Is it October Yet?

Life Travel

Hi y’all,

There’s not a whole lot going on over here – September has been kind of blah in general? After Emerson’s croup, she came down with her first double ear infection. So we spent our weekend inside with the exception of quickly grabbing margaritas and guacamole before getting takeout on Saturday night. I’m hoping to get out and about more this coming weekend!

I’m happy to be resting on the couch after finishing another work week. It was a busy one since I was out 2 of 3 days last week. On the days I go to work, Emerson usually doesn’t nap and thus falls asleep on the way home. I’m lucky that I can transfer her to the crib, but then she doesn’t wake up until 6:00. It’s actually nice to have some down time right when I get home – I get the lunch stuff unpacked, and pack new lunches for both of us. But, it means I can’t really leave the house on a work day, especially because I have to feed her and put her right back down around 7:30. Matt has been traveling and working a ton recently, so it’s lonely during the week.


Between the hurricanes, the earthquake, and the politics, September has also been full of heartbreaking news. I want to stay informed, but I also get overwhelmed with the media these days. How do you guys balance consuming news and keeping others in your thoughts with staying positive? I definitely think it helps if I can do something concrete to show support and limit news to once a day.

Is it October yet?

We have a fun wedding in October – my sister is getting married, so we have an excuse to go on a fall getaway to Charlottesville. I’m excited to go to the East Coast during my favorite time of year, and pumped for a weekend of family celebration! Matt’s travel schedule is always up in the air, so I’m really hoping I don’t have to fly alone. I won’t be taking that much gear with me, but it’s still overwhelming to think about…especially because we’ll have to change planes.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for Emerson’s birthday, but since both my mom and Matt’s mom announced they are coming to celebrate, I guess we are going all-out with a party. I decided on a luau theme (obv. inspired by our trip) and went ahead and ordered the cake (figures I would prioritize that!!). I’m curious to see what Em thinks about buttercream. I’m leaning towards ordering some food from Whole Foods because I’m too tired to cook for a crowd. We’ll see.

It’s nearly Friday, so I might go make myself a cocktail:)

What’s on your agenda for October?

  • Lindsay
    September 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    If you don’t already, you should sign up for theSkimm. Easy news snippets daily to your email. They’re well-written and funny and informative! I’ve never been a big news person, but this helps me stay on top of things. I feel I can at least make intelligent conversation after reading them!

    • Laura
      September 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

      I’ve heard of it, but never seen it!

  • E
    September 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    The NYTimes has a podcast called The Daily that is a great, 15 min daily news update, published in the morning! The Skimm can be a bit girlish (it’s geared to women 24-34) and dumbs some stuff down, plus it’s backed by Fox, so I wouldn’t say they have totally neutral coverage.

    • Laura
      September 22, 2017 at 8:31 am


  • Kat
    September 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

    For Critter’s birthday it was just our families (so this sounds like Ems’). We ordered a cake. My mom made a pan of baked mac and cheese because it was what Critter liked to eat at the time. Order what you/Matt/Em like to eat for the food and call it a day. Oh, and we got some balloons. It is okay for it to be cute but not Pinterest-y.

    • Laura
      September 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

      I like the mac & cheese idea! I already invited the whole moms group, so it will be a bigger party than I initially thought..

  • Laura
    September 22, 2017 at 8:03 am

    My daughter used to fall asleep in the car on the way home from daycare and rather than risk waking her, I would just carry her infant seat inside and leave her in the laundry room (right ff the garage) with the door shut until she work up. Worked great! That has got to be so hard being on your own during the week! My daughter’s second birthday is in November and rather than doing a traditional cake, I’ve decided to make a doughnut cake as doughnuts are her favorite food!

    • Laura
      September 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I love the donut cakes and towers I’ve seen! Sadly, there aren’t many gluten-free donuts in the world, and I selfishly want to partake! It’s definitely been tough getting used to being on my own!