Having a baby in the winter has its ups and downs. Plus, lots of quiet snuggle time. Down side, trying to get out the door for any event or activity. Newborns plus heaps of snow and blow freezing windchill is, lets say, a challenge. Amelia and I had appointments and a fun event on the calendar this week plus family over the weekend, so we kept our momentum going from the week and made our way out of the house on multiple occasions!
This was such a win for me mentally.
The weekend included a trip to the salon for a fresh cut and color plus a fresh coat of paint on some sorry looking nails. I felt like I shed five pounds of ‘yuck’ – do you know what I mean? How does the salon have the ability to make you feel like a new person. Hashtag, “take all of my money!” Spending weeks with a ponytail and cozy clothes was awesome, but my return to work is around the corner, so I figured it was high time to look a bit pulled together.
Saturday started with a quick workout at home followed by coffee and Candy Land. I love playing games with Mitchell on the weekend, he is totally into it and cheers no matter who wins (not my kid, j/k). The quiet, together time where we all relax and laugh is so special. Little Amelia hangs out and watches, too.
Speaking of, I picked up this Boppy pillow a few weeks back and cannot recommend it enough. Phil thinks we have a million and one ‘contraptions’ for her, but I am telling you, being able to put her next to us, unlike a rocker, is awesome. She is totally engaged, I can see her all of the time and keeps her part of our family time. The wrap is my other obsession (some of you were asking what I was carrying her in last week and it is awesome for the newborn stage).
Saturday night was girls night, which I was eagerly looking forward to. Every month we make plans to get together, just us girls. For years we’ve set to this pack and I treasure our time together, especially now that we have moved and all have families.
We agreed to try a restaurant that I’ve had on my radar for some time, Toasted Oak. The menu is locally sourced and has an amazing ambiance. The group was a bit smaller, which made for more intimate conversations over delectable food (and wine, don’t forget the wine!).
Sunday morning I headed to the gym. With the approval of my doctor, I started working out again and it feels so good. I’m often working out at home, but on the rare occasion I can slip out of the house, I take full advantage.
When I arrived home, we all set out to get cleaned up and ready to leave. It was full man-on-man action: I fed Amelia while Phil wrangled the three year old. I’m certain he drew the short stick. Listening skills are touch and go at the moment. But, we made it!
Everyone dug into brunch at our favorite local spot while Amelia snoozed away.
The afternoon was spent catching up on the blog while the kiddos slept and Phil headed out for a bit. This weekend felt like we are gaining momentum as a family of four – coordinating and juggling two kids is a whole new ballgame. But, I think we are getting the hang of it – for now.
What was your victory this weekend?
Favorite board game?
Xxo – BB