The Magic of the Season

The last two months have been a bit of a blur! I recently started a new job and we’ve been busy with life, our home, and of course family. October was filled with fall fun like apple picking, pumpkin patches, our annual weekend away to the Wellfleet Oyster fest, Halloween, lots of trips to the park to enjoy the swings, the arrival of not one but 2 of Enzo’s teeth, and more. I think Enzo made the cutest little horsey for Halloween and we had a blast dressing him up for a couple of parties and a short trick or treating trip to visit neighbors and grandma and grandpa. In November we celebrated 2 years of marriage and counted our blessings at Thanksgiving. Looking back on the past two months I definitely remember our trips to the park, walks with Enzo, morning playtime in our PJs with a good cup of coffee, and fun visits with friends and family. I think those are all good things to look back on over the past two months.

We’re SO excited for the holidays this year. I’ve always loved Christmas and celebrating but this year feels extra special. I’ve been looking forward to sharing our traditions with Enzo and watching the magic and wonder on his face.

Thanksgiving was really special because it was so quiet. We visited my parents in upstate NY and enjoyed dinner together. Enzo loved sitting at the table with everyone and thoroughly enjoyed trying mashed potatoes and Gram’s homemade rolls for the first time. He even got to meet his new “cousin”, my brother’s black lab puppy. The had quite a bit of fun climbing on each other and slobbering all over. We visited my aunt and uncle, saw my cousins, took a trip to Saratoga for lunch and enjoyed the time with family.

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On our way home we stopped at the farm where we cut our tree down every year and got our Christmas tree. Enzo wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all and he definitely looked confused when we brought the tree in the house. It was magical to bring him downstairs the next morning and show him the tree all lit up. His little hand reached out to touch it and he stared at the tree with his mouth agape with wonder. Of course now all he wants is to touch the tree and stick his hand in the water at the base but he’s slowly learning it’s for looking not touching. I think chasing after him and keeping him from the tree will help us keep off any holiday weight!

 

We have a family outing to visit Santa planned, another trip to NY to celebrate Christmas, and of course are looking forward to seeing the magic on Enzo’s face as he gets to open his first gifts. I’m excited to be celebrating the actual holiday at our home in Massachusetts this year. It will be fun to be home for Enzo’s first Christmas morning and to have some family time just the 3 of us to sit by our tree and open gifts. He loves all things crinkly and noisy so we’re quite sure wrapping paper will be sheer joy for him. We even put some extra effort into decorating this year and I’m absolutely loving our new mantle decorations. Michael and I are looking forward to a couple night’s out for our work holiday parties too. We spend a lot of “date nights” at home (totally by choice) so it will be fun to get dressed up, dance, and enjoy some time together.

The magic of the season is upon us and this year it’s even more exciting. I feel pretty blessed for all that we have in our life and I’m excited to be sharing in the joy and love with my family.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Coffee Date

How has it been a month since I last posted? Life has been busy and time is flying by! In one week I’ll officially have been a mother for 6 months and my sweet Enzo will be half a year old. I can’t take it. I thought I’d be good to catch up coffee date style…all the things I’d tell you if we were having a cup of coffee. What would you tell me?

It all works out. I feel like with summer wrapping up, our nanny quitting abruptly on us, working on our house, and balancing our jobs life has been rather full. And stressful. To be honest, I really didn’t think about blogging much because I was too busy worrying about finding a new nanny, and having child care coverage so we could go to work, worrying about house projects, and fitting in a million things around plans with friends and end of summer trips, and googling sleep regressions and baby teething, and oddly enough obsessively reading my horoscope hoping that it would magically tell me that it will all work out. It does. I don’t know why I read those.

Seriously though, our nanny quit abruptly. She went out guns blazing. I’d love to share the gory details but that would be in appropriate. And I try to be appropriate. In my pre-parenthood life I used to hear parents talk about how stressful it was when they were in a childcare pickle. I understand it now. I also understand that good nannies are hot commodity and you must move quickly when you have a lead on one. Lucky for us our nanny chose us from a few families she’d been interviewing with. I thought we had no chance so I was pleasantly surprised to get that call. Enzo loves her, we love her, she fills our home with her humming and sing songs, and baby laughter. I can actually leave for work on time, smoothie and coffee in hand. I come home from work to an organized home and a happy baby. It all works out.

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Tootsies!

We finally got our act together and have a plan for our yard. We ripped out our lawn and landscaping last fall with plans of planting in the spring. It never happened (we had a baby!) so we’ve been those people with no lawn. Then we decided to level the yard, remove trees, put in a retaining wall, put in a patio, a new deck, new garage doors, paint the foundation, and expand our driveway. Originally we planned to do it ourselves but I think we’ve realized that it’s a little bigger than we have time for.  The trees are coming down tomorrow, we have quotes coming in for the lawn work, and the hubby is making progress on the rest of it. Will it be done this fall? Maybe not. But it’s all working out.

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Family time

Summer came and went and I think we’re pretty grateful for a quiet fall. We had quite a summer filled with many firsts for Enzo and lots of family adventures. It was awesome actually. But packing up a kid every week for said adventures with everything else going on is exhausting. By Labor Day weekend our fun weekend away felt more like a giant stress. We had a good time but we are happy to be close to home and enjoying our quiet weekends. The fall came at the perfect time, giving us the break we needed. Again, it all works out.

As for that sleep regression Enzo’s finally back on his normal schedule and is sleeping well through the night again. He’s teething and according to Wonder Weeks experiencing nightmares so he cries out in his sleep but he’s sleeping. We’re sleeping. All my googling and worrying was really for nothing. As we always say when it comes to Enzo, this too shall pass. And again it all works out.

I’m getting fast. In the midst of all the craziness above I have been really great about sticking to my workout routine. As tough as that 4:45am alarm can be it’s usually not worth sleeping in. The sleep I get for an extra hour isn’t quality and usually I just lay there thinking that I should have gotten up. I love that “me time” to start the day and I love coming home and devoting my time to Enzo, Michael, and whatever else needs to be addressed that day. It’s so much better than trying to squeeze in some miles or strength with Enzo after work.

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Getting Fast! 6 miles at an 8:56 pace!

I’ve been doing an easy 3-4 miles on Monday, speedwork on Wednesday, and a long run on Friday with strength work on Tuesday and Thursday. Usually we fit in a family walk or an extra workout over the weekend. It’s working for me and I feel really good. I’m learning that on the nights I don’t get good sleep I need to just adjust accordingly. It’s better to run 6 miles that are really solid instead of 8 mediocre miles. I’m also recognizing that despite running for 5 months now I’m still not strong enough to do much more than 8-10 miles once a week. My knees ache, I get really sore, and it takes a long time to recover. Right now 12-15 miles a week is just right. I am excited to be running with a pace in the 8’s again. It’s really exciting and motivating.

I’ve continued to lose weight and have about 7 pounds to go. I’m getting really motivated to lose the rest and need to mentally make that commitment to myself.  I’m losing weight slowly but know when I commit (weigh my protein, skip the sweets) I’ll get there faster. Maybe I’ll start today. Either way I feel more like my pre-pregnancy self each day. I’m back in all my clothes and feel like this body is getting to be what it once was, although it will never truly be that. It just can’t be.

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Our first 5K!

I also ran my first 5K postpartum over Labor Day. I ran with the stroller and ran 8:35min/miles. It was awesome and rewarding. I felt like my hard work paid off a bit and I also felt a bit like supermom. Go me?!

Looking forward. If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m looking forward to the future and feel like I’m enjoying the present. We have weekends with relatively little plans and I find myself enjoying the simplicity of things. I’m excited for Enzo’s swim lessons each Sunday morning, looking forward to apple picking, and Columbus Day weekend, our trip to Wellfleet for the Oyster Fest, cooking and relaxing during Enzo’s naps on the weekends, walks in the cool weather, our family photo shoot to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and so much more.

So that’s where I’m at. Enjoying the calm after a stressful bit and reminding myself that life ebbs and flows. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for updates on my runs, and lots of baby pictures!

What would you tell me over coffee?