What’s Next

Hi! It’s been over a month since I last showed up here. I don’t remember that last time I did that without announcing some kind of break beforehand. This is where I say, “It felt so good to just not stress about this space for a month”, but I don’t feel that way. I’m sad I don’t have enough of me to dedicate to this space right now.

I’ve said it before, but the blog world seems to be shifting. And honestly, I’m getting a little… MEH about sharing my business on the internet. Don’t get me wrong- I absolutely L O V E the friendships and relationships that I’ve made in the blog world. I love sharing with, connecting with, growing with all of you… but I’m kind of at a no vacancy point for other internet folks. I just don’t have the drive to share my life with people I don’t know and “know.”

(My O.G. bloggers- my instagram friends- y’all are who I’m talking about when I say I truly love and value the friendships we’ve built here on the line.)

I love book day and I love showing up for that one… but I think my days of random blogging are done for now. M is getting older so I’m feeling more compelled to protect her privacy. I find myself leaning more toward private creative writing and less toward lifestyle/opinionated/recapping.

I don’t love being reliant upon IG for maintaining internet friendships, but I’ve been doing that for years anyway so… *shrug* And I’m not packing up and shipping out of here, I’m just getting more intentional- but also less wordy.

Honestly, it feels like every time I write a post it’s just about what I’m going to write about in the future.

So I’m going to clean this space up a bit- maybe make some small changes, maybe make some big ones- and then keep carrying on as I carry on.

So stick around 😊 But also catch me on the instas.

-Audrey

A Life Update

Hey Hi Hello. It’s been a minute, eh? 2021 has been a weird year. As we fled 2020 there was all this chatter about how 2021 was going to be amazing and 100xs better. This year is a little better, but I think 2021 might be our recovery year. We’re certainly not running on all cylinders yet.

It’s like how X-Men: Days of Future Past was really more of a transitional movie; a precursor to the next chapter. (Full disclosure: I actually haven’t seen the X-Men movie that follows DoFP.)

I’m rambling.

ANYWAY- this year has thrown me off my blogging game. Nothing feels important enough to write about. But it was never about importance- it was just therapeutic and relaxing to blog. And this year it wasn’t like that. The winds of BlogLand seems to be shifting toward influencers anyway. I’m too old to keep up- and I don’t care. Lol

This isn’t a goodbye post; it’s literally me just rambling. But while we’re here, while don’t I update you on what’s new in my life since I really blogged…

I talked K into getting kittens.
I have been waging this war since we got married. We’re dog people, but I’m actually an all-animals person. I grew up with an inside cat. Recently we’ve had a mouse problem at work and I refuse to use kill traps…. so logically we needed cats. (Yes, there are a thousand other solutions but somehow I got us to “cats.”)

My dad knew of a friendly stray cat who’d given birth to four kittens. K and I went to pick one out when they were 8 weeks and we each fell in love with a different one 😁 So we brought the two sisters “home” (a.k.a. to our office).

And now Mac (MacKenzie McHale from The Newsroom) and “Cheese” (C.J. Cregg from The West Wing) belong to us. I’m glad we took two because they’re wild and they wrestle all morning and then snuggle up together all afternoon. M loves to cuddle them when she visits the office. Our coworker just took them home with him for the long holiday weekend. They’re super sweet and ornery.

I’m so happy to have cats back in my life 😄

Allergies are the worst.
M and I both suffer from allergies. We’re both on daily allergy medicines. We’re both snotty and stuffed up. It sucks and it’s been like this for over a month. UGH.

Tomorrow M is getting a myringotomy so I hope that helps her with drainage and ear aches. (It’s ear tube surgery.) It takes 10 minutes. I’ve spent approximately 10 weeks fretting over it. It’s an easy procedure but no one wants to send their kid into an OR. Sigh.

I signed up for the BOTM Club.
And I’ve made the rule that I cannot pick out my next book each month unless I’ve read the previous month’s book. I think it’ll keep me from hoarding. I’m reading Malibu Rising right now and skipped the July book.


Honestly, I can’t think of anything else to update you on. We have a family vacation later this month. My best friend is flying home in Aug. for the weekend (and we might jet off to FL for a long weekend). That same bff is get MARRIED in September. K has been discussing a trip to Williamsburg (❤️) in the fall. And that pretty much sums it up. Add in a Halloween party and M’s second birthday, and that’ll cap off our 2021.

Whew, I really ran with that. Halfway through the year and I’m already summing it up.

I’m sure I missed some things. We get to start traveling for work soon and I am PUMPED. It’s the little things, ya know?

What’s new in your world? How would you define 2021? Are we in for an incredible 2022?? LOL

A Year & A Half

My sweet little cheeseball is 18 months old tomorrow. A part of me thinks, ‘Well of course she is!’ but another part of me is like, ‘HOW HAS SHE SURVIVED A YEAR AND A HALF. OMG HAVE WE REALLY BEEN PARENTS THAT LONG? WHY IS SHE BOTH THE DEATH OF ME AND ALSO ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!?’

I think the latter is how I know I’ve been a parent for 18 months. Lol

I’m going back to the formula I used for her 3/6/9/12 month posts. And looking back at those… WOW so much has changed. As expected, of course.

Nicknames: Moo, Noodle, Poodle, Moo Poo

Stats: She was just over 26 lbs. at our ear infection visit this week (84th percentile). I’m not sure on height- I will update that after her wellness visit.

Likes: Holding my hand, Mickey Mouse, torturing the dogs (we discourage this), playing outside, playing on the steps, daycare, eating, and getting tickled/tickling her dad and me.

Dislikes: Timeouts (for torturing dogs), having the snot cleared from her nose, when I walk away from her, being denied food for any reason (including the fact that it’s not cooked or cooled or prepped yet), and loud, sudden noises.

Sleeping: On a good night M goes down around 7pm and wakes up around 7am. She takes a 2 or 3 hour nap around lunchtime. But she still sometimes wakes up around 12 or 1am and needs to be held for an hour or so. I blame it on 18mn regression and the ear infections that won’t quit and her new clinginess.

Eating: Dang near everything. She used to reject fresh fruits and veggies but since we started at daycare she’s been good with just about anything. M loves snacking because she’s her mother’s daughter. LOL

Development: I love her brain. She’s so clever and ornery. It will probably bite me in the butt someday, but she’s incredible. Physically, M can walk and run, dance and jump. She climbs on EVERYTHING and is so fearless. We have the bruises and skinned knees to prove it. (K swears she’s going to give him an actual heart attack one of these days.)
M says a few words and will repeat things back like a parrot. She can identify almost all her body part, makes several animals sounds, easily identifies friends and family when you ask her to point them out, and will spend several minutes examining a new item or toy to figure out how it works.
She has such a busy brain and I can tell she learns by watching. She also seems more logical and less creative- which surprises me!

Personality: Moo is the funniest person she knows. She’s a little shy, but she’ll wave to anyone. (High fives and snugs (hugs) are reserved for those closest to her.) She’s still relatively quiet in public and then super chatty once we’re in private. It cracks me up.
She is skeptical of new things. She loves greeting her dogs in the morning. She is a creature of habit and will answer yes or no to questions. She’s very sweet but also very mischievous. She is queen of the side eye and knows how to make that innocent puppy dog face right before or after she misbehaves.

Travel: We took M to the NASCAR races in Bristol, TN. We stayed in the camper and my parents came along, too. She did SO well in the car. We’ve done a few camping trips since then, but nothing long distance. We have a family trip later this summer and I’m hoping to head down to Tampa with M to visit my bff.
We’ve just started taking M to restaurants again and she does so well. I’m glad COVID didn’t cause too much damage as far as behaving in public goes. She also went to her first wedding! M is a people watcher so as long as there are people around, she’s entertained.

Mom’s Summary: Being a mom is tough sometimes, but it’s the most natural thing in the world now to be M’s mom. (17 months and 3 weeks ago I would have been singing a different tune- hold on, new mamas. It gets better!) I have never been a “kid person” but spending time with M is the best. I’m sad when we’re apart- even when one or both of us need the break. It’s a unique feeling to be someone’s favorite person in the entire world- their home, their safe space, their comfort object. The dependency is stifling sometimes, but I know it won’t last forever and it’s perfectly normal. I am really enjoying this stage with Moo, even with the occasional temper tantrum.

I cannot believe that my next official M update will be her second birthday. What the hell is happening and where did my squishy newborn go? 😭😭😭 Sigh.