January. According to Instagram.

Our January consisted mostly of staying home due to the freezing temperatures and ridiculous amounts of snow.  This has been great for the whole potty training adventure, but not so great for making plans, or having any sort of socialization beyond the monkey and mama duo…

Here is a mini-recap of our month–according to my Instagram feed.


Daddy wrapped Eli in a towel after a bath one night, and he thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Mama thought he looked too big and almost started crying.4eec0eb085eb11e39934128dfbc5ee3d_8

My little man is very into Jake and the Neverland pirates.  I bought a Jake costume on clearance after Halloween and we gave it to him for Christmas.  He likes to sing the theme song and yell “yo ho.”5ee220e47f8c11e382e9128eef105127_8

Elijah Oscar is also big into hiding right now.  He hasn’t figured out the whole staying quiet part of hiding…but that only makes it more adorable.


During one of the super cold days, I felt that we needed to make a Costco run.  Eli was clearly freezing.  But since there were about a dozen people in the store besides us, he had the run of the store and was loving it.337ccd56894f11e3bc1b0e560c5e4f79_8

We have spent many afternoons cuddled in “mama’s bed” playing or watching shows on the Disney Junior app.  Eli loves to be lazy in bed with me.525fb74477aa11e385a40e4cbd071739_8

Our family room can get quite chilly, so we dress in layers.  And wear hoods indoors.759bc060887e11e3a5ea0a7cffb7c5e1_8

This was my birthday.  We ate tons of tasty food.  I bet he would like it to be my birthday everyday.5536e9787bac11e38674129e5825c438_8

For awhile, he was playing with this plastic chicken wing often.  Silly monkey.6661a7407fa011e39084122078433484_8

We ventured out when it got a little warmer.  And by warmer I mean 15-20 degrees.  I took him to Starbucks and let him pick out a treat.  Then we sat by the window and watched cars and trucks and he pointed out every “birdie” that he spotted.5420317a838111e389ad0edc7ffa5063_8

I am signing him up for swim lessons at Aqua Tots.  We took a trial class there and he was so excited.  He loved every second of it…except the seconds where the instructor dunked him underwater for the first time.  He wasn’t a fan of that at first (or her for a few minutes after).  He did great overall and I am excited for him to start classes in March. a4c72aba89ef11e381b312310118f31f_8

Sometimes he knows he has to poo, but gets impatient sitting on the potty.  This is when I resort to the iPad.  And Youtube.  And “What Does the Fox Say?”bf4f89e67d7311e3acc812757c3aa7bb_8

How cute is his skinny little butt in underpants?  d28eb352845711e3b8a7126a0592d374_8

Sometimes, when he plays with Buzz or Woody it makes me super sad.  I think of Toy Story 3 and how Andy leaves his toys to go off to college, and I get all teary.  But we will just blame that on the pregnancy hormones.


He spots a coin and yells “money!” and pulls his little chair to the dresser to put his money into his little buggy bank.

So we did have a few adventures in January.

If you want to follow me on Instagram, I am @jessgrune.


About jessgrune

I'm Jessica. I am a wife and a mama. My husband, Rj, is a youth pastor who just began seminary this fall. Our baby boy, Elijah, is almost two and he is the coolest thing I have ever made. In February we will be adding a baby girl monkey to our family. I love doing crafts, shopping for good deals, vacations in Disney World, naps, and playing with my monkey. I have more fun picking out clothes for Eli than I should admit. I wish I spent more time reading good books. And I really miss sleeping for more than 4 hours at a time, but I am told this will happen again...one day.

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