Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Six Months Ago...

I had a newborn. He was tiny and helpless and I loved him so much I couldn't believe it. Now I have this baby... this baby who looks more and more like a little boy every day. Who is growing physically and mentally and I have to step back in awe, because until I had one of my own, I had no idea children progress that way. And, of course, I still love him so much, so much more, I can't believe it...

But instead of getting all mushy here, I'd like to say:

      +  I love that he's "read" 69 books in his first six months of life.

      +  I love that he prefers to hold these books and turn the pages himself - and has been doing so for months! Board books? Nah. He likes the paper pages - and doesn't crumple them!

      +  I love that I walk into his room some mornings and he either grins up at me, or is busy "reading" a fabric book he keeps in his bed.

      +  I love that sometimes he gets so excited when he sees me, he either hides his face in delight before peeking again, squeals, or flails his limbs. If I'm lucky, it's a combination of all three.

      +  I love that he still sometimes just wants to be cuddled, and melts perfectly into my arms and rests his head just so against my neck.

      +  I love that he seems to know when his daddy and I are staying up late, and will wake up and want to hang out in the living room on the couch with us.

      +  I love that we're still going strong with breastfeeding, six loooooong months in!

      +  I love that he's such a charmer, winning over all of our family (but of course), friends, and any woman who lays eyes on him.

      +  I love that he already has such a big personality, and I get to see him grow into it every day.

I love that he is cute, and smart, and healthy, and mine-all-mine!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

An Informal Poll

What do you blog about when you don't know what to say anymore?

1. I love my graduate program. Do you want to hear about classes I'm taking about library science, social media, and children's lit? I have a book review blog specifically for school/book reviews, so a lot of that can be posted there... and you can read it HERE!

2. I love my baby. Do you want to hear about what I do with him? What milestones he hits and how it makes me feel? I stopped updating Made Up Mamas because I wanted it to be a community effort, and at least one friend was supposed to keep it up with me. When it didn't become that type of outlet, I imported all of my posts into this blog. So I could write about the babe, but I'm not a mommy blogger, and I don't know what to say about him that would delight my regular audience - or at least, who I think my regular audience is.

3. I love reading. I only post reviews of young adult and children's books on How I Feel About Books, but I'll still post reviews of my favorite books here. I've been doing it quarterly, with the last of this year's coming up soon. But maybe next year I should go back to doing it monthly. And maybe I should post ones I didn't like as well, instead of weeding out my favorites.

4. Blips of Life. I used to really enjoy doing these posts, but now I use (and, I'm not ashamed to admit, love) Instagram, so reposting those photos here is kind of pointless. You can follow my personal account (@_allisonwrites) and my book account (@howifeelaboutbooks).

5. Fill in the blank. What did I used to write about? Traveling, random stuff I guess. I feel like I used to be more fun, more funny, more interesting. Am I now all about school and my son, right? Will says no, but that's how I feel. I want to get back to writing. I want to work on sketch writing some more, and try to film some stuff, put it up online, something. I want to get a jump start on my practicum/potential career, I want to do so much. But I also want to spend time with my son, because he's already almost six months old - be still my heart. So... there's that. I lose my train of thought way too easily these days.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I'm not here.

Today's post, or lack thereof, is sponsored by: not fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans; not fitting into fat jeans; not fitting into a top I wore while pregnant; my formerly-perfect-sleeper of a baby waking up every three hours screaming; the same babe biting me while nursing then screaming himself to sleep for the past two days; feeling drained by school projects; feeling socially isolated; feeling down because of the cold and dreary weather, leading to a morning meltdown...

Remedied by having a nice cold afternoon at the zoo with my little family and friends, then coming home to have a three-hour nap with my baby.