Wow, I have absolutely neglected this blog, haven’t I? And you may ask, why is that? Well, wonder no longer, dear reader.
Since my last post, things have changed quite dramatically. The main reason the posts dried up is because I got work authorization, and quickly found a job. Well, a job found me; my resume got noticed by my current boss, and after a quick interview process, I started work in April 2016.
If you’re interested, I’m an Administrative Manager for a staffing company, and I still work there to this very day. It was kind of weird at first, because I hadn’t worked for so long, and working for a university in the UK is incredibly different from working in a corporate environment in California. Whodathunkit?! There were even moments when I considered quitting, the change was so dramatic and traumatic. But thanks to my incredibly supportive husband, and a great deal of working-class guilt, I stuck it out, and have made a real impact at the company (even if I do say so myself).
However, a couple of months after starting my new job, I found out I was pregnant. Now, this wasn’t entirely unexpected. Will and I had decided to start “trying”, or as I like to refer to it, “boning with purpose”, in early 2016. We just didn’t expect for things to happen so quickly. I have some funny stories about this period, but that’s for another time. Most of them involve me not being able to aim when I pee.
I spent most of 2016 growing a human, not drinking, and working. Again, I’ll write about this in more detail some day, but I really enjoyed being pregnant. I had morning sickness a grand total of once. Turns out you don’t get a medal or anything for that, but you definitely should. And, you know, for the other stuff involved with having a baby.
Mary-Katherine Rose Thompson arrived on the morning of February 4th, after three hours of pushing and an intervention from Henry the Hoover. She is currently sat on my lap, missing one sock, and chewing on a monkey. She is hilarious and wonderful. And American! That’s weird.
So that’s what’s been happening. I’m now a working mother, wife, and green card carrying California pernament resident. Over the last six or so years, amazing things have happened, through a combination of bloody hard work and fortuitous circumstances. And now Team Thompson is stronger than ever, with a tiny little lady MVP. Bloody brilliant.