Thursday, April 24, 2014

A celebration

The girls and I got together on Tuesday for my birthday.  We went to Tomato Pie, a new-to-us restaurant at the mall.  I got a white pizza with mushrooms added to it and it was fabulous.  Then we had not one, not two, but THREE treats.  I had to make one – I couldn’t resist! – and Vanessa whipped up some kicked-up Ghiradelli brownies with peanut butter chips in them.  Finally, Heather worked her fingers to the bone swiping her debit card at Harris Teeter and brought a white cake with white frosting.

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I know I make a lot of sweets, but I have a soft spot for store-bought birthday cakes.

It was a sheet cake, but it had a layer of frosting in the bottom third of the cake.  What a great surprise for a frosting lover like me.

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We have such a great group of girls and I love that we make it a priority to celebrate each other’s birthdays.  We have stopped doing gifts, but we always split the birthday girl’s dinner and I make a treat or two (nothing I like better than a captive group of guinea pigs).  We take our time, linger over drinks and dinner, and often find ourselves continuing to chat in the parking lot before we can say a final goodbye.

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Thanks, ladies, for being such a wonderful and important part of my life!

PS  Happy birthday to me and Barbra Streisand!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter stuff

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Just in time for Easter Sunday, you can learn how to draw a bunny.

Or if you really want to impress your friends, you could make these bunny silhouette cookies.

Or maybe you just watch this clip from Jim Gaffigan – he mentions a bunny - while you eat a store-bought cookie.

Have a great Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

8 (and a half) weeks

Connor turned two months old this past Saturday.

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A lot has happened since his last update.  He started daycare and I went back to work, both of which are good things.

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He has his two-month doctor’s appointment this afternoon so we’ll find out how much he weighs.  He was 9lb11oz at his last appointment at the end of March.

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One thing hasn’t changed.  He’s still not sure of that sock monkey.

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Nope, not any better when it’s moving.

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Connor likes: bathtime, laying on his play mat, being swaddled tight, mornings, his changing table, and stretching.

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Connor dislikes: not being held when he’s tired, being cold, waiting for his food, and apparently this photo session.

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The car seat is hit or miss, which means walks are hit or miss.  I hope he comes around because I miss walking the dogs, especially with the nice spring weather.

The bottom lip sticking out doesn’t always lead to a crying fit, which is good because I actually think it’s more cute than sad when he does it.

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Sometimes we even get a smile right afterward.

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Some behind-the-scene shots.

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Still working on our head control.

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A few quick facts mostly for the sake of me looking back.  Connor goes to bed between 6:45 and 8:00.  He gets a dream feed between 10:30 and 11:30 and typically sleeps for 4 to 5 hours after that.  He goes back to sleep easily after his middle-of-the-night feeding but doesn’t sleep as long afterward.  He’s usually up between 6 and 6:30, which works out great during the week but isn’t exactly ideal on the weekends.

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Wish me luck this afternoon, it’s not going to be fun getting those shots.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy isn’t just a hit song

The video’s out of focus, but you still get the gist: Connor was a happy boy the morning this was taken.

We’re still figuring out the “mom’s-back-to-work” schedule a little bit.  Evenings are tough because there’s not much free time.  Morning’s are tough because, well, when AREN’T mornings tough?  Especially ones that start at 5:15.  Nothing good ever happens at that dark hour.

Sorry for the radio silence lately.  I just don’t have the time or desire, to be honest, and I’m very tired these days so I choose to go to bed rather than stay up playing on the computer.  One day I hope to make blogging a regular thing again.

Happy Hump Day!

P.S. Happy birthday to Shannon!  I can’t believe my baby sister is 31.  Let’s not talk about what that’s going to make me on MY birthday next week…

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Best intentions

I’m writing this with one hand while I pump at 10:00 Sunday night. I should be in bed. 

I have a dessert to share.  I took Connor’s 8-week pictures, two-month sticker and all, this weekend and need to do that update. 

Those posts will have to wait.

There aren’t enough hours in the day, nor enough energy in this new mom’s body.  I don’t know how those other bloggers do it, but I sure wish they’d share their secret with me.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

An admission

I might’ve gotten teary-eyed this morning after I got Connor ready and it was time to send him on to daycare.  The little stinker had the gall to be all happy and smiley this morning, which melted even my ice cold heart.

That must be why my eyes were leaking, the fluid had to go somewhere. Smile

The McHusband dropped Connor off and I picked him up.  When I arrived, he was happy laying on the play mat with the other kids and babysitter around him.  After a short snooze in my arms at home (unlike Sunday, I was happy to hold him for a while) and a snack, he was quite happy to hang out in his chair.

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My first day back in the office went very well, and I was happy to be among the tall people.  In a perfect world, I’d work three days a week so I could spend more than my weekends raising my child.  But I don’t live in that world so I will work during the week and make the most of the time we do have together.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

“Vacation” is over

Seven weeks at home with Connor and now it’s back to the real world.  A different real world than I lived in prior to February 15th and one that’ll take some getting used to.

As I’m writing this on Sunday just before 6:00, Connor is in the Bjorn, where he has spent the majority of his non-eating time today.  He hasn’t napped like he should, which means I’ve had a pretty terrible day.  I don’t know what is up with him, but he only wants to sleep when attached to/being held by someone.  He had no problem snoozing in the Bjorn while I vacuumed and swept and putzed around the house, but swaddled in his crib?  He lasted about 5 minutes.

Anyway, all this complaining is to explain that Sunday didn’t go exactly as planned and I have no idea how the rest of the week will go.  I’m going to anticipate the worst and hope it’s not as bad as I expect, but I don’t think I’m going to be too lucky there.  I don’t know that I’ll do any real blogging this week considering my evenings will mostly likely be spent putting Connor to bed, which can take anywhere from one hour to three, showering, washing and filling bottles, pumping, preparing for the next day, and trying to get in bed at a halfway decent hour (before 11:00) so that I’m not falling asleep at the wheel driving to work in the mornings.

(Note: I won’t be on my own in the evenings, the McHusband’ll be right there with me.  I don’t want you guys to think this won’t be a team effort.)

Most women cry when they think about leaving their babies at daycare upon their return to the working world; I would cry thinking about having several more weeks at home.  As of this writing on Sunday, I’m very much looking forward to having the break during the day and doing my own thing (as much as I can while working for someone else).  I hope Connor gets more rewarding and makes me want to stay home but until then, I’m very happy to be back at work.

P.S. Happy due date to Jenny!  Yep, April 7th is a date we’ve both been anticipating for quite a while.Smile