Planning the Unexpected!

I know it has been a long time since I have posted and forgive me but this post will be an explanation of absence.

planning the unexpected

In a million years I never expected to see a test read what I was seeing. I had to take three of them just to be sure. You see I was on birth control pills for the last two years. My honey and I were not ready for another child as I already have my two monsters ruling my life. We had discussed having another child but not right now.

So here we are Β at the end of May with the complete and utter shock of Congratulations you are having a BABY! Imagine our surprise.

Needless to say this has probably been one of the hardest pregnancies I have ever gone through. Talk about just so very sick and having every pregnancy symptom that I could I have. Fast forward to middle June and I end up with an upper respiratory infection. Anyone that has ever been pregnant knowing that getting any type of cold is horrible for a pregnant woman. Yet I didn’t have just a cold I had a miserable infection that just knocked me down completely.

Now comes July and I am finally getting over the respiratory infection but I am still pregnant sick, you know the morning sickness which just seemed to last all day long and the OH SO TIRED!!! It was a miracle that I could make it through a day of work without falling asleep at my desk.

Then we hit August and I am starting to feel a little better but I am still OH SO TIRED! I asked my doctor (the same one that delivered my second monster) he states your older then you were the last time. Here I am thinking older, ok yes I am older but really, I am not that much older, I mean does 5 years really make that much of a difference? Apparently it does, so I am stuck with being OH SO TIRED!

Now we have hit September and I have to say that I am a little better and can manage to stay up past 9 pm. I am starting to miss being creative and scrapbooking. You see I did not have any of those urges during these past months to do anything but work, take care of my wonderful children and sleep!

If I managed to do anything else, then that was a miracle!

This is my explanation of where I have gone and why I seemed to have disappeared. I am back now although I won’t be posting as much as I did in the past due to that OH SO TIRED issue I have. I hope that you will join me on this journey of figuring out how I am going to document this child’s first year as Creative Memories is now gone. I have been contemplating a project life kit for this baby as Becky Higgins does have a whole baby kit.

So what do you think should I attempt a Project Life project for this new bundle of Joy that Β will be joining us sometime at the end of January?

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  1. Cara Miller

    So happy for your entire family! and you know I love Project Life πŸ™‚

    1. bethie8

      Thanks so much Cara. I am thinking that the Project Life just might be the way to go this time around πŸ™‚ But I have not fully decided if I can handle it on a weekly basis.

  2. Kristie

    We have missed you on your blog, but we understand you need to take care of yourself! A PL type baby book could be great! Maybe a combo of traditional and PL! Take care sweet friend!

    1. Beth

      I would definitely have to do some kind of combination Kristie because I love my 12×12 albums!

  3. Alice


    I think Project life is a great idea. There is no rule that you have to do it every week! You can use Project Life and still scrapbook thematically, or combine themed pages and journal-style update pages. Don’t feel that you have to follow any rules and you’ll end up loving your project more than ever!

    1. Beth

      Thanks so much Alice! I can’t wait to find out what the baby is and then I will start picking out the products!

  4. geezee

    If you establish a workflow before hand Project Life will be a good way to keep new pics from becoming a neglected mess. Keeping journal cards in your purse or diaper bag(with a pen) will be handy for jotting notes to include also.

    1. Beth

      Oh that’s a great tip Geezee I will definitely be throwing some of those in my diaper bag!

  5. Vi

    Congrats Beth. It is a wonderful surprise and I think a wonderful opportunity to show us what you can do with a project life kit for baby. Some wonderful products out there and if you feel more creative… Make something that will fit. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventure.

    1. Beth

      Thank you so much Vi I’m looking forward to it as well!!

  6. Kelli Panique

    Congratulations on your unexpected blessing! I think Project Life is perfect for you this time around. You can slip all those pictures and cards in and not think too much about it, but if you get the urge to be creative, you can add that in too. Since the pocket pages are made for 3 ring binders, you can also slip a few full size 12×12 pages for those super special pages. Wishing you the best!

  7. Julie

    Oh that is wonderful news!!! I hope your pregnancy goes better and that your little one is healthy. It’s ok!!! I have been trying to get back to a good paying job and so far have failed. I am grateful for the job I have now but I am struggling financially. πŸ™
    So, I have not been in a super mood to scrabook. I do have free tickets to this weekend’s nascar race and will scrapbook that!
    I agree with Vi on a project life kit for your new little one!!! That would be so cool to see and fun to look at years later for your family I think. πŸ™‚

  8. Clairewa

    Congratulations on your little ‘surprise’ and glad to hear you are feeling better. I totally agree Project Life would be the way to go and wish I had had something like this to jot important facts down. Why not do it in a smaller size, I think you can get 8 1/2 x 11 (Simple Stories) or 6 x 8 (WRMK) – maybe not so overwhelming. I agree with Alice – do it as you feel like it πŸ™‚

  9. Simmone D.

    I am so glad you are starting to feel a little better. Definitely don’t beat yourself up about taking time off from being creative. Take care of yourself, your baby and your kids. I agree with everyone about doing Project Life. It is an easier alternative to full page layouts. Congrats on you new little one!

  10. Debbie O'Neal's

    Best wishes to you and the family on this new addition. Take care of YOU is your # 1 job right now. We will be here when you feel like inspiring us :). And I think project life is perfect with a new baby and a working mom and juggling your hubby and other kiddos. Glad to hear you are feeling a better…FINALLY ! Hugs and blessings to you my friend πŸ™‚

  11. Connie Hanks

    Congrats and welcome back! Hope you’re energy continues to come back and the remainder of your pregnancy is fantastic! Crazy how fast those 9 months fly by – hope you’re able to enjoy them! xoxo

  12. I am really happy for you! Just think though, if you would have waited to be ” ready” again”, You’d have an even harder time or it might never have happened at all. I think the PL kit would work well for you. You can use some of the cards on regular LO’s when you feel like you have more time. Otherwise, the pocket page option is nice.

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