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?

H&M Addiction? Share your go-to outfits after having your baby!

I’m not big on doing selfies-especially in the bathroom at work-but I know it’s not going to happen once I get home to the hubby and baby.  But somehow in these past 2 days I have noticed that I have worn complete head to toe, H&M attire….ha!  What can I say, it’s really been the one place I have been able to rely on to have something I like!  Especially after having a baby.  PLUS, they have amazing sales 🙂

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Lace Top: Similar

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Sweater: Similar

Long-Sleeved Jersey Top

Skinny Pants: Similar

What stores are you addicted to shopping at?  Especially after having a baby?  I find that H&M has the most versatile pieces I can, affordable and on trend!  Even through my pregnancy, this store was my go to for Maternity clothes.  I’m finding myself finally getting back into figuring out outfits with what I currently have, and not trying to spend money on new clothes.  What has become your easiest go to with your newish mommy body?  Me: obsessed with the high waist skinny jeans-helps hold it all in!  Pair with some high heeled and a somewhat loose top and couple necklaces layered-I’m set.  I want to hear from you!  I need more ideas please 🙂

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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Vintage Initial “C” for Me

My newest vintage jewelry find came from Clover Market. A fabulous outdoor market in Ardmore, PA that is held once a month during the Spring and Fall. I describe it as the place where Etsy comes to life! I’m always on the hunt for my next piece of jewelry, there.

This time, I came home with a vintage “C” initial for new last name, Clark. This initial will join my “r&r” pendant given to me from my MOH when Russ and I got engaged and my gold coin from our Nashville, TN trip this past Fall.

What is your favorite vintage piece and where did you find it?

Beautiful Terrain

Terrain in Westport ct… Our weekend ct getaway