Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Currently: January 2019

Woo hoo, January is half over! I know I probably shouldn't be celebrating the fact that time is speeding by but I really dislike winter. So I am ok with the winter months going by quickly! Here's what is going on in my world these days!

Reading: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny. This is the 7th book in her Inspector Gamache series. I would read this series faster if there wasn't such a long wait for each book! There are 14 books in the series so I doubt I will finish it this year because of those long wait times! They are the perfect books to read in the winter as they are often set during the winter season in a snowy village outside of Quebec.

Loving:  The stage Paul is in! He's just so much fun as he's more and more interactive each day and he has quite the funny/charming personality.

Mmm, cheesy potatoes are my favorite!

Hi mom!

Look what grandma gave me!
He loves playing with the new toys he received for Christmas

Feeling: better about being back at work. The first ~5 months were a really tough transition for me. I was hoping it was a temporary phase and that I'd feel better about being at work eventually. Luckily it was a temporary phase and I'm finally starting to feel better about being back at work. I still miss Paul and wish it was possible to work 3 days a week but that's just not an option in the financial services industry. Hopefully I'll feel better and better about being back at work as time passes. It really helps that we love his daycare so much and know that he's having fun there and being really well cared for.

Anticipating: our first family vacation! We are going to the Sarasota area of Florida for 3 nights in April. My parents are coming with to help out with Paul. We rented a condo right on the water with a great view of the ocean. We plan to do very little on this trip - we just want to relax and soak up the sun! Plus we'll get to see some of my mom's family as 3 of her siblings live or winter in the Sarasota area.

Check out the view from our patio!!!

Grateful: that Paul is eating better! I was so worried about his disinterest in solids but it's like a switch flipped in early January! Now he is eating all kinds of things but some of his favorites are crackers, especially graham crackers, cheesy potatoes, and cooked carrots. I'm hoping we can taper off of purees as they are kind of spendy and it's easier to just let him feed himself (albeit messier). I know I could have made my own purees but the ones we buy are organic and combine different fruits and veggies and things like chia seeds. And honestly, my time is so limited these days between work and caring for Paul, I'm all about taking short cuts when it makes sense!

Enjoying some scrambled eggs (yes he wears Christmas pajamas in January!)

Eating a banana-based pancake with peanut butter and some crumbled meatloaf
Working: out consistently for the first time in almost 18 months! Once I was done pumping, I started to do at-home workouts in our basement. My goal is to workout 3 times a week. The workouts are about 30 minutes in length usually which is so short compared to how much I used to workout but it's what I have time for at this stage of life. And it's better than nothing! I've really been enjoying Fitness Blender workouts. A friend is using an online program called Daily Burn which I am going to check out next. It's great that there are so many different programs to help you workout at home with minimal equipment! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can start to do some stroller runs with Paul on the weekends.

Listening: to a toddler station on our Amazon Echo when I'm feeding Paul dinner. It's a mix of kids songs and pop songs that are kid-friendly (i.e. no swearing or questionable lyrics). Paul thinks it's very funny when I dance around the kitchen - which doubles as a mini cardio workout for me.

Watching: Veep. We borrowed season 3 from the library this month and season 4 should be available for pick up soon. We've been waiting for more seasons to release on Amazon Prime and then I thought to check library and all the seasons are available with little to no wait!

Wishing: that the mild winter weather we've had lately sticks around! It's going to get cold again this weekend but hopefully we return to the warmer-than-normal temperatures we've had lately. It makes a big difference in my mood when I can get outside for walks with Paul on the weekends!

What are you currently reading, anticipating and grateful for?


Carolina John said...

It feels like January has about 70 days, doesn't it?

Jeanie said...

January is so long but to me February feels longer. And we've had such mild weather and no snow that I can't complain too much! Love seeing the new Paul pix and glad you are going to have a little getaway soon. Well deserved!

Charbelle said...

I'm excited for your April get away! I'll be going to PA in April for a wedding, I imagine it's going to be crazy cold! I'm thankful that there have been warmer days scattered in this month! I've been able to stay pretty consistent with my workouts and miles!

Stephany said...

SARASOTA. You'll be so close to me! I hope the weather cooperates for you in April. :) I'm so glad you're taking a little family vacation to Florida. That will be fun!

I had no idea you could borrow seasons of TV shows from the library. I need to look into this!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Reading - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Anticipating - our spring road trip!
grateful - the two ice days we had this week, meaning more time with my girl and i so grateful i do not have to commute in this weather!!!

We went to Florida with my parents for a week when Isla was 9 months old, it was so much fun! Not sure on what the condo has to offer, but we used a service that dropped off a pack n play for us to use for the week. It was awesome! Also, all that fresh air and time at the beach knocked her out and gave us plenty of adult time! We took our baby monitor and we had a pool at our condo that the monitor reached.

Amber said...

I am on the third book in the Inspector Gamache series and this is the first one I can say I am really, really liking. As you know the first one was so slow I didn't pick up the 2nd one for almost 2 years. I read the 2nd one a couple months ago and enjoyed it but didn't love it. But the third one is very very intriguing, so I'll definitely keep going as I hear they just get better and better.

So glad Paul is finally eating better for you guys! And SO exciting you have an upcoming vacation to look forward to. That view is to die for!

Marlys said...

It was so great to spend time with you three last weekend, and Paul is in such a fun stage! I so enjoyed my "mornings with Paul" as it was quiet and just so much fun to bond with him. We're looking forward to our get-away in April and love being near the water! It should be nice and warm there, too, so an extra benefit!

Gracie said...

Paul is such a happy kid! And so cute playing so determinedly with his toys. I'm glad you're able to fit some workouts in. I love Fitness Blender! The ability to set the length of time and intensity is key! I try to do one not-running workout a day (targeted to my weakest areas) to help prevent injury, plus one longer full-body weights workout a week. Fitness blender can provide the long workout or any number of shorter ones, so I use it at least once a week. Occasionally I use GymRa, too, but it's less specific.

katielookingforward said...

hooray for Paul eating more! and your vacation sounds like a wonderful plan!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That's great that you're feeling better about being back at work, and that Paul is eating so many solids now :-) You can definitely see his personality shine through with that smile of his!

Reading - Starting Bird Box today

Anticipating - Our trip to Havana! I'm totally in need of a getaway. Florida for you guys in April will be great!! That's exciting!

Grateful for - A wonderful boss at work. She was new this year, and you never know what to expect when a new boss comes in, but she is the BEST!

San said...

So great to hear you are starting to work out again (I am sure it's a great stress relief!) and also happy that you feel better about being back at work. It sounds like you're getting into a groove (and that's always a good thing)... change is hard.

Have so much fun on your trip to FL!!