Easter Essentials | Zero Candy Baskets

Can you believe that Easter is this weekend?! Holy cow, it sure did sneak up on me! After having M3, I’ve been trying to think of creative ways to remove the candy from the gifts he gets from us. Today, it is all about no candy Easter baskets!

I know, the younger they are the easier it is. As he gets older, we know that he will get candy from other sources (festive events, grandparents, Easter bunny, Santa, etc.). While I am not saying no candy, I am simply saying that he won’t get candy from mom and dad.

Basket

This basket is actually quite small. We purchased it last Easter after finding out we were pregnant to announce that we were in fact expecting! Needless to say, we didn’t need a large basket. As you can see in the left photo, the 4×6 frame takes up the majority of the basket, just as the stuffed lamb does.

He won’t need a bigger basket for several years, hopefully, and this one was a cheap Target find.

For those who are curious, the bunny holding the “M” on the basket was a Target find, too!

Toys

Ok, let’s talk baby rattles and noise makers. Those things can be so cute AND darn expensive! I’m sure he’ll love the Amazon foot rattles, but we wanted him to have something he could hold onto, thus…

Bring in the creative side! We decided to fill the plastic Easter eggs with dried beans and seal them shut, instead of candy. We filled them with different beans and different amounts and gave them to him a little early to see if he’d like them. Boy, does he LOVE them!

Books

Books, books, books! We buy him books more than anything else–possibly even clothes! Our goal is for our kid(s) to have a full bookshelf with everyday reading books, seasonal books, educational books, and so on. Slowly, but surely, we are making that happen!

This Easter, we got him two. The first is a female empowerment book for kids called Tough Chicks. It could NOT be any cuter! It’s a touch a feel book and seems to hold his attention because of the different textures throughout the book!

Secondly, is a book from the Llama Llama series, called Llama Llama Easter Egg. All three of us love this series for many reasons. Most importantly, the holiday books are short, easy to read, and have a sweet little concept.

Stuffed Animals

After a few years, I’m sure we will be surrounded by stuffed animals and loathe them. For now, however, I will purchase them happily. This little lamb is still bigger than he is, but will be easy for him to hold onto. Currently, he has an owl that he loves with the hard eyes, like the lamb has. With the owl, he loves to touch and pinch the eyes and then touch the soft mouth; I have a feeling he will LOVE to do the same to the lamb.

Misc.

If your child is a little older and you want them to open something to distract from the no candy baskets, you could always put a couple of things in these cute draw-string bags. I found these specific ones for a dollar in the Target Dollar Spot. I’ve, however, seen similar versions in craft stores, dollar stores, and kid’s clothing stores.

Tip if you have older children…

I overheard people in the store, saying that these sacks would be their child’s Easter basket and egg hunting sacks, instead of the traditional baskets!


I’m sure everyone else has some no candy Easter basket ideas for all ages! Go ahead and drop them in the comments below to help out our fellow readers!

Hope you all have a Hoppy Easter!

sign off!

Free or Cheap | Family Activities

I am LOVING this weather! Sunny, a slight breeze, and temperatures in the 60s and 70s! You know what this means, right? It’s time to get outside! I’ve been looking around our area to find free or cheap activities and thought that I’d share my ideas and findings.

I know that your first that may have been similar to mine–neighborhood play dates, community pool days, park visits, walks around the neighborhood, etc. I wanted to find groups or activities that would be as engaging for me, as it is for M3.

Library: Free…

First, story time. Your library will have several age-appropriate story times for different age groups. A lot of them will even have a craft, snacks, or play time after the reading to allow parents (and kids, too) to socialize.

With it being at the library, the most you’ll have to do is create an account with them so that you can sign-in and sign books out. Registering, and attending the story time, are both FREE! If the story time can fit into your schedule, you’ll get a designated hour each week out of the house–minimum.

Community Pages/Listings: Free or Cheap

Second, seasonal gatherings. Your Chamber of Commerce, the town/city website, and your local Facebook Events section will highlight all of the upcoming events. The events are typically released at the start of each quarter/season, giving event-goers PLENTY of time to prepare!

These three community resources are at YOUR disposal! By having these “databases”, you’ll be able to find out about free (or SUPER cheap) concerts, festivals, socials, fairs, farmers markets, consignment sales, holiday character meet and greets…the list is SO LONG!

Hint, if you really plan and know about some events way ahead of time, they will offer free registration (tickets) for whoever is going. You may only have to buy dinner, or your souvenirs, or nothing!

Recreational Centers: …Cheap

Third, recreation center activities. Depending on your area, prices will vary. Most classes offered, however, are in a group setting, are 8 to 10 weeks long, and possibly discounted–if you’re a returning customer. Whether it is your community recreation center, a local YMCA, or a private company, you could have a nice parent-and-me time or up to an hour by yourself.

You could read, workout, make phone calls, enjoy some quality one-on-one time with baby…the possibilities are endless.

Some activities that may be offered are:

  • Swim lessons
  • Parent boot camp
  • Mother’s Day Out
  • Music class
  • Gymnastics
  • Common meeting space play dates

Resource Stores: Free or Cheap

Fourth, Lakeshore Learning Free Saturdays. A lot of times, your local teacher supply store will have free classes for preschool/school aged children. Our teacher store is called Lakeshore Learning. If you purchase something from the store, you will get a flyer detailing the free kid classes they are offering.

According to my local store employee, you do not need to buy anything to get this flyer. Just ask!

These classes are free, usually have a wide time slot (i.e.: 10:00AM to 3:00PM), and help to develop different skills your child needs to learn.

Hospitals: Free…

The fifth, and final, freebie is a hospital group. Throughout the year, some hospitals either offer, or can recommend, different group get-togethers for parents and babies.

My local hospital, for example, offers the following:

  • New mom’s group (for mom with babies up to 6 months)
  • Working mom’s group (no age limit)
  • Birth Trauma group (parents only, therapy type session)
  • Playdate group (usually for babies from 6-24 months)
  • Breastfeeding group (there is a lactation consultant to help).

Every community (or a surrounding community) offers MANY free or cheap activities for families, couples, singles, girls (or guys) night out! You may have to do a little asking or sniffing around, but it is there–I can promise you that!

In the comments below, leave any other free or cheap activities/ideas that I left out!

free and cheap activities


Book Club | Three Books I’m Loving…

At the beginning of January, I decided to pick up some old habits that I’ve been missing. The first one I decided to reintroduce back into my day-to-day living was reading. Reading has been a HUGE! part of my life! After having a baby, it became the last thing I had time to do. The few times that I had a couple of minutes to read, I was either reading a bedtime story or would fall asleep with the book in my hands.

For 2019, I promised myself that I would read a book a month, minimum. It could be anything I wanted…fiction, non-fiction, self betterment, screenplays, short stories, anything! Well, it very quickly became apparent that I was not going to accomplish that goal the traditional way. I mean, let’s be honest, reading, right now, is damn near impossible!

So, I went on the hunt for a better method. Audiobooks are now my best friend and I am LOVING the Audible app.

This post is NOT sponsored. I am sharing with you what I’m enjoying and will not make any type of commission. I have purchased all of the books I will be talking about today.

Quick side note: I purchased the monthly plan from the app, so for $14.95/month I get 1 book of my choosing PLUS 2 free Audible originals. Each month, I can listen to 3 books!

January

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis was the first book I choose and I’m sure I’ll be listening to it again and again. I

have found that I love hearing the authors read their book. There is something about hearing them feel their words that is powerful and even more convincing and motivating! Listening to Rachel list out the myths that we’ve all heard and then smash them into a million pieces left me feeling inspired to kick ass and take names!

This is a MUST read!

February

Becoming by Michelle Obama is a look at her life. Politics aside, her life is very interesting. I find myself feeling beyond empowered when listening to her story.

This book is on the longer side, and to be honest, I haven’t completed it yet. That being said, the way she writes and speaks sounds like she is only talking to you–the individual reader.

March

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Yes, you read that correctly. Two books by the same author, within the first 3 months of the year.

When I tell you that this lady has motivated me to get my s..stuff together, I mean it! I’m ready to get moving, on fire, and ready to conquer ALL. THE. THINGS!

This book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, is all about finding your potential and USING it. She walks you through the process, roadmap (if you will), of finding and using what you’ve got. Once you know exactly how to apply the steps to your life, whatever that may look like, you’ll feel excited and ready to get started!


Apparently, the first 3 months of the year was all about self-empowerment, self-betterment, and finding my voice. While that wasn’t planned, on my part, I think that was the PERFECT way to kick of 2019!

What book or books have you read this year? Leave your book recommendations in the comments below and maybe I can read and discuss that one next!

alaina

Baby Update | Six Months

6 Months Statistics

Weight: 17 pounds and 5.5 ounces

Height: 27.5 inches

Happy half birthday to this little guy!

His hair is starting to grow back and that’s not all!

He is cutting 4 teeth, trying to roll from back to belly, and LOVES solid food in any form. Purées, hard pieces, soft foods, etc. He’ll eat just about anything…except bananas. M3 HATES bananas!

He’s babbling (read: screaming) and blowing raspberries more and more everyday, laughs when the dogs bark, and YELLS when you’re out of sight!

The 7 to 9 hours of sleep he was getting per night (plus three 2-hour naps) has turned into 11 to 12 hours of sleep! That’s right, I said it–11 to 12 hours every night (plus two 2-hour naps and one 1-hour nap)! Can I get a hallelujah?

It’s amazing the milestones he’s hitting!

alaina


Postpartum Update | Six Months

Wow, it’s hard to believe that tomorrow I will be 6 months postpartum already! These 6 months have FLOWN by and have been JAM-PACKED.

I was planning on sticking to the same layout as my 3 month postpartum update, but life happened and there is really only 1 thing to discuss.

In February, I finally was given an answer to why I was in so much constant pain since giving birth. Because my labor and delivery were so long and difficult, I developed 2 inguinal hernias.

Fun, right?!

WRONG!

Incorrect. Not at all. No. I could continue, but I won’t.

No amount of physical therapy, kegels, or ibuprofen would take care of this problem, so off to the surgeon I went. A week later, I was in the hospital ready for surgery.

I was told that recovery for me would be a long and slow process. Very little exercise (read: walking), limited daily activity (stair climbing, cleaning, cooking), and no lifting anything over a gallon of milk.

You read that right–a gallon of milk.

If your first thought was like mine, again, you are right–no holding (read: carrying, lifting, etc.) M3.

FOR FOUR TO SIX WEEKS!

The doctor was serious, like far too serious.

I was physically prepared for what that meant, but it did a number on me mentally. I was NOT ready for that part and couldn’t have prepared myself. For the most part, I have listened to the doctor. The exception being when we flew to the East Coast and I needed to hold him, lift him, etc. during our flights. Prior to and since then, I’ve followed directions.

The first 2 weeks were brutal. I was on medication. I was exhausted. I was in pain. I couldn’t wear anything, but oversized sweatpants that went above my bellybutton, oversized t-shirts, nightgowns, and robes. Almost five weeks later and I can only wear high-waisted jeans, for a short window.

While I know I needed this surgery, especially before getting pregnant again, I wish I could have waited until M3 was in school or have completed this when he was still very small and new. That way I could have lifted him after just a couple of weeks. That’s realistic, right?

Needless to say, my postpartum figure is less than what I was hoping for. No lifting and lugging? We can forget working out. That has killed me. I haven’t been able to exercise since BEFORE getting pregnant and still can’t do anything truly active, so the weight hasn’t disappeared. I very much look like I did 1 month postpartum.

Yay! Can you feel the sarcasm dripping from that yay?

Next week, March 27, I head back to physical therapy and will hopefully be cleared to walk more than 15 minutes/day, 3 times per week.

Head over to Instagram Stories, if you want to talk weight (loss, gain, plateaus). You name it, I’ll discuss!

I’m curious for those who have been fortunate enough to be postpartum what did your first 6 months look like? How did you deal with and overcome the issues you faced? I feel like (read desperately hoping that) the six month mark actually marks the crest of the hill and things drastically change. But I have no idea, so tell me if I’m crazy…or not!

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alaina

What Are We Doing?! Where Have I Been?!

Wow, what a…ride? Journey? Blur? Yes, blur is better, these last 2 weeks have been.
Three weeks ago, I went to a surgeon to see what was going on. For context, I haven’t been able to climb stairs, squat, go from sitting to standing with ease, or walk long distances without pain. After 5 months postpartum and 2 months of physical therapy, I demanded to see someone else.
Hello, surgeon!
I found out I had 2 inguinal hernias that I must have received from the long, drawn out labor and delivery. Surgery was a requirement before I could even THINK about carrying another baby. The doctor scheduled the surgical appointment for a week later and told me to line up help for the NEXT SIX WEEKS because I wouldn’t be able to pickup or comfortably hold Mr. Baby (or anything heavier than a gallon of milk) during that time.
The first 4-5 days of recovery I spent drugged up and in bed. I slept A BUNCH. The last week or so I’ve gone from moving with a walker to walking on my own again and playing with Mr. Baby. Needless to say, it’s been a LONG couple of weeks and we still have a mont left of recovery. Insert sarcastic “yay!” here.
Also, needless to say, I haven’t written and didn’t have time to prep any content prior to this surgery. I’m hoping that we can start March (mid March) fresh and get back on the writing train!
There we are, you are officially all caught up! Surgery went well, I’m slowly feeling better and better, and this blog has unfortunately been neglected!
Fingers crossed I can write this weekend and continue with the content creation!
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5 New Parent Stay at Home Date Nights

Earlier today, I was writing up a post all about my thoughts on the Simplified Planner.

Let me know if you still would like to see the post.

Long story short, the computer crashed and autosave didn’t save my writing, so good-bye post!

Anyway, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought this was as good a time as any to talk in-house date nights! For us, right now, must date nights consist of either quick outings, lunch out with our third little wheel, or staying home.

We are trying not to spend too much money for various reasons, so getting creative is key! We’ve done a few of these at home date nights already, but not all of them. Writing this post is as much for me as it is for you guys!

Movie night

Hello, Redbox! You are our new best friend!

It’s not often that we stay up late snacking on popcorn, candy, drinks, and generally all things you try to avoid on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, it’s just too good to pass up.

We will put the baby to bed, make all our treats, settle in and press play! First, and most importantly, it’s WAY cheaper than going to the movie theater! You can have all the food you WANT to eat, keep your lights on or off, watch the movie at your pace, etc. Hello, bathroom breaks, food/drink breaks, dogs need to go outside breaks.

Secondly, we can watch the movie in our pajamas and under warm blankets! You really can’t get any better than that!

Bonus: You can still get to bed before 10PM!

Can I get a whoo-hoo?!

Romantic dinner

Let’s just get this out of the way, all of these allow you to put the kid(s) down BEFORE date night.

Now that that’s out of the way, this dinner can be anything. Homemade, takeout, leftovers, whatever! Sit down together, with distractions turned off (phones, TV, computers). Light a couple of candles and talk.

If you’re stuck in a rut, or just want to talk about something other than your day/kids/upcoming events, I found something that might help! It’s called The 36 Questions That Lead to Love from the NY Times.

It might seem silly or weird, but you never know, maybe it’ll spark a longer conversation!

Picnic on the floor

Like the romantic dinner, turn off all the distractions. Throw a blanket and pillows on the floor, grab picnic foods and drinks, and enjoy!

If it’s warm enough, you could also head out to the backyard and watch the sunset or stars. Just pick a spot, toss a blanket down, and voila–date night!

Bonus: Because you’re home, you can spilt a bottle of wine and not worry about getting fined for public consumption! Win-win!

Game Night

There are TONS of 2 person games out there now! Card games (Karma, 5 Crowns, gin), board games (Scrabble, Ticket to Ride), even game apps (Heads Up) that require interaction between players.

Pick one or two, grab a couple of treats, and enjoy. We don’t do this one often, but the times that we do, the night gets away from us and we end up going to bed SUPER late.

Laundry night

Lastly, laundry night. I know, I know. Alaina, that doesn’t sound fun or even like a date night at all.

You’re right, maybe right now it doesn’t, but you can fold laundry doing just about anything–talking, watching TV, answering emails…so why not fold the laundry together. It’ll get done faster because there are 2 of you AND no one is stuck the next day folding by themselves.

That never-ending pile of laundry shrunk for 2 seconds. YAY! 

Wouldn’t that feel good?

You could do this with just about any chore, if laundry isn’t your big issue. Cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, organizing an area of the home… I could go on and on!


The whole point to this post is that you can tweak date nights, save money, stay at home, and still enjoy yourselves! You can get things done AND spend time (quality time) together. It’s just a few little things, but the little things do add up and slowing down together might be just what you both needed!

If you have any date night ideas, leave them in the comments of this post! Remember, sharing is caring!

Let’s Talk…

Postpartum…can I hide until this time is over?

This time is almost as hard and complicated as pregnancy. WHY doesn’t anyone discuss this?!

Why is pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum time such a taboo subject? Why are we as women so ill informed?!

Anyway, I’m tired of dealing with all of these things in the dark…or at least dealing with that feeling.

Weight Gain

Whoever told me that weight loss would be effortless, simply put, you lied.

My weight journey before this pregnancy was a little rocky. I have IBS and have had a hard time maintaining any number. Then the miscarriages, hormone therapy, and so on happened. Keeping the weight off became something to deal with and was HARD!

Now, here we are. Almost 5 months postpartum and I’ve lost about 25 pounds. That’s good, yes…and yet…

Those 25 pounds I lost within the first 2 weeks. Then I lost a little more. Then I had to stop breastfeeding and BOOM! Hello, weight gain!

My face got a bit fuller again, my boobs continued to grow (I’m not kidding, they are HUGE!), and I still look 5 months pregnant.

Now, here I sit, the heaviest I’ve ever been, trying my hardest to lose the weight and already feeling defeated.

Now, I know I’m not alone with this, and yet here I am telling you that I feel very alone.

Exercise

This was the area that I KNEW would be easy for me. I KNEW I’d workout and get that workout high once I was cleared at the 6 week mark.

I knew. I knew. I knew.

I knew it would be slow going, but I was so looking forward to it. The 6 week mark hit, I was cleared, and started slow. I went back to the doctor less than a week and a half later because something didn’t feel right and was sent to physical therapy.

It was there that I learned exercise would not be happening anytime soon. I was diagnosed with severe pelvic floor dysfunction, a uterine prolapse, and severe diastastis recti.

So no exercise, lifting, blah, blah, blah. That makes losing weight incredibly hard. Those goals I set for myself have been tossed aside (read: tossed in the trash) for who knows how long.

I’ll continue with physical therapy until mid spring. At that point they will re-evaluate my progress and decide if surgery would be beneficial.

Guess what, though? You can’t do any of the surgeries until you are completely done having kids.

I know this next bit is dramatic, but I don’t care.

It’s like the universe and Mr. Baby are conspiring to insure that he is our only child. “Here, have a difficult conception journey. Have a high risk and difficult pregnancy and labor and delivery. Now enjoy your baby, but know that this postpartum time isn’t going to be any easier. In fact, in some ways it’ll be much harder.”

Breastfeeding

I can’t tell you how many times I was told breastfeeding was great.

I’d love it.

It’d be so natural.

It’d get easier.

It’d be better for me and baby.

It’d be cheaper.

Guess what…yeah, that wasn’t the case for me.

It’ll be great? It was miserable. Mr. Baby was in the NICU and dropped too much weight too quickly in his first 2 weeks, so we had to triple feed. That means he’d breastfeed, I’d then offer him pumped milk, and then we’d top him off with either donated milk or formula. Then we had to work with allergies, sensitivities, and GERD. Oh, Jesus!

I’d love it? I hated it. It’s painful, like REALLY painful. It’s time consuming (he’d eat for an hour, sleep for 45 minutes, and then wake again, starved). We also learned (at his FOUR MONTH appointment) that he had a tongue tie, too, that we needed to deal with. This tie, that doctors brushed off as first time mom worry, prevented proper latching to ANYTHING. Boobs. Bottles. Binkies. All the B words!

It’s natural? Not for me. It was so painful, so hard, and so overwhelming. I had SO much anxiety around this that I never wanted to leave the house with him.

It’d get easier? Not for us. As time went on, it got harder. That is all.

It’d be better for me and the baby? Sure, maybe. Until you factor in that I was sleeping in 30 minute increments, if that. Trying to feed a baby that couldn’t and/or didn’t want to feed. Was so anxious I could barely sleep or go out. I could go on, but I’ll spare both you and me!

Lastly, and the one that makes me laugh the hardest…It’ll be cheaper? Sure if everything worked out perfectly, it would be.

In my case, though, I bought every nipple shield and balm out there, breast pump aid, nursing aid, lactation food, specialty foods for issue ridden babies of breastfeeding mamas.

Hell, I’d have bought a purple 2 headed dog that could fly, if someone told me it’d work.


All that said, I will gladly do this again and again to get the baby we have and the siblings we want to give him.

This is hard. The whole thing. That’s ok and it’s ok (or even better in my opinion) to talk about it to those you are comfortable talking to.

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Must Haves | Sleep Regression

Here we are…early afternoon, lunch has been eaten, chores completed, the baby sleeping, the snow falling, and I am sitting down to write…Except, that I am hitting a wall with writing. I have a running list of posts and projects to write about, with very little time to complete them.

I typically write and take photos for a post anywhere from 10-14 days in advance. I do this for various reasons, but mainly so that I can take my time writing, editing, shooting photos, etc.

Today, and the last 2 posts, we are less than 24 hours out with nothing written down. Ah, motherhood, you are keeping me on my toes for sure. Because I can’t think of ANYTHING else than sleep today I’m writing about this horribly cruel phase called sleep regression.

For the last, almost 5 weeks, Mr. Baby slept through the night from 7PM to 7AM. 90% of the time, (from week 2 on) we were very strict about his nap and bed times. A few days before hitting his 4 month mark, though, all hell broke lose. He started a sleep regression. Holy hell! I think I am more tired than when he was a newborn! He started getting up every 3-4 hours, was starving, and incredibly fussy.

If it wasn’t for these four items, I don’t know how we would have handled this regression.

This is not a sponsored post.

Baby Wearing

I’ve worn Mr. Baby from birth, using the Baby K’tan and Lillebaby carriers, but they have been a LIFESAVER for this period. With the Lillebaby especially, I am able to be hands free for shopping, cleaning, and cooking. He is able to be comforted and I am able to get things done!

Enough said.

Noise Makers

When we got this aquarium, I was a little unsure of it’s effectiveness. We now have it hooked to the side of the crib, but can easily remove it and bring it downstairs.

We refer to it has his TV. It plays either white noise or lullaby music and the “tank” lights up, while the fish move. It buys me a good 5 minutes of contentment to be baby free. We don’t use it often, maybe once a day, but it was good money spent by the gift giver!

Bonus, it also has a remote for parental control. This allows you to turn it on or off without needing to be in the room. I haven’t used this yet, but it seems useful!

Formula Pitcher

This one is really simple. It’s a mixing pitcher for formula, pretty basic, but has made feeding time significantly easier. I don’t like mixing the formula in the bottles since it creates a ton of air bubbles and is always a little more once mixed. Letting it sit in the Dr. Brown’s bottles clogs tends to clog the air vent, so this pitcher is the best.

Anyway, this pitcher makes prepping the feedings for the day fast and easy. Making all the ounces at once and warming the formula may seem like no big deal, but those few minutes preparing every feeding add up. Now, I can pour the formula into the bottle, set it in the warmer, and it’s ready when I come back downstairs with Mr. Baby! Doing this, also cuts down on the amount of time he is fussy.

Music

This is THE CHEAPEST and easiest distraction method. I’ll play anything–classic rock, country, alternative/punk rock, pop, classical music, kids music…It doesn’t matter, Mr. Baby and I have danced or rocked and sang many hours away.

He doesn’t know where the noise is coming from so he’s constantly looking for it. My singing (for better or worse!) is something he can focus on. The movement is relaxing and more often the not the lights are dimmed, setting the scene for some sleep.

In the comments below, tell me what some of your sleep regression tips are. I’m sure this isn’t going to be his last one and this mama will need help keeping her sanity!

Life Blip | First Parent Weekend Away

For Christmas, I gifted my husband an adults only trip to the mountains. I was equally excited and terrified all at once. Mr. Baby was a new 3 months old, had had some tough days, and we had never been away from him for more than a few hours. I cringe thinking about me thinking about that weekend.

We handed the baby to his grandparents, I wrote out every single detail I could think of, said goodbye a dozen times, and then we were on our way!

That first night I couldn’t stop thinking about all things Baby and was checking my phone several times a…minute (if we are being honest!). I woke up at midnight and 2AM thinking I heard him crying and then was up for the day at 6:30AM.

I spent that Saturday hanging out in the ski lodge bar with friends drinking, eating, and laughing. I kept looking down at the ground only to find an empty space where the carseat should have sat.

By 7PM, I was exhausted in a hangout, have fun, and no responsibilities kind of way. I was asleep by 8:30PM and didn’t wake up until 8:30AM. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS!

Our final day in the mountains, Sunday, was laidback and relaxing. We picked up the baby and dogs and were home by 4. On our way home, we committed to having a kid free weekend twice a year, but striving for once a quarter. Prior to having kids, I had heard people say that getting away for 48 hours was fantastic for themselves and their relationships, with both the kids and partner. I didn’t totally understand it, but now…oh boy! I’m already wanting to plan our next getaway.

Send me your thoughts on places to go and things to do! Also, does anyone send their child/children away for the weekend and just  stay home? Or do you have someone come to the house to watch them and  stay in a hotel in the same town?

As for photos of our mountain trip, I have none. Our phones barely worked and we were bundled up in coats and winter gear, so pulling out our phones wasn’t really thought of.

As for photos of the baby during our mountain trip? You better believe that I have those!

Look at that little face!