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.

I then grabbed his hand (not the spider trap) and pried his little fingers off the cardboard one at a time and let the trap fall on the ground. I then carried him out, leaving the trap on the ground where it fell and closed the door until Garret came home and disposed of it. Yeah. Mom is not a fan of spiders.

On the upside of January, Rand started eating a lot more food and therefore started sleeping through the night! HOORAY! We finally broke down and got a white-noise machine and I will recommend it to everyone. Knowing he’s sleeping and can’t really hear our movie or TV show or blender (making milkshakes, duh), or microwave (making popcorn, duh) has given me so much peace of mind. No more tiptoeing for the Sutherlands!

Rand has also started pulling himself up on, well, anything, and is getting used to shuffling his feet one at a time to get himself from one end of the couch to the next. He has no qualms about climbing all over his mom and dad to get to something he thinks he deserves and has started throwing tantrums when we take things away. Hm.

Rand is also getting extremely talkative! He has started mimicking us when we tell him to say Mama and Dada (which melts our hearts every time, bee-tee-dubs) and he is working on “Hi” and “Ayay” (which is what my little sister was called by our niece before she started using “big girl words”). He loves clapping, being tickled, reaching up to play the piano keys, and getting into anything and everything that he’s not supposed to be getting into.

The adults in our family have started classes again. It’s a LOT less stressful than last semester, and we are thanking our Heavenly Father (and everyone else’s gods, actually) for that. I’m in my capstone class and it’s the last class I will ever take for my undergraduate degree! Hallelujiah! We’re doing a social media campaign for Marriott hotels and it’s been stressful, but actually quite fun to be a part of such a big company!

XOXO, Kyra

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.

sampling the sutherland the month with the movement rand and kyra boy and mom on the floor

Though we have to protect our apartment from our new little menace, it’s been fun having him start scooting toward us, eating our feet on his way across the room, and rolling a little closer to snuggle if we happen to be on the floor with him. Rand has also started sitting up pretty well. He can’t get there on his own, but once we sit him up he can stay that way for quite some time before tipping over. I think he actually prefers to be sitting up or on his stomach moving toward a cord.

This last week of November has been a very happy one at our place. Rand has just bloomed. And I’m not talking about his newfound mobility. A couple nights ago Garret came home from a long day of work and class and Rand just about lost it he was so happy. He did his big two-tooth grin and had a mini freak-out as he contorted his body in all directions trying to get out of my arms. Absolutely adorable.

rand eating a banana rusk baby boy eating rice puffRand has also been working on his eating skills. He can now eat an entire container of baby food if he’s hungry. I also gave him a “banana rusk” for the first time yesterday which seemed like a bunch of puffed rice in a banana-esque shape. He didn’t quite know what to do with it. It got messy. But hey, you gotta start somewhere.

Thanksgiving went pretty well. We had the actual feast at my grandparents’ house in Kaysville, Utah, and then had dinner with my dad Friday night and breakfast with my mom Saturday morning. The food was good and it was great to see family. It was especially nice to see my brother, Adam, and his cute family who came up from Phoenix.

Christmas music is in FULL SWING at our place. If I’m not working or doing homework, Rand and I play to the tune of Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman. 🙂 We don’t have our tree up yet. With so much going on with school and work and the wee one it seems to have taken its place on the back burner. I’m hoping in the next week or so we’ll set aside time to set it up. Somewhere. (Where can you put a Charlie Brown tree that’s off the floor so the kid can’t reach it?)

The first weekend of November I went to a two-day writing workshop and it went well! It motivated me to start writing again and Erica (my sister) and I have started talking every Tuesday night to make sure that we’ve at least written something during the week. I’m excited to make progress on a goal that’s been put off for so many years!

December will be a great month. Christmas will obviously be wonderful, and school will be over (HALLELUJIAH!), but it’ll also be good to see Garret’s sister and cute family who will be flying in from Michigan. She and Garret are like twins that had to be born a year and a half apart. They’re seriously best friends. 🙂

Well, I better sign off. Rand is crawling all over my lap trying to reach the computer I’m holding over his head. He keeps looking at me and saying, “Mamamama” as if that’ll make me give it to him. Little stinker.



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”