On Friday, my mom and I enjoyed our favorite pastime – the mall:) Emerson got a bunch of spring clothes 50% off! I didn’t find much – I’m in a phase where I feel like I have nothing to wear but can’t seem to find much I like. I did find a breast-feeding friendly dress for our up-coming spring break trip!!
Emerson was delighted to get a new toy!! She was such a hoot at the mall – she learned how to squeal and was practicing in all the stores.
On Saturday, once Matt was home, we escaped for drinks and a cheese board at Victor Tango’s.
We had a great time and I had the BEST old fashioned with black fig and orange oil.
We met my parents next door at Sissy’s for a decadent southern dinner, complete with deviled eggs, squash casserole, and redfish with sausage and crab (for Matt and me).
And since no weekend is complete without a good brunch, we checked out Public School 214 and discovered some killer brunch entrees. I had the chicken sausage and grits, and it was giant!
Time to get back to reality and some healthy eats. Matt is traveling again this week, so I’m on my own!!]]>
I feel lucky to have two Valentines this year:) Poor Emerson has to get her 4 month shots today, which is not very fun on what is supposed to be a love-ly day. It’s cold and rainy here and it’s my day at home, so it’s nice to be warm and cozy inside. Matt and I celebrated over the weekend, but I’m going to make him a meatloaf tonight. I feel like such a 1950’s homemaker wife making my husband a meatloaf:)
We tried our first babysitter over the weekend and it went well! We went out for a couple of hours, and stopped at two restaurant bars around the corner for drinks and snacks. At our first stop, Pera, I had a half glass (arg, breastfeeding) of prosecco along with the whipped feta and turkish sausage appetizers. Of course, I forgot to take pictures of all the plates – I need to get back in the routine of this!
And at our second stop, Gemma, I had a bourbon cocktail, and we split a salad and a striped bass entree with butternut squash, sage, brown butter, hazelnuts, and maitake mushrooms. It was to-die-for! We also had the chocolate tasting for dessert which included a chocolate peanut butter bar, a dark chocolate raspberry truffle, and a white chocolate and grapefruit fudge of sorts. It was a wonderful night out!! Emerson has been such a champ about sleeping in the wrap at restaurants so it didn’t feel all that different (and maybe not worth the $50 premium) to be out without her. It was fun to sit at the bar though and not have a 15 pound weight on my stomach. Em did great with the babysitter, except there was some confusion about the order of the swaddle and the bottle, so she didn’t end up going to sleep in her bassinet, and instead just slept on the babysitter:) It was no big deal.
The rest of our weekend was fun! We ordered Thai on Friday, enjoyed brunch outdoors with friends on Saturday, and took several walks in the spring-like weather.
I wanted to say thank you for all of your comments on my previous post. I feel re-inspired and I’m excited that you guys are still enjoying following along!]]>
We’ve had some nice weather and fun weekends these past few weeks. We took a picnic blanket to a fun outdoor bar, The Rustic, and it was the perfect setup to enjoy a drink and live music with a little one. We also picnicked at the arboretum with friends, and their toddlers made me both excited and scared for what’s coming next.
Matt and I had a fabulous date night at Dallas staple Lark on the Park – we had a cheese plate and red wine and the most amazing scallop and pork dishes. Even though Em was asleep in her carrier beside us, it felt like old times out on the town.
I’m a little lost in terms of blogging these days. We aren’t doing as much exciting stuff, and I don’t know how much you want to hear about life with a baby. Any requests?
Enjoy the rest of the week.]]>
-We just booked our first air travel for this spring, and I’m nervous. I’m also kind of surprised they haven’t invented some kind of seatbelt for lap babies. It just doesn’t seem safe to me.
-I’ve been doing Popsugar Fitness at home, but last week was my first time visiting the gym again. Man, I forgot that it’s such a scene with everyone in their best Lulu and perfectly curled ponytails. I just love people watching.
-I got some Articles of Society jeans from Nordstrom since I’m kind of in between sizes. For a $59 jean, I really like them!
-The City of Dallas knocked on my door this morning and told me our front fence (that I’m assuming was built with the house 10 years ago) violates code and I need to take it from 8 feet to 4 in 30 days. What??
-We’re all tired, so this weekend is all about rest (and laundry). Can’t wait!
All I can say if you have a new baby, is make sure he/she can take a pacificer! I couldn’t comfort Em with breastfeeding or bouncing her around, and she couldn’t self-soothe because her arms were restrained (to keep her away from the feeding tube), so the paci was our saving grace. I think she might have cried for 5 straight days if she didn’t have it for comfort. Oh, and stay home if you’re sick! The pediatric floor was full of babies with the same virus.
Before RSV hit us, we had a great long weekend in Dallas. The weather was perfect on NYE, so we went for a walk/run (trading off who pushed the stroller), and then got breakfast tacos and a bloody to split at the Katy Trail Ice House.
The eve itself was super low key – I actually loved that I had an excuse not to party too hard this year, although it still felt like I partied when I stayed up too late.
We walked to our local pub for a round of Belgian beers, and then came home to snack on olives + cheese + Malbec while we prepared two pizzas.
One was zucchini, pistachios, dates, and ricotta, and the other was fontina, mushrooms, kale, and sausage.
Dessert was a huge piece of my birthday cake from the freezer while we watched the ball drop. I’m excited for 2017!!
The rest of last week was spent just enjoying time with Em, and getting her ready for daycare (and getting me ready for work). I was supposed to go back on Monday, but obviously that didn’t happen since we were in the hospital. I’ll be working in the office three days a week, and from home one day, and Emerson will be going to my school’s nursery. I feel pretty lucky to have this setup, and I’m actually looking forward to being back on campus. The only thing I’m dreading is getting up and getting there. We’ve been sleeping in a lot, and I’ll no longer be able to go back to sleep after that 6am feeding. Getting out of the house also takes twice as long as you moms know. I’m sure I’ll figure it out with time. For now, I’m going to sleep as much as possible during this long weekend. See ya.]]>
We took Matt’s sister, Chelsea, out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – HG Supply. We always enjoy the bowls there, and I had my first cocktail since giving birth! Emmie loves to sleep in the Solly wrap, and it has been so nice to go out to dinner when we have family in town.
My mom arrived on Wednesday, and I was able to go get a haircut for the holidays. It’s funny how just getting a shampoo feels like the most luxurious experience now. We went to the mall, and finished up all of the Christmas shopping. Although we wanted to try to see Santa, the line was crazy. Maybe next year.
We also enjoyed an awesome dinner at the new pizza place down the street, Pie Tap. We’re getting a Mellow Mushroom one block over, so soon there will be three pizza places with awesome gluten-free crust within three blocks! Good thing we love pizza.
Saturday night was Matt’s holiday party, so we went out for the first time without baby! The night was a little rushed, as we tried to fit a pre-party, the main party, and a friend’s party into a five hour block of time! I really wish we had more time to spend at the main event because it was hosted by the Perot Museum. All the exhibits were open and it was such an awesome venue! We visited the gems exhibit and the birds of paradise exhibit before moving on. It was so nice to have a date night with Matt, although I was pretty excited to see baby girl when we got home. I went to bed a lot later than usual and was oh so sleepy on Sunday morning. Thanks to my mom for babysitting.
We’re heading to a lake house near Austin for Christmas with our families. I’m a little overwhelmed with my to do list this week, because it takes me twice as long to get anything done! Hopefully I’ll be able to relax once I get there. It’s also crazy to think that after the holidays, I go back to work. I’m ready and not ready at the same time!
-We were lucky to have two great date nights last week – feels like our pre-baby life! Our friend works for the Mav’s and gave us tickets to a box suite which was totally empty, and then we had a great dinner at a new restaurant called Sugarbacon. Both times, Emerson passed out in the Solly wrap and didn’t wake up until we were back home!
Sweet and sticky pork belly, the sugarbacon
-I had this cutting board and I loved it. But when the handle broke, and they didn’t have any more in store, I got this one, and I love it even more. It’s a perfect cheese board too. Matt makes us a little sampler each night before dinner, and it’s become our end-of-day ritual.
When does the poop slow down? It’s still coming after every feeding.
Em loved her first Thanksgiving, although she pooped in her turkey onesie and slept through the meal.
The food was delish and came together in no time with the help of Matt’s mom.
We ordered a carrot cake from Unrefined – their cakes are a bit more savory, so it was a nice substitute for pumpkin pie. Matt’s dad, who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, ate a piece for breakfast:) I’m hoarding 3 more pieces in the freezer!
The rest of the visit was a nice mix of relaxing with baby and talking walks in the sunshine. We had great weather! It’s this time of year that I fall in love with Texas.
We also had dinner at Mudhen Meat & Greens one night and LUCK another night,
and met up with friends at Lakewood Brewery.
It was such a fun staycation, and now it’s back to just Emerson and me (and Matt after 5:))
Christmas is sooo close though, and I’m excited to see everyone again!
-I can’t believe how quickly Emerson is changing. We’ve seen a few smiles this week and her eye contact is soo much better. She’s much more content when she’s awake and even falls asleep when she’s not in our arms (but doesn’t really stay asleep). One month checkup today!
-Have you guys watched Transparent on Amazon? Matt and I are just finishing season 3, and it’s one of the best shows I’ve watched in a while. I took a class on human sexuality in grad school, and always found the topic fascinating.
-People always talk about increasing milk supply, but why does no one ever talk about over-supply? I had no idea that this was a thing, until I finally had a lactation consultant tell me that’s what’s going on. I thought Em was crying during some feedings because her tongue still hurt (she had a tongue tie procedure), but it turns out she was just getting way too much milk and had big burps!
-I never splurge on house decor or kitchen stuff, but I impulse purchased this candle after reading Kath’s post. I’m definitely getting more into online shopping now that leaving the house is more difficult. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime in those first few weeks.
-I love my AG maternity jeans so much that I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing them.]]>