The 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!
September 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!