Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bo's First Easter

My family has gone to the beach for Easter my whole life. When I was little, I worried the Easter bunny would get confused that we weren't at our "official" address and was always relieved to wake up and find that he had managed to track us down at the beach.

Luckily, he got the memo that Bo was at the beach this year too. (I am not sure Bo will be delighted with these pictures in years to come, but I think he is downright edible.)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Baby Blues

Shortly after we found out we were having a boy, Jamie bought me these pajamas. Little did she know blue would so be his color.

It's crazy to think just a year ago this time, we found out that our little bub was going to be a boy and I was so surprised. Now, I can't imagine anything other than our loud, curious, busy little boy and his perfectly big blue eyes.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Unpredictable Routines

One of the greatest thing I struggle with is as A new mom is giving up the lack of a predictable schedule. Prior to having a baby, I'd come to the conclusion that there are 3 things I love having be part of my daily routine and the investment in the time I put into them just makes me a happier, saner and calmer person. They are: exercise, meditation and writing. I would also add that I am a happier person when I have sleep and feeling connected to my friends and family - whether through long, chatty emails or coffee/wine dates with friends or catching up on our day over dinner with Matt. However, I've never really struggled to make these last two a priority - it's the first three that I know I need in my life, but I let fall off the radar.

In my pre-baby life, I always somehow managed to make time for these things. I would figure out where they fit in, and when I was planning out my day, they became non-negiotables. I'd always get thrown for a huge loop whenever I'd have a major life change (moving, changing jobs, etc) and realize I needed to recalibrate how they fit in… but after a few months, I'd have put the puzzle pieces back together. What I've struggled with this time, is that it's not just a matter of a giving it a month or two to see where things fit in. Things change every single month. Sometimes they feel like they change every single week. 

And truth be told, I'm the happiest and most content I've ever been in my life…. so the lack of these habits isn't as glaring as it's been in past times of my life. But I still miss doing them, and I know that as content as I feel right now, I'd probably elevate it to freakin' amazin' when I make more of a priority to fit those things in. 

I consistently try, and I'll persistently try. About once a month, I find myself sitting down and roughly sketching out what Bo's schedule happens to be looking like that month. I'll write out his schedule, and then I'll try to figure out where I can fit my puzzle pieces in. For awhile, it was doing the elliptical during his first nap. Then, when it started getting warmer out, it became going for a walk/run in between his 2nd and 3rd nap. He's staying awake for longer in the morning, and I'm reevaluating whether it's finally a good time for us to be able to get a YMCA visit in between waking up and napping again. For awhile, I was writing and meditating in between his 5 am bottle and 7 am bottle. When he dropped the 5 am feed, I did a happy dance and of course, stopped waking up then. I wrote more at night, even though I know I'm more clear headed and creative in the morning. Now that he's sleeping 12 hours, I'm making myself go to bed at 10 and attempting to wake up an hour before him to write. Just when I figure it out though, I know it will change. It's just how it is now and how it's going to be. Accepting that has been my own personal point of resistance. 

As a life coach, I was constantly (and am constantly) telling moms to make time to take care of themselves. I realize now, that what that really translates to is, "decide what other things you're going to give up, to fit the super important stuff in." Can't do it all, and that's that. Exercise, meditation and writing are important to me. Keeping my kid happy and well-fed and well-rested are important, as are feeding my husband a healthy meal (since ya know, he's off at work every day allowing me to stay home with my darling boy), and keeping the house…relatively clean. You can't eat off my floors and if you rang my doorbell, I'd quickly sweep a pile of half-way folded laundry into the bedroom and shut the doors. I rarely do the crafts I pin on Pinterest and I'm coming to embrace air-dryer hair. I'm okay with all this. I'm great with all this in fact… I fully recognize that my "problem" (trying to figure out when to run or blog) is an indication of a pretty fortuitous life. 

I read a quote one time about babyhood being an "agonizingly short period of time." I already feel the sands of time slip through my fingers when I look at my quickly growing up baby, and I know I'll look back on these days and feel like they passed in a blink. When I think about this, I feel less anxious about trying to fit all the puzzle pieces back in. There will be plenty of other seasons in my life where they fit in effortlessly. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

8 Months

Bowen :: Eight Months Old
Weight: No official weigh in this month again, and I haven't weighed him on my own. He's wearing mostly 9 month onesies and sleepers, or 6-12 month shirts. I'm very curious to get official stats next month! 
Eats: He drinks 4 bottles a day - 3 are 7 oz and one 4 oz. He eats 3 meals a day - 2 that are oatmeal and a fruit/veggie and a mid-day veggie. While Matt and I were gone for a week, he went from fumbling around trying to get the Puffs in his mouth to one hundred percent mastery.  
Sleeps: He sleeps from 7:00-7:00 at night and still takes 3 naps a day. His first nap is a short one, his mid-day nap is the longest and his 3rd nap often happens in the car seat or the jog stroller. If he misses the 3rd nap, sometimes he's in bed by 6:30! 
Hair & Eyes: His hair is growing in so fuzzy up top and still very blonde. His eyes are definitely still blue - is it safe to say they will stay that way?
Nicknames: Bo, Bowie, Biscuit, Biskers, Biskers Whiskers
Milestones: Two teeth have fully popped through this month and I love the little toothy grin! He babbles a mile a minute now - da da da, ma ma ma, ba ba ba, na na na, ya ya ya. I love hearing his sweet little voice! He sits up to play and easily passes toys back and forth between his hands. He's also figured out how to drink from a sippy cup, although he pretty much gives himself a bath in the process. He has the best laugh, and gets himself totally tickled at the sound of it. This month, Matt and I went on vacation for a week and Bo hung out at home with my mom. I think this was more of a milestone for me! It was great to spend some time with Matt and our friends (and sleep in!) but I was beyond ready to get home to him at the end of the week! 
Likes: Mealtimes, oatmeal, puffs, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes… etc. Beebopping in his exersaucer, grabbing Buddy's ears, chewing on books, turning bath time into a wave pool, toys that crinkle, empty wipes packages that crinkle, the sound of his own voice turned up LOUD.
Dislikes: Being prevented from putting the iPhone or remote in his mouth, finishing a bottle, running out of Puffs, being awake for too long. 
I don't know where the time has gone. Three quarters of a year have already past! Sometimes I look at you and I see a boy growing up so fast, and other times when you snuggle into my neck, I remember that you are still a little bitty baby. You are at such a fun stage and it makes my heart swell to hear your full-belly laugh. I love driving around town listen to your chatter away in the car seat or watching you play with your toys (or a crumpled up water bottle, more often than not.) You are such a joy to both your Dad and I, and we love our little life with you.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Park City, Utah

We had such an amazing trip to Utah. I'm not sure the picture I took can do justice to how beautiful it is out there. I am not a cold weather person by any means, but there is something about the beauty and vastness of the mountains out there that just have me enamored with this state.

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This was my 3rd trip out to Utah with our wonderful tour guides, Zac and Jamie. We stayed right outside Park City and packed 4 days of snowboarding into our week long trip. A record amount for us, and my tired bones felt it by the last day! We were a little nervous upon our arrival, because it seemed like spring was right around the corner in Utah but the snow gods were good to us though, and we ended up getting fresh snow - LOTS of it - twice during the week.

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Jamie and I even took a day off the slopes to travel to Heber City to try out a dance trance studio. We had a blast doing 90 minutes worth of songs we had never seen before, and they were kind enough to let us steal the stage and teach them 2 new songs too.

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For as many calories as we burned on the mountain, we certainly did our best to replenish them with some of the most delicious food in Utah. We went to one of our favorite places in Park City, Maxwell's, twice. We ate Cafe Rio twice as well (what can I say, we know what we like.) We also had an incredible Italian dinner in downtown Park City at Buona Vita. The two stand outs, though, were High West Distillery and Red Iguana. High West is a whiskey distillery in Park City housed in a old garage with an eclectic menu and of course, a robust cocktail/whiskey menu.

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The line outside Red Iguana on a random Wednesday evening was a great indication of what was to come. Their feature was the 7 different types of mole sauce which our waiter allowed us to sample. The meal was incredible, right down to my favorite part - the refreshing and unique pepino (cucumber) margarita.

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We had a wonderful time being with friends, and enjoying long, leisurely dinners out to eat and taking naps and sleeping in on the off-mountain days. Both of us were so fortunate to have grandparents keep our babies and keep us abreast of happenings at home with FaceTime, video and pictures. I was admittedly more sad to leave Bo than I thought I would be, and by the time our last day rolled around I was wishing the Star Trek teleported was a thing because I wanted to be home and hold my baby boy IMMEDIATELY. Saturday was a long, long, long day of travel home. I am incredibly indebted to my mom for spending an whole week doing momma-duties to my little guy and taking great care of him.

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