So, it’s that time of year again. Where all these blogging/reading challenges pop up. And yes, I plan on participating! It’s been a pretty long hiatus for me. The past 15 months have been pretty hectic for me. Getting pregnant, having Amelia and becoming a mom, recovering from delivery, going back to work full time only to get laid off, and then spend 3 long months doing nothing but applying for jobs. I can announce that I have finally found a full time job so Amelia (who is now 7 months old!) now has health insurance again! It is a weight off of my shoulders! And as much as I hate working full time and leaving Amelia with a babysitter… it’s something I have to do. At least until my husband can find a job that offers insurance or I finally finish a manuscript and become a successful published author.
I think it’s the perfect time to come back into the blogging sphere because I do have some free time after Amelia goes to bed to put together blog posts. And I don’t have to spend all my free time looking for work because I now have a job and can stop applying to job after job after job. It’s also the perfect time, because it’s the end of the year and all these reading challenges are popping up now and I can pick some to participate in to help push myself into more of a reading habit. Because I need to get back to reading. I miss it so much!
So, without further adieu, here are the challenges I plan on partaking in the upcoming year! Can you believe that it’s already almost 2018?!
**I will update my Reading Challenges page with the 2018 challenges soon. But for now, this is where I will post my reading challenges for 2018!**
2018 Reading Challenges
First up is a challenge that I take part in year after year and it’s because Jana does such a great job with hosting this challenge. Plus, it makes me read debut authors in between all of the other books! 🙂
I participated in this one this year (or at least started to) and I really enjoyed it and am planning on doing it again in 2018! I have to update my Goodreads shelf still. What I like about this challenge is that they put you in 1 of the 4 teams and you collect points! For 2018, I was put into…
So, tell me.. What challenges do you plan on partaking in 2018? Which ones should I look at? Cause I’m still searching for some! So, leave me some suggestions!
Some of you may have noticed the lack of posts that have been going up on In Wonderland, well, I’m mostly to blame. I’ve got about 5 weeks to go until the baby gets here (approximately) and the third trimester has not been too kind to me. I’m still in a weird reading funk where I haven’t read a whole lot this year and it’s almost April already! And when I mean the third trimester hasn’t been kind, I mean it. It’s hard to sleep because I’ve gotten so big and I can’t sleep on my back even though that’s the comfiest position most of the time. :/ I’m exhausted all the time. My feet and ankles get swollen if I’m on my feet for longer than 10 minutes. And because I haven’t been able to get the best sleep and I’m tired all the time, the second i sit down to relax I start dozing off. So, I’ve been sticking with watching episodes of TV shows I’ve already seen so I don’t miss anything important.
As for Lizzie, she’s had her own life and with being back in school it’s kind of made her go on a small hiatus as well. But she is hoping to get some more posts done/scheduled for while I’m not around a whole lot due to the baby taking up my time. So you’ll see more of her (other than her WOW posts in the future)!
In other news our baby shower was almost a month ago (and I’m still working on those Thank You cards, damnit I suck) and at our baby shower we revealed the name we have given our baby girl. Mostly because Joe was able to finish up the sign he made that we will be hanging in her room! (which we are still working on… yea we haven’t had a lot of time to work on like anything because he’s working Mon-Sat lately). But I figured you’d all like to know what her name will be! So without further adieu!
So,there you have it. Her name will be Amelia Rose! It didn’t take us long to figure out the name which is surprising since neither one of us had any girls names in mind but one day we both came up of a list of 5-10 girls names we really liked and Amelia was on both of our lists and we instantly fell in love. And I was really in love with a middle name of Rose. And after we had decided that this was the name, Joe liked to point out that she’s named after my 2 favorite Doctor Who companions and it solidified my love for the name even more! 🙂
And just a quick update on how I’m looking nowadays, I’m happy to inform you that all the weight gain has only been in my stomach so far and this was me about 3 weeks ago:
Granted I feel even bigger now (kind of) but it’s definitely getting time to evict Amelia out of my belly and into my arms!
Anyways, let’s talk about it! How are you all doing? I’m sorry I haven’t been around much to reply to comments, but I promise I have been reading them! Hopefully once I get back to a good reading regime and blogging routine I’ll be a lot better at replying!
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