I really enjoy blogging.
I enjoy getting advice from other women who are in the trenches of motherhood alongside me and sharing memories made by my little family.
With that being said, it is time to unplug for a while.
I will not be moving out into the wilderness Christopher McCandless style, but I will be taking a break from blogging.
I may be back next week, next month, next year or not at all. Who knows?
All I know is that it is time.
1. Playtime with daddy.
2. Cuddles with mommy.
3. Graham Cracker/Strawberry/Raspberry parfaits made by Roger.
4. June’s new play station. It was a gift from grandma. She is pretty overwhelmed by all the different toys (and yes, that is a pillow under her feet because she is still a little bit too small for it, but we couldn’t resist letting her try it out).
June is officially four months old. Yay! In honor of her birthday, here are ten things about June.
1. June has started taking two naps a day, one long nap in the early afternoon and a shorter nap in the late afternoon/evening.
2. She really enjoys music and being sung to.
3. June had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and we found out that she is 17 pounds and 28 inches long. She is definitely going to be tall!
4. June has become so playful. She likes to play with her toys or on her playmat. She also likes to laugh and smile while we make faces at her and tickle her.
5. Speaking of laughing, she started laughing on October 1st. Her laugh is so cute.
6. June has really started noticing things. If I am holding something or doing something, she wants in.
7. June has learned the art of screaming. If she enjoys something, she will scream at the top of her lungs, repeatedly.
8. She is really into grabbing and holding things right now (things such as my hair, my glasses and my clothes are especially interesting).
9. June is a talker. We have many “conversations” throughout the day.
10. We are still going strong with nursing. She nurses every 2 hours throughout the day and frequently at night.
These pictures represent life lately. I haven’t had much time for blogging. My days are consumed with June, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My husband doesn’t care for it, he prefers those sugary energy drinks that I used to drink in high school and can’t stomach anymore, but I am a coffee girl. Luckily, my sister enjoys coffee as much, if not more, than I do so I have someone to share my enthusiasm with.
I gave up coffee early in my pregnancy and avoided it for the first few postpartum months so I could “sleep when the baby sleeps”, but I recently ended my year-long coffee hiatus with a pumpkin spice latté from Starbucks, which was heavenly, but I can’t really justify spending that much on coffee on a regular basis. So, when I saw this iced coffee recipe on The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s blog, I decided to give it a try.
I don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to making coffee in the morning (for some reason June isn’t as riveted by the whole process as I am), but this recipe really couldn’t be any simpler. The end result was pure deliciousness that didn’t lose that full coffee flavor despite the addition of ice cubes.
Give it a try if you are a fellow coffee enthusiast.
June doesn’t enjoy playing on her own. Until recently she didn’t even really enjoy playing with toys. However, we decided to get her a playmat to see if she would enjoy playing with it. It has been a great success so far. She really enjoys touching all the different animals that hang down and is over the moon excited when it makes sound. The only rule is that someone has to stay next to her and play along with her or else she will get lonely and start to cry (luckily, she doesn’t have to worry because we enjoy playing with her). She has also started playing with some of her other toys such as her giraffe, her crocodile and her tucan.
She is growing more and more curious everyday.
On September 28th we (my sister, Roger and I) took June to the zoo for the first time. It was quite an adventure. Her favorite areas were the reptile house, the amphibians, the penguins and the butterflies. She slept in the ERGO through the other exhibits. She was most excited about the butterflies and the snakes because they were very active.
I never noticed how many babies there are at the zoo. There were tons of strollers everywhere. I even saw two other mamas wearing their babies :-).
We will definitely be going back next spring/summer and there are so many exhibits that I know she will enjoy such as:
- the Australian Outback where she will be able to walk among free roaming kangaroos
- the Prairie Dog area where she will be able to go underground in a little tube and pop up among all the prairie dogs
- the Arctic area where she will be able to watch polar bears swim in the water
- the Farm Animal area where she will be able to pet cows, pigs, horses etc.
I just love going on adventures with my baby girl!
Everything looks so much bigger from her point of view.
On September 22, we took June to get pictures taken to celebrate the fact that she is now three months old. I wasn’t sure how she would do, but she actually really enjoyed having her picture taken. She was calm and happy and the photographer couldn’t stop complimenting her for being so easy to work with. My mom, my sister, a friend, Roger and I all went along. As I was standing there watching her get her picture taken, I kept thinking about how much I really enjoy this age. She is still young enough to need me, but old enough to play games and be more aware of things.
We gave her a bath a few hours before we left to get the pictures taken and the unthinkable happened: SHE DIDN’T CRY! This is a huge milestone for us because usually June cries from start to finish and we all end up feeling stressed and rushed. However, this time things were different. Roger entertained her with toys and silly faces while I quickly (but thoroughly) bathed her. She even smiled several times and let me lotion her up and comb her hair afterwards without crying. Since that day we have had several other successful baths. I think that the tide may be turning.
Something about autumn makes me so happy. I am not sure if it is the cool air, the pumpkin spice lattes or the leaves changing.
I can’t wait to introduce June to all things fall.