1. I'm still adjusting to having Beau work 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Adjusting, but loving it. When you both work random days of the week at random times of the day, you lose that M-F work week/S & S weekend rhythm. Of course there are pro's to that, but also con's. I live for organization and routine, so even though my schedule is still a mess, I've started to feel the rhythm again. So I snagged a weekly planner system at Target (cannot find the link) a couple weeks ago. It's perfect. I primarily use it to write down my work schedule that week and what times we plan on using daycare for Ephram. In addition, I now have most evenings off of work with Beau, so I'm attempting to create a weekly meal plan and plot it out on there. It's the little things that make me happy. 2. Ephram has officially reached the milestone of walking more than crawling. I'm not sure I've ever been so happy to watch the progress and mastering of a skill than I have with Ephram. While watching E bend down to grab a sippy cup mid-walk, and then stand back up and walk into the kitchen, Beau and I shared a little smile. So incredible how fast he's growing up and becoming his own person. Then yesterday, he tripped on the driveway, bit his lip, scraped his finger, and we had our first official bloody booboo.
3. This makes me laugh out loud: What if you lived at Ikea?
4. Is it odd to be excited about a stranger's wedding, especially when I'm not really the wedding type of girl? (PS, it's my 3 yr wedding anniversary, and we are not doing anything special - just the way we are) But Ms Laura Belle's wedding plans are just too darling and yesterday she shared her wedding moodboards. She also shares how to choose your wedding photographer, and nailed it on the head, so go check it out.
5. When I found out I was pregnant with Ephram, and began searching the internet feverishly for information (man, I love the internet for that reason), I stumbled upon weekly development emails I could sign up for through sites like BabyCenter, The Bump, and iVillage to keep up on what my little nugget was doing in my belly. And it continued once he was born. Tips for handling a newborn included for a bonus! And even at age 13 months, I'm still receiving these emails and I love them. They always seem to come at the right moments. Like last week, when Ephram was being especially trying, I received this:
Spirited and mild-mannered toddlers alike will experiment with ... how shall we say it? ... undesirable behavior. If your toddler indulges in fits of screaming, hitting, and biting, you can take some solace in knowing that his development is right on track. Discipline can be a challenge with kids this age, so try to build a little personal time into your schedule each week as a way to refuel your patience tank.
Luckily, I've been fully enjoying 'a little personal time while driving to and from work while listening to a new mixed cd I made (featuring mostly Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, in case you were interested).
6. By the way, if you are pregnant, I highly recommend skipping the pregnancy books and opting for these free email options. There is an abundant amount of information loaded into the emails and even more in the links they provide. (There are probably even more out there, but three was enough for me.)
7. If you are reading this post, you use the internet. If you use the internet, you inevitably have passwords. If you have passwords, you'll want to read these password tips, ASAP! You can thank me later.
8. Maybe it's because I'm a nerdy-meteorologist, or maybe because I'm a lover of the outdoors, but I find phenology fascinating. Phenology, being, the study of seasonal timing of life cycle occurrences. Well, in case you are as nerdy as me, you can check out Minnesota's spring phenology here.
9. Custom coloring book pages will be made in my house this week, via an awesome tutorial on Photojojo.
10. I love this boy.