First night away from the Baby!

She’s five months old this Tuesday. That’s old enough to leave for my first night away, right? Is it harder on them or us? Seems to be us. I literally wrote a 12 page PowerPoint Ella guide/manual for my parents who watched her. I know my parents know what they are doing and I trust them completely with her… But I just don’t want her to be unhappy for one silly second. But she’s a baby…she needs to adjust…and I need to adjust.  We all grew in this experience.

My husband and I headed to NYC city for the day and our first overnight away from her this past weekend. We met up with all of his cousins and aunt and uncle.  His uncle treated us to a day in the city as our Christmas Gifts.

Leaving your baby is not something you can prepare for, mentally or emotionally. Leading up to the weekend, friends at work asked what I was up to this weekend and I would respond with my eyes slightly tearing up, with, “headed to the city for our first night away from the baby.”

We ended up walking around Central Park, getting lunch at a small cafe, saw the Blue Man Group and ate dinner at Cuba!  I had a Cuban Colada…basically dessert with liquor 🙂    Ended the night at a bar with a champagne toast!  It was much needed, because apparently we had walked 7 miles!

cousins

 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}

 

centralparkskating

{central park skating rink}

rebapinkhat

{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}

stealingkisses

{hubby stealing kisses}

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{poncho seats at the blue man group}

rebablueman

{met a blue man!}

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{dinner at Cuba}

champagne

{champagne toast}

I was looking forward to sleeping though the night for the first time in 5 months-but that didn’t happen- we got back to his uncles house in CT at about 1:00am and my head hit the pillow by 1:30am….only slept till 7am…

I definitely missed holding her at night, rocking and feeding her and then walking into her nursery that next morning and saying “good morning peanut!”  I am grateful for every day I have with my baby and husband and as exhausted as I feel every morning, her smile in the morning is one of the best things on the planet!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

We came home to a wonderful report card about Ella.  My Dad was not excited going into this and thought it was going to be a nightmare watching her.  He took those words back.  He admitted that everything went so well and that she was so delightful.  Meaning, Russ and I can get away again!  AND, my Dad went shopping by himself and bought Ella PJ’s, because she is growing like a weed!  I died, it was cute.

ellapjs

{ella and her new pajamas!}

How did you do on your first night away from your baby?

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New Traditions and Something Personal

This past Christmas, Russell and I had decided to not exchange gifts with each other…for many reasons.  The first reason and main reason was, because Ella was gift enough to both of us!  We wanted to really focus on her and make this Christmas special for her, (even with her being a little over 3 months old) because she had already made it very special for us.  We actually couldn’t wait for her to wake up on Christmas morning to take her downstairs.  All the firsts with her make you have the best feeling inside-makes your heart melt.  She just makes my heart melt everyday with her amazing smile and laughs…

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts...

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts…

The second reason we decided not to exchange gifts was because we wanted to start 2 new traditions with her.  We wanted to instill goodness into her heart and as she grows up and into our own little person; make her aware that there is more to Christmas morning than receiving.  That its about family, giving, and being there for people that need you.

So this past year, we “adopted” a family.   This was our first time doing this but we have admired our good friends for doing this the past few years.   We worked with the Lord’s Pantry on this.   We ended up adopting 2 little girls…a 2 year old and a 5 year old.  They each had a wishlist of a few things they each wanted for Christmas…specifically, a Little Mermaid Backpack, a Baby Doll.  We filled their wishes and in addition, bought them each a couple of outfits and some new PJ’s.  Each year as we continue to do this, and each year as Ella gets older, it will be fun to have her help us pick out gifts and deliver them.  It warms my heart to think about those little girls being able to open gifts on Christmas morning with their families.

The other tradition we started was specifically for Ella.  Each Christmas, we plan on giving her 2 books.  We will write a special message inside of each one for her- somewhat pertaining to what the book is about.  This year, we got her  “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”  The Giving Tree was in line with adopting the family and that when give, we will receive back.  And the Where the Wild Things Are” refers to her and her wild little personality and amazing energy.

giving tree

wild things

Years prior to this Christmas, Russell and I had started making each other gifts, with a $20 limit.  But this year, like I said before-no gifts!   ….guess who didn’t follow that rule?  Miss Ella!  She gave mommy her first little gift and it’s such a personalized one…she’s so advanced for her age 😉   It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life (thanks for helping her Daddy).

Here is my personalize roman numeral gold bar necklace, with her birth-date 9.10.14.  Check it out at this wonderful Etsy Shop: Shop LUCA

9.10.14

9.10.14

Did you receive any special or personalized gifts for Christmas or a recent birthday from your little ones or hubby that you will cherish forever?  I can’t wait to get her a little something with a Sapphire in it for her first birthday!

xoxo

Reba

The Pure Mexican Maragarita

With Cinco De Mayo quickly approaching, I only found it appropriate to post this wonderful cocktail recipe called: The Pure Mexican Maragarita from theKitchn.com.

Pure Mexican Margarita

Serves 2

2 ounces (1/4 cup) tequila
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lime juice
3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons) agave nectar or 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Simple Syrup
3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons) cold water
1 slice lime (sliced crosswise into a wheel)
3 tablespoons kosher salt, optional

Shake the tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and water vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass or coupe filled with ice. Garnish with the wheel of lime.

Optional garnish: before filling the glass with ice, moisten the rim and dip it in a dish of kosher salt.

ENJOY THIS AMAZING MARGARITA!  I know I will be this Cinco De Mayo

Cheers!

Source of this article and pictures are from theKtichn.com

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