Monday, October 9, 2017

September Recap

I'm a little late on getting around to our September recap, but I feel like that's a pretty accurate representation of how our month went. It was kind of a blur, and I didn't always feel like I had a good handle on things, but it was a good month overall. The weather couldn't quite make up its mind about being fall yet, and I didn't get around to a whole lot of blogging, but life is sweet and full. Here are our September highlights!

Eli's Seven Month Update

Of course little man is getting more and more fun each day. No doctor's appointment this month, so I don't have exact numbers but he is right around 17 lbs and is outgrowing his six month clothes. He is rockin' size three diapers. He is really starting to move and groove a lot more, and we've reached the point where I can't just lay him down anywhere anymore. He'll roll and roll and is strategic about using his rolls to get himself close to things he wants. I think crawling is on the horizon and we are in for trouble because this little man just wants to be on the move!

Eli had a big month: he visited Des Moines, went to his first football game, sat in the high chair, and ate his first foods. He also went to SantaCaliGon Days and visited Lawrence for Uncle Kirk's engagement party. As far as foods, he really likes strawberries, pineapples, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Most of the time, he'll do rice cereal about an hour after nursing in the morning, and then a fruit after his lunch and a veggie after his dinner. Of course he likes sweet things more than his veggies, but all in all I'm pleased with how he's doing with solids. I'm making everything fresh in our Baby Bullet, and that has been going well so far!

Eli is still a champ of a sleeper with two two-hour long naps and then sleeping from 8pm-6:15 am. We lucked out! His favorite cute things right now are babbling up a storm, grabbing Mama's face and hair, sleeping on his tummy, and waving goodbye backwards. We spend a lot of time together in the Mother's room at church during the sermons, but he is always good during worship. Eli can sit alone, but prefers to push up and try to stand. We're still working on sitting without teetering over. He's starting to cut his first tooth as we move into his eighth month, but he hasn't been too cranky about it. We'll see. One thing is for sure- all of our adventures together are pretty great!

Half Marathon Training

Guys, I'm only two weeks out from my first half marathon: the KC Half! In the last few weeks, I've successfully got an 11.5 mile run and a 10.5 mile run under my belt. This is a big deal for a mama of a 7-month old who also had never run more than 6 miles at once before this. I ended up making a great running buddy friend on my group run last weekend, and now we are set to run the actual half marathon together too. It has been surprisingly fun to train, which I've done a lot during nap time and with the support of my hubby. I'm excited to knock out this bucket list item and it's been awesome to raise money through Team WorldVision to help bring clean water to Africa! Check out my page to learn more.

Faith and Friends

Lately I have been incredibly blessed by the growth of our 20s and 30s group at our church. We've been meeting more regularly, and our twice a month get-togethers are growing and getting more fun every day. We've been at our church through ups and downs of this group- many of whom moved away within the last five years. It's been really fun to see this growth, and I am so thankful for intentional, wonderful friends who jump in to invest in each other's lives. People are starting to have babies, and it's just so fun to share food, our homes, and our families with each other. I've also joined a new Tuesday night women's Bible study (the first study that I was going to and not leading in the last seven years), and it's been wonderful!

Mom and Daughter Date

Now that I'm back to work, I've learned to really treasure my weeknight time with Eli. I usually don't do too much during the week, but I did manage to make it out last month for a fun ladies night out to Starlight. My mama, my friend, and her mama went to Starlight together probably ten years ago, and it was fun to make it back again to enjoy Grease. Open air shows are so much fun! Love these ladies and our "from birth" friendship.

In Case You Missed Them:

Fun Things to Do in Long Beach, California
Our Fourth House-iversary
How to Survive and Thrive as a Working Mom

September was a challenging month for me, but it was also full of joy and fun with our little man, friends, and sweet family members. I'm so thankful that we have family so close, and that we are able to share life with such wonderful, intentional folks. Cheers to October- it has been a big month already and I'm excited to see all that will happen.



  1. Wow what a great sleeper he is! I hope we get that lucky! Sounds like Eli had a great and fun month.
    xoxo Christina

  2. Your kid's facial expressions are the best! It's so fun to watch them turn into their own person.

  3. Your sweet baby is SO cute! Looks like you had a really great September!!

  4. Ooo good for you about making foods in the baby bullet. I go back-and-forth about whether or not I'll make my baby's food or not (whenever we end up having kids). Do you feel like it takes up a ton of time? Is it worth it?

  5. Im jealous of these 2 hour naps! My daughter has never been a nap girl. 😂

  6. My two year was looking over my shoulder and said “oh, what a cute baby!” 🙂

  7. OMG...your little man is absolutely adorable!! I bet it's hard to balance everything you have going on right now.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  8. Oh my goodness! Your baby is so cute and happy! And way to go on training! I can't even imagine!

  9. I loved reading your update. It was so interesting seeing both yours and your baby's accomplishments. The baby has such animated facial expressions!

  10. Your little man is getting more and more adorable all the time!!

  11. The baby is so cute. Loved reading the post.


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