Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabulous Friday

I thought I would reemerge to celebrate Fabulous Friday! This radio silence was not planned, but, as my friend said to me yesterday when I had to keep changing the time we were set to meet for breakfast, babies are the universe's way of reminding you that you ultimately have no control over your own life! So, sometimes the best laid plans fall by the wayside. I thought I'd give you a little peek at what's been happening in my life lately (while Neve sleeps in her carrier...on me...the only way she will ever sleep.)

A little over seven weeks ago, I was putting the finishing touches on this room:

And I was imagining a little person wearing things like this:

And then suddenly I had that little girl in my arms, and she was so tiny (relatively speaking).

But she started to grow so quickly!  (You might also notice that she no longer has jaundice! At first I just thought she was really tan!)

Now she is almost two months old, and we know our lives are forever changed for the better. (Excuse the bib that doesn't match, but she goes through outfits like nobody's business, so I was trying to eek a little more time out of this one!)

And she is one hearty little babe! In these weeks I have also learned that spit up doesn't stain, so no need to change that shirt, sometimes you might eat and only later realize that you have poop on your hands, that nothing makes your heart ache like hearing your baby cry, and nothing makes it worthwhile like seeing her first smile, and yes, you can run out of room for photos on your iphone. I can't believe I've only know this little person for seven weeks and two days, and at the same time, I almost cannot remember what life was like without her. Ultimately, life with a newborn is tough and beautiful every day.

That being said, I have truly missed filling my blog with things I love and interacting with all of you. While I am now truly aware that I have no control over my life and time, I hope that the cosmos allow me to check in with you all a little more frequently! It's been too long! So, the most fabulous part of this Friday? I actually had time to write this post! Woo hoo!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Musings: A New Year, A New Life

I know that I said I wanted to post two or three times a week. Yeah. About that... I actually had a few half written and edited posts in my cue. But, every time I sit down to finalize something, this happens:

And, of course, she is so cute I don't really mind. But, today is my thirty first birthday, so I thought I owed it to myself to try to do a tiny bit of reflecting in between snuggles, feeding, and diapers.

While I was pregnant, I would often think, "Am I really old enough to be a parent?" Obviously, the answer is yes. At thirty one, I am not even a terribly young mother. Thirty one just seems so much older than thirty to me. When you are turning thirty, it is this major milestone, and then thirty one just puts you in your early thirties. That sounds so...old. Yikes. How did that happen?

I am such a freak about birthdays. I love them so much and always like to celebrate mine for the month of March week leading up to the big day! I talk about presents, and what I'll eat on my special day (invariably donuts), and how I want to celebrate. But this year, I didn't really do any of that. In fact, I almost forgot my birthday was coming. I've been preoccupied...

I thought I was coping pretty well with minimal sleep. I mean I am coping pretty well, but it isn't until I actually try to write something coherent that I realize that performing daily tasks necessary for life and actually using the brain to compose something thoughtful are two entirely different things! When I think about what I'd most like this year for my birthday, it is probably four to six hours of uninterrupted sleep. A girl can dream, right? My goal for this birthday? Sometime this week--publish the two posts I have been trying to finish for two weeks. I'm starting small...

Hope this Monday you are feeling rested and refreshed. I plan to retain some semblance of my former self by celebrating with a breakfast of one (or maybe a few) donuts. That sounds like all the celebration I need.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday Musings: Living With Baby

I can't believe I've been away for two weeks! Among many of the changes I've experienced in the interim is my new relationship to time--I have no idea what day it is, what month it is, and what time it is. I started writing this post days ago, but couldn't finish it until last night. I have watched the sun come up more times in the last two weeks than I have in the last (almost-gasp) 31 years. And--in case you hadn't heard-- I have a child! Wowzah!!

I wanted to write a post about what motherhood has been like thus far, but I am realizing that I don't really have the mental energy to compose my thoughts. So many things are swirling around in my brain about how my life has changed, and how I've changed, about what I've learned, and how much more I don't know (and wish I did), but I think that if I try to write about all that right now, it will just be a jumble of non sequiturs, so suffice it to say that having a child is, as everyone says, the most life changing thing that can happen to a person, and I plan to share more about that when I'm running on more than three hours of sleep!

I have been thinking about the blog during this time that I've been away and missing this space, so I would like to get back to trying to blog at least a few times a week going forward. I am going to try to post 2-3 times a week utnil things settle into a bit more of a routine. I hope you'll check back often to see what's up!

The picture above is from an impromptu trip to the beach with Neve, Jeff, and my sister who is visiting us (and basically helping me to maintain my sanity). It was really a perfect day, and little Neve was so peaceful. I can't wait to do that again.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Musings: She's Here!

I am so pleased to announce the birth of my beautiful daughter, Neve (with a short E--have to qualify that!) Gabrielle! You may have suspected something when I went radio silent last week. I thought I still had a bit more time to go, but on Wednesday morning, my water broke, and off we went! By that evening, I was holding this amazing little girl in my arms. The last few days have been a blur of things, but my entire family surprised me and showed up to meet the new addition to the family. My parents, who I did know were coming, managed to find flights and arrive just an hour after Neve did! Then my sister arrived unexpectedly at the hospital the following day, and then the first night we were home, my two brothers and sister-in-law came through the door just as I was about to try to get a few minutes sleep (I almost wrote "before I went to bed," but that doesn't actually happen any more, so I've learned). Things are quieting down tonight as people need to return to work and their real lives while I still can't quite believe she's here. She is really the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

I suppose my blog maternity leave starts now--I'll check in as often as I can! 

Happy Monday. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's Talk about Push Presents

I know that this idea is crazy to an older generation (although I think they did the same exact thing, but didn't call it by the name "push present"), but I frankly think it is lovely to celebrate the extremely hard work of labor with a little bauble. For some people these presents might be really extravagant (I know this because I was randomly in a jewelry store with Jeff and the woman was trying to sell him diamonds--um, not exactly what we were thinking!), but I know I would like something that is personalized for my daughter. I put together some items of varying prices that I think would be great gifts for a mamma or mamma to be. These would all be wonderful for mother's day, too! Frankly, this jewelry would be beautiful even if you weren't pushing out a baby. You could use any of these pieces to personalize and remember lots of important moments, people, and dates:

I am partial to gold, but lots of these items also come in silver if that is more your style.

1. JANE POPE Long Bar Necklace: Love this customizable piece. It is really elegant.
2. MAYA BRENNER Asymmetric Mini Letter Necklace: This happens to be the one I am hoping to open on baby's birthday. I've loved this necklace for a while now. It is so delicate and sweet. I can imagine it would be something I'd never take off.  You can add up to four letters on the chain. I think I'd like just one...but you'll have to wait and see which one that is!
3. HOUSE OF HARLOW Medallion Locket Pendant Necklace: I love the idea of a locket, and this price point can't be beat.
4. GORJANA AND GRIFFIN Alphabet  Disc Cuff: I posted this before, but this is great for a push present with baby's initial.
5. JENNIFER ZEUNER Individual Number Earring: Pick out just one or if your babe is born on a double digit day, have one for each ear.
6. ASHA Zodiac Ring: I haven't worn any rings for a while because of some swelling, but I think this piece is beautiful.
7. LULU FROST Code Ring: Again, you could do one number or a stack of two, depending on baby's birthday!
8. TINY TAGS Elle Collection: These seem like a pretty classic gift to mark this occasion.

Today marks one week until my due date! Soon enough! Soon enough!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Beauty: Transform Your Skin

I have to say that I was almost ready to give up on Birchbox. While I have found a number of great products by way of the box, I was disappointed recently with the samples I'd been receiving. They just weren't doing it for me. I thought this month looked like another disappointment. I almost threw this Skin Transformer out, because, let's be honest, I am a sucker for packaging, and I was not impressed with this packaging, but I figured, hey, why not give it a go? When I first squirted it into my fingers, I was skeptical. It was very sparkly and looked rather dark for my uber pale skin. But, I put a thin layer over my entire face (as it is a sunscreen and says it can be used like a primer). Alone, it did look quite sparkly. I then layered my usual foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, over the base layer. Wow! My skin looked dewy and glowly. While the shimmer was too much on its own, it looked lovely under a light foundation. I have been wanting to find an illuminator to mix into my foundation, and this might just be it. Now I may be a believer in the box again...particularly because this new makeup lust is only available through Birchbox. My husband even commented on my skin that day...this stuff works.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Musings: Baking Before Baby

It just so happened that the week before my due date was already my vacation week, so now I find myself at home with nothing to do! This is a very odd feeling because I am used to being quite busy. I know that the free time won't last and that I should enjoy these last days of quiet, but instead I am quite anxious for the baby's arrival, and I would be happy if she were born today! To pass the time, I was trying to think of things I like to do that require little energy and preferably do not involve leaving the house--I have developed a fear of being off somewhere and going into labor, which is probably stupid, but I want to stay close to home, just in case! I plan to try to do some reading. We also are getting the cable turned back on, which is a dangerous turn of events and probably means I won't read at all...and I thought I'd do some baking! Jeff has been cooking meals to freeze, and I feel like I should contribute something to our freezer stash. With people visiting us post baby, I thought it might be nice to have some sweets on hand for tea time! I picked out five recipes I would like to try that are all freezable, but I would be thrilled to hear about a favorite cookie or bar of yours that I could try out!

Here's the plan for the week:

1. Start with the one that is a must have (in case we have an early appearance: Soft M & M Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. Bars are always so nice because they are much faster than cookies: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

3. Ultimate Magic Cookies Bars sound delightfully decadent.

4. Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies would be good to have in case we have a visitor who is not in the mood for chocolate (gasp).

5. My aunt made these Gingersnaps at Christmas, and they were soooooo good. Thought I'd give them a go myself.

I also plan to throw a banana bread in there somewhere. If you have any recipes you'd be willing to share, I'd love to hear them, and I'll keep you posted on the bake-a-thon!

Friday, February 14, 2014

May Your Heart Be Happy

I hope your day is filled with pink and red (and gold) and sugary sweet kisses, and chocolate indulgences, a little romance, some good old fashioned hugs, and any and all reminders of the love you have around you. Happy Valentine's Day!