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}

russandiblueman

{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?

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.

Reba

H&M Holiday Home Inspiration

A Shimmering Holiday Home Collection from my favorite store, H&M!

Who doesn’t love all the lights and the glitter and the shimmering everything during the holiday season?!  Well, when i cam across H&M’s “Home” section, it started making my mind wonder and create all of these design concepts and I just became so inspired!  If you don’t know already, I am obsessed with Grey.  I have even thought about naming my non-existant child, Grey.  So when I came across all of these sophisticated styles in mixed grey hues, I just fell in love.

P.S….the prices are unbelievable! By just placing 2 or 3 new pillows with different textures and patterns on your coach, is one of the most simple ways to add a touch of Holiday to your home this season.  And don’t forget a matching ornament!

p.s.s….I’m happy Halloween is past us now.  I already decorated my cube at QVC in CHRISTMAS! eek

Ornaments / Sequin Pillow / Felt Pillow / Faux Fur Throw 

Beautiful Terrain

Terrain in Westport ct… Our weekend ct getaway

Mini Vacation to Westport, CT

Mini Westport Vacation

{Dinner with Uncle Rick, the views, cocktails, studious photos with your husband, Hemingway swimming in the sound, private beaches and adirondack chairs}