Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New goals for a new season

Well friends, we're almost two weeks into this new stay at home mom season and I am in love.  That said, I also can see how important it is to find some sort of routine for your family when you're at home.  I'm a list person, but I think you know that by now, so it should come as no surprise that I've made a list of new goals for this new season. 

I decided to keep the list short and manageable, but there are of course lots of other little things that fall on each day's "to-do" list, but those are simple and everyday and while they are off-shoots of these goals, I wanted my goal list to be a little bit deeper than "pick up toys" (which I only sometimes do). 

But, I really do want to embrace this new season for more than just time to sit on the couch, or scroll through social media feeds while I'm at home, so it was important for me to keep these goals in mind in my decision to stay home. 

I'd love to hear what others do each day or how you find your routine to keep the house running smoothly. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

On going back to work and then deciding to stay home

This is a big post.  You can tell it from the title.  Life is changing around here in a big time way.

I went back to work on December 14 after just over 12 weeks of staying home with the little.  We had had some great times and I was nervous to go back to work.  But, we were also thankful to have a wonderful nanny that we shared with some friends that live close by, so that made it way easier.  Like truly - if we hadn't found an awesome nanny I don't think I would have gone back period.

 But I went back.  And frankly the transition was a lot smoother than I anticipated.  There were no tears (the little did not cried one single time when I dropped him off with the nanny) and I think we both had a fun day.  I've got a great boss and terrific co-workers who all made the transition really smooth.

In all of it though, there was a little itch in the back of my head that has really always been there - way before having the little - that one day I would like to stay home.  I didn't expect to be home so soon after going back to work, but due to a few different turns of events, the hubs and I decided it was time.  And so, I'm becoming a stay at home mom.  Like, I walked out of my office for the last time on Friday.  (Except for going back on Sunday afternoon to get some of my last things and leave my key.)

Leaving is bittersweet, but also really exciting.  I really love mothering and I am beyond excited to be able to do it full time now. 

Through it all though, I'd like to share a few things that I've learned along the way.  I'm not an expert, just sharing some of my thought processes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What We Wore: Skinny jeans and wedge sandals

I have a little confession to make.  I'm tired of a lot of my clothes.  I need some help.  I need some inspiration.  It occurred to me recently - when I tried to squeeze my post-partum bod back into some old shorts of mine that while the number on the scale is finally back down to where it was pre-Little, I've got some work to do to get back into some of my old clothes still.  Then I realized that the last time I wore those shorts was the spring/summer of 2014 since last summer I was in maternity clothes that I borrowed, so I was really just living it up with my friends' style (which is awesome by the way).  So here we are.  I also realized that I used to live in dresses when I didn't know what to wear this time of year.  But I'm still breastfeeding, and frankly, that just wasn't a consideration when I purchased any of the dresses in my closet. 

I finally pulled together an outfit that I felt really good in and thought of taking some photos, then I realized that it was an almost identical outfit to a post I made back in the yester-years of the blog.  And then one of my sisters rolled up to the house for Easter lunch looking totally fab, and I had to stop myself from asking her to trade clothes with me.  Only kind of kidding.  She was looking great and wearing colored pants - which are so on trend and out of her former comfort zone so I was basically oohing and ahhing over her style these days.  And she convinced me to wear wedges with my skinny jeans, so props to her.