This post has been a long time coming! Since I’ve last blogged, I’ve returned from maternity leave, taken two vacations (one during maternity leave) and one work trip, became hooked on Game of Thrones and decided to train for a half-marathon. And my baby is now 3 months old. Where is the time going?!
It’s been good to take most of the summer ‘off’. Other than work, I’ve been relaxing and focusing on enjoying A’s baby stage before it’s gone. That has meant that the laundry doesn’t get done on time, my garden has become something akin to the maze in the triwizard tournament, and I haven’t been too creative in the kitchen. It’s been pretty wonderful, although I do miss cooking! And blogging. So here I am!
Now that summer is winding down, I feel like it’s time for life to regain a bit of structure so I’m hoping to return to blogging more regularly. At this point I’m not sure what regular will look like, but let’s start off by catching up from where I left off and go from there. Sound good? Good.
Our little ‘chickpea‘ has gone from a happy infant to a happy, and more interactive, baby. It’s amazing to see the difference just a few weeks can make in a child’s development. Annabelle (or Annie, or AB, or A or Chickpea) is certainly the highlight of our lives right now (as she should be) and she keeps us smiling 24/7. Yes, even when she’s boycotting sleep at 1 a.m. I just can’t resist that gummy smile!
I’ve said that AB has been easy on us from day one, and she really has. She has basically slept through the night from the start, eats like a champ and generally likes naps. Over the past two weeks, though, she’s been waking up throughout the night and fighting naps, which I’m attributing to a developmental ‘leap’ slash the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. Vacation probably has something else to do with it. I’m hoping that a little more structure will help, but time will tell. And in the meantime, coffee.
In addition to full-time ‘momming’, I returned to my other full-time job just after the July 4th holiday. Fortunately, I’m able to work in the office two days a week and from home the remaining 3. It’s not easy; in the office I’m balancing meetings, pumping and missing Annie, and at home I’m trying to balance nap time and an increasingly active baby while sitting down at a computer for a solid chunk of the day. So far it’s working, but that’s largely thanks to my mom and mother-in-law who are acting as nanny for the time being. I’m SO grateful for their help and willingness to drop basically anything to watch A. And a huge shoutout to all moms, whether you’re working at home, working in an office, or any other situation you may be in, it’s a hard job! But definitely rewarding.
Soon after I got the ok to workout again, Jim and I started training for a half marathon. I might be crazy, but so far, so good. We’re not following a set plan but generally shooting for a few short 3-4ish mile runs during the week and a long run on the weekend. The weekday runs are more difficult to manage; if I don’t get out the door before Jim leaves for work it doesn’t happen. Running before a day in the office is out of the question, since I’m still trying to figure out how to get Annie and myself out the door on time. And it’s usually too hot to run in the afternoon or evening.
The half is October 1 and this past weekend I tackled 9 miles, so I’m feeling pretty good about training thus far. And by training I mean I want to finish the thing. I have no time goals whatsoever.
We’ve been fortunate enough to spend two perfect weeks in New Hampshire this summer, and all four 9+ hour car trips went surprisingly well. I think that Annie being 2 months and 3 months at the time of these trips made a difference, since she slept the majority of the drive. I’m not quite ready to think about what these trips will be like next summer with a toddler!
In between the car rides, we spent our days sipping coffee by the lake, dipping A’s toes in the water and doing a lot of nothing. My perfect vacation!
This is supposed to be a food blog, after all! Despite my lack of creativity in the kitchen, we’re enjoying lots of delicious meals courtesy of fresh summer veggies. I can’t take too much credit; now that I finally weeded out my mess of a garden I’m only left with a handful of tomato and pepper plants.
The favorite summer meal, as usual, has been caprese salad. We’ve got two overflowing basil plants and are supplementing my garden tomatoes with farmers market hauls.
Also on the food front, I’m back to packing in the protein to keep up with breastfeeding. I don’t have a meat aversion to contend with now, but I’m still relying on some of the non-meat protein staples I used while pregnant to change things up. Lots of quinoa and greek yogurt, along with eggs and chicken.
Game of Thrones
And lastly, it wouldn’t truly be catching up if I didn’t tell you that I’ve joined the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Unfortunately I didn’t start my binge during maternity leave, so I’m slowly catching up one episode at a time. Actually, it often takes me two nights to finish an episode because I’m so darn tired at the end of the day. I’m just starting season 2, so if you want to stay friends don’t tell me anything….or post about it on Facebook…who does that!?
So now you know where I’m headed as I wrap up this post! Caprese salad on the table and the next episode queued up and ready to go.
Mom friends- any secrets to get through the 3-4 month sleep regression? Please tell me your ways!