Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Not Funday

So like all good things, our vacation had to come to an end last week. It went by WAAAAAYY too fast. And let me tell you - beach trips with baby are VERY different than beach trips without. It was pretty relaxing, thanks in large part to my amazing mother-in-law, and taking care of a baby at the beach is better than working all day and coming home to take care of baby; however, still not the same. I'll post some pictures after I upload them.

Knowing you have to work on Mondays do not make Sundays very fun. Especially on days like today where Sean was gone practically the whole day to a Nats game so I was alone with Conrad ALL DAY - I don't know how you stay at home moms do it, IT'S HARD. And did I mention he has been teething and a straight up B-RAT the past week? I LOVE LOVE LOVE my kid so much but sometimes he drives me straight up the wall. I feel like sometimes the only way he's happy is if he's eating. Hence, these pictures:


Nom Nom Nom
Trying some watermelon

Feed me and I'm happy!
It's a tough job but someone's got to do it

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Friday, July 19, 2013

Sweet Summertime

Tomorrow we leave for the beach for a whole week! Whoo-hoo! While I'm super excited for vacation I'm also a LITTLE (ok, A LOT) nervous about driving for 7 hours avec bebe and beaching it with a 9 month old. I've probably over packed and over planned but hey, its our first go-round so we'll learn. In anticipation of the beach, here's some cute water pics of Conrad's first time in the baby pool!

I don't know about this Dad

I don't like it!

Ok...if Pop-Pop gets in with me I'm ok

Hey, this water stuff is alright as long as I get to chew on things

Cousin Brayden joins in!

Now we're ready to test out that big pool they call the ocean!

In the next week I'll be reading up on what to bring for baby at the beach, packing, and doing last minute shopping to get ready - any tips for this new mom on traveling with baby?

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday

It's that time of the week again - can you believe it's already Thursday? Work has been SUPER busy lately so that makes time fly by. Speaking of work: having a full time job as well as being a mom makes those precious moments that I get to have to myself (and not doing laundry, cleaning, or organizing) extra enjoyable. So this Thursday I'm thankful for FREE TIME!

Whenever I do get those precious moments I love 



Drinks with Girlfriends

Running outdoors


And much to my wallet's!

These moments of free time are all too fleeting but are so important. It's nice to be able to focus on things that are not so serious every now and then and to relieve some stress. It's great to have a partner in Sean that realizes this too and so he'll watch Conrad for me so I can make time for myself. And vice-versa. Before I'm a mom, wife, daughter, sister, or friend, I'm ME, Elizabeth, and it's good to spend time on myself every once in a while. What do other moms like to do in your (if you have it) free time?

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Is this real life?

There's a phrase that is thrown out that I've heard a lot of lately that I don't agree with: "Perception is Reality". That whatever you put out there is how people will read you. Sure, if you're meeting someone for the first time and you don't make a great impression (maybe you had a bad morning, have a headache, have a lot on your plate), people will judge you based on that initial meeting. Sure, we all put out there what we want people to see: the beautiful home, the great marriage, the perfect baby, the great style. Sure, we can act composed, put together, and "above it all" when we want to.

But if people actually believe our lives are like that all the time or judge us based on initial meetings, then I think that's their fault, not ours. So we've all heard the phrase "perception is reality" but how about "don't judge a book by it's cover"? Who knows what has led someone to act the way they do or respond to situations in a certain way? Here's another one: "put yourself in another person's shoes."

One of the most frustrating things about being a new mom is that people don't talk about the "real" stuff. The screaming for four hours straight at 2am stuff, the breast feeding is hard as shit stuff. The acid reflux, the ear infections, the mom guilt, the difficulty losing that last 5 (ok 15) pounds. The babies cost a fortune stuff! I sat back and thought, ok, women don't want to talk about that stuff for a reason. Why? Are we afraid it will make us seem weak, like not good moms?  Am I the only mother out there whose Christmas card experience was like this:



If I meet a mom and her kid is screaming, her hair's a mess, she's forgotten her diaper bag, she's wearing last night's sweats with boob milk all over (wait, is this me?), am I going to judge her? No way. Same with the mom who has her hair perfectly coiffed, smashing outfit, and a week's worth of baby arsenal in her Gucci diaper bag (although I will ask, what's your secret, who's your nanny, and how did you invent the 36 hour day?). Not going to do it. Or at least, I'll try. Unless either one of them is a complete brat...then maybe I'll chalk it up to a bad day...or headache. Because who knows?! That could be me (no, not the one with the perfect hair, the one with the 2 day old outfit on). And I've realized its ok to not be perfect all the time. If people perceive me as not having my shit together, it may be true. But like most new moms out there, I'm trying my best to juggle a career, a house, a marriage, family, friends - and oh yeah, a baby. While somewhere in there throwing in a minute or two to myself.

So how about it moms, please tell me that this motherhood stuff is HARD and that I'm not the only one who thinks so!

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Oh how the months go by!

I was recently looking back through my pictures and I'm AMAZED at how fast time flies - especially now that I have a little one! Here's a little look at the past 8 months:

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

Our dear one will be 9 months tomorrow! It's amazing -  you're  9 months pregnant and then before you know it your baby is  9 months old. Leaving for work every day is such a struggle. I love my job and what I do but I would give anything to be with my little guy all day, every day. Do all working moms feel like this?

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,