Wednesday, May 31, 2017

April/May Book Review

April was not a good month for reading...


You see, I spent most of April adapting to my new sleep (or lack of sleep) schedule, so any time I picked up a book my eyes would close. While I did manage to read one book...I didn't feel like it deserved it's very own blog post...hence the April/May mash up :-)

At the beginning of the year when I set my goal of reading 2 books per month, I knew I would have to be flexible with this, especially once baby was here. I started out the year strong and built up a bit of a cushion, so even with my lack of reading in March and April I am still doing pretty good.

My hands are a little full these days (literally) so I have been reading lots of e-books because they are easier to read while nursing or snuggling my sweet baby while he naps. I have also started running again, and reading on the treadmill always makes it a bit more bearable.


While I only read one book in April, I managed to read 4 in May...not really sure how that happened, but I ain't mad ;) 

There isn't a lot of variety in my books this month...lots of light, easy, chick-lit type books which is exactly what I needed in my sleep deprived state...focusing on complicated plots/story lines just wasn't in the cards for me this month.

Here are this month's books...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30821598-my-not-so-perfect-life

I had high hopes for this book...I mean, it's Sophie Kinsella...her books are great, right? Well...some of them are...but this one? Eh...it gets a 3 out of 5 for me. The characters fell flat, the story-line was juvenile, and the plot was very predictable...and while it wasn't exactly up to par for me, I do have to say it wasn't the most terrible book I have ever read. I think it's just been a few too many years since I have read a Kinsella book and maybe I expected too much? It was a light read filled with funny parts and a quirky main character...so I suppose if you like that sort of thing you might like this book. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962891-winter-storms

I am always on the fence about Elin Hilderbrand...I have LOVED some of her books and hated others...there isn't really an in-between. This book was the 3rd and final book in a series that I read last year and really enjoyed, so when it finally became available at the library I jumped at the chance to read it. I definitely enjoyed this book, much like I did the previous 2 in the series. It's light-hearted, quirky, and fun...and definitely worth a read. You do have to read the first 2 before however, and let me tell you once you read those you will have to read this one because each book kind of leaves you hanging and dying to know how it all turns out :) 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939223-the-mother-s-promise

My heart still breaks a little when I think about this book...and while I LOVED it (as I do all of Sally Hepworth's books) it probably wasn't my best decision considering I just had a baby and those hormones are sticking around making me extra weepy. I loved this book and I would say it was easily my favorite from the month. Sally Hepworth never disappoints!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1466455.Three_Wishes

I am a huge Liane Moriarty fan and I think I have read just about every one of her books...so when I was perusing the e-book selection online and came across this one (with not wait list) I immediately downloaded it. While this book is very different from her other novels I still enjoyed it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25883848-the-hating-game

This book...ugh. I am not even sure where to begin with my review. Let's just start with the fact that I gave it 2 stars...which I rarely (if ever) do...and I have to say 2 stars was awfully generous. I actually read this book pretty fast, but I think it was because I was either a) hoping it would get better or b) just trying to get it over with...I'm leaning more towards b. This book failed in so many ways...now, I don't read romance novels and had no idea that was the direction this one would take. The author spent 95% of the book trying to built up the sexual tension between the two characters and then when they finally hooked up it was laugh out loud funny...no joke, I laughed my way through the "steamy" sex scene. On top of that there were SO MANY (way too many) references to how small or big the characters were. At one point Lucy had to be helped up onto a bar stool in a diner because she is so tiny. #EyeRoll I mean really, this book was one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read...I read it on recommendation from other people...so I guess it could just be me and my lack of appreciation for romance novels...so take my opinion with a grain of salt :)

That's all for this month! I am currently about half-way into my current book and I am LOVING it! Lil' B has his 2 month shots today...so I have a feeling we will be snuggled up on the couch all afternoon, so I may get some extra reading in :)

You can see all the books I have read and follow me HERE on Goodreads
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life With Benny: 2 Months


How can it be sweet boy, that you are already 2 months old!? The days have just flown by, and the changes you have made in the last month are remarkable! Your little personality is starting to shine through and you just seem to get more fun by the day. I often find myself torn between wanting time to stand still and looking forward to these new stages that are to come.

Height: 23" (46%)
Weight: 11lbs 5 oz (37%)
Head: 15.5" (32%)

Diapers

We are officially in size 1's and they are finally fitting comfortably. We finished up our box of newborns about 2 weeks ago and while the 1's were a little big for a week or so lil' man is growing like a weed and they fit perfectly now.

This month we also learned that we are definitely a Pampers Swaddlers family...we tried some other diapers that we had received as gifts and after a few leaks and blow-outs with other diapers we won't be using anything else. #TeamPampers

Clothes

I packed away all of his newborn clothes...and I am proud to say that zero tears were shed. Yes, I am sad that he is growing, but also so excited to transition to the 0-3 month clothes because he has so many more and they are so cute! We did go through a stage where newborn clothing was a little small, but the 0-3 was still too big in pants...so he went without pants for a week or so :)

Food

He is eating every 2 1/2-3 hours for about 10 minutes at a time. I was a little concerned that he wasn't eating long enough...but his doctor said that since he is gaining weight and is satisfied for 2-3 hours he is getting plenty, and that he is just an efficient eater.

We introduced bottles last month and have been pretty consistently giving him at least one bottle a day. Most days it's just a 1oz bottle with his probiotics and then when he finishes that I nurse him, so I can avoid pumping.

There have only been a few instances where he eats from the bottle exclusively and that is only if I am gone for more than 3 hours...and let's be honest that has only been one or two times...otherwise mommy likes to be selfish and soak up the extra snuggles! I know breast-feeding isn't for everyone...but for me it's something that I enjoy and I treasure those precious moments with my boy...even in the middle of the night :)

Sleep

While he is still rather unpredictable in this department it has been a MUCH better month. He is now exclusively sleeping in his own space!! No more sleeping on mommy and daddy's chests and I no longer have to pull the bassinet up next to the bed and rock it while begging and pleading for him to fall back asleep :)

For the most part he is sleeping 3-4 hour stretches and mommy and daddy feel like they are getting SO much sleep ;) My favorite nights have been when he only wakes up once...last week he went down at 9:15 and woke up at 2AM to eat and then slept again until almost 5AM! This was the ultimate celebration because not only did I get some quality sleep, but I was able to get him back down to sleep so I could go for an early morning run! When I got back he was still sleeping and stayed sleeping until I got done showering and getting cleaned up. This is a schedule I could get on board with.

**Sleep has definitely been the hardest part of the whole parenting thing thus far. I know all babies are different, but it's so hard not to feel like a failure when your baby isn't sleeping well. There were many nights this month that renewed my spirit...and several where I felt defeated and like I was failing at this whole mom thing! My goal for this next month is to go easier on myself :)

Milestones

This month he became so much more interactive. He makes eye contact and will track objects...one night he couldn't take his eyes off my ice cream and he followed it everywhere I moved it. #DefinitelyMyKid

He is smiling and cooing (mostly at his mommy), which damn near makes my heart explode every time. His first smile came on the heels of a rough night of sleep and it was luckily a Saturday morning when daddy was home. We were all 3 sitting in bed just chatting when he flashed us that cute little grin. I am not ashamed to say that I teared up.
Tummy time is still not his priority, but he is getting better at holding his head up. He is a champ at holding up his head and looking around when we are holding him...and he LOVES standing up in our laps. He is a very curious little guy and wants to look around at everything!

Likes

Snuggles, snuggles, and more snuggles...although he is giving me a bit of break and is doing better with being put down. He had a clingy couple of weeks, but he will now sit in his bouncy chair or Rock n' Play for longer periods of time now, although he would prefer to lay on his activity mat. He is enthralled with those silly little animals and the music...AJ and I even have favorite tunes :)

He wasn't a huge fan of baths at first, but now I would have to say they might be one of his favorite things. I have found that when he is fussy or unsettled, that if I put him in the bath he calms right down. One day I gave him a bath and he lost it when I took him out...he has come along way :)

This kid is just like his daddy and he LOVES music! I pretty much have music on all day and he loves when I sing to him...it's a sure fire way to get smiles and coos out of him. He also loves laying on the floor and "dancing" with a little help from mommy :) Dance parties are another favorite, although 99.9% of the time they put him right to sleep!

Dislikes

Waiting to eat...he's a hangry lil' guy ;)

His car seat...he does NOT like being strapped down and while he is okay if the car is moving...watch out if you stop at a stop-light.

 The sound of a soda can opening. He doesn't mind them  when he is awake, but if he is asleep...this is a sure fire way to wake up him. I swear this kid can hear them from a mile away. For now you can find us downstairs in the laundry room opening our sodas ;)

Month Two Highlights

This month was once again filled with lots and lots of snuggles...







Smiles on smiles on smiles...although these are tough to catch on camera...

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A cat nap or two...















 

 



 

 

 

 



 

SO.MUCH.POOP...

 


A public embarrassment...which will always be known as #TheSushiTrainCatastrophe

 


His first Mother's Day...





An afternoon at the shop with Grammy and Poppy...




His first micro-brew fest


Tummy Time...



A visit to mommy's school..


 

Morning Naps out in the sun room with mommy...

 

An internal struggle...does he like sun room naps or no?

 




and tons of sweet little moments...