before I moved here!! I actually interviewed when we came to Portland on our house hunting trip and they offered me the role the next day! With the visa process underway, I hope to be able to start soon. My new employers were lovely when it came to my pregnancy and have offered me 3 months unpaid leave so that I will have time with the baby.
Things are finally settled and my pregnancy has been a delight so far. I feel more like blogging now and maybe will have posts about baby gear and research that I have been doing for the last few months too.
This is getting to be a really long post, I just wanted to explain everything in detail as much as possible. I hope you are not mad at me leaving so abruptly and hopefully will follow my blog as you did before. Tell me about what's going on in your life and I hope we can chat soon.