Oh, we got to enjoy a nice relaxed weekend this past weekend and it was much needed.
When I got up on Saturday morning to get ready for our training run, there was a chilly drizzle, with the promise of several more hours of rain. Now, I don’t mind running in the rain, and I don’t even mind taking #BabyD out in the warm rain, but I am not about to take him out in the cold rain. So we slept in a little instead (not much, of course, but even an extra 30-40 minutes is nice!).
I enjoyed my first volunteer opportunity with our local Junior League at Day in the Park. The turnout wasn’t great (thanks to the aforementioned chilly rain), but it was nice to get to know some of the other gals a little bit better, and we were able to pass the word out about our next event in October! I’m really looking forward to being a part of this group of community-oriented ladies.
Saturday evening we got to take a couple of my brothers out to dinner – it’s always fun hanging out with them – and then we watched the Notre Dame game! Yay Irish!
Sunday was a bridal shower for one of my sisters. Her wedding is coming up so quickly…I think she posted something like 32 days from now?? And it was fun to see her and her fiancé, as well as other family and friends.
Other than #BabyD coming down with a virus, it was a good weekend. The extra rest was especially nice, because as #BabyD has felt crummier and crummier, his sleeping has been awful. Oh well, we think he’s starting to come out of it and his doctor says he doesn’t have an ear infection at the moment. I’m just soaking up the extra snuggles I get.
Tell me, how was your weekend? Did you get any extra rest? Did you get to spend time with family or friends or attend any bridal showers?
Currently: it’s 4:52 a.m., I’ve been up for more than an hour, and I’m sitting in the nursery listening to a little man coo and make all kinds of other noises that make me wonder when he intends on going back to sleep. It’s not like he went to bed early (and he certainly did not get sufficient naps yesterday), but he hasn’t been feeling well this weekend, so I’m just happy that his fever isn’t bothering him right now. My pre-work workout may not happen though.
Phew, guys, I feel like it’s been a long week. It’s mostly me, probably – I’ve felt extra hormonal (oh, pregnancy) and short on patience all week. But it’s Friday and we have a nice low-key weekend ahead of us, so maybe, just maybe, with a little extra sleep (right??) I can snap out of my funk!
One of the things that usually helps me get past my own drama is thinking of the things that I am grateful for, and I was so excited to discover Ashley’s link-up TIGF (Things I’m Grateful For) over at Hello Nature. So here goes – here are some of the things I’m grateful for this week:
-Family – my 97 year old grandmother fell earlier this week, and we were all thankful to learn that she had suffered no breaks in her patella and that she will not require any surgery!
-Friends – I am so thankful for the communities that I have become a part of through facebook. There are mama communities, blogger communities, runner communities, and so many, many more. While I may never meet many of these friends IRL (in real life), I do believe there will be some true friendships blossoming from these acquaintances.
-Our hooligans and the people in this city who also love animals. Our local shelter had 743 adoptions between June 1 and August 1 this year. Not only is that number wonderful in and of itself, but about 250 of those pets were pulled out of other (not no-kill) shelters from the surrounding areas. Our city benefits so much from having citizens with such big hearts for those who cannot speak up for themselves. I am thrilled to be able to give my time and play a very small role in saving the other local hooligans. 🙂
This past weekend had all of the important “F”s of a fall weekend – family, food, fun, and FOOTBALL. And yes, it was a good weekend for football (at least in this house!).
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m in a training group for our local annual 10 Miler. We meet each Saturday morning around 7:15 to prep for the race which is held at the end of September. While hubby doesn’t always appreciate me having to get up early on the weekends, he supports my running 100% and encourages me to keep up the training. With only a couple more weeks to go until race day, we spent this Saturday running portions of the route. It’s not necessarily a fun route, but it is always nice to be getting the miles in on the actual race course.
After the morning’s training run, I came home to find a particularly crazy Bella who needed to get a few miles of her own in, so out I went again. I ended up getting 9 miles in over the two runs, and holy moly, it was hot out there by the time we were done. I really hope that #BabyD and #BabyD2 grow up just knowing that exercise is part of normal life, even if it just stroller rides for them for the first several years.
Saturday evening, we took my father and youngest brother out for dinner – no special occasion, just some spontaneous fun. #BabyD did well, but he did not care for the fire displays at the Hibachi restaurant, nor did he understand why the chef was throwing vegetables for everyone at the table to catch. All in all, though, he did very well and we do enjoy taking him out and about around town.
After dinner we came home to catch the Notre Dame v. Michigan game, and though it was a rough start for the Irish, they were able to finally pull it off! I am getting old, and we both fell asleep before we finished watching the end of the game, but that is why the DVR is so nice. 🙂
Sunday was another important football game – the Eagles v. Jacksonville. Again, a rough start – I mean, what is up with the turnovers, Foles??? – but the Eagles apparently got a kick in the pants during half time and came out to show us fans that there’s a chance this season. I must admit, it is nice to be on top of the NFC East, even if it is only the first week. Again, #BabyD did well, but the abrupt cheers of 10 adults can be very scary to an eight month old. At least he got some dog cuddles after the game…
Thinking about: How important it is to have a support system – whether you are a blogger, a mom, someone who has recently moved to a new city, or someone starting a new chapter in his or her life. I think support systems can be found online, through local groups, through churches, or even at schools, but I think it is extremely important for everyone to have one. A young mother in one of the running groups I’m in on facebook committed suicide recently and it’s hard to see how many people stepped up and disclosed that they too were struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. The “SOS” messages are the scariest, because you know someone needs help, someone is actually ASKING for help, and you don’t know how you can help or if you are doing enough. Please, people, reach out and find yourself some kind of support system. If you don’t know where to look or can’t find one convenient to you, email me and we will see what we can find. No man is an island, people. We all need help in one way or another.
Learning: That just because everyone has an opinion, not everyone’s opinion matters. I was reading a blog post yesterday that struck close to home. What others think of you and your decisions often doesn’t matter, as long as what you are doing is best for you and your family. If you are doing what you truly believe is best or is what you have been called to do, keep at it. Haters gonna hate.
Thankful for: coffee, family, baby kicks, a job where I don’t have to work weekends, the ability & drive to exercise, technology, and community
Excited about: football season, the upcoming fall weather, a new nephew coming in a few months, and a new niece or nephew not long after that, and the return of fall tv shows.
1. 5 Things you want us to know about you
-My husband is my best friend
-I love being a boy-mom: we have one boy and another on the way!
-I love animals (mostly dogs)
-I enjoy volunteering in my community and giving my time (and whatever talents I may have) to causes that are important to me (like our local Humane Society)
-I would love to be craftier & DIY projects are so much fun for me
2. 5 Favorite things about blogging
-Getting to meet so many fabulous people that I wouldn’t have otherwise had an opportunity to meet
-Challenging myself to become a better writer
-Challenging myself to manage my time better to be a more consistent blogger
-Learning from so many talented, smart women
-(Eventually) learning code and web page designing
3. 5 Things you are doing before the year is over
-Throwing our son a one year birthday party
-Traveling to see family
-Seeing one of my sisters get married
-Hopefully meeting my first nephew
-Growing my side fitness business
4. 5 Favorite Fall Fashion Staples
-Darker nail polish
5. 5 Favorite beauty products
I don’t wear makeup, so the only “beauty products” only are chapstick & lotion – not much of a girly girl, huh 🙂
Phew, has anyone else’s week felt extremely long? Why do short weeks tend to feel like that? Other than feeling like the days were crawling by, this week has been a pretty good week. Work has been very busy, but #BabyD has been teething hardcore this week and has had his first real runny nose and congestion issues, so there’s only been one good night of sleep so far this week.
|This is what a tired teething baby looks like|
On a happier note, other than his refusal to nap during the day, #BabyD has adjusted well to daycare. He seems to enjoy his teachers, and there have been no reports of any problems between any of the little boys. What kinds of problems could there be, anyway? They are all 5-9 months old so they aren’t all even mobile yet, or old enough to bite each other – though I’m sure that will come before the end of the year. 🙂
|Whole green beans were a hit, though he’s still working on his fine motor skills|
I’ve made a couple of good decisions this week that I’m proud of. First, I deleted Candy Crush from my phone. I enjoy the game, but I’ve been stuck on one level for more than 6 weeks, so at this point the game is little more than a frustration and time waster. I also took some time to make sure all of our commitments were listed in my weekly planner and on my calendar at work, so I can see what we have upcoming (and boy it seems like a lot!). Taking little baby steps towards organization help me feel better about myself.
I didn’t make the time to get in as much exercise as I wanted to this week, but those poor nights of sleep really kicked my butt. I’ve also realized that when I don’t sleep well or get enough sleep, I’m much more susceptible to getting colds or having my allergies flare up, so right now I’m fighting some congestion myself.
Another good development – we finally got our new insurance policy straightened out and received our new ID cards. It’s pretty nerve wracking to have no proof of insurance for more than a month, especially with an eight month old, but we are past that now, and #BabyD has his next well-baby appointment this afternoon.
So, how was your week? Did you make any particular decisions that you are proud of? Did you get anything momentous accomplished? Do you have any fall weather yet?
Well, friends, we’ve made it to the end of another work week (well, almost the end – most of us still have a few hours to put in…). How was your week? Did anything exciting or terrible happen? Mine was all in all a good week, though I am tired and very much looking forward to a long weekend and hopefully a little extra sleep.
On Wednesday, we announced some news and have gotten so much love from so many people! We couldn’t be more excited and I love adding on another hooligan to my “boy mom” title. #BabyD2 looks strong and healthy and I’m thankful for early ultrasounds and a little one who cooperated so that we know that we don’t need to be buying anything pink this time around. 🙂
This week I worked on getting up and starting my days a little earlier than I have been, and, other than being so tired during the day (which I think will even out soon), I have enjoyed the extra time in the morning. I’ve been able to either get some housework done or, and much more preferably, have been able to get a run or workout in before getting ready for the day. (And yes, in case you were wondering, Bella is always involved and always underfoot.)
|Sometimes you just need a bubble bath to help you relax after a long day, right?|