January 1st, 2019

Year in Review: 2018

Happy new year everyone! It’s time for my annual year in review, and wow… 2018. What a year. 2018 has brought about really big changes in my life, so let’s get started on recapping!

Life in General

My life had been pretty stable with little change for many years, but 2018 was definitely different. I spent most of the year pregnant, and then in August, my daughter, Talia, was born!

It’s kind of funny because I wouldn’t describe myself as a baby person. Prior to Talia, I never really held a baby nor cared about other people’s babies that much. It’s a different story when it’s your own though. I know this will sound cliche, but she really has filled mine and my husband’s life with so much love and joy. (Though sometimes we look at her and think, “weird… we have a baby now… THAT’S WEIRD”.)

We also made the big decision of living off of one salary, which I’ll probably write about another time. My husband decided to quit his job and become a full time stay-at-home dad. I know we’ll be fine with my salary, but it’s still a huge change to suddenly cut one salary out of the picture.

As for my own work, there were big changes there too. In the beginning of the year, the engineering department restructured into smaller teams, and we all got Agile training. The team I used to manage was split into two smaller teams, both of which I still manage. I also got promoted! I’m now a Senior Engineering Manager!

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December 26th, 2018

New beginnings, sort of

Hello and welcome to Paper Stars! Over a year ago, I said that I was going to move my blog, Silent White, to a new domain, and here it is finally. I originally wanted to have this up early this year, but I ended up pushing it off. With all the pregnancy and baby stuff I was dealing with, I sat down and made a list of priorities. Moving my blog was just not at the top of the list nor anywhere near the top.

As mentioned before, part of the reason was to somewhat start anew. All entries from 2017 and 2018 have been moved over. Some entries from 2014-2016 are here, but I deleted many of them. All entries from 2008-2013 have been removed.

I wanted a new domain name too. I love the name Silent White, but I didn’t originally choose it for a blog. It was an art site at first. Silent White is also not a very personal name since I took it from a song title. So, when thinking of a name that meant something to me, I thought of origami – something I’ve loved since I was young. Then I remembered the origami stars that a couple coworkers and I made for our team and how everyone on the team now has a jar of stars on their desk. (The one in the header is mine.) Thus, Paper Stars!

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August 30th, 2018

Welcome to the world, baby Talia

On August 22 at 2:35am, I gave birth to our baby daughter, Talia!

We’re both doing well! The first couple of days were really rough, but the nurses at the hospital were great, and we were discharged on the 24th.

I have to admit that I set my expectations low ahead of time, such that I expected to hate and be miserable during the newborn period. I always hear from other people about how tiring and hard it is, and I knew that I’d have to be breastfeeding every 2-3 hours, which means not being able to sleep through the night anymore.

While some parts are really hard and I am still physically recovering and am definitely tired, I’m not hating it. Seeing Tali’s cute face and little movements just melts my heart. I seriously love her. It also helps that my parents live close by. They’ve been coming over to bring food and watch over Tali when my husband and I need a nap. Plus, my husband has been very supportive and even decided to quit his job to be a stay-at-home dad.

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