Little Milestones 7-8 Months

Hey, everyone! That’s right, it’s yet another baby post. Sorry? No, I’m not sorry. Sorry… not.

My little guy is 7 months and 6 days old  today, and I thought now would be a good time to update you on all of his developmental progress and baby milestones. I mostly use the websites BabyCenter and BabyCentre UK to track all of Li’s milestones by month, as well as when I should be changing up our routine. They were also REALLY helpful during my pregnancy. Lots of great information! Maybe these sites will help some of your new moms as well.

I probably should have been blogging about this on a monthly basis as he grew, but I haven’t been doing that. Oops. So, instead of making a massive list of all the things he’s learned to do since birth, I’ll just list the things relevant to his current stage in life, since he’s already mastered all the younger milestones. Like. A. Boss.

Here are a few charts that I found from the BabyCentre UK site, telling you what skills your baby should be learning by now, and skills that they may be learning very soon (sorry if they’re a bit small, you can click to make them larger). This first one is skills for babies at 7 months old:

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Li has always been pretty on-track/ahead with his development, and we practice and do exercises to make sure it stays that way. He has been babbling “words” for nearly two months (it really helps if you narrate and talk a lot, I swear, I talk to this kid every waking moment of every day), and sitting up completely on his own for just over a month and a half now, however, he can not sit himself up on his own from a lying position, unless he has something to pull himself up with, such as crib bars. I lost track of when his raking for objects turned into sweeping, but he has been sweeping for objects for a short period of time as well. We started practicing with pieces of Cheerios in his highchair while eating meals around 6 months old to help with his fine motor skills.

He is also already crawling short distances, and has been actually crawling for a few weeks. He has been able to get into a crawling position and kind of hop and bounce forward for almost two months. Along with his babbling, he’s also started forming word-like sounds, like “mama” and “baba”, which he repeats loudly all day long, haha.

Li can also stand himself up, both in his crib and his pack ‘n play. He also does this on the couch, or when he’s on the ground, using me or my chair to pull himself up. He can also free-stand without holding onto anything for a short time, but then he gets excited and bouncy, and falls. He just recently started being able to hold onto his crib or his pack ‘n play with one hand, either leaving his other hand down, or waving a toy around. He can also bend down while standing to pick up objects. That’s some advanced stuff!

He bangs his toys against EVERYTHING. He loves making noise. I say that it’s him “singing”, because he also babbles and coos VERY loudly while banging things, haha.

I wouldn’t say that he waves goodbye necessarily, because he’s never really done it when someone is leaving (mostly because it’s just him and I all day together), but he does definitely open and close his hands in a waving manner, and also moves his hand from side to side.

One thing that isn’t mentioned on this chart that I want to bring up, is that starting at 6 months, we transitioned from a baby bottle to a sippy cup with removable handles. He got the hang of it on the first day, and we’ve been using just the sippy cup ever since. We started with a spout top, but went back to a nipple top when he started waving the cup around and spilling it everywhere. He’s been able to hold it firmly, and drink from it with and without the handles, for over a month.

This next chart is skills for babies at 8 months old, some of which my son has already learned. Others, not so much.

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As I said previously, he is already making word-like noises. He says “mama” the most, and it most certainly seems to be directed towards me. It’s what he whines in his crib when he wakes up, or when he doesn’t want to sleep. Or when he’s in his pack ‘n play and wants to sit on my lap. Or when his dad gets home and wants to hold him, but he just wants me (sorry, honey). He also says “baba”, though not necessarily when I’m giving him his sippy. No “dada” yet. He also doesn’t really respond to his name… probably because we have 100 nicknames for him. Oops.

He is already crawling short distances, standing on his own, standing while holding onto objects and toys, picking up objects, passing them around (he can also throw, which is awesome), etc. One thing we haven’t even tried to do is cruising. I have yet to baby-proof our apartment (I have all the equipment, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet), so his time outside of his pack ‘n play or his crib is limited to sitting on my lap, sitting with me on the couch, in his high chair, or when we play on the floor together. I have noticed that when he’s in his crib, he can kind of move himself side-to-side slightly. Not really cruising though.

Li can make a pointing motion, but doesn’t point at anything. Just points at the world. So, not quite there with that one. He also doesn’t gesture yet. Around 4 months old, when we started with baby foods, I started to teach him the signs for mommy, daddy, eat, milk, more, and sleep. We haven’t been doing it as much as I would like, but recently got back into it. Hopefully I stick with it better this time.

One thing I am very proud of is his fine motor skills. At his 6 month checkup, we were told that we should start letting him practice picking up tiny foods, like Cheerios or peas, to help him with his pinching, so that he can start eating finger foods in a few months. Well! Just the other day, he was able to pick up not just one, but two Cheerio halves. And put them in his mouth. TWO! So, that’s cool. We’re getting there! As I mentioned in my previous post, we have already started finger foods, so I’m hoping this skill develops quickly!

Thank you all for reading! How are your little ones doing with their development?

Jan

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Our Baby Schedule (7 Months Old)

I’m a stay-at-home mom to a sweet, brilliant, 7-month old boy. Besides my fiance, my support system includes very few people, spread out across the country. I’m not very close with my mom, and have very few friends with young children. I’m an avid forum reader, and I’ve had to learn A LOT of things on my own (with the help of a couple million internet searches), since I don’t have access to a doctors office or clinic whenever I have a question. One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with is how much to feed my baby, and when. All babies and situations are different, so whenever I looked online to try and find any kind of schedule that we could try, it just never felt right. Either the posts were written by working moms on a tight schedule, or involved multiple children, or other things that didn’t really pertain to our situation. It just wasn’t right for us. So we figured it out on our own.

My kid is weird. He doesn’t cry unless he’s really tired (or really wants to be held), and that’s it. He’s never really cried from hunger, not even as a tiny baby, so I’ve had to learn to pay close attention to his little queues, like sucking his fingers, or opening and closing his mouth. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if he is hungry or not, but he definitely let’s me know when he is full.

First off, my son is 7 months and 5 days old. At his 6 month checkup, he weighed 19 pounds, and was 28 inches long. He’s grown since then! He wears 12 month shirts and onesies, and 9 month pants. Size 4 diapers. Size 4 shoes. He’s tall, skinny, growing like crazy, and has an appetite to match. We started him on baby food at 4 months old, because he was drinking over 32oz. of formula a day, and still wanted more. He also presented with all of the signs of readiness for baby food. Don’t worry if your little one doesn’t present with signs yet at 4 months, a lot of babies aren’t ready until 6 months. Also, don’t worry if your baby doesn’t eat as much as him, or maybe eats more. All babies are different. They know how much they need and will let you know when they want more, or have had enough. This is just what works for us! Okay, now keep in mind, this is not rigid and it is not set in stone. Sometimes he wakes up at 7:30, sometimes 8, sometimes not until 9. I also included his general nap times. Sometimes he wants to sleep immediately following breakfast, but sometimes he doesn’t get tired until after his second bottle. Here’s a general idea of what our day looks like:

8:00: Wake up, drink an 8oz. bottle.
8:30: Breakfast, 1tbs of oatmeal cereal, mixed with formula and a fruit or vegetable. I also put out a few Cheerio pieces for him to practice picking up.
10:15: Mid-morning 6oz. bottle. (Usually, when he takes his first nap)
12:30: Lunch, 3-4oz. of pureed fruit with a finger food on the side, usually Cheerios or tiny pieced of fruit, but sometimes we use leftover veggies from the day before.
2:45: Afternoon 6oz. bottle. (Usually when he takes his second nap)
5:00: Dinner, 3-4oz. of pureed vegetable with finger food on the side, preferably another vegetable.
7:00: Bath time!
7:30-8:00: 8oz. bottle while we attempt to wrestle into bed.
8:00: Bed time… preferably. Sometimes it doesn’t happen until later. Sometimes earlier.

Like I said, it’s not set in stone. Sometimes, his naps run long and I have to push back his meals, and move some things around. At the moment, he takes 2 (occasionally 3) naps a day, ranging from 45 minutes to 2.5ish hours long. He also almost always falls asleep in the car, and when we go for walks. You just never know with this kid.

In case anyone was interested, here’s a list foods he will actually eat so far (there are some things he has tried that he HATED, so they didn’t make the list), in ranking order. Some of the lower ones he will only eat if it’s mixed in cereal or something else (he’s a GOOD eater, haha). And no, I don’t make my own baby food, these are all either Gerber or Beech-Nut 2nd Step foods.

Jarred Vegetables:
Squash ***
Sweet Potatoes ***
Sweet Potatoes & Corn ***
Mixed Vegetable ***
Carrots ***
Peas ***
Garden Vegetables **
Green beans **

Jarred Fruits:
Pear Pineapple ***
Pear ***
Apple(sauce) ***
Apple & Cherry ***
Apple & Blueberry ***
Apple Strawberry Banana ***
Apple & Prunes **
Bananas **
Banana Mixed Berry **
Banana Orange Medley **
Strawberry Banana **
Apricot **
Apricot Mixed Fruit **
Yummy Mango **
Banana Plum Grape *
Peaches *

Jarred Fruit/Vegetable Combos:
Pear Zucchini Corn ***
Banana Carrot Mango **
Apple Peach Squash **

Cereals:
Oatmeal Cereal **
Rice Cereal *

Finger/Real Foods:
Cheerios ***
Black Beans ***
Kidney Beans ***
Plain Hummus ***
Peas ***
Green Beans ***
Pineapple ***
Blueberries ***
Mashes Potatoes ***
Spiral Pasta **
Pieces of Plain Toast *

(His favorites seem to be more on the side of veggies! He absolutely loves black beans and peas as finger foods!)

We have not tried any jarred meats or jarred meat meals. Gross. Just… so gross. We will be giving him small bites of chicken in the next month or two when his chewing is a bit better. We just started finger foods a few weeks ago, and will continue to introduce more as he develops.

That’s it! I hope this helped out a few moms and dads out there, or maybe gave you a few ideas on what foods your baby may like. Mine likes… basically everything. Except for avocado. Oh man. He puked everywhere.

Thanks for reading!

Jan

My ‘I-Hate-Being-An-Adult’ Wishlist

Hello, it has certainly been some time!

I’m 25 years old. When I was in high school, I thought I would have all my shit together by the time I turned 25. I thought that I would have graduated college after 4 years with a degree in Psychology, and that I would have a nice job working in a school and/or working with children or young adults. I thought that I would have a nice little house (or a nice apartment) with a big fenced-in yard, where the dog that I thought I would have could play. I thought I would be in a relationship and/or married, and that we would have a baby. Oh, and I DEFINITELY thought I would have my license AND a car.

Well… a few of those happened. I’ve been in a fantastic relationship for going on 3 years now (my previous relationship was 4 years before he broke it off). My fiance and I have been engaged since last February, but aren’t really in any hurry to have a wedding. Oh, and we have a baby. So, there’s that. But… that’s all I’ve checked off of that list.

I never graduated college. Back in 2008/09, I did GO to college, but never finished. I finished my first year (with an horrendous GPA) before succumbing to the fact that I was completely broke, and could not afford to stay in school. I still owe the school nearly $3000 for my second semester, but since I never got my degree, I’ve just been bouncing around from minimum wage job to minimum wage job, barely making enough to pay rent and NECESSARY bills (I went years without internet access or a phone, it was awful). I would love to go back to school. Lately, I’ve even been looking into online classes and degrees that I could do in my spare time, but nothing seems to be doable for me at the moment.

We rent our apartment. As most of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I’ve had HORRIBLE luck with apartments/landlords over the last 6 or so years. Between terrible neighbors, mold, leaks, falling ceilings, flooded basements, and swarms of yellow jackets in my living room, things just haven’t been working out for us. This, once again, comes back to income. The only apartments that we seem to be able to afford on our income (well, his income, since I’m currently not working) are slums. Not ridiculous slums, with boarded up windows and holes in the walls, but apartments that the landlords just don’t seem to have any interest in keeping up with. It sucks. Especially with a baby. This current apartment isn’t awful, but it definitely has some issues. We’ve been entertaining the idea of looking into getting a house once our lease is up, but that is terrifying. There’s so much that can go wrong, and there’s no landlord to come and fix things. Scary scary scary.

Yeah, I don’t have my license. Still. Yes, I am 25 years old. This is also a contributing factor in all the things previously listed.

Being an adult sucks. Having to buy big adult things so that you can properly be an adult sucks. Whenever someone asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I feel awful, because the only things I NEED are money and big appliances. And a car. And a house. I don’t have the luxury of being stable and only wanting a gaming console or new clothes. I don’t get to have nice, fun things anymore! So. There are a few things I really wish we had, that would make my life immensely simpler. Here are a few of the things from my super adulty adult wishlist:

1) Washer/Dryer. This is the first apartment that I’ve lived in that a) doesn’t already have a washer and dryer in the unit/building b) actually has hook-ups that we can have our own. But we don’t have a washer or dryer. So, once a week/ever other week, on Kyle’s day off, we have to haul $10 worth of laundry to the laundromat, cram it into the yucky machines there, and hope it all lasts until the next time we can do it. Do you know how hard it is to go 1-2 weeks without washing baby clothes? Almost all of the clothes that we have for our kiddo is used/hand-me-downs, and there isn’t much of it. Some days are good, and he doesn’t make a complete mess when he eats… but some days I have to change him 2-3 times. So when we actually get to do laundry, it’s 60% baby stuff, 30% my fiance’s work clothes, 5% towels, and 5% my stuff. I don’t mind wearing dirty clothes, since I never leave the apartment… but when we have to go somewhere, it’s embarrassing. So, yeah. That’s on my list.

2) A new car. Well, a new car for my fiance, since I don’t drive. We have a little, red Mustang, which he has had since he was in high school. It was fine when we were dating, we could still fit all of our laundry/groceries/etc. in the back seat and trunk… but these days, our car has some SERIOUS issues.
a) The driver’s side seat is broken, and is being held up by a plank of wood. Any time we have to move or adjust the seat, we also have to adjust the piece of wood. This means we only have 1/2 of a backseat. The other side has a car seat. So, really, there is NO back seat.
b) It has been involved in 3 hit-and-run accidents in the last two years (including a school bus in front of our apartment, and we didn’t get a penny for it, despite having a witness). The outside is a hot mess. Our car has NO side mirrors, and has quite a bit of body damage, which significantly reduces its value. Even if we wanted to sell/trade it in for a new, cheap vehicle, the vehicle we would get wouldn’t be much better. The body is fiberglass, so we can’t even scrap it. We could get maybe $1500 for it in its current condition, which seems to be getting worse each week.
c) It is small. It is a 2 door car, which makes it VERY difficult to get a baby carrier in and out of the back seat, especially when we only have access to the back seat on one side. Our boy is quickly outgrowing his infant carrier, and when he goes into his rear-facing bigger car seat, it will be virtually impossible to get him in and out of the car without a huge hassle. We also have a VERY small trunk, which doesn’t fit his stroller, or very many groceries. Ugh.
d) It is absolute shit in the snow. We live in Illinois. It snows. We slide and get stuck ALL THE TIME. Terrifying.
e) No AC. Enough said.
f) On top of/because of a bunch of those previous things, it makes noises sometimes and freaks me out and I know nothing about cars but I know it’s not good.

So… yeah. We’d love it if someone could just go ahead and give us a new vehicle, that’d be super! Because when this one craps out, we are SO screwed.

I feel like I have more things to add, but they aren’t nearly as big as these things. I wish we had a bigger kitchen that we could actually USE, as well as a dishwasher, so that the dishes wouldn’t sit in the sink for months at a time (seriously, it’s been 2 months, we’re using the same plate, bowl, spoon, and fork that we’ve been using for ages and just keep washing them in the bathroom sink). I don’t have a job, but I have a baby. A baby who is currently going through a very needy, clingy phase. I can’t get anything done! Every other day I try to sweep the living room carpet and the kitchen (oh, yeah, would love a working vacuum cleaner and a Swiffer as well), and pick up the bathroom and bedrooms as much as I can, but it really is difficult.

Oh, that reminds me:

3) A GOOD baby carrier. I bought a cheap $20 baby carrier from Walmart, but it is just awful, and uncomfortable for both of us, so I hardly ever use it. I could probably get a bit more done around the house if I could wear my baby, right? Probably.

4) I just remembered this one. We need blinds for our windows. The ones that were here when we moved in are disgusting, dirty, broken, and bring held together my magic and duct tape. So all of my neighbors can see me and my awful apartment. Ugh.

So, if anyone would like to adopt me, that’d be swell. Or, you know, if you win the lottery, keep me in your thoughts? Thanks!

Jan

Most Terrifying Experience of My Life. WTF!

I just had the most terrifying experience of my life. I went to lay down with the baby for about an hour before putting him in his crib for a nap. I walked back into the kitchen to the sound of loud buzzing. I looked up to see SWARMS of yellow jackets in my living room. All over my lights, the windows, curtains, walls, etc. They weren’t there an hour prior. I shut the baby’s door and ran to get my  upstairs neighbor, who helped me spray and kill HUNDREDS of them, until they were all dead.

Apparently, when we called to complain last week about the nest outside our house, the exterminator the landlord hired didn’t do anything, but said that he did. This gave the yellow jackets time to finish burrowing through the wall, and they flooded my apartment through a hole underneath my computer desk. Luckily, I wasn’t at my desk, or in the living room, at the time.

We blocked off the hole with some duct tape, but the nest is still there in the wall. My neighbor called the landlord again to tell them that the situation has gotten worse, and they were angry about the exterminator. Not nearly as angry as I am. I now have hundreds and hundreds of dead yellow jackets to clean up. I’m furious. I’m too terrified to do anything. And my house smells like chemicals.

What if we had been SLEEPING? I may never sleep again.

Oh, There’s A Blog Here

I always do this. I get really excited about starting a blog (or a podcast, or a YouTube channel, etc.), and then I just leave it after a few entries to dry up and die. I have so much I want to say, about so many things, but I just have the hardest time actually SAYING it. Even now, it’s just a jumbled mess inside my head and I so desperately want to type, but it’s just so hard for me to do it.

That sounded a bit dramatic. It’s nothing important, really just video game stuff and baby stuff. My life is so boring.

But I guess I’ll start with what’s actually been going on in my life lately. The last month has been pretty up-and-down financially for us. With me no longer working, things have been tight. We have enough to pay our bills, buy diapers, etc., and it’s not like we’re starving, but it leaves very little wiggle room for fun, clothes for ourselves, or emergencies.

Like car emergencies. Have I ever mentioned what a total piece of crap our car is? We have a red ’99 Ford Mustang, it’s Kyle’s car obviously, and he’s had it since high school. It was always his baby. But lately, EVERYTHING has been going wrong with it. Literally. Everything. The AC doesn’t work, the driver’s side seat is broken and is being held up by a board, so we only have half of a back seat, the tires are getting bare, the horn doesn’t work, the doors lock (on their own) but are unable to be UNLOCKED because some asshole shoved a paper clip in the lock, it doesn’t have mirrors on either side, and it KEEPS GETTING HIT BY ASSHOLES WHO JUST TAKE OFF. We had 3 hit-and-run incidents last year alone, and it’s taken it’s toll on the body of our car. We also now have to replace the brakes again, because even though we got new brakes early last year, the garage that did them left something loose, and it ended up grinding down our brakes really badly. Or something. So, yeah, need new brakes. We also had to replace our radiator hose last week because it randomly blew. So, yeah.

We really want/need a new car. This 2-door little thing just isn’t cutting it when it comes to loading and unloading the baby and his carrier, and will be completely impossible once he gets bigger. I have my seat ALL the way up, but luckily I’m short. No one taller than 5’3 can sit in the passenger seat if the baby is also in the car. It is terrible. And like I said before, the AC doesn’t work… which was fine when it was just the two of us, we would just roll down the windows and sweat our asses off… but I don’t want to put my baby through that. Nope nope nope. We can still probably get around $1200 or so for our car in the condition it is in, but we would have to have another car lined up THAT DAY for us to buy. Finding something in our price range has been next to impossible. I am still paying off a loan I took out last year just so that we could move, and Kyle’s credit isn’t good enough for him to take a loan out himself. I don’t think we could afford payments on two loans anyway. So trying to fins something with 4 doors, working AC, and not a pile of shit, for under… $2000 or so… has been an impossible task.

Blah.

Anyway, I’m glad you are all still here… well, those of you who ARE here.

Thanks for reading!

Jan

I’m In Stitches

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to learn to sew. Or crochet. Or knit. My grandmother was a homemaker, and she watched me a lot while my mom was working. She cooked and baked, painted ceramics, made clothes and little handmade projects… I wanted to do that. She would give me all her ceramic scraps, like a pumpkin or a small dog, that she wasn’t using in her projects, and I would get to paint them. She also made wedding cakes, and cakes for birthdays and special occasions, and if one of the layers wasn’t perfect, she gave it to me to decorate. My own little cake. I picked up little things from her here and there, like what flavors complimented each other, and what colors went together… but I never did anything with any of that knowledge. I don’t cook, I don’t bake, I don’t paint, I don’t sew… but now, I crochet.

About a week ago, I reached out on Twitter and asked my followers which they prefer: crocheting or knitting. From what I understand, the biggest difference between the two is the number of needles you use. Crocheting seemed like a simpler, cheaper, thing to learn… so I did. A friend helped me with some yarn and needles, and I spent the next few days watching YouTube videos and hunting down simple, beginner patterns to try while waiting for my package to come in the mail. When it finally arrived, I wasted no time getting to work on learning. It’s definitely a fun little thing to focus on while the baby is sleeping on me, or I’m bored in WoW waiting for a queue to pop, etc.

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I picked the yarn I wanted to use, and found a very basic video on learning different stitches. I believe I was making a potholder. As you can see from the picture… it didn’t turn out so well. It didn’t take me long to make, and I got significantly better as I went, but the end result was… unattractive. I decided to unravel and try something else, since I now knew the basics.

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WRAP BRACELETS! I love wrap bracelets, and I could even make money selling them once I’m comfortable/good enough at making them. I found three different tutorials, and kind of combined all three techniques… and voila! I made the first one (light blue) in about 20 minutes. I screwed up sewing the button on, and it was a bit tight on my wrist, but I was so happy with it. So I made another, in my favorite color… GREEN! This one took me a little less than 15 minutes, and I didn’t mess up the button! It fits perfectly, and I intend to actually wear it!

Some of you know this, some of you don’t, but for the last couple years, I’ve participated in our local Relay For Life event with my fiance, his mother, and whoever happens to be on the team. I had an idea for these bracelets, since they are so cheap and easy to make… I can make them in the colors of the different cancer awareness ribbons (purple, pink, yellow, blue, etc.) and sell them at this year’s Relay, if we do it this year. I am completely in love with the idea, I just hope we are able to do it this year. Kyle’s mom is finishing up nursing school, Kyle works full time, and now we have a baby… so we’ll see.

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Another idea I had was to make baby accessories. Who doesn’t love baby accessories?! Of course, I have a baby boy, so almost everything I make would be for sale/gifts, but it is a fun idea. The picture above is my first attempt at a newborn headband, with a flower and button. It took about 35 minutes total. I had never made a flower before either. The headband ended up being about half an inch short for a standard newborn size, so it could be for a preemie… but I will remember next time to account for my stitches when measuring my yarn. I know so many people who are due with baby girls, and these can be made in so many colors and thicknesses for different seasons… I’m excited to learn more techniques and patterns for these, and hopefully they can make me a little money now that I’m a SAHM.

Thank you all for reading, and for encouraging me to take on a new challenge in my life. I can’t wait to show you more cute things as I make them!

J

Reincarnated… As A Shaman

When I decided to start this blog, I thought it would be simple to find time to write, but it has been a challenge. Besides caring for my little one, all I do at home all day is play WoW or the Sims (although I did just pick up crocheting recently), so you would think I’d have something to write about, right? Nope. Not really. Despite the fact that I spend the majority of my day at my computer, I feel like I’m barely playing the game, not doing anything… not doing anything with writing about really. But hey, maybe someone out there will find this interesting!

I would say that a good chunk of my time spent on WoW lately has been time playing my Shaman, which has quickly become one of my favorite classes again. I’ll always be a Hunter at heart, but she’s just SO fun. For those of you who missed my previous post, I recently transferred my very first main, a Troll Shaman named Zuljinn, from the Dethecus server to Earthen Ring. I’ve been doing this for years, but always decided against it. I enjoyed the idea of having that one character, completely original and frozen in time where I left her… but on the other hand, she was my main for nearly five years. I spent A LOT of time (and money) playing her. I have so many incredibly fond memories of my time playing her. So… I decided to take her out of retirement.

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Meet Zuljan, level 100 Troll Shaman! I hit level 100 on her last week after using my character boost to go from 70-90, and decided to try out playing as Elemental, since she was always Resto/Enhancement. It’s very different from playing my Hunter, for example, my Shaman dies. MY HUNTER NEVER DIES. Maybe I just suck? Combat on her is a lot more fun though, more buttons to press, more cooldowns to manage… my adorable elementals. Fun!

Her item level is hovering in the very low 600’s, since I hit 100 in Spires of Arak, and not Nagrand, so I missed out on some of the higher level quest rewards. She does have several pieces of crafted gear though, so that’s something! Unfortunately, between her low item level and my lack of skill, it has been very hard to do my Apexis dailies. And complete the damn Silver Proving Grounds… so no heroics either. A lot of focus on my garrison, as well as quest achievements in Draenor. It’s been a lot of fun!

I feel like I’ve completely lost interest in my Hunter since transferring my Shaman. Since I’m no longer able to raid, and all my WoW friends are… nonexistent, the only thing really for me anymore is leveling alts, farming mats, pet battling… actually, yeah, that’s pretty much all I do on my Hunter. Pet battles, farming for garrison crap… boooring.

The good news is, after hardly touching her for two and a half years, I’ve decided to finally start playing my Priest again! She will remain as shadow (healing is gross), and after playing her for just a few minutes today, I was pleased to see that shadow spec hasn’t changed at all. I miss my Priest, she was my main for a long time before I became addicted to being a Hunter. I’m not alone in this, have you SEEN how many Hunters are out there these days?
I suppose that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed this long-winded description on what I’ve been up to this past week… it took me nearly a week to write it. In fact, I’m finishing it up from my couch, while trapped under a sleeping two month old, watching Bones… ah, this is the life… Thank you for reading, friends!

J