Hi guys. My goal this week was to make it through Monday night without breaking down crying on the bathroom floor…and I did it! This motherhood stuff is rough. The 3 Mondays prior had been tough. For a couple reasons come Monday night I am just DONE. I think Andrew and I have a better handle on it now…at least until something with Jo changes again.
A big help was I went to a mom’s group at church on Monday for a couple hours and really enjoyed getting to be around other moms. The responsibility of motherhood seems less daunting when I’m surrounded by other moms who are navigating the baby and toddler years too. It just feels so nice to be around other people who are popping out boobs and bottles to feed babies. I see them do it and I immediately feel less overwhelmed.
This week our nanny is on vacation so Sally and my mom are helping me out with childcare while I see clients/take a break from caring for Jo. I’m loving her outfit below. It was a gift from Layne from Kate Quinn. SO CUTE.
Oh…I’m going to stop explaining who people in my life are because I think you who read the blog regularly probably know who is who. Layne is my big sister. Sally is Andrew’s mom. Quinn is my little sister. Molly is Andrew’s sister.
Most of my breakfasts are eaten on the floor right next to Jojo. Yesterday was cheesy eggs + a latte + leftover cherry crumble that Sally had made.
I’ve been craving pizza, which is so nice because during pregnancy and for most of postpartum I hadn’t had that many cravings for anything. MOD pizza it was!
I went with their Caspian pizza, which has BBQ sauce, chicken, gorgonzola and other stuff. And I added arugula. I feel like I had forgotten about arugula for a while lol. I love the stuff.
There was an older man and his wife sharing a community-style table with me and when I took a picture of my pizza he made a loud comment to his wife about how Millennials can’t eat anything without taking a picture of it first. To which I’m like, damn right. Well…that’s what I said in my head. That and “haven’t you heard that insulting the generation below you is THE MOST BORING way to age?!”…but then I ended up taking Jo out of her stroller for a conversation starter (no one can resist commenting on a baby) and then we talked for 30 minutes about their life/kids/house and it ends up we live 5 minutes from each other lol. AND I filled him in on what I do for work and how taking photos of my food plays into that.
I really love MOD pizza (I’ve heard good things about Blaze pizza too but have never been). I know calorie counts on menus are everywhere and I really hate that for those of you who are really controlled by calorie counting. I wrote a post about calorie counting a while ago and you can read it here. I could careless about calories on menus now because I know my body doesn’t need numbers to know how to feed itself. I just need my tastebuds and an awareness of what combination of foods make up a satisfying meal (i.e. a meal with protein, carbs, fat, dairy and fiber).
After pizza I fed Jo in the car. I am so bored with feeding her only one food hah. Excited for her to start being able to eat stuff other than milk! I know it won’t be as easy as just feeding her milk, but I am looking forward to it.
Then we went on a Target run and Jo had a lovely blowout inside the store, which has been happening pretty regularly this week. So I think that’s a good size that it’s time to go up to the next diaper size! I had a change of clothes for her, but I was like you can just be naked for a bit. That happens a lot lol.
The weather has been magical so me and Jo have been getting out for walks to the park as much as possible. Molly gave us a MONKEY MAT (<–affiliate link) for Christmas and I love it. The edges are weighed so it doesn’t fly away. We are heading on our annual California trip on Saturday and it is definitely coming with us to the beach.
Everyone say hi to little Andrew…
Yesterday afternoon when Andrew got home I passed off Jo and went and saw a couple clients in the evening. That won’t be a norm going forward, we just did it this week since our Nanny was gone. Before he got home I got her ready for her date night with dad hehe. I even pulled out a bow. And Jojo pulled out her sassy face lol…
I’m definitely her favorite person and she’s a crying mess when I’m away from her. I know it’ll get better. I read this article on high needs infants. I resonated with a lot of it and found some of the tips really helpful. I’m not sure if Jo is a high needs baby or a normal level of baby needs…but it seems like a lot to me hahhh. I think any new mom who’s trying to adjust to the responsibility of motherhood could find that article helpful. Also I wonder how much of Jo’s neediness is from her nature and how much is from nurture/my overhelping personality. hmm….
Last night we had buttered pita bread (this was some frozen pita bread from Trader Joes…was good and would make a GREAT pizza base) + some goya bean soup + tomato-feta salad. Kinda a random meal.
Another night recently Andrew whipped up salmon + salad + asiago croutons. So tasty.
Then one night me and Jo hit up Chick-fila while Andrew as at his mens group. Jojo be bummed her cup wasn’t as big as mine.
…just kidding. It was just a milkshake sample they brought around :)
Hope you’re making it a good week!