February 28, 2012

So (Not) Productive

Miles and I are home from Nashville and basking in the California sunshine once again. My lips have been super chapped since we got home- apparently from the airplane ride back- and they hurt! The other morning they were puffy like I got Botox (note to self: it's not a good look) and I tried to suppress my mild panic by applying every different chapstick and lip balm I own as damage control with no luck. Thankfully my mom reminded me of the awesome product that is Blistex and my mouth is back to looking more like my own and less like Angelina Jolie's. Thank goodness.

Put down the pancake. Yes, you.
On Friday I started my new workout, Tracy Anderson's Post-Pregnancy Workout. It was terrible and painfully obvious that I need to get back into a workout routine. And that's why I haven't worked out again since Friday, but instead baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies over the weekend which I've all but inhaled. Also, I made pancakes and eggs for breakfast this morning because it's National Pancake Day. Yes, that was the only reason (not that you really need a reason to make pancakes). And while Miles is napping away, I could be exercising, but all I want to do is sit down with my lunch and watch another episode of Grey's Anatomy. 

It takes a lot of effort to not cave in to what I like to call Woman Guilt- beating myself up if I feel like I can't "do it all". Being a good wife, taking care of Miles, keeping the house tidy, using the time I have to myself wisely (when sometimes all I want to do is fritter away that time on the Pinterest)? Written down, it doesn't seem so daunting. In the thick of it, however, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I think these feelings are normal. At least, I hope so. Sooner or later everything will fall into place, and life is truly wonderful even in these times where I feel panicky and convince myself that I'm not doing it right.


February 21, 2012

February Favorites

Hello again, blogosphere- it's been a while! I've been so wrapped up in baby love that I haven't really sat down to write much (although after all those weekly entries, it was nice to have a bit of a break). Even right now as I'm writing, Miles is propped up next to me smiling and making cute baby sounds as he's looking curiously around the room. He's so chubby and kissable and perfect!

This last week Miles and I have been in Nashville visiting family- flying solo with a baby wasn't as hard as I imagined it, with the exception of the security checkpoint. TSA must have thought Miles looked suspicious, or at least that's how it felt- I had to completely disassemble the stroller and then sort all the normal stuff (electronics, shoes, jacket) with one arm while holding Miles with the other. Then they took all the fabric off the carseat, swabbed the seat with a giant Q-tip, and just tossed the fabric back in the carseat when they were done with it. I know people were getting irritated at the mom stupid enough to be traveling with a baby, but I actually didn't care! I've been very go-with-the-flow about this whole trip, and it's gone flawlessly thus far. Miles is a natural at traveling and didn't make more than the occasional happy squeak on the flight. We're heading home tomorrow night.

Cellar at Novo
Backtracking a little, Valentine's Day was pretty wonderful. Parker and I headed to SLO for lunch at Novo, where we had the whole wine cellar dining room to ourselves. It felt romantic and the food was delicious. We walked around downtown afterward and ran into Michael Shaw, so Parker got to have some bromance for Valentine's as well.

Motherhood is going fabulously. I think Miles sleeping nine hours straight at night may have something to do with it; at any rate, I'm enjoying all the challenges and surprises that having a baby brings. For example, I had no idea nursing would be tricky in the beginning, but trimming baby fingernails is every bit as nerve-wracking as I imagined. I'm learning the importance of time management, and part of that is setting time aside for myself. Even if that means turning my iPod up really loud and enjoying a song or three before bed.

Here are some of my February Favorites:

Music- Kimbra. If you haven't heard her voice, look her up immediately!
TV- Grey's Anatomy. Wow, it's addicting. I haven't gone through episodes this fast since Gilmore Girls!
Book- Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. I just started reading this on my Kindle, but I like the writing style so far.

I will write again soon, promise!
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