So here’s the deal.
February 08, 2010

This website is a-changin’.  In a good way, I PROMISE.

The fact of the matter is that you, all of you reading this, have helped this website grow from the tiny little mom blog it was into the not-quite-as-tiny little mom blog that it is today.  You have read and supported.  You have advised and consoled.  You have laughed and cried.  You have helped me, encouraged me, taught me, and inspired me.

Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back.

I have been writing for a year.  Over the past twelve months, I have had plenty of opportunities to consider what I want for this little slice of the Internet.  And what I have decided is that I want this place to keep being what it is – a community.  I like that we converse together, relate to one another, and laugh with each other.

All of the changes that you are going to see have kept that in mind.

I am bringing this up because today is THE BIG REVEAL for the first change in a series of quite a few.  Today is the first of a twice-weekly “Behind the Blog” feature, a project that hatched as a way of giving back.  The idea of “Behind the Blog” is to share a little limelight with YOU, the community that has given so much to me.

So click here and meet Gena.  She’s a mother, she’s a wife, she is wickedly funny, and she’s worth getting to know.  I cannot wait to meet more of you as this project unfurls and I hope that you enjoy reaching out to one another as well.  (If you would like to volunteer to be a part of “Behind the Blog,” please contact me.  It’ll be fun!)

What are the other changes? you ask.

Well here’s a hint:

We heart books.  All of us.

But you’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, Charlotte cut two razors teeth last night.  Two.  TWO.  As such, she has taken my nipples hostage.  Somebody hold me.

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  1. By Lauren on February 08, 2010

    Oh my goodness.  Charlotte reading that book on her own is just edible.  And two teeth!  How did she handle it?

  2. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 08, 2010

    Errrr.  Welllllll.  She’s been happier!

    She actually did much better than I thought she would, but even so she woke up screaming a few times in the night over the last three nights and she’s been very fussy during the day.  Now that they’ve broken through and don’t seem to be receding, I’m hoping she’s done for a couple weeks and can catch a break.  Poor kiddo!  Those teeth really seem like they hurt! =(

  3. By on February 08, 2010

    Oh poor Charlotte! But I think it is only right for you to offer photos of these peeking out baby teeth because they are really cute (to those of us whose boobies are not being chomped). I really enjoyed your interview and Gena’s answers! I wish I were interesting/entertaining, then I could be behind the blog. I think that I belong behind the scenes for now though! I hope that Charlotte does get a break from the mouth-pain for a few weeks and you can all enjoy a bit more sleep!

  4. By Meg on February 08, 2010

    I heart books too, it’s nice to see people sitting their children in front of books more than they do the TV.

    Loved the behind the blog interview, when will we volunteers know when it’s our turn?

  5. By Heidi on February 08, 2010

    We heart books, here, too! 

    Love the “Behind the Blog” feature.  How fun!  I can’t wait to meet more bloggers.

    Hmm…teeth…it’s about time for those around here.  I wonder if that could be the reason for random waking up in the middle of the night?!

  6. By Restless Mama on February 08, 2010

    Yay for Charlotte!!!!!  Hopefully her gums aren’t too itchy.
    Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  7. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 08, 2010

    Meg - Soon!  (I’m, quite predictably, a tad behind in organizing it all.)

  8. By Dandy on February 08, 2010

    Oh how fun!!!

    Your poor nipples.

  9. By Elizabeth on February 08, 2010

    Fuuunnnn…. way to go, Charlotte.  Sawyer is right behind you ;)

  10. By erin on February 08, 2010

    We heart books too.  Hannah’s favorite is a touchy board book, and she turns the pages until she gets to her favorite page (a dog with shaggy fuzzy ears) so she can stroke the ears.  If I turn to the next page (a dog with a cute squashy nose), she turns it back to the shaggy ears page.

    By the way, I absolutely l.o.v.e. LOVE that you don’t have time to finish painting the wall in your living room, or put up baseboards, but you have time to read books with Charlotte.  Now there is a family with its priorites in line!  I also like that Donald is reading one of Charlotte’s books by himself.  Is he previewing it, to make sure there are no scandalous parts?

  11. By Mary @ Parenthood on February 08, 2010

    So fun to meet other bloggers!

    We heart books here too (and those are fantastic photos).  Actually, throwing a book at Elizabeth will keep her occupied for a very long time flipping pages.  Elizabeth especially likes books about peek-a-boo games (eg “Baby Boo”).

    Does Charlotte like to flip pages too yet?  If so, I bet Donald is memorizing the book so that he can more easily speed talk his way through the book.  Right?? (That’s what my husband’s been doing lately.  Reading books Elizabeth style is pretty funny since the story gets out of order, truncated and double-time in an effort to keep up with the flipping.)

  12. By on February 08, 2010

    I agree, Charlotte reading that book is the cutest. I’m guessing, Donald will blog too, or you’ll write a book? Am I close on either?

  13. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 08, 2010

    Erin - Heh.  Hehehe.  No.  He was reading it because he’d never seen it before =)

    Mary - She’s not QUITE at that stage yet.  She loves to explore the book and turn the pages, but she hasn’t figured out that she can keep turning them.  We have to start the process for her.  Soon enough, we’ll read ahead for that, though!

    Corinne - I can’t even convince the man to use Facebook lol.  And no, I’m not writing a book.

    I guess what I should have said is WE HEART CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

  14. By Hollie on February 08, 2010

    Oh we love books here too!  Can’t to see what changes are in store!  We’ve read to my 3 yr old since he was a babe, and it just thrills us that he loves his books so much now that we sometimes just catch him lying in a big pile of them on the floor!!  Ours is a book reading book loving family!

  15. By POM on February 08, 2010

    Hey lady! I love your blog and your adorable little Charlotte! I am here b/c your blog was recommended by someone at POM’s Connect MEme Monday! I am so excited to see what new changes you will be making for this blog as it goes into it’s 2nd year…congrats on the success of it!

    Btw- I am newly prego with my first! So just breezing through your previous prego posts tells me…I’m in for a journey! Come visit me sometime!

  16. By Alicia S. on February 09, 2010

    Holly, that sounds like us. I always read to Matthew: when he was in the Bell, while we breastfed when he was a newborn, and all through the rest of his life. It’s AWESOME to me that now, it’s one of his favorite things to do. At night before bed I get to/HAVE TO read him at least 3 books a night… Now when I turn back to blow him a kiss before I turn out the light, he always has one of his books perched up in front of him and he’s mumbling through his binky “...long ago… choo-choo Thomas… suddenly… the end….“ as if he’s actually reading it himself. TO DIE FOR ADORABLE.

    I have a link on one of the posts in my blog of Matthew “reading” his own birthday balloon. He obviously just guessed what it said, but still - it melts my little momma heart.

  17. By Stephanie on February 09, 2010

    My son isn’t even 3 months, yet, and he’s got his first two well on their way. They’re so close to breaking through that it isn’t even funny, but he’s miserable and we wait.

    Oh the teething.

  18. By Kate on February 10, 2010

    The photo of Charlotte with the book is just about the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen! She looks so serious about the whole thing! Absolutely adorable.

  19. By chocolate and whine on February 11, 2010

    Okay, that photo of Charlotte reading is ADORABLE.

  20. By Mrs. Sitcom on February 25, 2010

    The one of her holding the book all by herself is just too precious!





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