As most of you know by now, my September had a fantastic start as our second son was born on September 1st, which is also Kiddo’s birthday. Seriously, it was kind of odd – both of them were due on August 25th and both were exactly a week late. We didn’t plan it this way – not that you can plan babies with such precision anyway – but here we are. Baby weighed 4615g (that’s just over 10 pounds) and was 55cm long (and I have no idea how to transform this into a logical non-decimal measurement). He was (is) big. I’m okay, though, everything was done and finished in three hours, which is fantastic. We’re both doing great and he’s eating a lot. We’ve gone through our first cold (we all got stuffy noses, it’s amazing how these things spread) but nothing horrible so far (fingers crossed).
Kiddo is taking things in stride – we’ve had some tantrums, of course, but he’s being incredibly sweet to his baby brother. We’re still adjusting to being a family of four, which is to be expected. He has also learned to tell that he’s two years old and enjoyed having us sing Happy Birthday to him over and over (I think he thinks it’s his personal song, so he’ll probably be disappointed when he hears it sung for someone else). He’s in a dinosaur phase right now – that’s A.’s T-Rex chalk drawing up top, he’s great with these things. My dinosaurs are usually pretty sad.
Surprisingly, I’ve had a lot of time to read this month. Kindle is my best friend right now because I can read one-handed (or have it propped on my knee while I’m nursing). Paperbacks – or even hardbacks – are taking a back seat right now. So I’m doing great with my review copies and even tackling some freebie classics, who would have thought?!
The best books I read this month were Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (I’ll be reviewing it next week, stay tuned!) and Pride and Prejudice, which was a re-read, of course, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (a re-read as well). I also enjoyed Act Like It by Lucy Parker and I’m currently working my way through The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, which is still fantastic. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh was a huge disappointment for me, especially after all the hype the duology has received in the blogosphere. I also flew through Sarah J. Maas’s Empire of Storms and it will surprise exactly no-one that I’ve written a spoilery review for it. I re-read What Happens in London, a favourite by Julia Quinn, and the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy in preparation for the last book that was just published.
I also meant to follow A Discovery of Witches real time read-along (Lark posted about this) but it’s moving at such a slow pace that I’ve already started reading ahead. If you’re interested, there’s a handy calendar with all the dates for the chapters. This is a re-read for me because I want to continue with the series but I’ve forgotten all about what happened in the first book. If you’ve been thinking about tackling this series, this is a great opportunity.
I’m still watching The Great British Bake Off – A. and I are working through old episodes, actually, while we wait for each week’s instalment of Season 7. Blindspot is also back, I love this show. Jamie Alexander is just so beautiful.
What I wrote about:
Thanks to scheduling posts in advance, I’ve managed to keep on top of my resolution to blog twice a week. And I’ve been meaning to ask you – is this working for you? Or would you rather see more posts? I think that this schedule is one I can maintain without too much stress, which is essential right now.
- Reviews: Sweet Little Lies, Ink and Bone, Where the Wild Things Bite, The Empire of Storms, A Scot in the Dark
- Discussion: Friends
- Other great stuff: My Autumn TBR, Challenges and Resolutions Update #2
How was your September? Did you read anything interesting?
What TV shows should I give a go?
I’d love to hear from you! :)