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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Monthly Moments | July 2020


Well, as you can see I didn't post anything in the month of July. I decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo and kind of put everything else to the side. For those of you who don't know, Camp NaNoWriMo is two times a year (in April and July) and you can work on any writing project you like and set your own goal for how much you want to write. I'm sure I'll get into that a little bit later in this post.

We started off this last month at the Zoo. I have been wanting to take Everly for a long time, but the zoo is so expensive! Also, I feel like she's just barely getting to an age where she would even enjoy the zoo, so for her date I suggested that Brian take her to there. Then he was kind enough to let me crash their date and come along. It was different going with masks the whole way through. It's the longest that I've probably had to wear one and it was a lot hotter to wear it, but overall it was a lot of fun. Even if Everly's favorite part was the carousel.

These are all a little out of order, but this was the last day of the month. Brian took the day off to celebrate my birthday (Birthday Pre-Launch as he called it 😊). We went up to our new favorite river spot and played for awhile. It was so fun and the river was like built in air conditioning. Also, pro-tip, if you have a toddler, throwing rocks in any body of water can keep them occupied for hours.

This is where Everly tucks herself in when I put Greyson down for naps. She always comes out of the room with me, but she likes to get in the bed anyway for a few minutes.

This was the 4th of July. Everly loved the pop-its and called them Pop Cops, it was pretty much the most adorable thing. I HATED both the 4th and the 24th and the days leading up to and after them because of the fireworks. They woke Greyson up pretty much every time and ended with me sleeping with him in the bed which I had been trying to cut out completely in hopes that it would help him sleep through the night. It was awful and made me want to soundproof my entire future home.

Everly Fills the Pool | A Series

Everly Fills the Pool | Part II

I really could not get enough of her in that Sunhat and her dresses. Filling the pool was pretty much a ritual with her this month. The pool had gotten a hole in it from her throwing a giant rock in it, but we patched it with duct tape and it mostly held water after that.

Everly wanted to be Grandpa's best friend this month. Whenever he was outside she tried to hang around him.

This was where I was most evenings this month and where I plan to be most evenings for the foreseeable future. I am kind of obsessed with that keyboard, to the point where I don't really like typing on a regular keyboard anymore 🙈) Also, that fountain pen has saved my hand. Highly recommend.

Greyson had a stint where he woke up at 5:30-6 AM every morning for a week and a half. So we went out walking. It was really nice to get out and go walking. That time of day is actually my favorite. There's just a different feel to it. That said, as soon as he stopped I went back to sleeping during that time.

The hat. The Glasses. The bear in the "pocket". I can't.

This was earlier in the month. The first time we went to this spot. This is also the day that I accidentally let Greyson put dirt in his mouth. I only let him do it once and then stopped him, then kind of criticized myself for being the kind of parent that doesn't let their child eat dirt.

Then Greyson spent the night throwing up and I told myself it is perfectly fine to be that kind of parent.

Can you even with how Greyson is looking at Everly? He adores her so much. Everybody needs somebody who looks at them like Greyson looks at his sister.

Dads and babies 😍

Books I've loved this month:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Podcasts I've loved this month:

What I took from these books and Podcasts:

-Again struck by how little appearance matters in the long run. I love Brian for who he is. I love my babies for who they are. Appearance changes (so do people), but the deep down parts of them are what I love and will always love.
-It's ok to feel any emotion. Emotions are not good or bad, they just are. Feel them, move through them.
-It's ok to take a break from the heavy and you don't have to explain that to anyone.


I also cooked. A LOT.

1. Lemon Butter Chicken Pasta 💛💛💛💛💛 Made this for my In-laws and I really liked it. Forgot to warn them that it had halved slices of lemon though and my Mother-in-law ate one 😂
2. Roasted Baby Potatoes 💛💛💛💛💛 Quick. Easy. Delicious.
3. Homemade Strawberry Syrup 💛💛💛💛💛 Easy to make. Better than the powder. I feel so much better feeding it to my child, even if it does have a bunch of sugar in it.
4. Low Carb Pigs in a Blanket 💛💛💛 The dough was super sticky. I ended up adding way more flour (I subbed gluten free flour instead of what it called for. I think it was supposed to be almond) to even be able to work with it. Also, this recipe calls for a food processor. I don't have one... However, Brian loved these so much (mainly the blanket part), that I will make this again.
5. Soft and Chewy Sourdough Crepes 💛💛💛💛 So good. The consistency was perfect and that's saying something for a gluten-free crepe. Making crepes always takes forever though. And it is true to the 8 crepes it says, so I recommend doubling it unless you're making it just for yourself.
6. Strawberry Crepes 💛💛💛💛 Time consuming, but really delicious.
7. Blueberry and Watermelon Salad with Marinaded Feta 💛💛💛💛 A step outside my comfort zone for sure, but I really liked it anyway.
8. Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken 💛💛💛💛💛 Easier to make than I expected and I really liked it.
9. Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing 💛💛💛 I'm just not into avocados lately. I was REALLY into them after I had Everly and I think it kind of pushed me into a famine phase for them.

I'm pretty sure I missed some recipes that I made, but that was most of them!

This month was hard and a mess of good memories. This last month was the first time that I admitted to myself that I might have postpartum depression. Or, maybe it's just situational depression with all that is going on, but it was a big step for me to even consider that. I have a lot of people in my life who struggle with depression and I have always been the one to help bolster them up. This last month was a lot of me needing to be bolstered and full of tons of ups and downs. It was really hard for me to even admit that I might have it, because somehow it has become a point of pride over my life that I don't need a lot. I try to be low maintenance. That has always been where my value lied. You didn't have to worry about Rachael, she had it handled. Since I've had Greyson, I have not had things handled. Every time I start to feel like I've got a handle on things, I spiral down again and things pile up. It has been rough, but then the good times make me feel like I'm crazy for thinking that I could have depression. It has been a ride. 

All in all, it was a great month to go out of my 20's in. Looking forward to this coming month! I will be putting up June and July's Poems of Motherhood in separate posts in the next couple weeks!

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