Currently

Currently.

Reading: Present Over Perfect. Almost done, and man. It’s given me a few solid punches to the gut. In a good way. Have Uninvited and She Reads Truth. Also cannot wait to read the newest from my girl crush, this.
Eating: Whole 30. No surprise there. It’s October Whole 30 time! Every year for the past 3 years I’ve done a round. This is now my 4th, and it took me a few days to get psyched about it. I’ve found some new recipes and I’m excited about cooking. I know how to shop, and I know what kinds of things I like to make and eat.
Thinking About: What’s next. I’m trying to be really focused and present during my days with the boys. But I keep getting little nudges to step out and expand. And I don’t think I’m ready to move on to the seemingly bigger and better stuff on the other side of the grass. I’m trying to make friends, make our home welcoming and build a routine for the boys. And that’s plenty to keep me busy. The sparkly objects keep calling to me, but I’m choosing to just stay the course. The theme for our family this year was: Survive. And we’re really doing it. Next year might make way for other things, but this feels right for now.

Looking Forward to: A fun girls weekend coming up. It’ll be a whirlwind trip, but I’m really looking forward to some quality time with a dear friend and a little alone time. I’m already sad to be missing the boys for those few days, but I think it’s going to be a great weekend for all of us!

 

Enjoying: FALL! We have Fall! It’s amazing and wonderful and just like it is in the movies! I’ve always loved the “fall time,” but in Los Angeles it made me grumpy because the weather was always hot and miserable. Here – it’s so amazing and fresh and comforting. I knew when we decided to move that I needed to have 4 seasons in my life, and I’m so grateful we found it. I may think differently, come Winter. Fall might cause me to dread Winter – but I’m loving it so much, and tying to soak up all the colors and smells and sights. It’s amazing – COME SEE!

 

Learning: How to make friends all over again. Mom dating is hard. Making friends as an adult is hard. Moving to a new place where you only know 2 people is hard. But I’m trying. I’m like a freshman girl in collage. Join all the clubs! Get all the numbers! It’s working, I hope. I’ve met some really great people, and I feel welcomed and included. I have no doubt we’re going to find our village here, and our people. But I miss my other village. A lot.

 

Loving: Livepool jeans. I’m 100% obsessed. I got a pair from StitchFix, and it was the first time they’ve ever sent me jeans. I was skeptical…they looked just like maternity jeans with I pulled them out. Elastic band. But, I put them on and I’m converted. I want to shout it from the rooftops! All women should own a pair. They are the only jeans I’ve worn for the past 3 weeks. I’ve got my eye on a black pair next.

Family

Charly is 3 Months!

3 whole months. 1/4 of a year. Wow.

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Weight: I need to hop on our scale at home with him and see. He’s wearing 9 and 12 month clothing.

Health:  All is well! He’s starting to drool and shove his hands in his mouth so teething is right around the corner. Riley started at 3 months too. I’m praying he handles it better than his older brother. It was a rough several months with set after set coming in. We were done teething was ahead of everyone else – but it was brutal for a long time.
Sleep: 45 min – 1 hour naps are the norm. And he’s sleeping well at night, often only waking once to eat somewhere between 2am – 5am. I’m bracing myself for the 4 month sleep regression though. Boo. He’s really good at falling asleep quickly and on his own. I don’t know if that’s because he’s better at it than Riley was – or if I’ve just intervened less and he’s figured it out on his own. Still using a pacifier to settle down sometimes, but it’s getting less and less so we’ll probably stop using it soon.
Nursing: He’s gotten much more “busy” in the last month so sometimes he’d rather look around than settle down and eat. That’s frustrating for me since I prefer him to eat first thing after waking up, then playing and chilling until it’s time to sleep again. I know it’s all part of the growth spurt he went through and he’s just excited to see the world. We went away for the first time since he was born and Nonny watched him. He wasn’t too excited about eating all his meals from a bottle, but he did OK. I need to remember to keep offering it to him a few times a week so he doesn’t start to completely reject it.

What Charly is up to: We’re just getting into the “sweet spot” where he’s so happy and interactive but also not mobile yet ;) He’s smiling and started to laugh back at me if I laugh at him. It’s so cute. He loved to sit up like a big boy – even though he totally can’t on his own. If you prop him on the couch he’ll immediately lean forward to look at his feet and tip over.

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Cousins!

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Mmm. Feet.
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Please keep those blue eyes

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PostPartum: Wrapped up my Whole30 this month. Lost 11lbs and several inches. Fitting into much more of my clothing, and even got a few new fall things. I’m still a ways from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m not to worried about it. I’m sticking to a mostly Whole30ish diet and enjoying some bread, wine or cheese a few times a week. I’m trying to stay away from sugar as long as possible. Not a single piece of Halloween candy was consumed in our house! My attitude toward eating non-whole30 foods has been to ask myself “is this special, or really really yummy?” I’m not going to eat a bunch of french fries or donuts just because they’re sitting there. But if it’s truly yummy and delicious than sure! Balance. 

Baby Gear: Swaddle Me Velcro Swaddles. 9 (NINE) + 12 month old clothing. Ergo. Britax Carseat + stroller. Activity Mat. Pampers (2).

Thoughts: This was a good month. Halloween was fun! I’m getting really excited for the holidays and our upcoming move – even though it’s months away. I can’t believe we’ll likely see Charly walk in another house, or celebrate his 1st birthday somewhere else. It’s so bittersweet.

Currently

Currently

Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet does a Currently post every once and a while, and I’m a big fan of her blog (and the series) so I thought I’d share my own. Call me a fangirl.

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Reading: JUST started reading Why Not Me via my library eReader system. Can I say how excited I am to have access to an eLibrary?! I’m not even through the intro of the book, so I should get moving on it before I have to renew it! I recently finished 123 Magic (ugh. toddlers) and For the Love (so good).

Eating: Whole 30. Kelly and I started the challenge last Monday so it’s been a week of no diary, booze, legumes, gluten or sugar. I did a challenge a year ago (and got pregnant!) and it was time for me to have a sugar intervention. Breastfeeding = sugar cravings! So far it’s been lots of eggs, Chicken Apple Sausage, green beans, tomatoes, apples (hello Honeycrisp) butternut squash and bananas.

Thinking About: Our someday move. We’ve been talking about it more, and strategizing for what we need to do to make it happen. So many big changes. It’s scary for me, but I’m also excited. We’ll get to experience the 4 seasons! We can have dinner together as a family more than 2 nights a week! We can have date nights!

Looking Forward to: I took a leap and emailed a women’s ministry at the church we attended back when I was pregnant with Riley. We’ve taken an unplanned extended church hiatus and it’s time to get back into the groove. I tried to “put myself out there” and make some church friends, but it didn’t stick. So I’m recommitting. I dislike being the new girl, but I’m trying. There’s a thing called Project Bag Ladies where a group gets together to sew tote bags to sell for charity. I can sew! I want to make friends! So, I’m meeting them on Monday. I did love an email I got earlier, addressing me as a ‘Bag Baby’ since anyone under 50 is baby, and anyone over is just a ‘Bag.’ Hah. Charly’s coming along too ;)

Enjoying: Black coffee + coconut milk. I’m a latte lady normally. I don’t need a fancy coffee drink (I pass on the PSL craze) but I do like a creamy coffee. Whole 30 coffee is either black or with approved coconut/almond milk. Drinking coffee ‘stripped down’ really makes you appreciate good coffee. Man. There’s some bitter/burned brews out there.

Learning: About some new music! I used to be keyed into all kinds of fun and current music. Not so much anymore. I recently found Johnnyswim and I’m really liking them. Mellow. Sweet. And I love a strong male/female sound. Oh. And I’m learning how to use Snapchat (eek!) and Periscope. I’m just getting into Snaps [daniellajoyy] but I won’t be ‘scoping – I just like following along. Jess Connolly is my current fave.

Loving: My happy little Charly baby. Man. I got lucky (#blessed) with him. Riley’s a very typical toddler – high energy and loud. And he can for sure throw a tantrum. But. He’s also really funny and sweet. Charly is mellow and laid back, just like his Daddy. When Riley’s high-need, Charly can chill and wait for me to get to him. Thank goodness. Since I solo parent most of the week it’s been so much more doable having a mellow newborn.