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Monday, January 23, 2017

Babies Are Hard Work

Well that's an obvious fact, isn't it?

I mean, who knew that a newborn would need constant attention and would be a drain on any energy you managed to syphon out of the universe? Okay, I knew that. But I didn't know-know that. You know going into parenting that it's going to be hard, but you don't know how hard it's actually going to be. Nobody can really prepare you for that.

And nobody can really prepare you for the amount of love and joy this teacup human is going to bring you either.  Sure, people tell you and you nod and smile because you know they're right, but until you actually see and hold your child, you don't know.

I'll tell you right now the reason for my almost radio silence is because being a mother is hard, time consuming work. (Another duh statement.) And maternity leave is not what I expected.

No, I didn't expect to sleep in all the day, lounge about while watching TV, read all the books, or take numerous naps because newborns "sleep all day." But I didn't expect to get zero reading done, watch nothing but HGTV and bad TV (I've not only "remodeled" my house 10 times, but I have sunk to a new low of trash TV that even I never thought possible), and have my sleep schedule completely fucked over in the way that some days I wake up at 8am still tired and some days I'm wide awake at 5am. Also, what's a hairbush?

Motherhood is one of those things where you know what to expect, but you don't know what to expect.

I've let a lot of my hobbies go to the wayside, especially in those first few weeks. I'm just now getting back to taking care of me. I know all the doctors and experts say that you need to take care of yourself before taking care of others, but keeping a teacup human alive is hard work! And when said teacup human doesn't need you for those few brief moments, the last thing you want to be doing is giving yourself an at home facial or manicure. You just want to sit and watch mindless TV.

In those early weeks, it was hard for me to just get away and take a shower. My husband is one of the good ones and does everything he can to help me keep my sanity. He loves our daughter and loves being a daddy. But before we found a bottle she liked, which was a task in and of itself, my "me time" only extended for so long. Joe does it all, but he can't breastfeed. Thankfully, we found a bottle/nipple she likes and I now have the ability for long hot showers and running to Target by myself. Who knew wandering around Target with a hot drink from Starbucks would feel like a vacation?! #momlife

I've had my highest-highs and lowest-lows as a new mom. It's hard. It's stressful. It's beyond rewarding and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Because when Teacup Human looks at me and smiles or has fallen asleep in my arms, I can't believe that I'm lucky enough to be her mom.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2017

Top 10 of 2016 is a weeklong event hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks on BooksNancy and Christy from Tales of a Ravenous ReaderRachel from Fiktshun, and Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales! During this week, I'll be posting lists of the bookish variety featuring my favorites of 2016 and what I'm most looking forward to in 2017. Lots of other bloggers will be doing this, too, so head over to any of the host blogs to check out the linky for more!

Today the topic is:

Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2017

Roar (Stealing Storms, #1)WintersongComing up for Air

The ValiantA Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)BlackbirdViolet Grenade

10. Roar by Cora Carmack: I love Cora Carmack, and I have been SO into fantasy lately. So it's kind of a given that I'd be excited for Roar, yes? I can't wait!

9. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: This story sounds so interesting, and the cover is beautiful. I've heard it's a unique and well-written novel, too. So really, I kind of just need this book in my hands ASAP.

8. Coming up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: I am always here for anything and everything by Miranda Kenneally. Ever since Catching Jordan, I've been a huge fan---especially since Breathe, Annie, Breathe ended up being one of my favorite books ever. Plus, the synopsis for this one sounds great!

7. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston: First of all, I really enjoyed Lesley Livington's Wondrous Strange trilogy. Second of all, this book looks amazing. Third of all, I'm super freaking excited to read thiiiis!

6. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi: So here's the thing. I haven't read Roshani Chokshi's debut yet. However, it is on my short list TBR and I want to get to it SOON. Like, early 2017 soon. And I've heard only the best of things about it, things that I'm inclined to believe based on the snippets I've seen. So I'm putting good faith on the very likely possibility that A Crown of Wishes is going to be amazing. Therefore, it belongs on this list. (Bonus: I've met Roshani Chokshi and she is delightful, just in case you were wondering.)

5. Blackbird by Molly McAdams: Y'ALL. I need this book to release already. I've been basically dying of excitement over it for a very long time now, and I need some more Molly McAdams in my life. Is it February yet?

4. Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott: This book has my heart, and I need for it to exist in the wild so everyone can read it and so I can have a pretty copy to hold and pet like the obsessive person I am. Plus, this story is AMAZING. I get happy chills just thinking about it.

3. The First to Know by Abigail Johnson: Abigail Johnson's debut, If I Fix You, released this year, which you probably know since I won't shut up about it. And I meant it when I said I am SO HERE for whatever comes next by this woman. I need this book in my hands. Seriously. 

2. Black and Green by C.L. Stone: I needed this book the moment I finished the last one. I will never not be highly anticipating the next installment in the Ghost Bird series. It's addictive and I freaking LOVE IT.

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: I mean, duh. I need all the answers and all the Rhysand and the words and the feels and I'm not ready but who cares? May is truly too far away. 

Those are the books I'm most looking forward to in 2017! What do you think of my choices? What books are you excited for?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Boyfriends

Top 10 of 2016 is a weeklong event hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks on BooksNancy and Christy from Tales of a Ravenous ReaderRachel from Fiktshun, and Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales! During this week, I'll be posting lists of the bookish variety featuring my favorites of 2016 and what I'm most looking forward to in 2017. Lots of other bloggers will be doing this, too, so head over to any of the host blogs to check out the linky for more!

Today the topic is:

Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Finding My Pack (My Pack, #1)I See YouThe Power (Titan, #2)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

10. Rafe from The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I can't say a lot about this one without spoiling the book, so I'll just say that there's a reason I was rooting for him from the beginning. I heart him.

9. Ash from Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt: He's this big, strong guy, and yet he's also so freaking sweet. He treats Kitten's stuffed animals like their own little pups. And he has this goal to always make sure her toes are warm and okay. He's just so darn cute, I will never get over it.

8. Jentry from I See You by Molly McAdams: It's a well known fact that Molly McAdams writes some of the best book boyfriends, and Jentry is no exception. He's kind and caring and protective and I love him.

7. Seth from The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout: #TeamSeth, all day every day, my friends. Forever & always. 

6. Gansey from The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: Okay, so technically he and Blue aren't a couple yet BUT THAT IS NOT RELEVANT, GANSEY IS PRECIOUS AND HE DESERVES TO BE ON THIS LIST. So yeah. :)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Ride Steady (Chaos, #3)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

5. Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer: He's funny, he's charming, and he's the captain of a stolen spaceship. What more could you want?

4. Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I will never get over how much I adore Kaz. There's this special place in my heart for him and his genius criminal ways. Plus, he and Inej are one of my favorite couples literally ever. I love them, and I love HIM.

3. Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: Who knew the words "to whatever end" could seriously kill me? Because they do. Every. Single. Time.

2. Joker from Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley's heroes are some of my absolute favorites, with Joker pretty high on that list. He takes time to really come around, but once he does he is IN IT. He's sweet. He's caring. He plays all cute with Carissa's baby son. Seriously, just thinking about how amazing and swoon-worthy Joker is right now has me wanting to re-read the book. <3

1. Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Ohhhh, Rhys. He's caring, and strong, and understanding, and sweet, and sexy, and has so much respect for Feyre...and that honestly only scratches the surface of everything that is Rhysand. To put it simply, he is everything I look for in a book boyfriend. I love him, I love him, I love him.

Those are my top 10 book boyfriends of 2016! What do you think of my choices? What book boys would you put on your list?

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