Author: Allie Zottola


I read a really great book recently on how to use my phone less and really analyze my relationship with it. I implemented a lot of changes on my actual phone, as well as how I think about it and what I use it for. The changes have been amazing and have left me feeling so invigorated and much more focused.

All of those changes had me thinking about social media and blogging, so I decided to embark on an experiment.

Have you ever heard of the term FOMO? It stands for “fear of missing out” and is a common thing with social media these days. I actually looked up the definition and this is what Google came up with for FOMO: “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”

The book I read introduced the term JOMO, which the author states is the “joy of missing out.”

Since using my phone less and focusing on being more present in my life, I have really come to understand the joy of missing out.

So, I’ve decided to step away from social media and my blog for a bit and see if I find joy in missing out on those things as well. There are so many wonderful things about technology today, but there are also a lot of hard things about how it impacts our lives. I’m excited to learn and grow and see what I think about JOMO on this journey!

Thanks for reading 🙂


Sadie at 11 Months

Sadie girl is 11 months and closing in on her first birthday very quickly. I truly can’t believe it! Here’s what’s up with Sader Tot at 11 months 🙂

Baby girl sitting up and smiling 11 months

Growth Sadie is 19 pounds and 27 inches tall.

Wearing 6-9 month clothes and some 12 month clothes that are a little baggy 😉

Personality Curious, joyful, and silly.

Baby girl with ponytail

Eating Still mostly breast milk, but she is doing so much better with her swallowing issues! We decided to take a watch and wait approach after her early intervention evaluation results showed that she was delayed in her oral motor skills. Instead of having a occupational therapist come to our home each week, we decided to work on the tips the OT gave us at her evaluation and go from there.

Right around 11 months, she really began to make progress with swallowing. It was like a switch flipped and she “got it” and swallowed pieces of cut up hot dogs, grapes, and bananas. She still has a little trouble with some foods, and sometimes she just swallows things whole, but she is doing a lot better and we are so, so grateful.

Nicknames All the same as previous months with the addition of Sade (which is short for Sadie) and T or TT, which is short for Tot, which is short for Sader Tot. We are big fans of nicknames in the Zottola house 😉

Sleeping Sadie usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 pm and gets up to eat between 4-5 am and usually goes back to sleep until 6-7 am! This can all go out the window if she’s teething or had a weird day of naps or traveling. She still sleeps in crazy positions!

Baby girl and dad smiling and clapping

Looks like A mix of me and Jimmy and sometimes she looks like my brother when he was a baby!

New skills She started taking steps right around 10 months and hasn’t looked back because she is full out walking now. She’s pretty fast, too! She is climbing everything, stacking things, putting toys in baskets and taking them back out, mimicking facial expressions, and babbling.

Likes All the same things as last month with the addition of walking and getting into anything she shouldn’t get into 😉

Baby girl smiling with bow in her hair

Dislikes Me setting her down or leaving her when she wants to be held, being laid down for diaper changes, being put in her car seat, and having her arms and head put through clothes.

Favorite products All the same as last month!

Other Notes Sadie went to the beach for the second time and enjoyed playing in the sand and swimming in the pool! I think she’s sprouting more teeth, her hair is almost white on top, and her eyes have settled into a hazel-y brown color.

I believe that’s everything for Sadie girl at 11 months! She is so much fun, keeps us on our toes, and one of the biggest blessings in our lives ❤