Well hi there! It’s been a while!
Oh, January! How are you gone already? I need this year to slow down!
While December was a month of getting to know our new little third person in the house — a little, brand new person! — January was a month of trying to get into habits and routines. My little man turned 2 months old on January 26th and I still can’t get over the amount of love I feel for this little human. He is just amazing every single day! This month we had a brief roll (I’m not sure he really knew what happened — tummy time has been more like “angry” time ever since), lots of smiles (shy smiles, but they’re definitely there!), and a lot of trips outside of the house.
December was kind of nice because I couldn’t really go anywhere on my own, so we were trapped inside. Worked well, since it’s winter here, but by January it was so nice to get my doctor’s okay to drive. I was SO nervous about getting out with a little baby in the car (and not just ANY baby, but MY baby!), but after a few trips, I calmed down a bit and was able to go the speed limit. Our first real trip out, just baby and me, was to the Edmonton Book Blogger’s Christmas Party at the beginning of the month. We had gone out for groceries or appointments, with the husband, but this was our first REAL trip out where we would be somewhere for a few hours. He did amazing and loved meeting everyone! OK, he didn’t say that, but he did have his eyes open in the beginning and was sleepy the rest of the time, so I’d say that was a success!
Other than that, we had a baby shower this month, thrown by my lovely best friend @DreanaMom. This was our second trip out and I felt like they were just getting better and better. Baby L has his cranky moments, but other than that he is SUCH a good little boy. Very content and happy. I just feel so blessed to have him in my life!
This month we started wearing the baby carrier in the house, so I could get things done and work on blogging things, reading, TV show watching, and whatnot during his naps. Thankfully, he’s a good little sleeper (one night I even got a 7 hour stretch!), so I don’t feel like I’m not getting any reading or blogging done. It’s a lot slower and it certainly felt strange taking 4 days to get my first read of the year in, but I knew that was going to happen. If anything, having Baby L makes me think twice when it comes to buying books — unless it’s a book I really, really want, I usually put it back. In fact, I’ve only bought 2 books so far this year! I’m quite impressed with myself! I’m even keeping a spreadsheet of all of my reads and all of the books I’ve gotten (including gifts and prize winnings), so that helps me question myself again when I’m all, “I need this book!”
We took a trip out to the local Muttart Conservatory where there are four pyramids with different set-ups in each one (lots of flowers and foliage); baby and I went to the library’s grand opening celebration, and; the library threw us a baby shower! Lots of fun stuff this month.
I did start a new feature on the blog this month — Making Music @ Reading In Winter. I love creating music and have shared bookish songs here in the past, but have SUCH a back catalogue of recordings that I want to start sharing that part of my life here. I’m hoping you guys like it!
I’m actually quite impressed with my reading this month. Yes, I’ve slowed down a lot, but I also feel like I do have plenty of time to read, despite all the interaction time I spend with my little guy, the time spent on chores and housework and errands, and the time spent just watching TV with hubs once Baby L has gone to bed. Becoming a mom has really taught me how to NOT worry about doing all the things and putting things on hold until the next day. Every day I have things to do, but try to carve out at least SOME time for reading, even if I’m only reading 50 pages. Of course, some day he has really, really good naps and I get a LOT of reading time done, which comes in handy when I’m ready really good books!
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Canadian!)
- Losing It by Cora Carmack
- More Than This by Patrick Ness
- The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski (review book)
- In Honor by Jessi Kirby
- Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs (<– bought this month)
- The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (SO GOOD!) (<– bought this month)
- Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall (review book)
- Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror, #8) by Karina Halle (Canadian!)
I haven’t spend EVERY spare minute reading, and it certainly feels like I’m moving a lot slower, but I’m very happy with my reading so far. AND very happy that I’ve refrained from buying ALL the books. I still have that gift certificate from Christmas AND some money in my PayPal (which I use for Kobo books), so we’ll see if I start to use that in the future. 🙂
And I’m happy to say that the two books I *did* buy this month are already read! Go me!
Not a lot of mailbox goodies but we did have our gift exchange for the Edmonton Book Bloggers Christmas Party! My secret santa was Aylee from Recovering Potter Addict. Not only did she get me a book, but she got the little man something, too! I love her selection since she’s a paleontologist. 🙂 I also have to share the bookish baby gifts from the EBB members, and Baby L’s first bookish gift from Brie over at Eat Books.
Loved Patrick Ness’s book A Monster Calls. This one didn’t quite live up to that one, but still an interesting read!
How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?