very helpful lioness

Heads up: Maternity leave starting next week

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 18:19 -- webchick

(Sorry for spamming Drupal Planet with this, but a few people on IRC were saying it might be a good idea for people to get a wider heads-up, given the number of Drupal community hats I wear.)

In a week, we're heading down to Minnesota to pick up our new addition to the family, and so starting May 6 I'll be on maternity leave for 3 months, until ~August 1 (thank you, Acquia!!).

Here's an outline of how that may or may not affect you, and who to talk to instead:

  • For Drupal core commits, the wonderful Alex Pott has been brought on board, and is doing a great job of mowing down RTBC patches. I'm sure I'll still be poking around in the queues myself from time to time, as well, as goodness only knows what Drupal 8 could turn into by August. :D
  • For more "meta" D8 stuff, as well as general Drupal community-related topics not covered below, reach out to the fabulous xjm, who is holding down the fort on that side of things.
  • On the Spark engineering management side of things, the lovely Gábor Hojtsy is holding the reins.
  • For Drupal Association stuff, the marvelous Donna Benjamin will handle Secretarial duties during board meetings, and Tatiana has been doing a great job keeping the community appraised on d.o upgrade process.
  • On the Drupal[.org] governance side of things, I still have some outstanding todos, which I'm going to try and finish up this week. Dries is the main point of contact about this going forward.
  • On Google Summer of Code-related matters, Cary Gordon is leading a BoF discussion at DrupalCon Portland on how to better gear up for next year.
  • Speaking of DrupalCon Portland, I unfortunately won't be attending, so please have double the fun for me, ok? :D

Whew! I think that's everything. :) See you all on the other side of parenthood! EEEEE!


Submitted by can't say (not verified) on

Technically, I think the proper terminology would be a male bundle or female bundle of the webchick entity. :-)

Best of luck -- enjoy that time, it's irreplaceable!

Submitted by Mike Taylor (not verified) on

All should go well and we should see tons of amazing photos! Enjoy your new bonding period. Looking forward to seeing how your life evolves from here on out as you begin this amazing journey

Submitted by Sharon (not verified) on

Babies are a wonderful adventure. It goes so fast! Mine are over 20 and over 6 feet tall now, but it seems like just yesterday that I held them for the first time. Take lots of pictures. Remember that you can't spoil a child by giving them love and attention and time. Good luck!

Submitted by Lindsay (not verified) on

Got your sling yet? Lovely lovely parenting tools! IME, unpadded ring slings, especially from Maya Wrap, are the best. Have fun, Angie! You're going to be a great mom. :)

I'm so happy for you, but I'm also bummed as I looking forward to trying to meet you at DrupalCon this month.

On the parenting side, I loved The Baby Book by Dr. Sears, and browsing developmental articles on babycenter.com can be very useful too. My son is 4 and I still read it often. Good luck!

Great news Angie! Paternity leave was a very special time for me (Thank you Stanford, and California!) , especially as an adoptive Dad. Take as much time as you possibly can!