Traditions and Revisions (Late last night post)

Ever since I could remember we had perogies, sausage, and horseradish and beet sauce for Easter.  My family always would go to Gene’s Deli for these Polish treats, so today I hopped along with the hubs, gma & gpa and my sweet baby, Evan:

DSC_0769My mom (gma) swore it would be packed and that we should brace ourselves, but we had missed the crowd and had a great time just looking at all ethnic eats:

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We left with our fair share of goodies and ate like pigs when we got home ;-) -

There was a bit of playing & cuddling (of course):

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And a super crazy tradition of coloring eggs.  I cannot remember a year when I didn’t color Easter eggs, it is like carving a pumpkin for Halloween  you just HAVE to do it or it doesn’t feel like a holiday.  Some years we get more creative than others, this year was a take it easy year and we did it with gg (great grandma Betty):

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As far as revisions… I would have loved a night with wine and movies and cuddle time.  Instead all I see is nyquil and bed.

Good night and Happy Easter Eve.

 

 

Saturday Starts

Continuing with my “S” theme (well, it is just a coincidence, actually) - Saturday hast started off productive:

A quick Easter project:

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:D – Evan’s first Easter basket <3  A little bit of Ribbon goes a long way!

We also are doing the normal Saturday clean up, Hector’s working on the fish tank (a monthly project):

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A project he doesn’t like to do but we gotta take care of those little guys!  :)

I’m enjoying my new playlist, blogging, thinking of new recipes for Evan (Spinach, peas and pear tonight), and picking out today’s outfit for running around.  It is going to be such a beautiful day here in Chicago so I’m definitely pulling out and dusting off the Bob and wearing some bright new lulu gear.  I’m still coughing quiet a bit so I’m praying fresh air will help.

We will also be doing a family tradition, Easter egg coloring and I will be taking a bagillion pictures of Evan in various “Easter” outfits.  He is going to be so happy about it :D

We went to Tj’s last night and I finally picked up some fresh flowers, nothing more homey then lighting a sweet smelling candle and looking at freshly cut flowers (that lived through the night without water! lol):

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Keeping things happy and healthy over here and wishing you a productive Saturday! <3

SSSS&S – Friday

Sight & Stitch[fixes]:

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[More on this later!!!]
As always I’m trying to stay organized and de-cluttered it helps keep me happy, honestly a clean house gives me a quieter mind, without a doubt.

Sound: sound

 

Loving some new stretching, calming music right now.

Smell:

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I’ve started burning these the minute I feel any sort of stress (the am when I’m trying to rush out the door)… They are amazing.

and my final S?  Sniffles. AGAIN. *sigh* Public transportation and stress are seriously messing with my flow – I haven’t been sick in a year and after my serious rib injury JUST started feeling better Wednesday sore throat, Thrus. sore throat plus sniffles, Friday sore throat feels a bit better but cough and sniffles – So this S I could live without.

As I nurse my cold I’m trying my hardest to stay positive, and work through the cold in order to meet a to weight goal, at which time I am going to treat myself to this:

lulu awesomeThe entire outfit will be mine ;-) lululemon really does hold the key to my heart.  I have so many motivations to be healthy and fit.  A few of my MANY reasons I live the way I do?  I want to set a good example for my son, part of me is also vain and wants to look good in clothing, part of it makes me entirely gitty and I like to further motivate myself by buying new technical pieces…. Newest additions?  An insanely orange striped cool racerback and a new bright yellow run jacket.

I’m. in. love.

What motivates you?  What centers you?  Most of the “s”s above minus the sniffles really help me deal with that S that sticks around in my life too much… Stress.

How do you wind down these days???  Anyone ever tried StitchFix?!  <3

 

 

8 Months – Mr. Independent

Honestly, I feel like I just wrote is 7 month post.  My mom keeps mentioning how it felt like my pregnancy took years and now, at 8 months old it feels like it has been a day since Evan was born.  Honestly, time flies, it is just too crazy how quickly days go by.  Luckily, each day I fall more in love my little Evan, he is the light of my life and I’m so happy I get to share him with the world.

So Mr. 8 months is thriving, and continuing to make me crazy proud.

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He is just amazing in every way.  At this stage he is definitely more and more independent *cries* not as cuddly as he once was, he will turn in your arms and grunt because he wants to scoot around the floor.  He still indulges me from time to time, like when he is exhausted, he will place his head on my shoulder and I. Melt.

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He keeps us so entertained with his babbling and his slobbery kisses, he will place his open mouth on your cheek for kisses… it is so slobbery but so awesome.  On the night before his 8 month of life celebration I honestly felt like I splashed water all over my face THAT’S how much he loves me, tons and tons of slobbery kisses.

This month you have been eating loads of things, and we bought you your big boy carseat *cries* .

Dear Evan,

How did we get here?  You are not by little squishy baby anymore.  Father time has really played mean tricks on me.  It seemed like everything in my life before you was slow motion.  Honestly, days seemed longer – 15 minutes sounded like an eternity compared to now.  (and there is that ache in the back of my throat, the one followed by those watery eyes…) It still amazes me how priorities change when you have a baby.  Evan, mommy can’t even go to the Bulls game without wanting to rush home to you!  She has a serious case of separation anxiety!! I really cannot stress how much I want to be with you when time allows.  I’m working a lot these days and spending a lot of time away.  I know it is good for you, you are making relationships with other people and brightening other people’s days but the selfish person in me, wants you all to myself. All. to. myself.

I simply cannot stress how proud I am of you.  You are beautiful and healthy and the most wonderfully energetic lively sweet baby.  You really can sprint now when you crawl.  Just like in the movies where the parents run after the baby, that is what we do with you!  You have TONS of toys, way too many, a product of those who love you and want to spoil you to pieces you have a stash at home, at Grandma’s and and Abuleta’s house.  But you much rather play with mommy’s Amazon boxes and her hoodie strings or her plate of food, coffee mug… you are so slick ;-)  You LOVE standing.  You will pull yourself up in your pack and plays and just stand there chewing on the edge and staring at people, you can do this and entertain yourself for 10-15 minutes at a time, it is super cute.

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You are also just a ladies man, you are such a cute little flirt.  New this month?  You want momma!  I mean you really want momma.  I must say, I love this.  I love that you show affection to others but I also love that you feel safe with me, you cry for me and you are iffy around strange people.  It is an amazing feeling when you reach for me, when you are sad that you want me to hold you… When you are tired you want me rock you.  I love it, I live for it.

As you know, I’m still nursing you.  I pump 3 times a day for you (yuck, but SO worth it) – one morning I pumped very little for you, you were still sleeping.  I was so disappointed (it was right before I left for work) – I picked you up, and held you in my disappointment because I knew it would remind me why I do this, so I picked you up you scrunched like when you were a newborn and I melted.  My eyes filled with tears and we sat in your room, on the glider just cuddling together I wish I could have spent hours with you there.  I tried to burn this in my memory so I will never forget how amazing it feels to have you in my arms, asleep, so peaceful, so handsome.  The whole world could have been exploding and I would not have noticed, all that mattered at that moment was you and I and our precious time together.

Sometimes I just stop and think, how did this happen?  How are you mine?  I just cannot fathom life without you my little man.  I love you, so much.  Now I’m going to go cuddle with you and your little babbling self (I can hear you in the bedroom with daddy, Sunday cuddle time and I want in ;-) )

Love,

Mommy

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Being Productive – Ready, Go!

So this past week was so busy, I don’t even know where the week went.  My little nugget is 8 months old (update post to follow, of course), I bought all the gifts for his Easter basket on amazon, and only got a few things on my to-do list done.  We did go to the Bulls game on Monday and it was awesome.

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Today I was up early like always, did Evan’s 8 month mini photo shoot, put together a grocery list, took him to an appointment at his pediatrician’s office and stopped at one of my favorite places to spend my paycheck… Whole Foods.

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We bought a bunch of baby goodies to make for the week:  brown rice pasta, oats, beets, spinach, broccoli, peas, mango, blueberries, yogurt, carrots, butternut squash, avocados and pears.  My pocket does cry when I leave that place but I’m still trying my hardest to give him the best I can.

I got home to a few packages, the only way I shop these days is online.  I’m sure the UPS or FedEx guy wonders if I ever leave the house due to my Amazon app. shopping addiction oh and the “We Made Too Much” page at lululemon, somehow I can justify the price if it is on that page….

But I also came home to a lovely package from a wonderfully thoughtful momma in my July 2012 mom’s group:

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I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!  My best has written a bit about her use of essential oils and I’ve always gone down the whole foods isle at Whole Foods and browsed all of the little bottles stacked there but was a bit intimidated and never sure what to get so this sampling is going to be awesome!  My stress level has been through the roof and with my rib injury I haven’t let out enough steam lately so I’m really excited to try out some of these and see how  I feel.  My favorite things are alternative methods of dealing with stress, anxiety and energy pick ups, my family has been a fan of acupuncture for the longest and yoga is OBVIOUSLY my thing so I think this essential oil tool is a natural progression of healthy living.

For today, I’m going to focus on cleaning my home, and making it to a yoga class.

What is something new you want to try!? Any awesome essential oil tricks, fav. mixes?

Recovery: Little things for me.

I’ve been in a major funk lately as far as my personal life goes (i.e. me.  just me, not Hector and I, not Evan and I, not friends and I, not work and I – just I).  A huge part of it was my rib injury which I am still nursing.  Unreal.  Again, I wish I had a good story, alas I don’t.   This actually might go a bit beyond that.  I haven’t been taking any time for me.

Sure, I have bought a few supplemental pieces to my wardrobe, and gone to target and spent way too much money on things, but none of it was completely selfish.  Everything I have bought recently has been for Evan or the house.  Do I love buying for these two purposes, of course.  However, my hair, my eyebrows, my sanity… Haven’t had any time.  Again with my injury, my workouts have suffered.  Last night, I pulled out the weights and spent 15 minutes of pure awesomeness just loving weights again.

I struggle with being away from my little dude.  It isn’t because I think anyone is going to think I’m a bad mom if I’m away from him, quiet the contrary, I could really care less what other people think about how I parent.  As long as feel I’m doing the best I can do, and he is a happy healthy thriving baby… what more can I ask for?  Still, being away from him when I don’t have to be is super tough and because of that, I’m suffering in some important parts of my life… like workout world.  I can feel the lbs adding up and I refuse to step on the scale because I really feel like my dreams will be crushed.  So I’m taking baby steps and working it back into my routine since my ribs are FINALLY starting to feel better (still achy, totally achy and sore to the touch, but I can lift my arms and breath without pain, win!).

Anywho, this week a goal of mine is to make time for me.  Starting with, tonight.  I’m going to my first Bulls game of the season with a few of my favorite people while my little guy hangs at home with grandma.
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Other goals I have this week:

Go for a run, in the cold with Oso
Make it to a yoga class
Make an eye appointment
Take a detox bath
Set up a massage appointment for my mom and I

Here is to an excellent start to the week.
Happy Monday!