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!

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 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}

 

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{central park skating rink}

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{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}

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{hubby stealing kisses}

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{poncho seats at the blue man group}

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{met a blue man!}

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{dinner at Cuba}

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{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.

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{ella and her new pajamas!}

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

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Christmas Tree Farm Photo-shoot

The Saturday before Christmas 2014, we had our first family photo-shoot with our newest addition, Ella.  We had a dear friend of mine, Priscilla, who is a new and upcoming photographer, take them for us.  It took place at this adorable Christmas tree farm in West Chester.  It was a very chilly day and little Ella’s cheeks turned red and her eyes started to water,  but she was such a trooper that day!  She loves to pose for the camera…silly girl.

Here are a few of my favorites from our beautiful collection.

Photo Credit: Priscilla Millard Photography

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Hello December

Hello December

The Christmas magic truly arrives in December when all of the Christmas lights come out in decorations seen all around. There is just something about all of the twinkling lights that just give you hope that something amazing is going to happen and they have a way of inspiring me to keep dreaming.  When the Christmas lights come out in December, families become closer, people become givers, and friends become family.  As much as I don’t love the cold weather, sometimes I wish December would last all year round.

My husband took this photo of our Christmas lights last year so I thought I would share it with you all and say welcome, and Hello December and all the goodness that you bring.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!  May the magic of the lights shine over you.

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Spring Life Makeover

How much stuff can we all actually have or need?  As the weather gets warmer, I start to think that all I actually need is a pair of flip flops, a sundress and my aviators.  Stick me under the sunlight and I am a happy lady. 

But in all seriousness, what is it that actually makes us happy?  Things? People? Money?  For me, it’s my people.  We need to create moments and not collect things.  My husband Russell and I have been talking about this a lot lately.  He actually sent me an email with a list of things he wants to do less, things he wants to do more and things we can keep the same.  I think we were having the same thoughts at the same time, because when he sent that email, I was driving to the dentist having the same exact thoughts!

He calls it the “Spring Life Makeover”

More of:
Exercise, Talking, Reading, Walks, Intimacy, Sitting Outside, Exploring, Photography, Music, Healthy Eating, Saving $, Throwing away/selling/Donating

Less of: TV, Bad Food, Spending necessary $, Buying, Stressing, Phone time

The Same: Drinking, Bowling, Sleeping, Family time, Friend time

I completely agree to all of these-all in all it will just make us better people.  Here’s to the Spring Life Makeover!  Thank you hubby for always being so inspiring to me.

My Five-drinks, family and friends