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30th Birthday Weekend! (Weekend Catch Up 4/9)

Go Shawty, it’s your berfday… Today it actually is my birthday, and my 30th birthday at that! How did I celebrate this weekend?

The “Big 3-0.” And yet… I feel the same 😀

Weekend Catch Up 4/9

We are going to do this old-school what-we-did style 😀

Mom got in Thursday during the day, and that night, we played hooky with dinner, as anticipated. Alex got home and was majorly grouchy pants (it had just been a rough day, and he was on call, so he was entitled to some feelings of frustration). He just needed to unwind and have a good (quiet) on call night, and he was in luck!

Mom and I played with Emmie, and though she was still out of sorts and took a while to put down (just couldn’t get to sleep), she wasn’t super cranky pants so I was ok with it.

Friday, Mom came over to watch Em while I went to yoga. I went to Samantha’s Power Yoga class at Yoga Six, and it was fantastic. She had a super creative but totally accessible flow that utilized all edges of the mat and just kept you moving the whole time. These mandala type flows are my favorite! Plus, she just had a great voice and message that felt so impactful in the moment (find stillness when the blood is pumping and your heart is racing).

I would LOVE to go to her class every week, but unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen again for some time, if ever! Yoga Six Lincoln Park used to have childcare, actually, and I told them that not having someone to watch Emmie was the only thing holding me back from the top tier membership. I am LOVING that studio, but I am not going to pay for someone to watch her while I go and practice. That is why I usually only go to classes on the weekends.

After that awesome class, I came back home and Mom and I took the crew to Wiggly so the other daughter could run around. It was a weird day at the dog park–a few dog fights even happened. We steered clear of that, and Ridley got some running in. 

My friend Lisa who lives just up the way (but is moving! SADFACE) came over that afternoon, and she and Mom and I gabbed and chatted for a long time, and then Emmie started to get cranky (she had barely napped all day). I remedied the situation (boob and an in-my-arms nap), but it was a precursor of things to come. Out of nowhere, she LOST HER SH**. It was crazy. One moment totally ok, then just BAM. I think she was super overtired (um… you didn’t sleep) + a gas bubble lower down or something. Either way, she was in a precarious balance the rest of the night, and it took us about 2 hours of trying to relax her. 

I made dinner while Alex (who was able to be home in time, yay!) tried to work with her, and we kept getting her to sleep… oh wait not! on and off for those 2 hours. Luckily, dinner was easy–chicken pesto sweet potato noodles ( I did a balsamic mustard sauce for me). But it was just a really, really long evening. 

And she didn’t have a great night, either. The only bright side? I didn’t sweat! First time in a week!

Saturday was just an all around great day–Emmie was fun and interactive in the morning and actually enjoyed her first real tub bath (I’ve been doing her in the sink with my hands cupped, and she hates it).

It worked so well that after towels and changing and a cuddle, she started to fall asleep. It was right before we were going to take Ridley out, so we put her in Rob the Bob and headed out. Child slept for THREE HOURS. I told you she was tired! We got through a walk, Ridley at the dog park for a LONG time, an hour at home, grocery shopping, and returning home before she woke up! She was starving when she did wake up, but I would be as well!

Alex was in super productive mode, while I was still sleep deprived, so I let him do things while I chilled. So. Much. Laundry. But I was so happy that he got in some really solid time with Emmie, and that she was so much more rested and in such a better mood. 

Alex and I took Ridley and Emmie on a walk in the chilly but beautiful afternoon, and when we came back, we decided not to chance the stress of taking Emmie to a restaurant. We had decided earlier in the day that we wanted to have dinner with Mom because she was only here a short time (so weird after how long she was here before!), and it was the perfect decision. 

From Emmie’s birthday, but same idea lol

CHEERS! And it was good bubbly, too–the last bottle of Veuve Clicquot from when Emmie was born! Bubbles, a DELICIOUS dinner of Brussels Sprouts salad with chicken for me and sweet potato fries and crab cakes shared with all (Mom got mushroom and bacon mac n cheese and Alex his favorite burger from the restaurant). Emmie sat next to me and just played during dinner, and it was exactly what I wanted–my favorite foods with my favorite people. 

Emmie even was back to being SO EASY to get to bed! Like it had been the week before she got sick! She went down like a dream, and stayed asleep. She ended up waking up still a bit on the early side and then not eating super efficiently, but I got 2 pretty substantial sleep blocks… which was good because she had a rough feeding at 4 and spit up multiple times.

Oy. But she did do her first self-roll over during tummy time!

Sunday was another really great day, although it started super early. We did a family walk to the dog park, and from there I went to a really great Tone and Flow class (different from last class, but just as great in other ways!).

Mom and Alex took Ridley to get her hair did. Kiddo was conked out after her early morning and had another epic nap, so I actually got to sit at the table to eat my massive Frances’ omelet this time! 

Ridley was so fluffy after her bath and spa treatments (um, let’s just say that they do things there that a regular spa does not and thank goodness for that). Of course, the weather is supposed to be pretty terrible this week (rain snow and whatever) so it was probably a waste of the clean part of it, but getting certain things dealt with for me (nails and under tail things) makes it worth it. Happy birthday to me not having to do that to her!

Then I got a my “official” birthday present: The Susie Ring. This was the ring that my mom got from my dad that is engraved with my  birthday and initials. It was also her 35th birthday that year, so it was kind of a joint holiday present like my Emmie band, lol. I’ll get it resized (it is a little small), and then I hope to be able to wear it to something special! 

Not too much later, Mom left us for the airport, I took a nap, and Alex took the dog for a walk. We rounded out the night with a super casual dinner of misfit items from food prep and leftovers from brunch (Mom’s leftovers, you know Alex and I don’t leave anything over), ice cream (the dairy free Halo Top is actually AMAZING) and cereal, and a movie (Jumanji).

Today is my actual birthday, and my only plans are to play with Emmie and to get a vegan donut from Stan’s and an almond milk something for my free drink from Starbucks. Alex of course is on call, but hopefully I’ll get to see him at some point!

Final Thoughts:

1) I need to figure out a way to go to yoga more regularly. They need to start offering day care again!

2) We need to figure out Emmie’s nap situation. I know that she was super messed up after her illness, but I can’t do overtired kid during the day and night PLUS night sweats. I hope that I can work on it this week while it is just her and I.

3) The Dairy Free Halo Top is far superior to the regular. SO CREAMY and tastes like real ice cream (sea salt caramel and chocolate are my favorite of the DF flavors. 

4) I might actually like the roasted stalks of broccoli and cauliflower more than the cooked florets.

5) I am not all that weirded out by turning 30. I haven’t really felt like a 20 something for a while. I don’t really feel like a 30 something either, so 30 is probably the perfect age for me right now!

Thanks for humoring my epic recap. It was just such a great weekend, and I wanted to freeze it in my mind. 

Do you ever tried roasting the stalks of veggies? DO IT

Do you feel like your age? Do you feel younger or older?

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