Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June Book Review

This month was a GREAT month for reading. Switching to e-books has helped tremendously...I can now read while snuggling my sweet baby boy...I mean talk about the life <3

It's also helped that little man is now sleeping better at night...and in his own room!! This means I can now resume my nightly reading before bed #Yipee #ItsTheLittleThings

I read 3 books this month, and would have read 4 if I had been paying closer attention. I was almost done reading a book I had checked out from the library and since it was an e-book when it was due to be returned it automatically...UGH! Usually I will just finish reading and pay the late fee...but with Axis 360 (library app) it doesn't give you that option. Unfortunately, when I went to check it out again it had a hold on it...and not just a few estimated an 86 day wait #Boo However, I checked to see if it was available in paperback and luckily it was. It took me a few days to get to the library to pick it up...and by that time it was July #BookNerdProblems I have since finished the book, but you will just have to wait (on pins and needles I am sure) to hear my review :) 

We are now to the halfway point of 2017 (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN) and I am happy to report that I am actually ahead of schedule for meeting my goal of 24 books!

I go back to work in August, and I am hoping that I can still get in some reading...the beginning of the school year is always crazy and adding in a baby will be a new experience #WishMeLuck


The first book I read this month was one of my favorites for 2017. I had never read any books by this author, but she had been recommended to me in the past...and luckily I was able to check this e-book out from the library without having to wait (most of the good e-books have long waiting lists!) 

This book is about a woman named Emma, whose husband died on their one year anniversary. After his death she moved home and tried to get on with her life. Several years later she is engaged to be married and finds out that her husband who was presumed dead is actually alive. The story follows her heartbreaking journey to choose between her first love and her fiance. 

The story seems kind of hokey, but trust wasn't. Going into it I expected to be annoyed by the story line and the main character, but the story is told beautifully. I would 100% recommend this book. I already have a few more of this author's books on hold at the library.

I love, love, love Lauren Graham. The only thing I love more than Lauren Graham is Lorelei Gilmore and Sarah Braverman. I was so excited to get my hands on this book...but then kind of disappointed. I had high expectations for this book, but it fell a little bit short for me. I felt like there was very little voice in her writing (can you tell I am a teacher?) I felt very disconnected from her as a writer and read through this book in what felt like a monotone voice. It was interesting to read about her acting past and experience on Gilmore Girls. I just have to say I was a tad disappointed overall.

This book...goodness! If you like suspenseful mysteries grab a copy right now! I had trouble putting this book down and even stayed up extra late (10:30PM!) to finish it. 

This book is about a woman who escaped an abusive relationship and took her young daughter and disappeared. Many years later her ex-husband (who had been in jail) is released and she begins to feel like she is being watched. Her new boyfriend is threatened, someone breaks into her home, and she is convinced it is her ex-husband. When she confronts him and involves the police her ex-husband swears it isn't him and that he has changed, but she isn't convinced. 

I was seriously on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this book! So many twists and turns that left me guessing and second guessing myself the whole time. 

Those were my books for June...

Benny and I are busy working on our July books and we will report back next month :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Life Lately: June

I promised myself the last few months that I would do a better job documenting the "excitement" in our lives...and I have failed yet again.

I can't decide if it's my lack of focus and organization these days...or if maybe we just aren't that exciting? I think it's a little bit of both ;) 

June was just like the last few months and went by in a blur...I couldn't even tell you what we did off the top of my head. Thank goodness for pictures (even though they are mostly of Bennett), because they kind of give me an idea of how the month went. 

This month was pretty low key, which isn't the norm for us in the summer, but with a baby who needs a nap every hour or so we keep the excitement to a minimum ;) 

This month...

We went to a Sporting KC Game

Benny slept through the first half...

Pretended he hated the whole experience (even though he loved it)

And in true Smith fashion he took a wonderful selfie :) 

Our family came in town from Ohio...and this is unfortunately the only picture I took #FAIL

Benny and I took our first road-trip together and our first (but definitely not last) trip to the Twin Lakes in Minnesota. 

We went to my cousin Kyle's wedding at Pinehurst

Took our first trip to Home Depot 

Our family from California came to visit and we took some long over-due family photos...

We celebrated this handsome guy's first Father's Day 

We had a family get together with the Dwyer clan...and again my photo taking skills failed me. This is the only photo I have from the night...and I stole it from Caitie ;) 
 Gracie decided that what's Benny's is hers :) 

 We spent a Friday evening over at Caitie and Brandon's...the kids played (Benny slept) and the adults had some delicious adult beverages #WineMe

Benny watched a Royals' game with us #TooYoungForTV #ParentsOfTheYear

We (or maybe just me) drank our weight in frozen sodas from McDonalds ;)

We binge watched Stranger Things

Baths have become our new favorite thing...if that tells you anything #WeAreCool

Life sure is different nowadays, but I wouldn't change it for the world!
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Life with Benny: A Day in the Life (3 months)

  Today was a pretty ordinary day, but it's days like this that I cherish because they are numbered... unforutunately summer break won't last forever and I will have to head back to work #BOO

Friday, June 30th, 2017

7:22 AM- B starts to stir and I check the monitor. He doesn't cry when he wakes up in the mornings, but since finding his voice he definitely uses it to it's full volume. Lots of "shouting" occurs and I head into his room to get him up for the day. 

Lately he has been greeting us with a big ol' smile...and it just melts my heart! I seriously look forward to him waking up in the mornings! AJ and I have an unspoken agreement that if we are both home to wait for the other one...because seriously, those smiles are not something we want to miss.

He smiles even bigger when I release him from his swaddle. He loves being swaddled up tight when he sleeps, but he sure loves being freed in the mornings :)

I get him out of his swaddle and change his diaper...He is full of smiles and there is lots of happy yelling, but like normal he puts his game face on the minute he sees my phone....the shiny apple on the back is very intriguing ;)

After changing his diaper I feed him in his room and soak up the morning snuggles. 

7:45- We head downstairs and he hangs out and listens to music in his Boppy while I make and eat my breakfast. Second to getting him up in the mornings this is my favorite part of our day. He loves music and when mommy sings to him he smiles and coos like crazy...I will enjoy that while I can, because one day he will realize how terrible mommy's voice really is.

8:10- We head to the living room for some tummy time and lots of talking.

8:30- I take him upstairs to try and get his monthly photo taken, but he is exhausted and can hardly stay upright. 

8:40- I decide to wait until after nap to take his picture, and change his diaper to get him ready for nap. I make some tea and grab a snack and head downstairs. 

8:55- He was super tired because he falls asleep immediately. He has been so great about sleeping in his crib for naps and at night, but I still snuggle him for at least one nap per day because I can ;) This stage (and my maternity leave) won't last forever so I want to soak up as many snuggles as I can.

He took an extra long nap and mommy caught up on her TV shows #WinWin

11:00- He wakes up and I take him upstairs to change his diaper and try to take his monthly photos again...

Daddy was working from home so he tried to help get a smile out of him... such luck :) 

While we were attempting pictures lil' man filled his diaper with a fun surprise, so I changed him and we headed downstairs to play.

He loves looking at himself in the mirror, so I used the selfie mode on my camera hoping to get some smiles out of him...he was concentrating much too hard for smiles though.

but don't worry...I eventually caught one :) 

11:50- We head upstairs for his afternoon nap. I change his diaper and swaddle him up tight! He is asleep almost immediately but when I put him in his crib he wakes up. He has been napping so great in his crib, but the last few days he has been fighting it so I scoop him back up and snuggle him a little longer. After he has been asleep for about 45 minutes I put him in his Rock n' Play hoping he will sleep for another hour at least. 

It works and he stays asleep for an hour and 45 minutes! Lil' man was tired! 

While he napped AJ and I had lunch and I took a shower and got cleaned up for the day. 

2:45- He wakes up, I change his diaper and feed him

This succession of photos cracks me up...he wasn't sure he was ready to get up :) 

He was all smiles after I got his diaper changed. 

3:10- I load him up in the car and we head to the doctor's office. He didn't have an official 3 month doctors appointment (so not shots thankfully) but since he started on reflux meds last month I made an appointment to meet with Dr. Foss and check in. 

He was perfect at the doctors' appt...he even smiled and cooed for Dr. Foss. We talked about how his meds were working and I told her that some of his symptoms were returning (gulping, raspy throat, sudden screaming, and fighting me while eating) and she said that since he has gained 2lbs in the last month we needed to up his dosage. This time knowing how much the meds have helped him I didn't shed one tear :) 

4:15- We leave the doctors' office and I run by McDonalds' to pick up a frozen drink for AJ and I. Ever since seeing a commercial last week I have been dying to try them!

The drive through line was long...and B had been patient enough so he proceeded to cry the whole time we waited...he prefers the car when it's moving ;) 

Good news...the crying was worth it because these puppies were DELICIOUS! 

4:50- We finally get home and daddy takes B upstairs to change his diaper and then we take him downstairs so he can nap...another snuggle sesh for mommy #IWontApologize 

He falls asleep almost immediately and we turn on an episode of Stranger Things

I had resisted watching this for months even after lots of people recommended it...I had no clue what it was about and I was sure I wouldn't like it...spoiler alert...I loved it :) 

6:00- Minutes after we finish watching the episode B wakes up #PerfectTiming, so I take him upstairs and change his diaper and try one last time to take his monthly photo.

He was completely OVER taking photos and I gave up on getting a smile out of him :) 

This one might be my favorite...he was mid-sneeze! 

6:15- I take him downstairs and put him in his bouncy chair and unload the dishwasher while AJ orders pizza for dinner. 

We hang out and play for about an hour...he seriously LOVES his bouncy chair. I have to fight his animals for attention. Monsieur Leon (the lion) and Ellie (the elephant) are his best friends :) 

7:20- We head upstairs to get ready for bed. I change his diaper, swaddle him, and feed him. He eats for an extra long time and falls asleep while nursing, which rarely ever happens. 

7:50- He is asleep so I put him in his crib and head downstairs to eat pizza and watch another episode of  Stranger Things. 

9:00- We only watch one episode and I am exhausted so we head upstairs to get the house picked up, let the dog out, and get ready for bed. 

9:25- I hear B rustling around and crying and I look at the monitor and see that his swaddle is coming I head up to his room to fix it. Usually we let him fuss around and he will fall back asleep, but the swaddle is almost over his face and this paranoid momma can't have that ;) 

When I get him up to fix his swaddle he is rooting around and acting hungry so I give him some of the bottle that I had just pumped. I have been trying to pump right before we go to bed so I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to pump...tonight that backfired ;) 

He scarfs down 2 oz in no time flat and is back to sleep and in his crib almost immediately #Phew

9:45- Once he is asleep I head back to bed and AJ and I are on our phones for a little bit before turning off the lamps and going to bed. 

*He still isn't sleeping through the night, so he ends up waking up at 3:30 and then again at 5:30...which isn't ideal, but it's better than it was. We are now getting 5-6 hour stretches of sleep out of him and compared to the 2-3, this is a win!