Blogging Pet Peeves

8.26.2016


I've been blogging for over six years, and in that time I have collected a few pet peeves when it comes to blogging and bloggers. I thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you! Please know that this post is written all in good fun. I do not have a specific blogger in mind for any of these, and I have definitely done some myself on occasion. I think we have all been guilty of at least one of these at some point.

I’d love to hear what blogging pet peeves you have. Do we have any in common? Are there any I missed?

Photos Dumps. 

This seems especially bad in vacation recaps and monthly baby updates. I know your kid is cute (obviously not cuter than my kid, but anyway), but just pick a few highlights to share. You don’t need to post 15 pictures of basically the exact same photo with your baby’s arms just in a slightly different position each time. Only your mom is interested in that, people.

And, like, that's great you went to the beach and all, but I'm not looking at 67 pictures of the sunset and what you ate for dinner each day of the week. Choose your top favorites and move along. Less is more. More is just annoying.

Apologizing for writing “the longest post ever” that is actually not very long at all.

Let’s be honest: My longest post just ate your post for breakfast.

Teasing an upcoming “big announcement” for two months. 

Just say it already or don't say anything at all. Either way, I'm losing interest.

Sponsored posts that pretend to not be a sponsored post. 

Hey, I get it. You’re making a few bucks from your blog. That’s cool! Just don’t start a post talking about your 5 favorite must-have kitchen items and then we get to #5 and it’s a sponsored product. I’m left wondering if you really like that thing or if you would have included it on your list at all if you weren’t getting paid to. 

And do you really like the other 4 items you mentioned????

Not to be dramatic, but now I’m questioning everything you’ve ever written.

Tweeting a link to your new post 85 times an hour. 

You are not reaching a new audience! You are reaching me 85 times and even if I were going to click on your link, I won’t now on principle.

Exclamation points everywhere.

No one is that excited! About writing a random sentence! Every time I see one I hear an inflection in my head! Please no!

See? Wasn't that annoying? Use sparingly, for the love of a period.
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So those are a few blogging pet peeves, at least the ones that came to mind when I was writing this. Share yours in the comments! And remember, this is supposed to be fun and lighthearted. Play nice.

Happy Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Month Twelve (with First Birthday Cake Photos)

8.25.2016


Well, we made it. 

And by we, I mean Jordan, me, and my mother. Because I could not have made it without my on-call therapist to talk me down off the ledge once or twice or eighty-five times.

During the week leading up to the Big Event of R turning one, I was feeling a range of emotions, and I had a hard time putting her down for bed on her last night before single digits. But now I’m really feeling good about everything, and I am excited to see where this next year takes us! 

There will for sure not be any more monthly R updates, but I will pop in every now and then to share what’s going on with her. Although I still haven’t decided how much I want to share about her on the Internet now that she’s a bit older. Poop explosion stories are funny and all, but I don’t know if she will appreciate too many more of those out there for potential boyfriends to find.

But I'll figure that all out later. For now, here is what month twelve looked like for Miss R:


Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz (7 lbs 9 oz at birth)
Height: 28.5 inches (19.5 inches at birth)
Wearing: Size 12-month clothes; size 3 diapers

Eat

All I can say is, girlfriend loves to eat. She does great with almost anything we put in front of her, literally stuffing her mouth full like a hibernating chipmunk. Then she gags herself, pulls out a wad of food, looks at it, and stuffs it all back in. It’s gross and ridiculous. 

We introduced a sippy cup a few months ago in anticipation of exchanging bottles for cups, and it’s been interesting, but she is finally getting the hang of it and actually uses the cup during mealtimes to drink water. It’s really cute. 

About 3-4 days before she turned one, I was almost out of formula so I started doing half-and-half with whole milk and formula in her bottles, and true to form she drank the whole thing and acted like nothing was different. Which was nice but weird because surely it doesn’t taste the same???? I don’t know. The formula ran out, and I didn’t buy a new canister, so we are 100% on whole milk now.
I know I sound like I know what I’m talking about, but lest you think I have it all together let me remind you that I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m making this up as I go along and hoping I don’t mess anything up too badly. Welcome to motherhood.

She is down to 4 “feedings” a day—nursing in the morning and night for bed, and two bottles with 4 oz each, one for lunch and one for snack. We are working on the milk in a sippy cup instead of a bottle.

Sleep 

R sleeps 11-12 hours a night. Can I get an amen? She goes down around 7-7:30 and wakes up around 6:30/7 almost every night. 

Honestly, I wish she stayed up later in the evening so we could hang out more. I feel like I get such little time with her during the week, and it makes me sad. But she starts rubbing her eyes and getting fussy around 7, so that’s when we start the bedtime routine.

Play

R is pulling up on everything, cruising the furniture, and crawling at breakneck speeds, but she doesn’t care one bit about standing or walking. She holds on to our fingers and walks around the house with us, and she could absolutely 100% walk if she wanted to, but she doesn’t care. She stood a few different times for 3-4 seconds, but that’s about it. 

She hasn’t said any words yet, at least not any words we are counting. Sure, she babbles dada and mama, but until she says it too one of us on purpose, it’s not a real word. We do think she’s finally getting the hang of “more” and “eat” and “all done” that we’ve been signing for months, but it’s hit or miss. (Update: as of publishing this past 2 weeks after her birthday, she is signing "all done." My baby is a GENIUS.)
She got some fun new toys for her birthday, so we are enjoying those. Her absolute favorite thing is her Praise Baby DVD. She will literally sit for a solid ten minutes and watch it and dance, and it’s so cute!

She still loves the same things she loved as a newborn: being outside, baths, and looking around. I think that’s partly why she has been such a good traveler for us, because she loves people watching and looking at new things. 
She has started showing a bit more….spunk, I guess you could say, when it comes to things she has opinions on, so I’m already anticipating epic meltdowns in my future. But she is really smart (the daycare teacher said that, so it’s not just me that thinks so!) and honestly so much fun, and we love her so much. 

Now for a year in numbers:

-12 pounds 11 ounces gained
-9 inches grown
-6 teeth (4 top, 2 bottom)
-84 miles run with mama pushing the jogging stroller (many more miles than that on walks!)
-9 airplane rides
-4 states (Texas, Virginia, Missouri, Illinois)
-7 drives to Texas + 1 drive to Chicago

Finally, I made a video (yes, another video!) of R’s 10-12 months. If you missed the video of months 1-9, you can watch that here. For months 10-12, see below or click here to watch on YouTube!

Thanks for following along as I shared R's updates this year! I already love having these to look back on, and I'm really glad I kept up with it.
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