100th Blog Post Celebratory Q&A

It doesn’t seem possible, but yesterday I made my 100th blog post! I’ve never done more than one post a day and it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging long enough to reach this (what I’m considering) milestone. Sharing my love of books is something I’m incredibly passionate about, but it isn’t always easy, so I’m proud that I’ve made it this far. To celebrate, I asked Twitter and Instagram to send me any questions they had for me and today I’ll be answering them!

What are your top five favorite music artists?

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Jonas Brothers
  5. Julia Michaels

Those really aren’t in any particular order (except Taylor Swift she’s definitely #1), and it was really hard not to add dodie on there, but I’m trying to stick with just five.

What’s your favorite review you’ve written since starting your blog, and why?

Oh, this is a good question! I think my review of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn has been my favorite so far because I feel like so much of myself went into it. A very close second would be my review of Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley. Both of these books are incredibly close to my heart and I’m proud of my reviews for them.

What book has presented you with the best life advice?

I really can’t choose between Impulse by Ellen Hopkins and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Neither of them contain what I would necessarily call life advice, but they were both instrumental in my recovery from self-harm and an eating disorder. Seeing what I was going through in the pages of a book made me feel less alone and urged me to seek help.

What state do you live in?

I’m a liberal surrounded by a bunch of conservatives that want to strip rights away from people in the not so great state of Oklahoma.

How many books do you read in a day, week, month, year?

Okay, I really love sharing data like this, so I’m probably going to be giving way more information than anybody even wants, but I’m doing it anyway.

Years

2015 – 113 books read
2016 – 341 books read
2018 – 81 books read
2019 – 92 books read so far

Don’t ask me where 2017 went because I honestly don’t know what Goodreads did with it.

Months

2015 – 9.4 books a month
2016 – 28.4 books a month
2018 – 6.75 books a month
2019 – 15.3 books a month so far

Weeks

2015 – 2.1 books a week
2016 – 6.5 books a week
2018 – 1.5 books a week
2019 – 3.5 books a week so far

Days

If I don’t have anything to do and can fully devote all of my time to reading then I can easily get through a couple books a day. Usually though I’d say I read one book every two days? That’s probably a good average estimate.

[Related – Tag: Currently Reading]

How is sweet little baby doing?!

Elliott is good! For those who aren’t familiar with my sweet boy I’ll do a quick (or as quick as I can because there’s a lot) introduction. Elliott was born in August of 2017 with complex congenital heart defects (CHD) consisting of a double outlet right ventricle with non-committed ventricular septal defect, transposition of the great arteries, and coarctation of the aorta. His doctors thought he would need two or three heart surgeries during his entire life and then be pretty stable.

The first surgery happened when he was four days old, it went great, and we were home right before he turned a month old. His next surgery was at the end of February 2018. This one didn’t go so well. He ended up on ECMO, which is a form of life support, for a month. During that month he underwent several heart caths to place stents and multiple additional heart surgeries to try and help him recover. Nothing worked, so they ended up undoing the original surgery and doing something different instead which was incredibly risky (he only had a 50% chance of surviving it). Thankfully he made it and was able to come off ECMO a few days later.

When he was waking up after being medically paralyzed and unconscious for a month we discovered that had no movement in the right side of his body. This prompted scans of his brain which showed he had suffered numerous strokes while on ECMO. He’s been in a lot of therapy though and you can hardly tell any more! Developmentally he’s still behind (he’s so close to walking!) because of how much time he’s spent in the hospital but he’s working so hard and catching up so quickly.

The last big thing he went through was on August 1 of 2018, two days before his first birthday. Before sending us home, the doctors found a right ventricle pseudoaneurysm. This is incredibly scary and dangerous. We were given two options: we could take him home and love him for just a little longer knowing that at some point in time it was guaranteed to burst and he wouldn’t survive or we could allow them to attempt surgery that he had a 20% chance of surviving. This was the hardest and scariest decision I have ever been faced with, but it was also a decision that came quickly. On the first of August I carried him into the operation room and laid him on the table knowing full well I may never see his smile again, but knowing that my husband and I were choosing hope.

It’s truly a miracle that he is still with us. Nobody knows why anything he’s gone through has happened and none of his doctors know what the future holds. Elliott will definitely need more heart surgery in the future, sooner rather than later, but we just have to wait for his body to tell us when and what needs to happen. He’ll also need a heart transplant at some point. It feels like we’re living on borrowed time with him, but I’m so lucky I get to be his mom.

Sorry that was so long, there’s just an insane amount of information! If you have any questions about him or what he’s gone through you can always ask. I never mind answering questions and am very open about our journey.


That’s all the questions I was asked! Thanks so much for sticking with me on this journey. Before you go, if you have a questions (or more) for me, put it in the comments! I’ll answer it and add it to my post.

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