Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month Rand Discovered His Mom Hates Spiders

Spiders, white noise machines, and baby words made January a fun month for us!

So spiders. I’m not a big fan. Rand learned that his mom is NOT a big fan. At all. He doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he doesn’t even know how scary spiders can be. He proved this by grabbing a spider trap that we had stuffed in a corner of his room and FLAILING IT ABOUT like spiders were pom-poms stuck to a glue strip on a piece of cardboard. What did his mom do? Grab it for two seconds then just about had a heart attack when she saw the 10-15 spiders and their legs all strewn about.

So I let go and let him keep flailing it. Yeah, I guess I’m that kind of mom. Continue reading “Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month Rand Discovered His Mom Hates Spiders”

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Plague

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Plague

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great December! We sure did. Except for the plague part. Sorry, I’m always posting about us getting sick. The middle of our Christmas break had us holed away at my in-laws’ house because everyone was sick. 🤢 Rob, Don, and I somehow avoided it—probably due to our steel-cut immune systems. Both the babies got diarrhea and everyone else was vomiting on top of that. It was pretty sad, but we survived. Continue reading “Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Plague”

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Mobility

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Mobility

Hello everyone!

It’s a great time to get a cold, isn’t it? We all got sick this month, AGAIN! What is up with this year? Beats me. Garret is still pulling out of his, but I think the worst is over.

The good news (I think…?) is that Rand has discovered his mobility and is moving a LOT! Over the course of 10 days he started rolling all over the place, army crawling and rocking on his hands and knees. It’s been so fun to watch him discover the world around him. We’ve learned to hide or move all cords and electronics because he loves them the most. We can put his stuffed leopard thing, his noisy and colorful ball, and a computer cord in front of him and he will 100 percent of the time go for the cord. I don’t understand. Continue reading “Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Mobility”

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Chicken Wings

Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Chicken Wings





October was great for our family because it helped us get out of our comfort zone. There were several moments last month that caught us by surprise.

The first unexpected moment happened at the beginning of October. I have truly found a love of cooking since I got married, but one thing I’d never tried, nor ever really intended to try, was barbecue chicken wings. The first time I went to the store this month I accidentally picked up eight pounds of chicken wings instead of chicken breasts. The way I found out? I opened the bag. Continue reading “Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Chicken Wings”

Becoming Mom: 15 Apps to Keep You Productive

Becoming Mom: 15 Apps to Keep You Productive

As a new mom, I’ve really struggled with not being as productive as I used to be. I used to read, write, journal, do homework, meal plan, catch up with friends, clean, work and a whole lot of other stuff. After feeling like I accomplished nothing the first few weeks of my son’s life, one of my best friends suggested that I download the Kindle app so I could at least get some reading in when it was time to feed the boy (which felt like every 30 minutes).

Not only did I do that, but I also created a stockpile of other apps that have helped me be productive when I get caught somewhere with nothing but my phone. Whether it’s in the middle of breastfeeding, at the doctor’s office, waiting for my husband to get out of class so we can do the child-handoff, in the bathroom, waiting for class to start, waiting in a long grocery line, or as a passenger in a car, I can still be productive! And I want to share that stockpile with you!  Continue reading “Becoming Mom: 15 Apps to Keep You Productive”

Becoming Mom: Products I Actually Used in the First Three Months

Becoming Mom: Products I Actually Used in the First Three Months

While I was pregnant I spent a lot of time researching the things I would need to care for a baby. Things like muslin blankets, baby baths, and sleep sacks were triple checked across different websites. I read countless articles about the things every mom absolutely needed to have. I really thought I was buying products I would actually use.  Continue reading “Becoming Mom: Products I Actually Used in the First Three Months”

10 Things to Do if You’re Bored in the Final Weeks of Pregnancy

10 Things to Do if You’re Bored in the Final Weeks of Pregnancy

You’re 38 weeks along, you just finished your last day of work (for a while anyway), and now it’s time to hurry up and wait. Except, “hurry” is exactly the opposite of what your baby seems to be doing. I, for one, have been bored out of my mind while waiting for the little one to get here, despite being a to-do-lister! Below are some things I’ve done to keep me busy. Maybe some of them will work for you!

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Pregnancy: 11 Little Things They Don’t Tell You

Pregnancy: 11 Little Things They Don’t Tell You

Being pregnant for the first time comes with a lot of discovery and surprises. Being the marvelous millennial that I am, I did as much research as I could in the early stages of my pregnancy to make sure I knew everything. Ha! Yeah, right. Below are 11 little things I never read about pregnancy but had the joy of discovering on my own! Continue reading “Pregnancy: 11 Little Things They Don’t Tell You”