Enough to where I’ve looked up the schedule of meetings near our apartment.
The only thing stopping me from going right now is that I’m not sure if my 2.5 month old sidekick would be welcome. She’s super chill and very rarely cries, and getting a sitter is not an option for me right now.
I may give this a try, but if I’m told I can’t bring an infant to a meeting, I have a feeling that this goal may continue to sit untouched on here for a long time.
This last year has been kind of crazy.. who knew that working 40-80 hours a week while pregnant would be so exhausting, and that having a new baby isn’t really conducive to sitting down and writing thoughtful (or at least coherent) blog posts.
Add to that my lack of motivation from not having as many as new, exciting, exotic, or foreign experiences.
In the coming year, I want to update my blog more regularly. Trying to be realistic, I’m shooting for once a month in 2014.
Growing up, my family never really cooked. We ate, surely, but more often than not, it was fast food, a pizza from the local pizzeria, or something straight from a can/box/freezer.
Fast forward several years, after starting to teach myself how to cook out of necessity (hello, rural Morocco!), and then learning to enjoy the process and getting better all the while, I am absolutely overjoyed when people enjoy the food I make.
And when I see people devour the food that I’ve made? It is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.
I made about ten pounds of mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy for Thanksgiving yesterday. Both items were delicious, and vegan to boot. And now, a mere 24 hours later, there are no leftovers. That is satisfying.
I tend to stock up on household staples whenever there is a good sale, and as a result, we sometimes have 120 rolls of toilet paper, or 20 bars of soap tucked away into our closet. I also have a tendency to try different products, so I may have three different types of hair conditioner or lotion going at one time.
For this reason, I like using up the last of one individual unit because it means I get to dip into our stash, and slowly get rid of things. I realize that we’ll (hopefully!) never be rid of these items entirely, but it feels satisfying to me to be able to clear it out a little.
On two of the last three days, I got to spend about thirty minutes in the pool swimming laps.
My arms are achy, and it feels great.
This afternoon, 45 minutes before he had to leave to catch his flight, The Husband asked me to make a sleeve for his tablet.
Thankfully, my sewing machine got fixed over the summer so I was able to grab a scrap of denim and make a quick button-closure sleeve for his device.
One of these days, I’ll make one for myself too!
F turned two months old on Wednesday, so we’ve definitely made it this far.
It turns out that the pain I have been having is thrush, and both F and I have a nasty, persistent case of it. It took a while to get diagnosed, and despite the fact that we’ve been under treatment since 2 November, we’ve still got it. I think that makes about 7 weeks so far with thrush. Thankfully, with treatment, it has improved somewhat, but I’m still in pain every day, and as of yesterday, her tongue seems to be bothering her again. My midwife has us trying something new for the next few days, and we’ll go from there after we are seen early next week. If F’s tongue still seems to be bothering her tomorrow, I’ll be taking her back to the pediatrician’s office.
Thrush nastiness aside, I love breastfeeding. And one unexpected side effect of exclusively breastfeeding F is that I spend a lot of time (3-4 hours a day!) in bed with her. This means that sometimes I nap, and most of the time, if I’m not busy staring at her or engaging her in conversation, I’ve got my nose in a book.
I finished this today, and given that I live about 5 blocks from Navy Pier, this book has me looking at Chicago in a different way.
I enjoyed this, and despite the fact that it is a 400+ page book, I plowed through it in just two days. I’ll be reading the other two books in this trilogy just as soon as the library has them available for me to pick up.
I thought this book was great, albeit for families with older children. Still, I learned a lot, and had what I already knew reinforced. This book was written out of the Yale Parenting Center and contains lots of information backed up by research that was done there.
If you’re looking for tips on how to make life smoother with your toddlers-teenagers, or even how to get on better with adults in your life, this is a good read.
I put this book on my library list because it was one of the few books about the first year geared toward taking care of yourself, as opposed to your baby. It was also the first Girlfriends’ Guide that I have read.
It was a complete waste of my time. I learned nothing new, and I was put off by the author’s attitude toward a number of things. Some of the information also seems outdated. I do not recommend this book.
The Husband just returned from having a chat with a homeless man who sleeps on the sidewalk down the block from our building.
It’s not much, but we put together a little package that will give him a warm meal, some snacks for later, and something to take the chill off of his night.
I decided to try my jeans again today (after not being successful a few weeks ago) and I was able to button and zip them. They’re a bit too snug still, and I’ve got a serious case of muffin top, but we’re moving in the right direction.
Right now, the only real exercise I’m getting (besides lifting, holding, and dancing with my daughter) is walking about 10 miles a week. I’m hoping to add swimming back into my routine soon too.
After reading about The Train on a Buzzfeed list about books that will change your life/world view, I may have gotten my hopes up a little about this book.
It was a quick read, but it wasn’t really a good read. My life was definitely not changed.
If I got anything out of it, I liked Simenon’s style of writing, even if this novella did nothing for me.
If you’re interested, you can check out the Buzzfeed list I mention here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/books-that-will-actually-change-your-life.
Who knew that breastfeeding would be such a satisfying, intimate activity.
I love the closeness that we share, and the fact that I’m the only one who has this relationship or experience with her. The early morning cuddles and smiles only add to this, one of the most satisfying things I have ever experienced.
I saved and earmarked some papers from the Warsaw Uprising Museum for this goal.. and then they got packed away, and forgotten about until not long ago.
At this point though, the Butterfly Project has enough butterflies and has closed the project early.
I snooze, I lose.
I chopped most of my hair off in June, and I have a seven-week-old infant.
My hair doesn’t quite come to my chin, and most days, I’m lucky if I take a bath, let alone style my hair.
Given all of the above, I’m quitting this goal.
I received two 8oz samples of powdered infant formula, as well as a few $5 coupons for the same thing.
I’m exclusively breastfeeding F., and so when I had a conversation with a woman in my building about her daughter switching her granddaughter to the exact same type of formula, I offered up the samples and coupons that were just taking up space in my already tiny kitchen.
Neither The Husband nor I had read this book, and since the movie came out recently, and so many people have spoken highly of the book over the years, I got this at the library and gave it a whirl.
I thought it was good, but not great. I was entertained, but my life was definitely not changed.
I’m curious to see how it compares to the movie.
I haven’t officially been cleared to exercise yet, but I have been going for a walk with F in her stroller at least 3-4x a week.
I’ve lost another 5 pounds.. only 20 more to go to reach my pre-pregnancy weight.
I look forward to rebuilding my stamina and hopefully some muscle tone, and of course, to dropping the rest of this weight.
Winter is almost here, and for me, with it comes very dry skin.
That coupled with taking care of a newborn have served to make me more aware of the fact that my skin desperately needs some TlC.
After trying a friend’s Aveeno products over the summer, I decided to give them a shot. Yesterday, I purchased a bar of facial soap for dry skin and a jar of their Positively Ageless night cream.
I’ve heard lots of good things about their products, and I’m hoping that these two give me what I need.