Evelyn | Nine Months

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

This month went by so fast! I swear, just last week, I did your 8 month update. A lot has happened for you this past month! Two major milestones hit and a major emergency! We actually had to take you to the emergency room after calling Poison Control. Our bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet and I stupidly kept our medication under the sink. You learned how to open the door while I was in the shower. Unbeknownst to me, you started playing with the Ibuprofen. Apparently I didn’t tighten the lid on it. When I got out of the shower, there were a few pills around you and some white around your mouth. So, I called poison control. They said to take you to the ER. Justin came home from work to watch Rhys. They put you under observation for a few hours, then took your blood. The blood test showed no medication in your blood streams, so we guessed you didn’t actually swallow a pill, just spit up. We went home. Then a few hours later when daddy changed your diaper, there was a pill there…after we had changed it a few times before!!! MIRACLE!

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Weight | 17 pounds 2 ounces (31st percentile)

Height | 28 inches (64th percentile)

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Eat | You drink 4 bottles of 6-8 ounces. You continually tank it all. Typically you have a bottle right when you wake up, then when you go down for both naps and for bed. You have three meals and some snacks. You still love goldfish, cheerios, and yogurt bites. You also really love eating whatever we are eating rather than your own food. You are starting to dislike baby food and will only eat maybe half a serving before refusing bites. I can tell you are going to be a stubborn and picky eater.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Sleep | Daytime: You still have two naps, typically at 9 and 2. You sleep anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours. Sometimes it takes a while for you to go to sleep but typically, you do well now. Finally.

Nighttime: We put you down at 7 with a full bottle. Every now and then, you will wake up before Rhys falls asleep or before we go to bed. We’ll let you cry for a bit to see if you can settle yourself back down. Typically, you do. For the most part, you are sleeping through the night now. However, sometimes you will wake up at 5 am and be up for the day. We don’t appreciate that. Sigh. We’ll work on it.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Milestones | Movement: You are definitely cruising along furniture, sometimes even with one hand. Sometimes you will even move between pieces of furniture. Now you can stand up well. You love to stand up, but close to furniture. You have even taken a few steps! Holy cow! You just barely turned 9 months old last week, and are already trying to walk! I can’t believe it! You will be full-on walking by yourself by Halloween!

Communication: You have started to say “mama”…or a variation of it. You still haven’t caught on how to sign “more”, but you get excited when I sign it. You have learned how to be frustrated and you are very apparent with it. you will growl loudly and arch your back. It’s really cute, actually.

Playing: You love playing with the kitchen set, Mr. Potato Head, the toy car play area, and Rhys’s Legos. But, he doesn’t appreciate it when you mess up his Lego games…You love rolling balls around and chasing them. You also love to wrestle with Rhys and Mama.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Personality | You are definitely becoming a lot more active and curious. You still like to sit and watch, but you are more willing to go places and do something now. You are such a social girl and everyone loves you. We had lunch at Costco the other day and every one stopped to coo and aww at you. But, your independence and stubbornness is becoming more apparent.

Likes: 

  • bathtime/showertime
  • playing with Rhys and Mama
  • yogurt bites
  • being social
  • cuddling, hugging

Dislikes:

  • being forced to eat
  • getting stuck between/under furniture as you crawl
  • teething

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle. Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Evelyn, every day, I love you more and more. I can tell we will butt heads quite a bit, just as I did with my mom. But, I also know that we will be super close. Never stop cuddling me. Never stop giving everyone a big slobbery kiss and giant bear hug.

Love Mama and Daddy

Reading Roundup | August & September 2017

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

It’s been a while since I did a Reading Roundup post. There are a lot of books to fill you in on. Most of them are Roald Dahl books from my collector’s box set (and they are all short, sweet, and fun books), but there are a few thick books, too. I did a lot of reading in August, again, because most of the Roald Dahl books took a day or two to read. But, I only finished one book this month. I’m halfway done with another–What About Faith by Robert L. Millet. I’ll probably finish it by the end of the week.

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

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100 Days with VIPKid

Teach English to Chinese children online through VIPKids. It's so much fun!

I have just hit a momentous occasion: I have been teaching with VIPKid for 100 days! It really doesn’t seem that long, but I absolutely love my job and feel like I’ve been doing it forever.

One hundred days. Not necessarily a veteran, but definitely “been there, done that.” I mean, I’m even answering newbies’ questions on the Facebook forums!

Never in a million years did I ever think I would teach elementary aged kids, let alone kids who didn’t speak English! But, it feels so natural. And, I find it an odd correlation that around the same time I got this job, I also got a new calling (“volunteer job” assigned to me) at church. I am now Secretary of the Primary organization (18 month – 12 year old children’s ministry). So apparently, I’m meant to be doing this and working with these young kids in this season of my life.

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The Last Time We Rent

Our last rental before we buy a home.

In the five years that Justin and I have been married, we have lived in five places…all rented apartments (with the exception of my parent’s basement). Each move came with a reason, and none too lightly.

Our first apartment was a tiny, tiny married student apartment near BYU. It was perfect for us as college-aged newlyweds. When I got pregnant with Rhys and hired at a charter school 40 minutes away, we knew we had to leave our one-bedroom apartment.

Our second place was a very nice, cozy, large townhome in Sandy. True, it was a bit outside our budget, so when I quit teaching, we struggled to make ends meet on just Justin’s low salary. But, we loved it. And it is still my favorite place we have lived thus far.

Our third place was my parent’s basement. We lived there for 5 minutes, trying to build up our savings. It was comforting to live with my parents and have all the luxuries of a well-established household. Plus, no rent. But then Justin and his entire department was let go. Thus, began our search.

Our fourth place was in Texas. I spent hours on end looking at apartments online, pouring over reviews, and calling for availability. We finally found a place good enough for our needs and moved in within two weeks. It was great for never seeing it before we moved in. It was great quality and definitely one of the best apartments of the complex. It was close to everything, especially Justin’s work. However, it was only about 750 square feet. And, with Evelyn growing and becoming mobile…and the fact that both kids will continue to do so, made us realize we needed a bigger place.

So, here we are. Our fifth place in the five years of our marriage. It is almost as big as the townhome we had in Sandy. It is beautiful. It is at the very top end of our budget, but we have the means to continue to live in it for a long while. And, that is our plan. We plan on living here until we can own a home. Continue Reading