Getting back to blogging has reminded me how much I used to enjoy it! Pregnancy was a bear for me, and I was exhausted and a tad bit of a curmudgeon for the later half, so I know why I stopped, but even after a couple of posts I’m already glad to be back!
One of my favorite things to do is participate in link ups! I love Fridays for a million reasons, and when I’m working the feeling of 3:20 on Friday (when school gets out) is one that I can’t replicate. I feel like I can take on the world on a Friday afternoon. So, to celebrate Friday, I’m participating in the Five on Friday link up!
I thought I’d share 5 things I’m loving currently!
Kahwa Coffee and their cookie the size of my face
I mentioned that I haven’t been getting out on big excursions a lot until recently, but I have been doing a lot of neighborhood walking. Some days I put Olivia in the stroller and push her for a while around the neighborhood (especially before she was napping well), and sometimes I strap her into the Tula and go for a walk. Either way, I’ve been stopping far too frequently at the Kahwa that opened in my neighborhood. And when I go, I can’t help myself with their oatmeal, flax seed, peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie. It’s huge, and it’s dangerous. I’m limiting myself now, as the weight hasn’t been dropping as quickly as it did in the beginning, but I am still going one or two times per week.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Before Olivia got her shots and I couldn’t take her out anywhere (our doctor heavily advised against it because of the flu and CRV going around as well as pertussis), I had to do something around the house to free my mind of anxiety. I started reading. I’m not a big reader on a regular basis, because once I finish a good book I hesitate to start another for fear that it won’t be as good. Big Little Lies is the best book I’ve read in a few years (but again, that’s not saying a lot as I only read a few books per year). I would highly recommend it because of the plot twists and readability, and the way it all comes together in the end is perfection. Also, they’re making a Netflix series based on the plot of it starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
I promise I’m going to start another book soon. I just have to decide on one that I think will hold up to this.
Boppy Pillow and Lounger
I registered for both the Boppy pillow to use for feeding and lounger to let Olivia sit in on the couch. I didn’t know if I’d need both, but I now am so thankful that I have both. We have tile floors downstairs with no carpet, so it’s not that conducive to sit on and play with Olivia. Once I’m done feeding her and holding her for a little I’ll put her in the lounger next to me on the couch and talk to her and play with her. She loves it because she can then look around and also can see my face straight on. I don’t leave her in it out of my site, because she’s gotten good at pushing back in it with her feet, but to hang out with me and Tim on the couch it’s perfect.
Though not that exciting, the number of ways my phone has proven useful since having a baby tops the ways I used it pre-baby. I’m sure I’ve only touched the surface of useful apps, and I’ve gotten recommendations from friends, but between tracking sleep and feedings (Total Baby), a white noise app (Sleep Pillow), the kindle app to read on my phone when Olivia is eating or falls asleep on me, and an app with developmentally appropriate activity ideas (BabySparks), I run through an entire charge in half the day. I’ll be on the lookout for other great apps as we go.
My Growing Girl!
In my first Five on Friday I of course had to choose Olivia! But more so, I love watching her grow. When we came home from the hospital I got hit with a serious case of the baby blues, and I was crying over everything and nothing. One of the things that I was the most sad about was the idea of her growing up (sounds crazy I’m sure, but I wanted my little baby to stay my little baby forever). And while I see people posting their hospital baby photos and already miss my little newborn, I now understand what people mean when they say you miss the days behind you but each stage is more and more fun. When she started smiling back at me when I smiled at her, I just fell into a puddle. My mom has assured me that I’m still her baby, so I’m just going to have to trust people who have kids older than Olivia when they say that each stage just gets better and better.
What books have you read lately that you just loved?
Any baby apps that you’ve found particularly useful that I should look at?