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Here’s To Us (5th Wedding Anniversary Weekend Catch Up 5/28)

What a fabulous weekend we had celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary! Details and some super exciting Emmie moments in the Weekend Catch Up!

First of all, thank you to all who serve our country and who support those who serve our country. Though I may not agree with many political decisions being made at present, I love my country and want what it best for it and the people within. In my mind, dissenting opinion can be as patriotic as supporting/approving opinion if given out of love for country and with the greater good in mind. Just a thought that I had this weekend. 

And now for the more frivilous parts of life. Or, if you are a Monty Python fan, “And now for something completely different.

Weekend Catch Up 5/28

Our weekend was really, truly great! Let’s start with Saturday for a change!

1) I want to start with Saturday because Saturday 5/26 was Alex’s and my 5th wedding anniversary. So crazy to think that our perfect wedding weekend was 5 years ago… and only 5 years ago! So much has happened since then, and it feels like so long ago. I remember so much of it, though, and that is largely thanks to all of the fabulous pictures we have of that day. I love that we have them around our apartment–in many ways, I get to think about that day everyday!

Ok, so about our day. It was supposed to be hot, and you know how insane any city can be during Memorial Day Weekend, now multiply that by Chicago and the opening of the beaches. I had Pilates at 8 (back to activity in a minute), and originally, Alex wanted to wait until I got back to go to the gym himself, and then we would run (with Emmie) after. 

I was like, um, no. I convinced him to run before his workout (he didn’t want to), and we headed out at 7 for our 2 mile out and back with our family running picture at the turn around! My first continuous miles since last summer!


A gorgeous and perfect morning to run with my favorite people 😀

After my class, I grabbed an iced decaf Americano and a bar at Starbucks (a treatyoself moment) and then met Alex, Em, and Ridley at the dog park. Ridley got nice and soaked, and Emmie got a little snack (and then started fussing). We had lunch at home and then got to do something super exciting with the Emster–she got her first solid food! 

We decided to start with avocado because I had some perfectly ripe mini avocados. So on when the bib, and she got her first bites! 

She couldn’t decide what she thought. Some bites she was all about, some she was like WTF GUYS. 

We went ahead and did groceries to avoid cookout crowds on Monday, and it was just so lovely to be outside. We basically did nothing but walk outside throughout the day!

Dinner was at the same place that we went last year, Oyster Bah. It was delicious, and they took such great care of us and made sure that my meal was dairy and soy free. 

We started with oysters (their mignonette is amazing) and drinks. Mine was a tequila based drink that I loved (the Starb’d), Alex got a rum punch (not sweet and great for summer if you are into that!).

I got the salad that I have gotten every time we go (and I will continue to get every time)–the Chopped Louie Salad with citrus vinaigrette rather than the Louie dressing. King Crab, shrimp, egg, avocado, and just delicious.  I’m glad they went out of their way to check on things–turns out that there was soy in the frying oil (it is a blend), so we had to retool my plans of going bonkers on their fries. Don’t feel sorry for me, though–my meal was DELICIOUS. After discussing with our server, the fries were not an option, so I got roasted broccoli without the parm (stupid good for just being roasted broccoli!). I also stole Alex’s salsa, lol.

Alex got the fish tacos (he gave them a 9/10! All he wanted was a little more sauce on the slaw for perfection) and the sweet corn jalapeno hush puppies. (We remembered them from last year!).

As is going to be the case for probably all anniversaries and special dinners to come, Emmie called the shots, and we had to get out. I think she got overstimulated (this is happening more and more recently as she discovers and takes in more and more of the world) + hungry (will get to that in a minute) + tired (it was nearing her bed time). 

Thank you to all of our friends who gave us gift cards over the years and made this dinner possible, and thank you to our great server for taking such great care of us.

We didn’t do anything fancy–I already had my present, and Alex said that he really just wanted to spend the weekend together.

We finished the night with me passing out on his lap on the couch. Pretty darn perfect family day!

2) So the big news for Emmie this weekend was obvious her first solid foods. To be honest, she ate the solid foods more smoothly than she is breastfeeding at the moment. She is super fussy and only really eats for 10 minutes at a time, and then pulls off and looks around and gets upset. She’s very burpy, too. My guess is that she is having a little recurrence of the reflux (she is arching her back) but also she is learning to eat differently. On the whole, she is more efficient with eating, and my milk comes out more quickly, so I think she is more frustrated than anything and getting air pockets. Add in greater consciousness and acknowledgement of the world around her, oh, and the fact that it is HOT for the first time, and basically it is a recipe for disaster. 

Traveling with her is going to be interesting.

She also refused to do tummy time except for Alex this weekend. I started fretting on Friday because she wouldn’t do it and couldn’t figure out how to roll, then I found a site that put the rolling and how they work into rolling into perspective–basically, she is working on other skills right now (like her feet), and since she knows how, she has put it on the back burner for the time being.

I’ve got my feetsies!


3) Let’s talk fitness. Both of my classes this weekend were total winners. I highly recommend any class at Core Chicago, but I am loving the Beg/Int Reformer class taught by Katy. She is excellent, and there are only 4 people per class, so she is really able to help with adjustments. This class was great, and we did all sorts of things (last time was a little more basic, but basic is deceivingly hard! This class was a bit more twisty.)

My Tone and Flow class at Pilates Pro Works on Sunday was taught by a sub–Julie, and she kicked our butts. I also ran into Dani from Once Upon a Dollhouse, and she killed it! The way that the sub taught the class was a bit more how I originally pictured the class–a true mix of yoga and Pilates with cardio intervals. You know it is a good class when you leave feeling burny-sore in your muscles! I would love to take her regular class!

I obviously got my run in on Saturday–a total of about 3 miles, each of the miles were continuous, but separate by a little rest. I took it easy on Sunday with just a walk with Ridley, to class, and with Alex and Emmie later on. This week, I honestly don’t know if I am going to be able to go to Stroller Strides with the way Emmie has been acting. I really hope I am not back to constant-meltdown Emmie. And right after I was bragging on her at her 4 month appointment!

But I am going to go to my favorite yoga instructor’s class on Friday–I already have it booked. 

4) In living news, we love the ottoman! I also took down the bassinet and put it away under Emmie ‘s crib! I also put away a lot of clothes that Em has grown out of, and I’ve prepped the drawers for her next size up. I think we have a few weeks yet, but still, I can’t believe it!

5) In food news, I am still riding the hummus wave.

This week’s flavor was Hope Black Garlic, and I had it by itself as well as in a hummus mustard sauce that I made for us on Friday night. 

Also… Alex requested salmon toast after I did the lamb and hummus toast for him 2 weeks ago. I suggested avocado… and my husband had salmon avocado toast (with a goddess dressing drizzle) for dinner. 


On that note, I’m off–I’ve talked your ear off!

Here is the best picture ever.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Can you burp on command? (You know I can)

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  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Miss Emmie certainly had quite an “anniversary weekend” and I’m so glad that you and Alex had so much family time together! That is a wonderful anniversary gift in itself!

    This coming weekend and next week, Ems is going to be surrounded by family–a lot of family! I have visions of all of us grabbing for her and Emmie diving under your shirt for cover. Please let us know how you and Alex want to handle the onslaught of so many loving “strangers” to her.

    Your comments about the dinner and the increasing stimulation of her ever-enlarging world is a good one for me to keep in mind. With 4 grandparents, 2 uncles, aunts and cousin, etc. she is going to be outnumbered and overstimulated out the wazoo.

    May 28, 2018 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You were awesome while we were there. You helped calm her ( and me) down when we needed it, or distracted people to give us a moment. I can’t thank you enough for that!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Cora

    Emmie is just getting more and more beautiful. Her facial expressions are AMAZING. Dan makes that same face after he has avocado, too…. haha.

    What a perfect family day to celebrate your anniversary. YAY for a wonderful dinner and having a good experience at the restaurant. And yay for outdoor walks. Good things!!!

    May 28, 2018 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOL about Dan. HAHAHA
      Thank you my dear, for your kind words as always. LOVE YOU

      June 11, 2018 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Coco

    Happy anniversary! I love the avocado face too! I think a lot of babies go through a stage when they are easily distracted from nursing. It’s so frustrating but normal. I hope the rest of your weekend is great too!

    May 28, 2018 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO FRUSTRATING. Why won’t they just eat? lol

      June 11, 2018 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    It looks like you had such a fun anniversary weekend. It’s super fun that you and Alex workout together occasionally; doing runs with my significant other (if I had one) would be fun! I do like running solo though too. And it’s really fun to just hear about how Emmie is learning and growing and developing. I love that you started her on avocado.

    May 28, 2018 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like having a balance of it. But it is so affirming to run with him–exhilarating at times, sometimes we work through things, but it is always teamwork in action!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Happy Memorial Day my friend. And GO EMMIE with those solids (none of mine dug the avocado…they were all banana/sweet potato peeps).

    Of course now they eat all the guac if I turn my back on it for ONE SECOND

    May 28, 2018 at 8:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahhaha we are definitely raising a guac eater. And she’ll have tough competition from me.

      June 11, 2018 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Happy anniversary! That photo at the end really is the best. So happy.

    May 28, 2018 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Ellen

    Awww how fun! It’s my parents’ anniversary weekend (the freakin’ 24th one!), too, so I gave them a night off of me and the dogs to go out to dinner and celebrate and shtuff. And otherwise just kept spending money on my apartment.
    Yay Emmie for the solids and the growing. Loveee seeing her little face and personality. My lil Ben isn’t so little anymore. I mean, he is, but he’s gained like 2 pounds and probably three inches in the not-three weeks I’ve had him. How do they grow so fast?

    May 28, 2018 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    Lol I could only burp on command when I was pregnant. Sounds like such a great weekend and you guys look so happy on your family run (Emmie not as much as you and Alex lol). We took a long road trip to the mountains – by far the longest we’ve driven with Squish (14 hours one way) and are on our way back to real life now.

    May 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, honestly it is better to be able to burp on command then than any other time, right? And Emmie was having a fun time whizzing around, but she doesn’t really understand the whole picture taking thing…

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

    Awww Happy 5th Anniversary weekend! Glad you found a place that was diligent with your current food situation. Emmie was so cute trying avo!

    May 29, 2018 at 11:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So far, it has been her favorite!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Kat

    Yay for a great anniversary weekend! And yay for Emmie trying out some solid foods – well, does avocado even count as solid? 😉 Also, I totally burped right after reading your final question, so yes – yes I can burp on command!

    May 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Laura

    OMG – that last pic is everything.

    I love that you always get the Louie Salad. I am the same way – it’s actually refreshing! Super happy you got to run again too. I know it’s the pits not be able to move.

    May 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love having some idea of what I am getting, and then playing around with drinks and some fun sides!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Happy anniversary! What a perfect family weekend to celebrate!

    And you need to get Emmie into acting stat. Those facial expressions!!!

    May 30, 2018 at 5:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, people ask me if I’m an actress, so of course I’m raising a ham!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Kimberly

    I am so glad that you guys had a great anniversary weekend! Love love love the sweet pics of your baby girl. She is a beauty!

    May 30, 2018 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Kimberly! We think she is pretty darn cute, too 😀

      June 11, 2018 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    You are the cutest family! Happy anniversary and cheers to new milestones.

    May 30, 2018 at 9:20 am
  • Reply San

    Her face! She cracks me up! 🙂

    So happy you had such a fabulous anniversary weekend. The dinner out sounds amazing!

    I cannot burp on demand. No.

    May 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so great!
      As for burping, I had an older brother. There you go 😀

      June 11, 2018 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Anne

    That blonde fuzz! She’s adorable. Also? Try not to fret too much about always getting tummy time (or whatever) in every day. You’re exactly right – her brain is making SO MANY connections and is being stimulated in so many ways! You are such an awesome mama.
    And that salad – and toast – and really, everything about your weekend – sounds just wonderful. Congratulations on 5 years, and here’s to many many many many more.

    June 8, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you thank you! You are too sweet! I really appreciate your kind words. We are trying to walk the fine line between pushing her and letting her do her thing. I guess setting the pattern for the rest of her life!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

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