New domain!

I finally decided to purchase my own domain. After four years of blogging, it appears I’m sticking around. 🙂 kyleyleger.com is now live!

kyleyleger.wordpress.com will still work, it’ll just send you to kyleyleger.com. I’m excited about the new change and my brain is a flurry of exciting things I want to do. I’ve had this urge for a long time and I’m finally putting thought and effort into it. I love writing and always have. It’s about time I spend some quality time with my words. Along with this change also comes a strong need to start working on some creative pieces. I’ve been working on some artwork for the boy’s rooms and I’m really excited about them!

Lots of fun, new things happening on Leger Lane. I hope you stick around to see them! And, update your bookmarks or feeds to the new address.

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When I picked the photos for my header, I looked for ones that included Maximus and us. While my options were thin, the memories are vivid.

Bryan and Maximus

I think I remember all of the night Maximus was born, but there’s a good chance I may not because of the c-section drugs. I could barely keep my eyes open because I was so drowsy. Actually, I don’t remember them wheeling my bed from the recovery room to my room. I do remember my parents coming into the room and I think Bryan walked with me into the room. I think he left and wheeled Maximus into our room. (I don’t think a nurse wheeled Maximus in…) I think Bryan put Maximus in my arms. Now, I’m realizing I “remember” that night but it’s all pretty fuzzy! One of my parents (my dad?) took a picture of Bryan, Maximus and I. It’s the only family picture we have from when he was born, and I look like I just got out of surgery! Ha. I look really groggy and it was all I could do to smile. It’s not a pretty picture of me, but I have it framed and show it because it’s the first day of the rest of my life as a mommy. Back to THIS picture…after our family picture and some pictures of just me and Maximus (that also aren’t very good) and some pictures of my parents and Maximus and I, then Bryan took him. Bryan was walking with him across the room. It was really his first time holding Maximus and getting to really look at his face. Someone had put the camera on my bed. In my groggy, just got out of surgery, haze, the blogger in me picked up my camera and turned it on. I have no idea how I got a good picture because I’m sure I barely looked through the eye slot. Not to mention that it was 10:30 at night in a dimly lit hospital room. Regardless, I will forever be grateful that I took this picture. It means this first daddy-son moment is forever captured!

Me and Maximus

Maximus was about four or five days old. This was one of my first times out of bed. I was so sore and in pain that I couldn’t hold Maximus without having a pillow propped under me. Bryan and I were getting ready to start season 1 of Entourage. This became a nightly routine of ours those first few weeks. We stopped and haven’t gotten up-to-date on the episodes, but it was a fun way to spend each evening. I would nurse Maximus and we’d watched a few episodes. As the weeks passed, we’d move him to his bassinet after he fell asleep. I think this picture was taken the night that we took Maximus out for the first time. Or, maybe I just think that because I wore the same clothes for quite a while! (I could only wear one pair of pants because everything else touched my incision.) His first outing was a night softball game to watch his uncle. I was a slow mover and leaned on the stroller the whole time we were there. Maximus slept because that’s what newborns do. I had him dressed appropriately in a baseball onsie so he fit right in. I asked Bryan to take this picture because I knew we hadn’t taken a lot of camera pictures and I knew there were none of me since the ever-s0-amazing post-surgery pictures. This is another goodie that I’ll always cherish because of the memories associated with it. I can look at that picture and be taken back to those first few weeks. The night-time feedings, the quiet of the house, the way the house seemed to change before our eyes, and the routine that quickly fell into place.

Maximus and Wrigley

I’ve been very good about taking pictures every month. I want to look back at his first year and see how Maximus has grown. I asked Bryan to take the pictures because for some reason I felt like I needed help. I decided that Maximus was starting to gain substance and I wanted to have him sit up. Isn’t that what four months old do?  To the nursing chair we went (that still sits in our room and hasn’t made it to his nursery…). Bryan snapped a few pictures while I adjusted the blinds so we could get some natural light. Maximus was kind of into smiling but not completely loving it or doing it on demand. After a while, Wrigley wanted in on the action and jumped up on the chair and sat down. We rolled with it and caught a couple of pictures of the two of them. I don’t remember much about the rest of this day. I think this was the first time Maximus wore his Cyclone sleeper. And I think it was a lazy Sunday. Outside of that, I remember the photo shoot. I know this will be the first of many pictures of our two babies.

Blog changes!

I’m slowly ticking things off my to-do list! Last week I finally got around to updating my blog design. It was easy-peasy. I just changed it to a pre-loaded WordPress theme. When you get to preview the choices, it’s pretty easy to pick! I was looking for something simple.

  • I like white space.
  • I like clean fonts.
  • I like clean formatting.
  • I like small headings.
  • I like proper capitalization.
  • I like proper line spacing in and outside of paragraphs.
  • I like pictures to show up the way I want them. (Read: no crazy HTML reformatting)
  • I like bullet points to be clean and “normal.”
  • I need a theme with the option to customize my header.

As you can see, I’m kind of picky about what I want. There are thousands of blog themes available so it can get tiresome looking through them all. I found my theme pretty quickly so I’m happy to say it wasn’t a hard process. I usually scan through and preview ones I like. I make a mental note of the name and look through a few more pages to make sure I don’t see something better. I usually compromise and lose something that I like, but I can’t remember if I am missing anything in this new design. If I am, it obviously wasn’t a deal-breaker since I switched and have already forgotten it. 🙂

Along with my new theme came my new header! As any designer will tell you, I had to pick out my theme before I could design my header. (I am not calling myself a designer. Just pointing out the concepts.) You have to know what you’re matching before you can try to match it. I used my Photoshop eye drop tool to grab the blue in my theme so I could match the opacity and shade of a complimentary color. I couldn’t decide which color I liked better, a light green or violet. So, I decided to come up with a way to include both. My options included background, additional color spaces, and text. I went back and forth on including pictures or not. In the end, I decided I wanted pictures because my blog name isn’t a brand. My blog name is me. So, my header is me (and my family). I’m always thinking about a clever new blog name, but so far nothing has jumped out at me. I did decide that my header should include a little design element in terms of a story. That’s why I decided to do B + K = M. While I like the concept included in my header, I didn’t want to change my blog name. So, I left my name as the blog name and just added some text to my design. I played around a little bit and decided that I wanted descriptors about the blog “players.” Believe it or not, I had a hard time coming up with photos of Bryan and I with Maximus. And, I couldn’t decide what picture to use of Maximus because there are hundreds. I finally decided I would include one with Wrigley too, so it really is all my family. (No worries, no babies were licked during the shooting of these pictures.) 

I’m happy with a refreshed look to my blog. I’m also happy that I can make quick changes and thirty minutes later feel like my blog is rejuvenated! It was just the kind of motivation I needed to get myself back into blogging regularly.