– I’m trying to get my posting groove back. I’m slowly working up to feeling like myself again and this is part of that. I’m hoping that by next week (optimistic!) or the week after (realistic!) I’ll be back to more or less posting daily, even if it’s not my full blogging schedule. I miss my regular life. Anyone who’s been laid up for awhile, either due to illness, or birthing a human, or whathaveyou, can probably agree that doing anything, even doing everyday activities like chores are a welcome change to the mind-numbing boredom of laying in bed or sitting on the couch for extended periods of time. Since I was nearly on bed rest for the last month of my pregnancy I’ve had a long stretch of incapacitate and the fact that I was able to to the dishes and solo parent for a couple of hours yesterday felt like a monumental victory. It was difficult but oh so welcome to be a contributing member of the family again in a way that did not involve being a milk machine. And when I told Anthony I felt well enough to do the dishes there may have been a tear in his eye and I’m pretty sure he uttered something along the lines of “this is the best day of my life.”
– Speaking of chores and such, you may remember that the last couple months we’ve been dealing with a barely functioning (and sometimes, not at all functioning) washing machine and a decidedly broken dryer. Since each appliance was older than some of the friends we have, it was to be expected. While the loss of such vital machines is a pain at any time in life, it’s even more of a pain when you have a newborn and things get soiled often by various bodily fluids. About a week ago we finally relented, and although saying we are tight on cash is an understatement, we managed to find a nice refurbished washer and dryer at a reasonable price. They look great and work perfectly and I feel extra fancy that they are a matched set. Pretty nice! Anthony tried to gauge my interest in the fancy newer models with the laundromat-style windows and electronic settings and controls. I really must be an old woman at heart because I wanted a set that was as simple as possible, with dials and not a whole lot going on. It’s my personal belief that the more complicated the machine the more that’s likely to go wrong, and the more it will cost to fix it. I also didn’t want to bother with using a manual to figure out how to work my damn washer. If I couldn’t walk up to it and automatically figure out what to do to make it work, I was not interested. See also: I only know what about half the buttons on my microwave do.
– Isobel’s birthday was last Friday and thanks entirely to my in-laws we celebrated with a party last weekend. Financial situation aside, with everything else we have going on we couldn’t fathom putting a big party together for her, and if we were left to our own devices we probably would have just invited some family over for dinner and cake and ice cream. There are few things my in-laws love more than a big party, however, so they put one together for Isobel. I made an invite in photoshop, Anthony made an invite on FB, and they did the rest. She had a blast and we got to introduce baby Elias to all kinds of friends and family who have waited patiently to meet him.
– I’ve been harboring some intense guilt about spending less one-on-one time with Isobel so last Sunday we had a lady-date and we spent some time at the garden store and then a few hours having a picnic and playing outside, just the two of us. It was so much fun and it was another thing that made me feel like myself again. In addition to stocking up on poppy seeds for the flower bed we continued the tradition of buying ladybugs to release in our garden. It was just a great day. At one point while we were out, Isobel grabbed my hand, kissed it, and said, “I love you, Mama.”
– My newest sponsor is my friend Noelee who sells fun and unique clothing in her shop called Noelee’s Small Closet. Her passion is Sweet Lolita clothing but you absolutely don’t have to be into that scene to love her clothes. I bought a ruffly pink skirt from her and wore it to my birthday party. I mix it with modern pieces or vintage I find while thrifting to make it my own, and it’s just a fun skirt to wear. Check out this sweet Alice in Wonderland print dress, this feminine sailor-inspired shirt, or this mint green babydoll dress.
– I could not possibly love baby Elias more without inducing heart failure from Extreme Loves.
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