Friday Things


We've been trying different foods. The only one she's a fan of so far is apples. Pears and prunes are not her thing but she chowed down on some apples.

This week has been filled with reading, eating Which Wich twice in one day (I missed you, Which Wich), shopping, walking in the park, and Ellie learning new tricks like flipping onto her belly and wiggling like a baby seal when she's supposed to be napping.

Food:
We started making pizza once a week. We did this most of the time already, but since we moved and started shopping at Publix, we started buying their pizza dough and it is hands down the best pizza dough we've tried. So fluffy and crispy. I like pineapples on my pizza sometimes.

Books:
I have two library memberships now! My one from Delaware is still good (until I don't know when) and I got a membership in SC this week. This is a recipe for madness. They both have Overdrive, so I can check out ebooks. My holds list is gonna be out of control. Also, the wait list for books in my county in SC is way shorter than Delaware.

Reading:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This was one of the books that had a wayyy shorter wait than my previous library, so I am pumped to read it. I'm almost halfway through and I love it. Blake Crouch is excellent at writing twisty books.


Baby Smiles:
Ellie's full-tilt these days. She wants to play all the time and her giggle is awesome. She goes absolutely bonkers in her bouncer and I am pretty sure she is going to get everywhere by jumping before walking or crawling.



Funnies:
I have been cracking up over the United memes, but here's something unrelated. I can't stop laughing.
Also, this is important:

What else should I put on my reading list RIGHT now? Are you reading anything good? I've already got a mile long list from the book link-up, but I am always curious what people are reading. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

What I've Been Reading

Quick updates: We moved! We're getting settled! I have kept up with blogging not at all! I keep my eyeballs on Instagram sometimes to see updates. Sometimes not. I can never decide what should take the front seat - Ellie obviously, and then I have a thousand things I want to do in the little spare moments I get. And sleep - I pretty much always choose sleep about an hour after she goes to bed.


I missed last month's linkup, so I have a bunch of really good books to share. I haven't read a ton but I have hit some fantastic ones, lately, and a couple just alright.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham - 5 stars
I loooooove Gilmore Girls, so it's no surprise I loved this book. It was a nice surprise that Lauren Graham seems as down to earth and funny as you would think she'd be. There were so many good stories about Gilmore Girls and her life before, and she has a great sense of humor.

The Lauras by Sara Taylor - 3 stars
via NetGalley
This was a coming of age type story about a character named Alex, and it is not clear if the character is a male or female. It was definitely intentional and an interesting take. I didn't identify very much with the character although he or she was in a tough situation - the story follows Alex and the mother moving around the country and explaining the mother's backstory. I recommend if you like stories about disconnected families getting to know each other.

Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey - 3 stars
via NetGalley
I usually enjoy short stories - I think I prefer a certain genre of short stories. I was expecting more magical realism, which is probably my favorite, and this had more realism than magic. Some of them were unexpectedly sad (elephant!), others were interesting, and overall it was not bad but didn't hook me.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes - 5 stars
I knew nothing about Shonda Rhimes before starting this book and didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I was thinking it would be more of a self-help style book, so I wasn't that quick to take it off my to-read shelf, but it's a personal story/biography that's funny and a fascinating look at how one person changed.

Also, I was mildly interested in Grey's Anatomy before, and now I really want to see it. I've never actually seen more than the pilot. If I ever get TV time, I'm going to jump into it. The book feels especially relevant to me right now since she talks about motherhood and I agree with lots of her viewpoints, but I feel like it would be massively spot on even if you are not a mother.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Iron Carmon and Shana Knizhnik - 4 stars
RBG is another lady I knew very little about before getting into the book, aside from what I'd seen Kate McKinnon portray on SNL ("you just got Ginsburnnnned!"). I knew I would be a big fan already, and it was interesting reading about her. This is the kind of book that makes you want to get up and become an activist or judge and feel both outraged by our nation and satisfied by RBG's wins or dissents. I loved reading about her personal life, especially the relationship between her and her husband. They seem like two people who were just perfect for each other.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison - 5 stars
This was something completely different and disturbing. In the beginning, it's hard to get a read on the storyteller, but by the end you fully understand her and it comes to a well-worth-it conclusion. This was strange, graphic without being descriptive, and unsettling. I could not wait to get back to it to find out what happened next when I stepped away.

Currently reading:
I can't get enough feminist/equal rights books.

I have realized that I read more non-fiction when I have real life stuff to focus on - anybody else do that? Somehow it's easier for me to jump in and out of non-fiction and it holds my interest.

I'm linking up with Steph and Jana today for Show Us Your Books.

Moving + Baby Update

Things are a little crazy around our house but maybe I can share a quick update, and spam everyone with baby pictures. We decided to move - we are going to be moving from Delaware to South Carolina!

We had planned for Ellie and I to go there anyway, while Greg was in training, but since we are still waiting on news on that, we are all going down to my mom's house. Our apartment is getting too crowded and we both need a break from the schedule we were following. If we hear back that Greg's application went through, he'll go to military training, and if not we will probably stay in SC and look for a place down there. Either way, we will be moving this weekend!

Ellie has been up to so much, lately. I can't believe how much she changes so quickly.

She loves taking selfies with me.

She can stand pretty well on her own, with a little help for balance!

She can rotate 360 degrees on her play mat and tries really hard to crawl. Babyproofing will be needed as soon as we move!

Sometimes Google Photos makes gifs for me. She's trying to crawl!

The Exersaucer is her favorite thing. She will jump around and babble all day in it.

She loves her Sassy zebra and giraffe toys, and Greg loves to stick things on her head.

She also loves to rip out chunks of my hair, so it's up pretty much all the time.

She does really well sitting up on her own, until she falls over.

She's more interested in eating her bib and playing with her chair than actually eating her oatmeal cereal.

She loves to smile.

Sometimes she is SUPER happy to see me in the morning.

She saw her first snow storm and was very interested but wasn't a huge fan. I'm glad we had one big snowfall before we move!

She keeps growing! She'll be 6 months in 2 weeks, and we just bought 9 month jammies yesterday because she's too long for her 6 month ones.

Our sleep has improved, although you never know when babies are going to change things up. We may have to work on it again once we move - we've been doing some sleep training, which has helped us all get a little more sleep. If only I could sleep train my cat so she would stop clawing the door at 5 am for me to feed her.

Currently... March

My life is seemingly endless state of waiting, and mostly I complain a lot, but if you can't complain on the internet, where can you complain? Things are good, Ellie's good, Greg is probably going a little stir crazy watching her every day but is a great dad.

Feeling: Ready to get the show on the road! So, to catch you up to date and since I rarely post about it on here, Greg is trying to transition from Air National Guard to active duty, which I totally support. However, we've been trying to do this since he got back in August last year and it takes forever. We finally got the recruiter to get all the paperwork in a couple weeks ago, so now he says he's done all he can and we are waiting to hear if it was approved or not.

I have accepted whatever news we are going to hear - I just want to know! We are not sure how long till we hear back. If it's approved, we have more to do as far as getting dates scheduled for things he has to do, and if not, we've talked about a different plan that we are both fairly happy with and we will see how that goes. Ellie is only getting bigger and bigger, so either way, I'd like to move in the next few months (more to come on that as we find out more).

Trying: Ellie tried formula for the first time the other day. Her face was summed up like this.

I guess 5 months of boob milk means change is not easy. We're not changing to formula, but may try to supplement if we find one she likes, because I work full time and she's become bottle addicted. I am pumping even on the weekends now.

Reading: Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey. It's a book of short stories, which works well for me since I am having trouble getting invested in things. I've read the first story so far, which I liked.

Watching: I have not watching annnyything in forever (okay, since I started work), but Greg and I watched Passengers a while ago. I liked it, but the trailer made it seem more space thriller-y. I have a space thriller obsession (give me alllll the space movies), but this was like a space love story.

Playing: We got Ellie these foam mat things, because my mom was insistent that she needs to lie on the floor and play. OKAY, ALREADY, MOM! We have a tiny space with hardwood floors, so we couldn't just throw her on the floor. So we got these mat things. They are really cute and work well. The only problem is that Ellie has become so expert at rolling, she will hardly ever stay on her tummy. Her head totally makes her top-heavy, and her little legs pop up in the air behind her, and she rolls. She can't help it. It's cute, anyway.

Loving: This face, every day. This is the face I leave when I go to work.

Also, this is her face after she farted towards my face while I was eating a cookie.

Wishing: We could figure out this sleep thing. The last couple days we've started making some changes. So far, less hourly wake-up's and what we need to work on is how to avoid 3 am being a time to be wide awake, whacking toys in the pack n play.

I'm linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What's New With You, today.

Things I Didn't Know About Having a Baby

+ The sleep deprivation is real. Like 'haha, new parents get no sleep' is something everybody knows. But I did not know why sleep deprivation is a good form of torture. Now I do. Just saying.

+ Just when you think you've got the hang of things, baby says, "Nah. Let's completely do everything differently." Again with sleep - great, we've got things figured out. Oh wait, here comes the 4 month sleep regression. Will life ever be the same again?

+ Life hits the extremes - I'm extremely happy or extremely sad at times.

+ Everything she does is totally amazing. I never thought I'd be so excited to see someone roll. She can now roll at will. This is as close to proof as I have.

+ She can drive me crazy overnight and then be totally adorable in the morning.

+ I will now cry at anything remotely parenting related in a movie or TV show.

+ I never know if I'm doing anything right. Should I keep breastfeeding? How long should I keep the swaddle? How long should she go between naps? My questions never end in my head.

+ I think babies already have a personality at birth. She's always wanted to be close to us and seemingly has no interest in personal space, although she will put up with it if we are at least in the same room.

+ When she laughs, I laugh. It's scientific fact.

+ She's almost 5 months old and I still don't know all the answers and am always looking for the next milestone. I keep looking for the next stage when things get easier.
+ People will give you lots of unneeded advice. Today, someone told me that their baby never napped after three months and slept through the night. That's unhelpful as well as unlikely. My mom has no memory of me waking up during the night. I'm pretty sure we forget these things as kids get older.

+ Life is great, but also really hard. There are lots of ups and downs. Ellie is totally amazing in all ways. I don't want to sugar coat it and say that taking care of a baby + balancing life is easy, though. It's crazy! Totally bananas. Some days are better, some worse. But at the end of it all, I've got this sweet baby beast AKA Stormageddon, because what else would she be called.

I had a sleep deprived night if you can't tell, but on the bright side, Greg has taken to making me pies while he's at home with Ellie, so there are many good things in this world - pie being one of them. Tonight I will have a slice of strawberry pie before going in for another round.