Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

5 Months Update, Brainstorming, and Dreams of BlogHer

on October 9, 2012

Wow, I can’t believe my little guy is five monts old already. It’s crazy how time flies! I saw a newborn at church yesterday and even though I know, logically, and I remember that Dom was once that small, he looks so much bigger and older in comparison! And it’s only been five months since then!

He can sit really well now. It takes a lot for him to fall over and I think a lot of the times that he falls over right now he does so on purpose so he can be on his belly or his back. He can scoot himself around in a circle while sitting. He is so close to crawling and so frustrated that he can’t yet. He can get up on his hands and knees at the same time, which is a new development. He loves to be upside down, silly monkey.

Don’t you just love this face?

Somedays I get weary. It is hard to be a mom. In fact, it is the hardest job I have ever had. But it is so, so worth it. Especially when he smiles at me like this. I just love it.

Does this suit make my head look small?

This is the new snow suit Oma got him. It’s a little long for him now, but by the time it snows, I’m sure it will fit him much better. We didn’t get any snow yesterday, but it was chilly, so I dressed him up in it before we went over to church.

I do not think this is how it works.

While he’s not on solid foods yet (at six months we will be doing baby led weaning, like I think I mentioned last time), if he is awake during meal times I sit him at the table with us and give him baby silverware to play with. I just had to take a picture of this yesterday because it was so cute and funny.

He’s interacting more and more every day with us and with his toys. It’s neat to see him discovering the world around him. You forget sometimes that all these things were new to you once too, because now as an adult they’re so common and every day, but to babies everything is new.

I think he’s teething (I think I said this last month too hehe) and I go back and forth about it like every day. Sometimes he acts like he is, sometimes he doesn’t. I think that maybe I will just say it all the time he’s unusually fussy (he’s generally a happy baby) and eventually I have to be right.

With Nick’s blessing, I am attempting to brainstorm ways I can make money from home. I’d really like to at least help out as long as Dominic remains my first priority and as long as Nick is okay with it. So now that I have his blessing, I am trying to think of things I can do. I have decided that soon I will babysit again, like I used to, and I’m actually kind of excited about that and looking forward to it. I think Dom will really enjoy too having other kids to play with. I thought for a bit about doing direct sales (think things like Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, etc, etc) but I briefly dabbled in that in college and found that it didn’t really work for me. I have an easier time selling to strangers than to people I know. Isn’t that funny? I think it’s because when I’m selling to friends and family I usually know a little bit more about their financial situation than I do with a stranger. So does anyone else have any ideas for me? I’m open to hearing all suggestions. I’m not particularly crafty so I’m not sure if there’s something I can make. So I’m open to hearing any and all ideas – so go for it!

Also, lastly, part of the other reason why I’d love to earn some extra money on the side is that I really, really want to go to BlogHer. I’ve been dreaming of going for the past couple of years (at least 3), but something (usually finances though this past summer it was having a teeny tiny baby) kept me from going. This year it’s in Chicago so it feels super attainable and Dom will be a little older by then so maybe I could get my sister to come down and visit us to babysit him (and maybe I can get her to guest post too). I don’t know if it’s a smart financial decision though or if I should go, but it’s my dream, so I’m just putting that out there. I’ve been really working hard on blogging regularly and I think it’s falling into place for me. My next step is to go self-hosted someday. So hopefully I’ll be able to do that.

Anyways, leave your thoughts for me in the comments!


2 responses to “5 Months Update, Brainstorming, and Dreams of BlogHer

  1. Tim says:

    You should see if the college needs tutors. Normally they let you set the time and location.

    • Melissa says:

      I will have to look into that. They may have all their positions filled for the semester already or they may only take current students, but it’s worth giving it a shot.

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