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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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  • Reply Ellen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. So, so happy you got to celebrate with such a great weekend.
    I always get annoyed when people ditch the stalks. They taste so good, especially roasted, and have puh-lenty of nutrients. Ditto to dairy-free Halo Top. I feel old (except for the currently-live-at-home thing) and look young. Age is weird.
    I think I’ll try out Yoga Six here – it’s been a while since I went to a studio consistently, but I like the community and want to feel out where I might want to teach.
    And again, happy birthday!

    April 9, 2018 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really like Yoga Six. The people are very nice, the studio very airy. I think you would like it!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:30 am
  • Reply Emily

    Happy birthday!! Sounds like some good times celebrating over the weekend!

    April 9, 2018 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They definitely were, Emily. Really and truly good times!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    The Susie ring is engraved with your original initials and your birth date.
    That day (so long ago) was the start of a fascinating journey which I hope will continue for many, many more years.
    A few hours after “our” delivery, I had a chance to really look at your face. I knew right then that we would have a very special mom/daughter bond.

    Happy birthday,Suse. You may be all grown up, but you are still my baby

    April 9, 2018 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Maureen

    Happy birthday Susie!! I love the ring you got and hope it can be resized quickly so you can wear it. I hope Emmie is back to being her cute and not cranky self for you today.

    April 9, 2018 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s a pretty big ring and quite fancy, but I definitely want to wear it every now and then. Otherwise, what is the point?!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:28 am
  • Reply Alicia

    Happy happy birthday!! Sounds like a great weekend of celebrating. I’m 28 today and still feel like I just graduated college or something.

    April 9, 2018 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Happy Birthday and welcome to your 30’s! Sorry Emmie had some fussy moments this weekend and I wish they offered childcare for you!

    April 9, 2018 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, i probably had some fussy moments as well-she has more of an excuse, lol

      April 11, 2018 at 6:25 am
  • Reply Katie

    Halo Top now makes a dairy free variety? I’ll have to look for it! Everyone always talks about how much they like it but I can’t do dairy so I’ve had to avoid it. Happy birthday, friend! I hope you’re enjoying your day.

    Also, could you do yoga at home a few days a week to supplement not being able to make it to the studio? Obviously not the same and probably a bit more challenging with Emmie but an idea if you haven’t tried it?

    April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It doesn’t have soy or dairy, and I really do like it better!
      I need to do yoga at home, period. But I’m lazy.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:25 am
  • Reply Rae

    Happy birthday, again! And on the broccoli/cauliflower front, I am actually the OPPOSITE of you. I tend to dislike the stalks and prefer the crowns. Good thing Ben doesn’t care and will eat any part, so I can just steal most of the crowns 🙂

    April 9, 2018 at 11:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha well then you are perfectly matched!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:24 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I love that: “find stillness when the blood is pumping and your heart is racing”.

    And happy birthday!!

    April 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t that the greatest idea?

      April 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    For going to yoga classes more often…could you swap free childcare for one class a week with another mom at the studio who might want to do the same? I know for me personally I couldn’t have handled looking after another kid right away when I was just getting a handle on my own…but everyone is different and after a while I could have done this.

    April 9, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hmmm interesting idea! Very interesting idea! I might broach that with the studio and see if it could be something they could do. I’m new to the stdio and don’t know people that well yet.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    Happy happy birthday! Looks like a great weekend with mom and enjoy that beautiful ring.

    April 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! It really was great!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:22 am
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    Happy Birthday! Im so glad you had a good weekend. I think I feel sort of older than my age. I feel like once I got into my 30s my 20s felt so far away.

    April 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They already feel so far away. And I just left them!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:21 am
  • Reply Cora

    Happy Birthday my Suz!!! Your birthday plans sound exactly like mine do (minus the baby part). I always get that free drink from Starbucks, lol. And a special piece of baking. Otherwise, just time with people I love is good enough for me. So glad you had a weekend with your Mom and Alex. Your people.

    I absolutely have no idea what age I feel like anymore. I’m one year behind you.. and yet often my mind feels like it could be 5 years older, while I still look like I’m 15 and am not anywhere close to what I thought my life would be like when I was nearing 30…. ugh.

    Hope both you and Emma get some good sleeps in this week!

    April 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, as all the unhelpful people say, once day you are going to wish that you still look 15.
      Everyone had a vision of their life approaching 30. Name one person who actually has it. Gauntlet thrown.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:21 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I have three things to say to you:

    1. Your mom’s face in that first picture! She luuuuvvvvs Emmie!

    2. I did not know you were ONLY 30. Baby Susie.

    3. All of Emmie’s restlessness proves that she is going places. Remember that.

    April 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      1) I love and adore that picture so hard
      2) Yerp
      3) Also that she is going to be trouble once she starts walking haha

      April 11, 2018 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    Awww happy 30! It’s great and I adore all these little moments that add up. That’s what it’s all about anyway ❤️

    April 9, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree. The little things in life!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:18 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Happy Birthday! That ring is so special…I love that your mom gifted it to you!

    April 10, 2018 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I did not expect it at all, so it was such a cool moment!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:17 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Happy birthday! I’m with you – I was ready to leave my 20s behind before I got to 30. I don’t understand people who moan about how “old” they are when they turn 30. Like, we’re barely getting started?!

    April 10, 2018 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously! The 20s were fun, but I’m interested in a different type of life now.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:17 am
  • Reply Neil

    Happy Birthday Suz. Enjoy your 30th! Wait until you’re 40 something. 😉 It still doesn’t feel any different from being 30, but more time has passed. LOL! Say “Hi” to wee Emmie for me! 😀

    April 10, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So basically 30, but with more memories and funny stories 😀

      April 11, 2018 at 6:18 am
  • Reply Janelle

    Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend with family and your little girl is adorable! I’ll be 32 this year and let me tell you, life is SO much better in your 30’s!

    April 11, 2018 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Janelle! I’m excited about being in my 30s. I don’t have to try to “prove” myself anymore!

      April 12, 2018 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Happy birthday precious enthusiastic Susie! I’m so amazed at how you and Alex transitioned into being parents. I love your love for Emmie. It totally humbles me, because I’m not a super patient person, and I often think that if God wills for me to have a baby some day, it will show me just how much more I need Him and Him to work on me to grow in patience.

    I love that you got to go out and take a class while your mama was here! Also that ring is GORGEOUS!

    April 11, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I tell you what–I am a super impatient person as well. It is an ongoing joke with Alex and I that the only beings more impatient than me are our children! But it is so different when it is your kid–you just realize that it is out of your hand. Now, if someone was taking forever to do something FOR my child… GET GOING lol!

      April 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oh, how beautiful is that ring! What a sweet gift – and a lovely idea from your Dad in the first place!

    April 12, 2018 at 4:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey don’t give him all the credit, lol. On the other hand, he is pretty good at jewelry!

      April 12, 2018 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply mackenzie

    Happy Birthday, Suz!! Love reading your recaps. So glad to hear this was such a beautiful weekend. Now I neeed to get some of that halo top. I already got in my lounge gear for the evening, but tempted to put back on some shoes to go to the store… hmmmm. 🙂

    April 13, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, it is worth it. Even my picky husband likes it!

      April 14, 2018 at 3:48 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I’ve been super behind the times–happy belated birthday!! That power yoga class sounds like a lot of fun–I hope you’ll get to go back again at some point! Emmie is super adorable! :]

    I’m gonna have to check out the dairy free versions of Halo Top! I haven’t seen those around yet!

    April 14, 2018 at 5:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They have a flavor finder online and that is where I found out who Carrie’s it. It is seriously so freaking good!

      April 14, 2018 at 6:12 am
  • Reply San

    Happiest of birthdays, girlfriend. So glad you had your mom there to celebrate… I love that picture of your three-generations. <3

    I definitely feel younger than my age (I am 42 – GASP. HOW? WHY?) and I have always felt that way…

    April 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      NO YOUBARE NOT THAT IS A LIE. I never in a million years would have guessed that!

      April 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm
      • Reply San

        I <3 you… hahaha 🙂

        April 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

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