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Life Update // Time Flies When You’re Reading

Geez, I can’t believe it’s already been thirteen days since my last post. I thought I would be updating the blog a lot while stuck in the hospital, but instead I got engrossed in reading. Literally reading a new book every couple of days. And it has felt amazing!

Being in the hospital for over a month now has been really hard, but once I sat down and forced myself to finish the book I had been trying to get through ever since Jameson was born, I just couldn’t stop. Somedays I actually found myself relieved to be in the hospital with a book instead of facing the outside world. I’ve been living here for so long now, when I do leave, regular life is so strange and overwhelming. It’s honestly more exhausting.

The time in the ICU flew by because I spent every day and most of the night reading. I finished six books during our twenty-two days we were there. I have now read more books this year so far than the past two years combined. I used to be a total bookworm, but ever since getting married and having kids, it’s just fallen to the wayside… but being here and having the time, I have actually started to feel more like myself. Getting so invested in a book, in the characters, in the world, that I laugh and cry and cringe and my heart beat gets faster and I dream about it. It’s one of the blessings that has come out of this experience – getting reminded of who I am and what I enjoy.

The books I have read since being in the hospital:

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • Namesake by Adrienne Young
  • Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The greatest part is that all of these books have been pretty good reads (except for Holding Up the Universe which I found difficult to trudge through). Such good reads that I actually wanted to write a review for some of them which I haven’t been interested in doing in years. I even found a new favorite series that I can’t get out of my mind and am dying to tear through the sequels… I mean how have I never heard of The Court of Thorns and Roses series??? Boy, have I been missing out.

In other news – for those who don’t already know – Jameson is still in the hospital. We are on day 31. He was released from the ICU and moved to the general pediatric floor a few days ago. His current goals to go home are for him to be weaned off all of his medications and to be finishing feedings. Right now he is on three medications: Ativan, Methadone, and Hydrocortisone. He is fighting through withdrawals – tremors, sneezing, and occasional diarrhea. Jameson’s feeds are hit or miss, but he hasn’t finished a bottle yet. We are making progress. I am hoping we can go home mid to late next week, but if I’ve learned anything being here it’s that their projections kind of mean nothing. As always, we appreciate all your prayers, thoughts, and good vibes!

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Books I Plan to Read in 2021

As so many of you know, I love reading. It’s what got me into blogging and through so many rough times. It’s an escape like no other. I used to read so much – my best GoodReads challenge was back in 2014 (the first year I signed up for the challenge) when I was a lonely college freshman and I read 31 out of 30 books. Over time life has just gotten in the way. Ever since I had Hazel, I have literally read three books. THREE. Just acknowledging that frustrates me and breaks my heart.

I didn’t make any resolutions this year, but I am consciously making an effort to make time for reading. I think it will be good for my daughter to see me reading and maybe sit down and read next to me. So with that in mind, I picked up Jodi Picoult (my favorite author)’s newest novel and started reading it on the first of the year. My goal was just to read at the very least a page every night before bed… just to get back in the habit. Well that has taken on a life of it’s own and I can’t seem to put down the book. And you know what, that feels incredible, like I’m – dare I say – finding myself again.

Now that I’m currently on fire for reading again, I started looking into what books I might want to read this year. My goal is 12. I’m thinking it will be a mix of fiction, parenting, and potty training. 🙂

Fiction

  • The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King
  • Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Parenting

  • How to Raise a Reader
  • The Montessori Toddler
  • The Whole Brain Child
  • No Drama Discipline
  • The Yes Brain
  • Raising Good Humans
  • How Parents Can Raise Resilient Children
  • Conscious Parenting of Your Toddler
  • The 5 Love Languages of Children
  • Baby Sign Language Made Easy
  • Gentle Discipline
  • Raising Boys to Be Good Men
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons
  • How to Raise a Boy
  • Better Boys, Better Men
  • Boys Should Be Boys
  • Decoding Boys

Potty Training

  • Early Start Potty Training
  • Potty Training in 3 Days
  • Potty Training for Busy Parents
  • Oh Crap! Potty Training
  • The No Cry Potty Training Solution

What books are in your TBR pile this year?