A Work Week in Instagrams: Edition 1

Friday, September 30, 2011

Each Friday, I'll share a few photos I manage to snap during my work week-- in between rushing to and from the office, daycare, school, etc. Enjoy :)

Lily finds me quite funny. It's really very flattering.

Chipmunk cheeks for the camera

The 'chops I cooked for our Rosh Hashanah dinner. I expiremented with a hot plum & chipotle glaze. Yum!

Arrrrgh, matey! I work at a museum and this weekend we are opening our big SHIPWRECK: Pirates& Treasure exhibit. Here I am getting into the mood...

Lily joins mama at work for the afternoon. Hooray!

Happy Friday, friends!

A Sweet New Year

Thursday, September 29, 2011

For those of you who don't know, today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

In our home, we celebrate both Jewish and Catholic holidays, as I was raised Jewish and Carl, Catholic. Lily will be raised with a deep-seeded faith in God, an open mind and an open heart. And although we probably (definitely) don't attend church or the synagogue as much as we should, we do pray often on our own and we do thank God for the blessings that we have.

With that said, this Rosh Hashanah is especially meaningful for me. Last year around this time, I was having a pretty rough go at things in general. We had just moved to San Antonio for Carl to begin law school, but I had no job and was desperately seeking direction. I remember sitting in services, praying for favor, and hoping for a sign.

A week later, we learned I was pregnant with Lily.

This morning, I stood in the Temple pews, proudly holding our newborn daughter in my arms, thanking God for all our blessings and reflecting on how far Carl and I have come. We have Lily. We both have jobs, school, a home and each other, and that's more than I could ever hope for.

I spoke to my dad this morning, and he told us how proud he is of us. He recognized that it hasn't been an easy ride, but because of our belief in ourselves and in our love, we've made something really special together, and I do believe that it's just the beginning.

So, whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I wish all of you a very sweet year, filled with love, light, happiness and health.

L'Shanah Tovah!

last night we had a little rosh hashanah dinner at home. latkas (potato pancakes), porkchops (oy. i know--not kosher), pasta, challah (traditional jewish bread), wine, and apples with honey (to symbolize a sweet new year).

little miss lily in her holiday best.

Weekend Recap

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Well, it's Wednesday, but life moves fast around here and I haven't had a chance to write until now. This past weekend was a biggie for us: it marked Lily's third month of life, her first (conscious!) visit to the Riverwalk and a confirmed laugh (this was heard by Carl, not me, sadly). There was good food, good drink, a dancing daddy and a few much-needed family naps.

 the princess taking a little snooze before we hit the town

a bashful daddy
 and we're off!

all that sleeping made lily soo sleepy! 

the esquire tavern is known for their incredible cocktail menu. these were delish!

a lovely sunday afternoon on our back porch. hoison-glazed salmon steaks, french bread with olive oil, baked potato and salad. pink lemonade and a little wine. guitar. cloth diapers drying on the banister.
this is the coolest little net. we use it whenever we're outside with lily to protect her from pesky mosquitos and other critters.

loving life :)

pink cheeks

dancing with daddy.

Watch Out Weekend

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hooray! It's Friday! It's been one busy week in our home, and I am thrilled by the prospect of the weekend. On our agenda? Dinner here, grocery shopping there. Studying, cleaning house and a family nap or two. Maybe even a trip to Buffalo Exchange if I get around to sorting our old(ish) clothing.

Last night, Lily and I had a dinner date with our doula, Tina, while Carl studied for his Sales midterm. It's always a treat to see Tina; I leave our meetings feeling so comforted and encouraged about our parenting and the choices we've made. She also always offers great advice and last night, she gave us a beautiful letter she wrote to Lily, detailing her Birth. The letter was so sweet, and is definitely going in Lily's baby book.

Before we left to meet Tina, Carl snapped a few quick iPhone pics of Lily and me. He says there are too few photos of me on our blog and asked me to put some more up. So, here I go, happy to oblige...

 (ignore my awkward expression here. the real gem is lily's gorgeous face!)

 we're finally experiencing some fall weather! hooray for leggings and long-sleeved onesies ;)

couldn't resist a shot of my loves.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Gratitude: Edition 7

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm a few days late on this, but sometimes deadlines (even those you give yourself) are a little hard to make with a three-month old in tow. But that still doesn't change the fact that this week, I'm especially grateful for..
  • our neighbor, Mary. After Lily was born, she came by to meet our baby girl and gave us a beautiful card offering to babysit. So last night, Mary and her kitty, Coda, watched Lily while I was in class and Carl studied for his midterm. They had a great time together, and Mary texted me these two photos of our sweet girl.

  • Lily's humidifier and aspirator. Our poor baby has been struggling with nasal congestion for the past week. We've had a few long nights lately, trying to clear her tiny nostrils for her to comfortably nurse and sleep.
  • Lily. She makes everything worthwhile. Plain and simple.
  • Carl. I know I include him in each "gratitude" list, but I really do consider myself incredibly lucky to have found a partner like him. He is my best friend and my love, and with him by my side, I know that anything is possible. I'm grateful for our long talks about everything and anything and for the extra five minutes he spends in bed each morning, snuggling with Lily and me before he starts getting ready for the day.
  • French vanilla coffee, two creams, one sugar. Delicious. I've never, ever been a coffee drinker, but the staff kitchen at my office has a Keurig and I expiremented a few weeks ago. Since I'm nursing, I only allow myself one cup a day, but mmmm. Now I know what all the hype is about.

Nom Nom Nom

Monday, September 19, 2011

**This post is a bit late, but I'm playing catch-up now that things have slowed down at the office and my laptop is fixed.

Since we were both off of work and school this past Labor Day, Carl cooked a special brunch at home. On the menu? His speciality: a toasted bagel topped with lox, tomato, salt&pepper and a poached egg (this time he even added basil straight from our herb garden!).

It has finally cooled down enough to enjoy some time outside, and we took advantage by eating out on our back porch. Carl played a little guitar, we had some good conversation and took a few pictures of our growing girl.

le chef making use of our teeny, tiny kitchen
so good, i ate two!

ah, i love this!
"it's a girl" planter my mom gave us when lily was born. she planted calalilies inside, although you can't see them in this pic (the pink flowers belong to the pot beside it).

patio trinkets

It was delicious. All of it.

I Am, You Are

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I stumbled upon a beautiful little poem here, which is happily available as a free printout for framing. I printed mine out this evening and plan to hang it in Lily's nursery.

What a lovely find.

The Littlest Poe...t

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yesterday, Lily attended her first-ever poetry reading. So naturally, she dressed for the occasion.

(doesn't this edgar allan poe onesie just kill you?)

I know I've mentioned graduate school on this blog, but I don't know if I've ever mentioned that I'm a English Literature and Language major. Well, I am, and last night, Carl, Lily and I attended a poetry reading hosted by the director of my program. Despite arriving a little late (navigating a campus undergoing construction with a stroller is a bit tricky), we really enjoyed listening to poet Margaret Randall and especially loved introducing Lily to my professors and classmates. They loved her.

lily with dr. langston. it was love at first sight.
all this lit stuff is old hat for lily, who sat through dr. langston's teaching writing and critical thinking in-utero last semester!

After the reading, Carl treated us (really, this place is a treat) to a fantastic meal at Dough, this amazing pizza place that bakes their pies in this insane oven flown in from Sicily, or something like that. The conversation, the company...it was heaven.

Happy Friday, everyone.

12 Week Update

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today marks Lily's 12th week of life and in many ways, I can't believe it. The time has gone by so quickly--almost too quickly for my liking--sometimes I wish she'd stay a tiny baby forever. But, oh, what fun it's been to watch her grow! She's such a joyful, perfect little girl who has managed to capture the whole heart of her parents in just a few short months. I hurt when I'm away from her for just a little bit.

In honor of her 12 weeks, I've decided to start an update series that will document her milestones every four weeks. I'm so excited to note all of her changes!

At 12 weeks, Lily...
  • weighs: 15ish pounds? Well, her last appointment was at 8 weeks, and back then she weighed a whopping 12.7 pounds, so I'm taking a wild guess and saying somewhere around 15 pounds. She's our little chunker and I couldn't be happier about it.
  • does: she smiles! Laughs! And coos, a ton!
  • loves: slingin' it with mama. Lily is also very into her Bumbo at the moment, as well as her little swing at daycare. And, as always, she sure does love herself some booby!

  • hates: her carseat, still. Also, her aspirator. 

  • can: bear a surprising amount of weight on her chubby little legs. She can also hold her head up all on her own.
  • wears: shoes! Size 3 onesies and cloth diapers.

Happy 12 weeks, my sweet girl. You've made my dreams come true.

Adventures in Eating

A few weeks ago, Carl, Lily and I tried out a hip little restaurant in Southtown, an even hipper little arts and food district about ten minutes south of our apartment. The Monterey is beautiful, and their happy hours specials are pretty great. The food is prepared entirely from locally-grown ingredients and is served tapas style, so the plates are small, and they're pretty...interesting, to say the least. We were feeling adventurous, so we split a goat meatball and feta dish and a plate of lengua. Goat meatballs? Delicious. Lengua? Not so much. But we had fun anyway. I hear their bacon grilled cheeses are to die for, so perhaps next time we'll stick to the sandwich board.

 you can't tell from this photo, but the patio was gorgeous, green and strung with lights.

 mmm...goat meatballs!

lengua. nice to photograph. icky to eat. i think it was the texture... just as you'd expect.

The atmosphere, weather and company were just perfect, and we managed to get a bunch of really cute shots of our family. No one can believe how perfectly contented and quiet she is when we're out; she is such a joy to bring along!

she rules the roost and she knows it. 

i love this photo of our family. too bad Lily is looking down! 

smelling her sweet baby breath, of course.

a tasty fist!

And later, a sleepy baby.


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