Monday, October 15, 2018

Raphael - 6 Months

I can't believe Raphael is now 6 months old! My plan was to make an update every month on the blog, but I think I'm going to make updates every couple of months.


Size: Raphael is continuing to gain weight. We were taking him every two weeks or so for weight checks. His doctor was so happy with his latest weight check. He is now 13 pounds and his length/height is 24.5 in. Raphael is wearing 3-6 months clothing and is in size 2 diapers.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is still going well and it's still Raphael's primary source of food. He still gets two bottles of fortified breastmilk. We also started solids! Raphael has tried baby cereal, applesauce, and banana (baby food).

Sleep: Raphael is still sleeping more at night, but he does wake up at least once during the night. I am also still pumping at night.

Loves: He still loves bath time. He loves playing with his toys and brothers. We bought Raphael the Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat and he likes it. It's one of my favorite baby purchases.

Dislikes: He still dislikes the car seat and not being in motion. He hates when we take too long to feed him.

Things I Want To Remember:

  • We started solids! We tried baby cereal, applesauce, and bananas.
  • The face he made when he tried baby food for the first time.
  • He is babbling and cooing even more!
  • His first Fall and Halloween event! We went to his brothers' fall festival and we had a blast. 
  • His costume is Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

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Until next time...

Friday, October 12, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.



1. A busy week

2. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

3. Fall weather

4. Rain

5. Sound Machine

6. So many opportunities

7. Fall and Halloween treats

8. Morning and afternoon walks

9. Reading blogs

10. All the fall things!!!!!

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Monday, October 8, 2018

What I Read in September

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a great weekend! We went to a fall festival. We usually go to at least one fall festival, but we plan to go to at least two festivals this year. This festival was so much fun. The boys wore their costumes and played some games. We can't wait to go to the next festival and go on some more fall adventures.

This weekend, I read a lot of blog posts and I started reading a new book. Here's to hoping that I can reach my reading goal for this month. Last month, I didn't accomplish my reading goal, but I am happy to say that I did read one book. I also read a lot of amazing blog posts. If there are any blogs that you love, please let me know. I love finding new blogs.

Below is the book that I read as well as the blog posts that I loved.


Must Read

I read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I loved it! I love Austin's blog. I wanted to read Steal Like An Artist, but my library didn't have that book in stock. Instead of waiting to read that book, I decided to read Show Your Work (I think it's his second book) and I'm so glad that I did. 

The book is filled with illustrations, quotes, and stories on about getting your work discovered. I love that he focuses on using the network rather than actually networking. This was such an informative read.

There were two things that Austin wrote that have stuck with me. One of those things is his idea to read obituaries. It may sound a bit morbid, but his reasoning makes a lot of sense. Austin wrote, "Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine." If that isn't a motivator then I don't know what is.

At the end of the third chapter, Austin wrote "Don't say you don't have enough time". This is something that I have often said when I haven't been able to do something that I actually did want to do. I love that he suggested using a timer in order to work on stuff. I have been using a timer whenever I work in my journal as well as to read. Using a timer has helped and I have noticed that I have been getting closer to reaching my reading goals. He also mentioned finding time in between big tasks. I have tried this and I have found time in between various tasks to work on stuff I want to get done. Sometimes I'll read in my car while I wait for my boys to get home from school or I'll work when everyone is asleep. 

Show Your Work is such a great read and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read Steal Like An Artist as well as his new book Keep Going.

Blog Posts I Loved

This post about showing up for your friends is so good. I always feel bad when I have to cancel or reschedule things with friends. 

Sarah's letter to her son is so sweet.

I love how Kelli used her stamps and a pattern stamping technique in her journal.

This. I think everyone should read this. 

Emelia's post on her experience and thoughts on NICU life is amazing. As you may know, my little one was born early and had to stay in the NICU. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read Emelia's story.

What did you read in September?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 5, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Finding Starbucks' Molten Chocolate latte in individual size bottles

2. Waffles

3. Quiet mornings

4. Cooler weather in the mornings

5. Fall and Halloween movies

6. Chick-fil-A

7. Halloween candy

8. Raphael's laughter

9. Happy Mail

10. Organizing my "work" space

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Goals

Happy Wednesday! September went by so fast! I'm so excited for October. I have so many things planned and it's going to be a really busy month. I can't wait to go to a few fall festivals and Halloween events.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my goals for October. Before we get to my new goals, let's have a little recap on my goals from September.



Recap of September Goals
  • Read 2 books: This was a fail. I did read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I will be sharing a review soon. I also read a lot of blogs.
  • Publish 12 blog posts: I posted exactly 12 times. I actually wanted to blog more than 12 times, but I'm glad that I was able to accomplish this goal.
  • Make 3 greeting cards: This was a fail. I didn't make any cards. Actually, I didn't really work that much on any projects.
  • Try 3 new recipes: This was a fail. I do have a list of recipes that I want to try, but I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to choose.
  • Go on a "No Spend" month: This was a fail. To be fair, I did purchase things that I meant to get in August. I did so well until the end of the month.
October Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Make 3 greeting cards
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Work in my journal
  • Clean out the trunk of my car 

What are your goals for October?

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Until next time...

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Monday, October 1, 2018

TBB ASKS: Fall 2.0 Q & A

Happy Monday! It's finally October and I'm so excited! October is one of my favorite months because fall is in full swing and Halloween is in October. John and the boys already have their costumes, but I'm not sure which costume I'm going to choose.

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Favorite Fall Color? I love burgundy and olive green.

2. Apple Cider HOT or COLD? I haven't had apple cider in years and can barely remember what it tastes like. I'd probably try it hot. I don't remember ever drinking cold cider.

3. Caramel Apple: Yes or No? Nope. I haven't had a caramel apple in such a long time. I don't hate them, but I also don't love them.

4. Pumpkin Doughnut or Apple Cider Doughnut? Honestly, I've never had a pumpkin or apple cider doughnut. If I had to choose one to try, I'd probably choose the apple cider doughnut since there's already so many pumpkin flavored food.

5. Long or Short Cardigan? Long cardigans. I'm not a big fan of short cardigans or sweaters.

6. Favorite Football or Fall Party Food? BBQ and grape jelly meatballs. They are so good and the perfect fall party (or anytime) food.

7. Orange or White Pumpkins? Orange pumpkins...always.

8. Hayride or Bonfire? Both. Hayrides are so much fun. There's something magical about bonfires.

9. Favorite Fall Baked Good? Pumpkin pie! It's so easy to make and a classic fall dessert.

10. Most anticipated Fall activity? This is a tough one. I'm so excited to take my boys trick or treating and I'm also excited for all of the fall festivals that we plan to attend.

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Until next time...