Yikes… I keep forgetting to post! Today I’d like to express my gratitude for my health. I’ve been trying to lose my remaining baby weight and begin an exercise routine before we start trying for baby #2. I’ve been trying the Kayla Itsines BBG workout and it is so hard for me. I can only get through two out of the 4 rounds and I’m like done at the end. Totally dripping in sweat. About the puke. Today, it was pouring rain, but I forced myself to go outside and take a walk. I felt pretty energized and I started to run. I only ran a mile but it’s the first mile I’ve run since having Harrison and I felt really proud of myself. I’m grateful that I’m healthy. That I’m in a position where I can exercise and run and jump up and down and feel good.
Time has been moving at a faster pace than ever before, and I feel like I just had my baby, but yet, here we are in mid-May…and I just experienced my first Mother’s Day!
It was an amazing day. Becoming Harrison’s mama is the best thing I’ve done.
For those who know me, I have very strong preferences of what I want to do, and yet, I am as indecisive as they come. This often is a recipe for disaster. But yesterday, for whatever reason, things fell into place.
I grew up in Manhattan and going back there always feels like going home (even though my parents have moved away). We had an early lunch. We showed Harrison some important spots, like where I grew up; where we had our first kiss; where we got engaged.
I got a cookie at Levain bakery for the first time in years!
We sat outside for a nice meal. It was raining, but we managed to stay relatively dry and cozy!
My favorite tomato soup!
Harrison took in the sights of the big city! This was his first time there!
Becoming a mother has been the best, but also, most profound change for me. I say this all the time, but you’re still you, and yet you also become another person. So having a mother’s day where I brought my new life into my old life was really special.
I found out I was pregnant about a week after my last blog post, and didn’t find myself going back to this place until now.
This past year has been a whirlwind. I had terrible morning sickness and felt like December, January and February were lost months. We sold our townhouse. We bought our first ‘real’ house, and moved to Ridgefield, CT.
In August, we welcomed the most perfect baby boy, Harrison. We are slowly adjusting to this new chapter in our lives. Becoming a mom has been challenging, but nothing short of incredible and miraculous.
I have a little over a month of maternity leave and am trying to make the most of my time at home. I thought it would be a fun time to come back to blogging, to help my document this time in my life.
Ryan and I are in the process of looking for a house to buy, and I thought it would be fun to start looking at some furniture and get a feel for how we might want to decorate our future house. I’m also always looking for cool accents, especially something that you can’t find in mass retail.
When I was a kid, we had a country house in the Poconos, and my parents would drag me around for hours of antiquing (and here I am, years later wanting to do the same thing! I NEVER WOULD’VE THOUGHT!), so I suggested going there as a good start.
It was a nice drive, and we went to the very quaint town of Milford, PA. We didn’t buy anything, but the experience definitely gave us some good ideas for the future.
It’s also a cute town to stop in for lunch.
I think one of my favorite things to do over the weekend is to explore – drive around, go to places we haven’t been (or return to places we haven’t been in a while), walk around, take pictures, get coffee, and feel like we had a little mini getaway. Looking at antiques gives these road trips more of a scavenger hunt/quest type feel.
It was a fun way to spend the day. We’re talking about trying out some auctions houses soon, which I’m VERY excited for. I’ll keep you posted.
Well, that’s really directed to me since it’s been over a week since I’ve blogged! I guess that’s what happens when you have a big summary judgment motion that you spend two weekends on #lawyerproblems.
We also traveled upstate to Ryan’s family for Thanksgiving.
The most exciting thing that happened to me was last Wednesday, when I got an amazing haircut and balayage highlights.
I’ve seen Raquell at the Color Cafe in Greenwich for the past few years and she does an awesome job with color. Sometimes it takes me a few days to get used to a change, but last Wednesday I left the salon absolutely loving my hair.
I hardly took any photos over Thanksgiving, but it was nice to have a little getaway from home and work, and to just relax. The highlight of Thanksgiving was the SNOW!
Hunter spent the holiday posing like a champ.
Even though in-laws in essence become your family, I always tend to feel like a bit of an outsider. Maybe it’s because the family dynamics are so different. Spending time with Ryan’s family makes me miss my family, especially at the holidays. I miss the traditions and I get nostalgic for the past.
Maybe next year we’ll spend thanksgiving in Florida with my parents? It would be nice!
We spent most of Black Friday shopping – and I loved it. When I wasn’t shopping in a store, I was shopping online.
We came back home on Saturday, and then we spent the rest of the weekend catching up on work, which sucked but it needed to get done.
The next few weeks are filled with office parties, work reviews 😬, a wedding, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. We literally have something planned for almost every day through mid-January, and I’m going to try to enjoy it!
I didn’t really plan on celebrating my birthday this year. It fell over a work retreat, and after the election results, I wasn’t feeling excited or in the mood to celebrate.
But luckily, my husband had other plans. He threw me a surprise birthday dinner with my closest friends and planned the whole thing himself – based upon my favorite foods, favorite drinks, favorite desserts. And I had so much fun! It was a small, intimate gathering (which are my favorites), and it was great to just spend a few hours with my closest friends, laughing, eating, and NOT discussing politics.
I have to admit, getting older isn’t the easiest thing in the world once you pass 30… It starts feeling like you’re REALLY getting older. BUT! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate (or feel REALLY old). My party ended up reminding me of that – being alive and healthy, having great friends, having an incredible husband, these are all reasons to celebrate and I’m going to try to carry that as a reminder this year.