Weekly Wins: The OG

Happy Friday, friends--hopefully your week's been smooth and quick! Time for another recap of the wins from this week!

~Today is a teacher work day which means  time to get caught up/ahead on things for the coming weeks and get in some professional development training, and no kids! (And for me personally, it means not going over to that hoarder's office in the afternoon!)

~I got the convertible carseat that I've been eyeing for a while at the recommendation of several friends for $120 off the normal price thanks to a Target sale last week. I still spent $180 but hey...money saved is money saved and now we don't have to worry about getting one of these down the line
~I was able to use my credit card points to get Amazon gift cards to purchase this baby food processor that I've wanted since before Ella was born based on Brittany's review of it. So basically, I got this fine piece of machinery for free (saved: $150). Stay tuned for updates on Ella's eating journey haha
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Also add this to the category of: things I would have never thought I'd be excited about when I was in my 20s  #youknowyoureoldwhen #boringpurchases

~Ella has been giggling more and more and I've discovered my own ways of getting her to do it. Insert all the heart eye emojis here :)
my happy girl 
~Honeycrisp apples are back and SO delicious!

~MG and I have a date night planned, for just the two of us, in October. A friend offered to babysit Ella and we took her up on the offer! It's a few weeks away, but I'm already looking forward to a night of just us.

~We found another tv show to watch together thanks to the recommendation of a friend. Have any of you seen Glitch?--it's an Australian show. The first episode was a little challenging to get into because it was weird, but since then it's been really good! 
~traffic getting to and from daycare has been really good this week (I'm probably jinxing myself by writing this). One day I made it home 5 minutes earlier than Waze said I would which is a feat in and of itself, but also in the DC metro area! I'm hoping it keeps up!!

~I dealt with the nicest customer service person from Bank of America yesterday when trying to work out an issue with our HOA's management company (they charged us a late fee and a check return fee for our last HOA dues despite them being paid). The HOA management company people left a lot to be desired and the Bank of America rep, Crystal, not only called them with me on the line to try and assist, but also refunded me the bank fee that the HOA person said they wouldn't, despite the problem not being our fault. 
It's nice to know there are still good, helpful and KIND people out there. She made my day.

~Also made my day--this review of the HOA management company on Yelp:
"I sincerely hope the owners of this company get hit by a bus. Their employees are the optimal blend of annoying and incompetent to ultimately provide the same value to society as an ass pimple does."
I couldn't agree more, Will S.

~It's been a full month (and a day) since I went back to work--I know I mentioned 4 weeks last week--but this is a big accomplishment to me. The last few weeks have been tear-free, and Ella is getting some great experiences at daycare, too. Not to mention lots of love!
On that cute note, I'm off! Tell me some wins from your week!

{WHW}: Currently....

Currently, I'm....

Reading ...
nothing...I'm still totally slacking in this department. Really hoping to find some time to get back into my book, but by the end of the night once Ella is down for bed, I just want to veg in front of the tv.

Watching ...
Real Housewives of OC (Shannon is a little annoying to me this season; Peggy is so BLAH I hope she doesn't come back next season) and Dallas (feeling kinda meh about this season too). I want to get into Big Little Lies since we have HBO now, and maybe the Handmaid's Tale--I'd heard good things and since it won some Emmy's, we'll see!

Eating....
On the menu this week:
Monday: One Pot Broccoli Pesto Pasta (with chicken)
Tuesday: Roasted Veggie Enchilada Bake
Wednesday: Crockpot Meatballs (with Spaghetti)
Thursday: Baked Tilapia with Garlic and Parmesan BreadCrumbs (recipe to come)
Friday: dinner out somewhere

Looking forward to ... 
a teacher workday on Friday and grabbing lunch out with my friend

Enjoying ...
my morning commute view of the Potomac--if you have to go to work, seeing this to and from work isn't a bad gig.
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Drinking...
water and tea with honey...this sore throat/head cold has really hit me and I've been doing whatever I can to ease the symptoms

Loving....
baby jammies with zippers. And baby outfits that are one pieces with snaps that make diaper changes quick. Shorts and pants are cute, but they are a PAIN when you change a baby and have to get two wiggly little legs back into those shorts/pants! lol
Dreading....
MG leaving for out of the country work travel this coming weekend...for 5 days! Luckily my MIL is coming to help out, and my mom is coming the other days too, so I won't be flying totally solo.

Wanting ... 
this stupid head cold to go away. And to have an immune system that actually works against all of these kid germs

Needing ...
the middle of the night wake ups to stop. Ella started waking up at around 2 and 5 a few nights last week into this one. Monday night she made it until 4:40 (and then I eventually fed her at 5 when all of my tricks didn't get her back to sleep). After having a baby sleep through the night, to having middle of the night wake ups--especially when sick--is ROUGH

Wearing ...
dresses while it's still warm out, although it makes for an interesting time when I pump at work. I'll just let you stop and visualize the logistics of that for a second. Got in a good laugh? :)

Grateful For...
MG. I know I know, but really he's such a great dad and he's an amazing husband. He always willingly picks up the slack and jumps in whenever I need him to. He knows baby is tied to me a lot (because boobies) but he does whatever he can the rest of the time to help ease the load on me and I appreciate it. Plus, watching him and Ella together just makes my heart melt :)
Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I to share what's hap-"pinning" with you!






Weekend Shenanigans

Happy Monday--coming at you a little late today because I just can't get my act together on Sundays to write my weekend recap, especially this one because I caught yet another cold from our little Typhoid Mary (aka Ella). This is gonna be a fun year of germs I can tell.

Despite the stuffy noses, we had a really nice weekend with beautiful weather!

~Friday I scooped Ella as fast as I could after work and whisked her home in the best traffic we've had yet, so there was plenty of time for some playing. 
Ella started sounding like she had a stuffy nose Friday morning which has carried throughout the weekend unfortunately.

~We had a family Mexican dinner at Chuy's. Ella slept while we stuffed our faces with chips and their insane dip! 

~Saturday morning we did laundry and things around the house and let Ella try peanut butter for the first time--she was definitely trying to figure it out since it's wayyyyy different than breast milk, but no bad reactions!

 ~In the afternoon we headed out to a winery with our friends who have twins


~Ella decided she only wanted to sleep like a total of 1-2 hours Saturday but was in a good mood most of the day, and enjoyed her time at the winery looking around at everything around her while the adults enjoyed some delicious nectar of the Gods
thank you for the adorable outfit, Lynn!
~We grabbed some pizza on the way home from the winery and I started feeling like I might have a tickle at the back of my throat. I blame those oh-so kissable cheeks....and getting spit up on a million times a day (but the cheeks are so much cuter haha). I'm pretty sure my immune system is the same as a newborn's.
~Ella went down early due to not napping basically at all the whole day, and MG and I watched Nocturnal Animals which was disturbing and weird. I'd give it a 3 out of 5 maybe.

~Sunday morning we had blueberry pancakes and went out to run errands. Someone was super smiley in her carseat on the ride home
I just love her smile
~Ella went down for a nap for 2 hours (with some wake/fuss time in between) and afterwards we tried oatmeal for the first time with a spoon. Her face said she wasn't sure about it, but it was entertaining to watch her attempt it:
~Sunday afternoon we watched football, played with Ella, lazed around, and went for a short walk around the neighborhood with Ella and then grabbed Chipotle for dinner because I was too lazy to make anything and still felt kinda crummy from this stupid head cold I have.

Since Ella's cold started, she's also decided that waking up at 2am and 5 something am and crying is the thing to do. I'm guessing this is part of the 4 month sleep regression but I'd really like her to stop--especially since I'm sick too and feel groggy. Any moms have tips for how to get her to make it through the night sleeping again? She used to do SO well and not wake up until 6 when I would wake her up to nurse before work.

Weekly Wins

Haaaaaaaappy Friday, friends! We made it to another end of the work week! 
I've had some wins this week (along with some losses, but we wont focus on those haha)

~I won my first week of my fantasy football league. Given, this was with a lot of help and guidance from MG, but it was fun. Hoping I have the same luck this week!

~My 90 minute massage was GLORIOUS on Wednesday after work. MG picked up Ella from the parking lot of the massage place so I didn't have to drive home and back, and took care of her while I was in massage bliss. It was one of the best massages I've ever had! (Oh and when I got home, MG was making dinner...maybe this is a separate win for the week all together) #keeper

~these Toms booties arrived this week and I love them! I have skinny ankles and am hoping they look ok on me, but they are so cute! I wasn't sure about the canvas in the online picture but in person, it's not even noticeable. And they are COMFY! Fall trend win!
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~I've been SO much better about making my way over to all of your little blog spaces now and am so happy to connect with you all again! I realized how much I missed you all, and this awesome network of friends!

~Our second youngest niece turned 12 this week. TWELVE! I knew this girl when she was 5 and now she's old enough to hold my baby...where is time going?
~I've now made it through 4 weeks of being back at work. I will say, I like the adult interaction throughout the day, and getting to work with my kids from last year again. I still miss my little peanut more than words, though. Working mom, SAHM...whatever the case, mom'ing ain't easy!
I know, I can't believe it either!!
Have a great weekend!!

Dear Thursday....

I'm SO glad that today is Thursday (although I'd be happier if it was Friday, but I'm not trying to wish my days away...just wanting those weekends with my little bear), and had some notes to write out today:

Dear Traffic, you suck! Taking me 50 minutes to get home from the dentist on Tuesday was NO JOKE! Also, thanks to my GPS for routing me into a service road that would have kept me in 20+ minutes MORE of backed up traffic if I hadn't taken a side street followed by back roads home. UGH!

Dear Massage, bless you for undoing the stress and tension I've been building up in my muscles for the past few weeks. Going back to work has had it's challenges and I've definitely been storing it up. A welcome surprise was that I booked a 90 minute massage instead of a 60 minute one so I got an extra 30 minutes of mushy muscle making!

Dear Below Deck and Bachelor in Paradise, you were/are both disappointing. I was so bored by BIP this season, that I was thankful for the fast forward button SO many times throughout. I found by the finale on Monday I really didn't really care about ANY of the couples/non-couples (I did enjoy #scallopfingers though hehe, and texting with Brittany throughout the episodes). Below Deck this season is a snoozefest. Why they decided to have a whole crew of newbies is beyond me but it's not entertaining. I fell asleep through Tuesdays episode and am not even going to go back and watch it.

Dear Ella bear, I'm ready for you to be done with this 4th leap. It's taken a bit for it to hit in full force but I think we are in it! Thankful that you should only have about another week of it before we get the "sunshine" again. I still love you and that smile though! 
Dear iPhoneX, whyyyyyyy do you cost $1,000??? When iPhones costed $700 I thought that was ridiculous but a GRAND??? I wonder what the monthly payments through Verizon are on that (since they no longer let you just buy the phone outright for a lesser price). My word....#butdangitlookscool
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Dear HS Teenagers, please do not choose to march your butts across the street from school into our development again after school so that you can watch 2 girls fight one another in the parking lot (I wish I was joking). There is NO NEED for this kind of behavior OR for 30-40 of you to be onlookers.  Also, when you get "caught" by an adult, the appropriate response is not to use racial slurs and cuss words. Be contributing members to society, not the scum of it. Disappointing. (Also, is this really what teenagers do these days??? I was disgusted, and quite frankly terrified seeing this happen). I hope the school officials find out who you are and put a stop to this nonsense.

Dear Florida and Texas friends, I'm praying for you all and am donating to support the relief efforts. I'm so sad to see the devastation that's left behind from these hurricanes, but so encouraged by people FINALLY coming together over something--just sad that it has to be over something like this.
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Gonna do my best to get my weekly wins together for tomorrow! Hope your Thursday is sunny and sweet!

{WHW}: Randoms

Happy hump day friends!
What's hap-"pinning" around these parts:

~My breast pump sounds like it's saying "wa-boom" which makes me think about the dude from Rachel's season on The Bachelorette. Which is not a fun thought while you're pumping.

~I think I need a notepad by my bed so I can write down whatever things are running through my head in the middle of the night (or early morning). During the weekends I can sleep and not have a care in the world, but come Sunday through the work week, I'm up at 4 thinking about work and all the things I have to do. 

~Our pediatrician said that Ella can start trying foods now, including a little bit of peanut butter a couple of times a week. As excited as I am to try this out, I'm nervous too--especially about the peanut butter. What if she has an allergic reaction???

~When the fire alarm goes off while you're pumping in your office
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~helping Kindergarteners during the first week of school during dismissal was like trying to herd cats...it was like a comedy of errors. This one is crying because his backpack is making him too sweaty. Another one is saying their bag is too heavy, and then 3 others are laughing and not paying attention to the line that's leaving them.

~On Monday, MG made a new recipe: Cilantro lime Shrimp Foil Packets on the grill. My heavens they were delicious!! So sad we tried this so late in the season, but definitely adding it to the list come next Spring/Summer!
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~I go to help at a second school two afternoons a week. I've been doing this for the past several years because my caseload at my school isn't high enough and each year it's usually a different school than the previous ones. Well, the one I'm at this year, I'm working with a hoarder. I walk in there and there's no place for me to put my things down, or even sit. She has to clear off the main table for me to be able to work with kids. The kids are so distracted and hard to get to focus (and I can't blame them because it's hard for ME to focus!). I also have to pump here which gives me the heebie jeebies...look at these pics!
~Hypocrit copycats make me laugh...and eyeroll
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~Is there a problem that cupcakes can't solve? Maybe. Cupcakes and wine? Not likely :)

~I have a massage scheduled for after work today, and had a dentist appointment after work yesterday. The logistics of picking up Ella from daycare, getting her home, and myself to the massage (and the dentist) are stressful enough to have all kinds of extra knots for the therapist to work out #commutingsucks

Hoping the rest of the week goes quickly and smoothly! Link up with Jessi and I and share what's hap"pinning" with you!




Weekend Update

This weekend was relatively low key, but had some gorgeous weather with it here in Virginia (Florida friends, I know you were not so lucky. Still sending my thoughts and prayers that you all made it through these nasty hurricanes unscathed!!)

~Friday I left my second school right at dismissal and got stuck waiting for all of the kids to load up and the busses to leave. Then got stuck in traffic going to pick up Ella at daycare. It took me an hour to get home!
~My day was brightened by a friend/old coworker sending me and two other ladies I work with cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes! (Unfortunately I was at my 2nd school when they arrived, but they were kept safe for me over the weekend). I could have used those cupcakes in that traffic. Or a drink--but drinking and driving is frowned upon so the cupcake would have had to do lol
~Friday evening we went out to dinner with our neighbors and their two kids before they leave for Dubai (today)! This is the neighbor who brought us meals when I had Ella, has given us toys and books, etc. Not to mention she's just been a great source for me in my new-mom-ness. We are definitely sad to see them go, but was glad to get to go out with them and say our good-byes.

~Unfortunately the waiter took forever and a day to bring us the check (we are talking 30+ min) so Ella was hanging on by a thread since it was welllllll past her bedtime--she didn't fuss though. As soon as we got home, we tried bedtime with both arms unswaddled and she conked out!

~Saturday we went to Costco because we are old and that's what old people do on the weekends lol. Even more exciting? We picked up Cooper's seizure meds, some blueberries, chocolate covered pretzels (the highlight) and dental floss. Yep, we are living large over here!!! haha

~Saturday afternoon we went for a walk at a little park/wetlands by our house for a change of pace--we hadn't been there for about a year and it was fun to walk around and then came home and spent some more time outside on the deck. Ella LOVES being outside
~MG and I took Ella to grab some Mexican food at a restaurant that's close by and usually really fast. We sat outside since it was so nice out, but I think our waiter forgot to put in our order so we ended up being there much later than we'd anticipated (again!) and Ella had a hard time going to bed that night because her sleep schedule was all off. At least there was Mexican food haha

~Sunday morning we ran errands and Ella decided to take her first ever 1 hour and 45 minute nap....in her carseat! She sleeps 2 hours at daycare but never more than 45ish minutes with us. The fact that she did it in her carseat was even more impressive!

~We watched the first NFL football game of the season with a friend (was supposed to be more but one guy came down with Hand Foot and Mouth and we decided to let him stay home lol) where MG's Eagles took on my dumpy Redskins and won. Ella's first football experience:
At least my fantasy football team got a Win this week!

~We took a late afternoon walk after the game, made dinner, and then put a sleepy/semi-cranky baby to bed and I proceeded to pass out on the couch around 8:45 because I can't stay up until 10 anymore apparently haha

Hoping your weekend was nice, and that all of my Florida and Texas friends (and everyone else in the hurricane's path) stayed safe!