2.09.2016

If you're happy and you know it

Shit, now even my blog post titles are baby related.

On another note - how is it possible that it's Valentine's Day weekend? I feel like we just wrapped up Halloween, and here we are, a month and a half into the new year. 

And, on another note....happiness.....

Do you know what makes you truly happy? Like joyfully happy? 

I've just recently discovered that most of my joyful happiness is found in my son and the ability to be his mom, but it's made me stop and think about other things that give me that guttural happiness. 

Life is short (and this time of year, I'm harshly reminded of that), and so I'm really trying to take note of the things in my day that just make me damn happy...and when they're happening...to stop, think, and thank my lucky stars. 

"It is in the littlest things of life we may find real and true joy." | Monday Words: This Littlest Things Bring Joy | the Fresh Exchange:


Things like-

::: My first hot cup of coffee and the Today show. I love me some Willie Geist, I'm not going to lie. 

::: A latte in the mid morning because it feels like such an indulgent treat - and keeps me powered the afternoon like nothing else can.

::: Walks in my neighborhood around 10am. I like to see and hear the kids on the school playground, the construction of the new houses being put up, the idiots that blow through stop signs (I actually HATE that), and saying hi to the same people that are out walking at the same time day after day.

::: A clean house - and these days I'll even take a neat house.

::: When the temperature is just perfect. I think my favorite temperature is 62 degrees. And not to go completely Miss Congeniality but - you can wear whatever you want, you can have the windows open - but you can still cook dinner without wanting to blast the A/C and go to sleep wanting to get under the covers.

::: Visiting Joel in the office...because it's kind of like seeing your teacher at the grocery store and I get this mixed sense of pride and nervousness and its weird but makes me happy.

::: Madeleine Peyroux pandora station going through the house because it feels like I'm walking through Pottery Barn.

::: That first glass of wine right around 5pm, when I can literally feel my body switch into turn down mode.

::: FaceTime sessions throughout the day because they make me forget how much I miss my family

::: A new, but not hard, recipe for dinner that goes just perfectly. It doesn't happen that often lately, but it just makes me so happy when I find a recipe that turns out to be a hit. Lately, Leo has been having a lot of fun watching me get dinner started, and it's becoming one of my favorite times of day to have him in the kitchen with me.

::: The twenty minutes that Joel and I have together right when Leo goes down. It's like this perfect block of time when we can actually relax, feel like badass parents for conquering another day, and right before extreme exhaustion sets in.

.....and when I think about all of those little things that make me happy in just a random, no big deal, kind of a day, I think that I've got a pretty good life over here. 

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2.08.2016

Weekend Report

Thursday night my friend Shelby had some girls at her house for a little Valentine's themed fondue night. Joel stayed home with the babe, and I got to indulge in a night full of girl time.




Only problem? I indulged in way more glasses of wine than I'm used to and stayed up way later than normal, which meant that I paid a dear, dear price on Friday.


It was my first hangover in a year, and lets just say I could go without one for another year. I felt like I was hit by a large bus.

With that being said, we ordered pizza on Friday night and I went to bed at the same time Leo did.

 

Thankfully by Saturday I was back to normal because Joel had to leave for an overnight work trip and I had two girlfriends coming over for a "stock the freezer" day. 

 

It was our first go around at it, and although we haven't taste tested the recipes, I actually think it was a success.

We each made one recipe (I did stuffed meatballs, a tried and true freezer staple in our house) and tripled it so that we each took home three different dinners to the freezer. 


It was a lot of work but actually really fun. Plus, it was so nice having company around since it was just Leo and I all day. Solo parenting is not an easy task. 

Thankfully Joel was only in San Fran so by the time Leo woke up from his morning nap, Dad was home! 


I snuck away for a much needed 3 mile run, and then the three of us hung out all day and just relaxed. 

I made my crack dip and April's buffalo turkey meatballs to nosh on during the game, felt like I could hold down a beer again, and were happy to see former Vol Peyton Manning take home the victory. 

   
        

May you be happy always.:
 

2.04.2016

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts for Thursday

::: It blows my mind that next week, last year (ya follow me?) I took a pregnancy test at 5:00 in the morning and found out that I was pregnant with Leo.

::: And because I'm insane, I'm already nervous/anxious/scared for my next pregnancy. Will that go away?

::: Joel is out of town for one night this weekend so I'm flying solo for the first time with my buddy. I feel confident enough now that I can successfully do it alone and not want to jump! I think 3 months is when the tide really turns for new moms.

::: Ok, last thing about moms....Do you follow The Lunchbox Diaries and/or Olive and Tate blogs? They did this really cool blub video on Tuesday night, and I loved it. It was an hour long live chat where they answered questions and just talked about taboo mom topics. It was refreshing and funny and hit home for me. I really wish these girls lived next to me because they are my kind of girls/friends/moms/people/etc. If you have an hour - check it out here.

::: Saturday I'm spending the day with my cousin stocking the freezer. She is expecting her first baby at the end of April, and I have found freezer meals to be life savers, so we're going to make a day of it. I have a few stand by freezer meals (Chili, Meatballs, Enchiladas, etc.) but I'm thinking about trying a few new recipes. Do you have a simple one that you like? Ideally carb free?

::: Going light on the carbs hasn't been too brutal, and I'm seeing a teensy bit of results (i.e. a few pounds that I gained over Christmas are starting to drop). I really wish I had the time to be clocking in daily hardcore workouts, but the day starts at 6 and I don't stop until about 7pm. At that point, I just can't fathom going to a class or taking a run. Leo and I take a long walk everyday, and I try to get in hard workouts over the weekend, but it's a lot tougher to find the time than I expected.

::: I really want some black gym shoes. My sister in law had a really cute pair from Asics, so I'm trying to decide if I want the asics pair or the nike pair. I end up wearing workout clothes at least 2x a week, and I never have the perfect shoe to wear with so I'm thinking I'm going to have to make an investment soon.

ASICS Women's Gel-Zaraca 4 Running Shoe, Black/White/Silver, 8 M US


::: I'm obsessed with Snapchat. I think it's because I'm alone all day, but I check that app more than any other social media site. It's just such a cool look inside peoples lives and I reallllllllly like that it's very unedited. My favorite account to follow is "HappilyEvaAfter". Eva is Susan Sarandon's daughter, and she has an adorable daugher herself (Marlowe) and a really cute blog "Happily Eva After"

::: I'm so excited about Superbowl weekend! I don't have any affiliation with either team....Joel is rooting for the Broncos because of Peyton....which meansI'll have to root for the Panthers just to piss him off ;) But really, I'm most excited for the snacks and commercials. We have friends in town from NY who will be joining us, so I'm going to make a few really easy appetizers that can be made ahead so I don't have to think about it. Any excuse to eat, drink, and party on a Sunday is just fine by me (and gets me excited for the Oscars!)


Happy Thursday! 

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2.03.2016

Day Trip


One of the greatest parts of staying home right now with Leo is the flexibility in our day to day so when Joel had a day trip planned for Palos Verdes on a Monday, Leo and I decided to tag along. 

Joel had a few meetings near Terranea resort, which is where we stayed for our babymoon, so it was an absolute trip to go back, but this time with Leo on the outside. 


When we got there, Leo and I walked their beautiful grounds for about an hour, and then pulled up to have a solo lunch at one of their on site restaurants.


I sat and read and enjoyed the view and then it was time for Leo to wake up from his nap and eat and play. I found a little area that was perfect for us to camp out, so I fed Leo, rolled out a picnic blanket, played with toys and listened to music and just enjoyed being outside. 

 
Since we don't have a backyard, we do a lot of walking outside, but we rarely sit in a park and just hang out and Leo was entranced.


Joel wrapped up his meetings around 3pm and met us. The three of us went for another long walk, took some pictures and had a pit stop for some key lime pie before hitting the road again. 

 
 

And to think the three of us were there looking very differently just six months ago....my how time can change things.


2.02.2016

Weekend Recap


 Friday I enlisted the help of this cutie to help do nine hundred loads of laundry.


For being such a good boy, we pulled out this door bouncer. Leo loves to stand and bounce, and has pretty good head control, so we decided to give it a whirl. I have to stuff a towel in the back for extra support but so far it's been a lot of fun for him to play in - and I love that it has a little try for toys.

Saturday morning Joel's brothers family came up from San Diego to hang with us. It was actually Leo and Sulley's first time meeting because the past two other times we tried, poor Sullivan was sick.



When they got here we took a walk to the park to let the Sulley play and get some fresh air before heading home for a night of pizza cookin.


Every year as a Christmas tradition, we've been getting together to make pizzas and just hang out. Christmas this year was too hard to swing, so we did it in January. It was much different this year with two little boys demanding most of our attention but once we got them both down for the night, we broke out the tequila and had ourselves a VERY good time.

 

We had high hopes of getting the boys to take a cousin bath together, but they weren't having any of that, so we will have to shoot for that over Easter!


Sunday morning, Joel and Andrew and some friends went to watch a soccer match. It was pouring rain Sunday morning, but we had to get the boys out for a change of scenery, so we made a pit stop at my girlfriends house to play with her little boy Tucker.



Plus we got a great photo op since I had to pull out Leo's raincoat!  



The fam left Sunday at 5pm and Joel and I were beat! I threw together a bowl of pasta and we both were in bed before 8pm! We can't hang like we used to.

1.28.2016

Day in the Life [with a 4 month old]

My favorite posts of my own to look back on our the "Day in the Life" posts - and I think now with a baby that will be even more so the case. When I look back at my last post when Leo was 1 month old, so much has changed in the last 3 months......and he looks so young in all of those pictures! 

This day was last Wednesday,  1/20 and Leo was just 4 days shy of four months old

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6:30am - This whole week Leo has been up at 6:30am on the dot - which to me is perfection. Joel goes to get Leo and brings him in to our bedroom for me to feed him. Right after he is done eating we stay in bed to cuddle with Roscoe.


7:00am - Joel is sick, and I'm feeling like I might be catching something too, so we both chug an Emergen-C and I make us breakfast while Joel plays with Leo.


7:00-7:30am - Joel eats his breakfast with the baby which gives me about 20 minutes to chug my coffee and eat my breakfast before he zips off to work.

7:30-8:15am - Leo and I hang out in the living room and decide to FaceTime Coco and Aunt Bridie.

8:15am - We read a few books and then I zip Leo up in his Merlin sleep suit and put him into bed. It takes him about 12 minutes of crying before he's sleeping.


8:25am - I capitalize on his short morning nap and try to put on my make-up, do my hair, and out on some clothes. I don't have time for a shower today.

8:45am-9:10am- I try to pump during his naps if I'm home. He takes a 7oz bottle at night which takes me almost 3 pumping sessions to make, so I'm strapped to this thing a lot - but it's actually a nice chance to sit and read blogs or watch last nights RHOBH.


9:15-9:30am - Leo is still sleeping so I decide to do a 10min workout video. I'm already dressed but I took off my sweater and just did the workout in my boots......sad but true.


9:45am - Leo is up so I feed him, change him, and get him dressed for the day before we head out. We play for a bit but we have a baby class today at 11:30 and I know he'll be better if he catches a cat nap before class so we hit the road a little early to take a walk before class.



10:30-11:30 - We drive to class, take a walk to the water, and pick up a coffee before class.


11:30-12:30 - Baby class is our favorite hour of the week. It's at Books and Cookies in Santa Monica. Leo loves the instructor Harriett and the babies sing, dance, listen to stories, and then play with bubbles. It's all mom's and nannies so I try and stay a while to visit with everyone and get the most of our hour.

 

1:00pm - On our way home we stop and meet my girlfriend Dawn for a quick lunch at Huckleberry in Santa Monica. I had the best lunch - their trio salad is amazing - kale salad, beet salad, and brussels sprouts with a large chunk of homemade bread (


1:45pm - We are home and it's time for Leo to eat again. After he's done eating, we play with books and practice tummy time.


3:00pm - Leo is starting to get fussy so I strap him into the ergo for a 20 minute walk with the dog to calm him down before his nap. I called my cousin Amanda (LeeLee's God Mother) to chat while we walked.


3:30 - Nap time for Leo, and he sleeps from now until 4:45pm. I pump again, work on a blog, and do a few Amazon return slips.....


4:45pm - Leo is up again and it's time to feed. Once he's done, he hangs out in his bumbo chair and I try to get a few things done around the house and get dinner going. We still have Christmas cards up, so it's time to say goodbye to those. This is normally the time I'll pour a glass of wine, but I'm not feeling well so I'm sticking with my favorite mocktail tonight. I'm also dipping into my freezer reserves and heating up meatballs that my mom made while was here.

6:00pm - DAD's HOME! We eat dinner together at the table and trade off Leo duty.

6:30pm - Dad reads some stories and then we start the bedtime routine. (We don't always do this all together, but it was keeping Leo calm and happy, so we went with it).


6:45pm - I give Leo his bath, and it's one of our favorite times of the day. He's typically really happy and splashy and just seems to love it. Sometimes we'll facetime Coco and Papa and sometimes we'll read bath books or play with letters....but we try to stretch this happy time out for as long as we can.


7:15pm - I put on Leo's pjs, and I hand him off to Joel to feed him his last bottle on the night and put him to bed. *It takes Leo about 20 minutes to take the bottle and then 10 minutes of songs before he's put in his rock and play to go to sleep


7:30pm - I put a pot of tea on and draw a bath. I'm not feeling well at all by this point, so after the bath, I pump for 20 minutes and then crawl into bed.




And that's pretty much a wrap!