Monday, March 03, 2014
I know I'm on maternity leave so I don't really get to enjoy the full beauty of the snow day as if I was working - but it was still everything a snow day should be. lazy, cozy, full of naps and snacks.
I honestly have no idea where the day went though! how is it already nearly 10PM???
the baby woke up at 6:30 - which was totally reasonable since we went to bed at 1AM - 5 hours is still his record as far as sleeping goes. so he and I got up and came down stairs.*
* a while back, when we started having to supplement his feedings with formula (he wasn't gaining any weight on breast milk alone) I decided that since I was coming downstairs anyway to make/heat up a bottle it made sense for us to do our change/nurse/feed/snuggle down here. Immediately I found myself less irritated with middle of the night feedings. It's funny - you'd think it would be MORE annoying to actually have to get up walk downstairs, turn lights on, and fully wake up. Before we started this I would just pull him into bed with me and nurse him until it was time to put him back in his bassinet. BUT - turns out that it's far less irritating for me to come down, make a cup of tea, watch some tv, and really connect with the baby. I found that it KILLED me to be IN MY BED and not sleeping. I was much more tired and irritated. It also didn't help staring at my still sleeping and oblivious husband while I was trying to sooth a crying baby. *
anyway. so we came down and he had his bottle and went back to sleep in his rock-n-play (if you're expecting a child PLEASE put this on your registry - it is by far the most useful thing we own aside from diapers, etc.!!!). I had some breakfast (left over cheddar biscuit that was DELICIOUS), called my mom, checked facebook, and decided to curl up on the couch to nap with the baby. He woke up again at around 10ish and after he ate again he and I watched the Oscars that I had DVRed last night. After the Oscars he had another bottle and I made myself a sandwich (ok, and some french fries). When I had cleaned up from lunch I noticed that he was still awake but drifting and so I pulled him onto the couch with me for some snuggles. I attempted to read but ended up falling asleep and we took a delightful 2 hour nap! After we woke up he ate again and then I attempted to do something productive. I've been in a HUGE purging mood lately and decided to tackle my makeup collection. I pared it down significantly but didn't manage to get anything else productive done. then I chatted with a girlfriend for a bit, helped the hubs make dinner and we ate dinner while watching an episode of True Detective. the hubs is really into it and I watch it because I don't hate it. after dinner Noah went back to work (he worked from home today!) and I am contemplating reading vs trying to do something productive.
maybe tomorrow I will be more productive.
for those of you in MD/VA/DE/PA/NJ what did you do with your snow day??
Sunday, March 02, 2014
As Lent is nearly upon us I have been toying with what to give up, what service to involve myself in, what I want to do for the 40 days.
With a newborn it will be quite difficult to make any kind of serious commitment to a specific community service, but I will do what I can.
As for what I'd like to give up? Last year was an epic fail. I didn't follow through with anything I attempted to give up. This year I really want to do better. I want to choose something that I can actually do, but something that at the same time will actually be a sacrifice.
I'm absolutely giving up french fries. They are my most favorite food, my biggest weakness, and what I eat most frequently. I'd like to try to widen my scope, though. I thought about giving up all junk food, all processed food, select foods. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do yet. But I know that it will involve cutting out things that are bad for me.
I figure this can work two ways. It can be a Lenten sacrifice and it can also help me kick start my weight loss goal.
Something additional I'm trying to work on is more home cooking. I'm thinking about giving up take out and going out to eat for Lent. Or maybe just limiting it severely.
I've been doing a lot of research recently on recipes I'd like to try, foods I think might be interesting to make, and ingredients to keep on hand for the easiest meal prep.
We'll see how well I do. If I have some success (and even if I don't) I'll post some pictures.
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