Having a baby has done wonders for my reading. I barely read anything while I was pregnant – I was so distracted by a million other things that needed to get done. But now Evan is here. And I’m stuck on the couch nursing him for a good part of the day. So I read. I may as well take advantage of this now before I have to go back to work and I don’t read another book again until he’s in kindergarten.
In June, I read 10 books (double digits is HUGE for me):
- The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey
- Stopping Time and Old Habits by Melissa Marr
- Blackout by Mira Grant (audio)
- How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown (audio)
- Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (audio)
- Bunheads by Sophie Flack
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (audio)
- Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
- Othello by William Shakespeare
In addition to the links above, I also reviewed:
- The Art of Fielding (audio)
- Zombiestan (audio)
- Pardonable Lies (audio)
- Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan (audio)
- Candide by Voltaire
And just this last week, I took part in Audiobook Week and gave you my audiobook Flowchart; showed you how to write an audiobook review; participated in the mid-week meme; and shared my notable narrators.
Evan is 5 weeks old already. Crazy, right? He’s getting so big (9lbs 14oz at his one month checkup) and already looks very different from when he was born. As a way to document it all, I am taking a photo each month. By next May, I’ll have a little collage of Evan’s first year (inspired by this project over at Young House Love).
We’ve finally got this breastfeeding thing down and I am no longer experiencing the level of discomfort I was earlier. Thank you to everyone who listened to me complain until I got through it. That latch-on pain was worse than childbirth for me.
And Evan got to meet the rest of his family this month. People came from Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Boston just to see him for his baptism.
Photo a Day
I participated in the Photo a Day project for June and had a lot of fun coming up with pictures to take each day. The result (click to enlarge):
I’ll be participating again in July for sure.
So what did you read/do in June?
I’m so glad it is getting easier for you…I think by five weeks I was pumping and giving it to them in a bottle. And yay for the reading! You do spend hours feeding the baby, you might as well be productive. I wish I’d have known about audios when mine were little!
Audiobooks are so much more accessible now. It’s easy to manage my phone while nursing. Not sure how I’d do it with an actual stereo or w/ headphones.
You are doing much better with both reading and writing than I did when Daniel was that age. I wish I’d thought of audiobooks then, I mostly just stared at the tv.
I do a lot of that, too. Ben is a bad influence. We’ve watched a lot of Friday Night Lights.
Evan is adorable! My reading has taken a dive this pregnancy so you have given me hope that maybe it will pick back up once baby arrives!
I could barely read anything when I was pregnant. It was sad. If you’re planning on nursing, audiobooks and and an ereader are the key.
What a month! I’m so impressed – my ‘kids’ are now 22 and twins 19, but I don’t think I read a book from the time the oldest was born until the twins started kindergarten (well,maybe 1 or 2 during enforced pregnancy bedrest).
Congratulations for the baby and the long list of books. here are mine read in June, only 9, and no baby, lol!: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/06/30/june-wrap-up-2/
I had a baby boy in June too! And I also had a record month for reading – 6 books. And I too cannot describe the pain of latching on. UGH. Glad that it is easier for you. It has gotten a little easier for me, but it still hurts a lot.
My son Nathaniel was born at 8 pounds 4 ounces. I think he is close to 11 now! We’re seeing the doctor tomorrow.
Keep up the reading and keep posting pics!
Hang in there. It was the 5.5 week mark (so only a week ago) where the latch-on pain completely disappeared for me. And congratulations!