The Craziest Year … Ever.

by Kelly Long on February 2, 2011

Red ShoesThe changes a year can bring are amazing.  My good friend Trish McFarlane reminded me today that its been a year since the last time I blogged on tHRyving.  I’ll admit, I didn’t wake up this morning pondering the post I needed to write in commemoration of the past year’s events.  But, since it’s been put on the table, I thought it would be a great chance to reflect on the many changes I’ve experienced throughout the past year.

Where do I start…?

In late January of last year, I found out I was a mom to be.  Wow!  At the time, it was a surprise, but I’ve never been happier.  The beginning of February brought a big change, as I was one of 2% of women affected by Hyperemesis Gravidarium.  In essence, this means that for two straight months, I had a hangover.  I was hospitalized twice and lost 15 pounds.  And I was having a baby?  By the time I started to recover … I had moved on to change number two – a new job.

I started with Rackspace as a contractor.  I fell in love with the department I was in (Rackspace University – Training) and the company culture instantly.  As I overcame the sickness and settled into a new job, I started to really feel that San Antonio was becoming my home.

The spring and summer went by adjusting to my new life, getting everything ready for the baby girl that was coming in September and flying to my hometown, Buffalo, for visits and baby showers.  Also – I survived my first San Antonio summer.  Man, it’s hot here!

Throughout all of this, Michael and I truly learned the meaning of “It’s Complicated.”

Sophie Alese LongSeptember was the busiest month of my life.  I was hired into a new position with Rackspace University.  The next week, Michael and I finally tied the knot!  That’s right – I am officially Kelly Long.  The week after was the arrival of Sophie Alese, our beautiful baby girl.  There were some minor complications after her birth, and Michael was a trooper.  His Mom also came to the rescue and helped in those first mind boggling weeks.

As a 6 foot 4 inch man, I know that four nights sleeping in a chair wasn’t easy.  Thank you baby!

Our first night home with Sophie was my first night in our new home.  I was overwhelmed with the events of the previous few weeks.  Husband, baby, job and house!?

After a couple sleepless months, I had finally gotten the hang of Mommyhood and returned to work.  What a hard transition!  There was definitely some separation anxiety and drama the first time we left Sophie in daycare.

However, this was my first opportunity to truly dive into the scope of my new position.  I couldn’t be happier!  Everyday, I get to work on projects I am truly passionate about.

The holidays brought many travels for us – two plane rides to Buffalo and a twenty-hour road trip to Arizona.  We quickly learned that traveling is much harder with a baby on board!

Post holidays and catching up at work brings me to today.  I finally feel I have my head wrapped around the past year.  Everyday, I feel blessed that I am a Wife and a Mother.

Going forward, I’m hoping to carve out more time to continue contributing to the awesome HR Social Media space.  One of the cool things I have been working on lately are learning communities – how they’re planned, executed and the impact on the company and their dedicated pockets.  I am also involved in various training and Organizational Development projects.  Everyday brings fun, hands on learning!

So, here’s to 2010 – a year of happy chaos!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Long February 3, 2011 at 12:11 am

I’d sleep on a 4 foot long chair for you anytime! Thanks for giving me the greatest gift ever. You’re a wonderful Mom and it’s an honor to be your husband 😉

Kelly Long February 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

Ditto! It all began with red shoes and Toronto … <3

Lisa Rosendahl February 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

Kelly, you are amazing and I think about you all the time. Keep Sophie’s pictures coming!

Looking forward to hearing more about learning communities too.

Not as much as about Sophie updates though.

Trish McFarlane February 3, 2011 at 6:14 am

Can you give me any more reasons to admire you? I make a small observation and you are ON IT! I love that about you Kelly. I’m actually glad you focused your year on you, Michael, and on baby Sophie. Family is most important. I am glad to hear about the work you are doing at Rackspace and hope that you’ll write about that once in awhile along with updates on mommyhood. As I’m sure you have learned, being a working mom has it’s challenges and it’s rewards. We all learn from each other when it comes to that. Best of luck to you in the coming year and THANK YOU for being a good friend!! xoxo

Robin Schooling February 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

What a great recap of a trying and wonderful year. Glad your back on the blog Kelly!

Lindsay February 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

Awww! She is adorable! Thank you for the catch-up and sharing your year! And a wonderful 2011 to all three of you! :-)

Kelly Long February 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thank you Lisa! I’m sure that knowing Michael and I, the Sophie pictures and updates will be readily available. 😉 Hoping we can catch up soon!

Kelly Long February 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

Oh, my Michelle! You’ve been there since the very beginning – twitter crush and all. 😉 Thank you so much. Being a Wife and Mother has been such a gift – and the rewards much outweigh the challenges. Everyday brings something new! I look forward to writing about a combination of both – perspective has definitely changed. I hope to see YOU soon!

Kelly Long February 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thank you so much Robin! It feels great to be writing again. :)

Kelly Long February 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

It was a year! Thank you Lindsay – a wonderful 2011 to you too!

Alicia Arenas (@AliciaSanera) February 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm


It’s so good to see you blogging again! You guys had a lot of things to deal with last year, but you overcame them all! You are a strong, amazing woman and I’m so glad that we are friends. 2011 is going to be your best year ever!

Kelly Long February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

Thanks Alicia! And thank you for being such a wonderful, supportive friend through everything. :) We are lucky to have you in our lives!

Jon Long Sr February 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Kelly, nice to see you back in the blogisphere. Missed your posts. Thank you so very much for being part of our family and all you did and endured through the last year. You are the best part of Michael, not to mention the gift of Sophie. Sr.

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