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Mental Physical Developments (Weekend Catch Up 2/26)

I did a physical fitness thing! Emmie did mental fitness things! MY MOM LEAVES ON WEDNESDAY…. Weekend Catch Up time!

I am realizing more and more why so many moms say they remember highlights of the weekends, rather than what exactly happened (like the recaps I have done in the past). Especially when you are nursing, those days kind of merge, don’t they?

Side note, the cat just vomited and is now coughing. Charming.

Anyhoo, I have a few fun updates that I thought I would share!

Weekend Catch Up (not Recap) 2/26

1) We ended up not doing date night in the date night sense on Friday–Alex was just exhausted and had to work all weekend, so instead I made him (and helped him with ) pulled pork nachos and a salad and several other odds and ends. PS easiest and quickest recipe ever: turn oven on to 350. Line a baking sheet with foil. Option to grease foil. Throw on chips, premade bbq pork and top with shredded cheddar. Pop in oven until melted (5 minutes?) BOOM DONE.

But it was fine. Emmie joined the conversation as well (she felt left out). We went to bed early and good thing, Emmie fed a LOT that night (and the next night) and was fussy going down, so the extra time was much appreciated.

2) Alex had a rough call weekend– he arrived at the hospital at 7 and, as predicted, spent the night there with 2 hours of sleep and worked until 11 the next night. He was able to come home for dinner and a shower, though, before getting called back in. I made…. something? Oh yes, a hash from Mom’s and my brunch leftovers and a pancake that I had gotten for him when we got brunch. Emmie was super fussy right then, so I just ate the entire time that I was getting dinner together and then had an entire bag of green beans and half of Mom’s potatoes (which I didn’t want). Whatever. Basically it was an exercise in carbs.

Yes, I know I used this last time but I LOVE IT

3) Speaking of exercise, I DID A FITNESS THING THIS WEEKEND. Specifically, a YOGA thing! As I mentioned on Friday, reactivated my Class Pass and went to a pre/post natal yoga class at Yogaview Chicago. It. was. amazing. This is the first strengthy thing and first yoga thing I have done since Class Pass last summer, and that was way before I broke my hip, after which they were like DON’T EVEN GO THERE. So I didn’t, and I just allowed myself to rest and get back to walking. 

Well, let’s just say that I am weak and super tight. Guys, even child’s pose hurt a little (in a stretchy way) at first! I did the weakest Warrior 2 I’ve done since, well the last time that I really broke myself. And holding poses… sheesh! But I could feel my hips unravelling themselves; I could feel my psoas loosening its iron fisted grip. And we worked on Kegels at the end–how many yoga classes do THAT? lol. Pigeon was interesting, too. And I call(ed) myself a runner. The instructor (Amy) was fabulous. I highly recommend her! 

It was very interesting being there with a bunch of mamas-to be. I believe I was the only postnatal lady there. And everyone else was at different stages of pregnancy, had different numbers of kids, and it was just kind of a beautiful thing. I don’t know, it really felt special.

And props to Grandmommy for staying with Em as she had a few little meltdowns. Grandmothers are impenetrable, I have found. 

Weights and Cardio class on Tuesday (gulp).

4) Mom got Emmie some toys to help get her engaged, and it has been fascinating to watch her already trying to figure things out. I very much realize that she is 4 ish weeks old. I very much realize that there is only so much that she can see or have control over. But she is still attempting to put things together!


She is starting to look pointedly at the little hangy downy things (technical term) as well as focus on my face and respond to my voice. She even mimicked me! I picked up her hand to bat at the sun, and she repeated it! She has since started trying to push her Wubbanub into her mouth (unfortunately getting the moose end when she tried, which didn’t quite work, but was a valiant effort) and holding it in there. 


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To be fair, she will also pull Wubbs out and then scream about it, so take all of these developments with a grain of salt. 

5) I hate to type this, but Mom leaves on Wednesday to go back to the rest of the world. AND I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. I can’t put into words how much I have loved having her here, and Alex has as well–he knows that I am taken care of, he knows that Emmie is taken care of, and thankfully, everyone gets along so well that it isn’t an intrusion for him to come home to find her here. We are so lucky to enjoy the company of each other’s families!

I am really going to miss her. She has provided a great deal of comfort and help and pushing me to take notice of things that I might have just let slide. She has given me a great deal of freedom–to take the dog for long walks, to go upstairs to do laundry or to walk on the treadmill for some alone time. To look up things about what Emmie is going through, and to just be a presence for a quick chat or a long conversation. 


Plus, well, she is my mom and I DON’T WANT HER TO LEAVE. But I guess at some point, I have to learn to do these things myself and to balance my wants and desires with taking care of Emmie and Ridley and the household stuff. 

I think I’m just going to put Zoe in charge. That’s a good idea, right?

Ok, I am off. I threw this down after feeding the baby into a light coma, and I can hear her just waking up!

Have a great week, everybody!

On a scale of 1-10, how tight are your hips RIGHT NOW?

Do you get along with your inlaws?

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  • Reply Anna at Piper's Run

    Mom’s are simply the best!!!! And prenatal/post natal yoga – oh my – SO good!!!

    February 26, 2018 at 6:33 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    That wubbanub picture. *Melt* Your mom sounds so amazing. It will for sure be an adjustment when she goes. Hopefully she’ll come visit you guys again soon. I was sooo nervous about the transition to looking after Squish (daughter) after my husband went back to work and I had to do things on my own during the day (gulp). It’s definitely not the same and makes you appreciate weekends when you have the extra hands, but you will definitely find your groove and then you’ll even love it πŸ™‚

    February 26, 2018 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Lacey Balliet

    She is adorable! Moms are so helpful. I’m sure she doesn’t want to leave either. I bet that yoga class felt so good!

    February 26, 2018 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Maureen

    You are so lucky that your mom has been able to stay with you for so long to help with Emmie! I’m sure she will miss you as much as you will miss her.

    I would like to say my hips aren’t that tight but I think I would break if I tried yoga ha! Stretching on your own can only do so much for you.

    February 26, 2018 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Zoe could totally be in charge- lol!
    I’m so glad you got back to yoga – I bet it felt amazing even though it was hard.
    I hope this week goes well with your Mom going home.

    February 26, 2018 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    I dont’ even know if they had pre and post natal yoga 20 years ago but I can only imagine how great it feels to get back to it. Tight hips over here too!

    February 26, 2018 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Cora

    So so so happy to hear how goooooood the yoga class felt for you!! Ahh. Those classes. They are just pure magic for our bodies.

    Boo to moms leaving :(. But they are never too far away. You know, phones and all. And I’m sure she won’t be able to stay away from the little beauty for too long….

    February 26, 2018 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Sarah Sweet Miles

    Way to go, mama!! I’m sure that yoga class was a huge stress relief too! Something we loved when Adeline was young young like Emmie were black and white books and toys. Babies can only see contrast and certain colors at first so those books are great for really keeping their attention! Emmie might like them!

    February 26, 2018 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Did Zoe take over the keyboard for the last bit? Cats are very good at keyboards…maybe less good at babies.
    My hips are pretty much always 8-10 on the tightness scale. I still stretch/yoga them, but I’ve given up hope.

    February 26, 2018 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Jamie

    You can DO this. When your mom leaves, cry a little and when take Emmie for a walk and then eat more nachos. I love you.

    February 26, 2018 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    I haven’t done pigeon pose in way too long so I’m sure my hips are super tight. I’m pretty good about stretching the hip flexors but Im not even sure how much it helps! I’m glad you were able to get back to yoga and that you mom has been such a big help! I’m sure it will be hard to see her go but you will figure it all out.

    February 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I can TOTALLY relate to why mommies are sooo essential; my mom is the BEST, and I’m not even married with kids. But when my mom goes on a trip, I realize how much she does. I’m so glad she came to help, but don’t be afraid to reach out to local friends to babysit Emmie or babysit your dogs if you need help Susie! πŸ™‚ <3

    February 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    I fully get the mom love, and I don’t even have a little one on my hands. But I have complete faith that you’ll get into the swing of mom life with just the three of you (and the furry friends) and nail it. You’re a rockstar. But, ya know, I could always come live nearby and teach you private yoga every day and chill with Emmie Dreams. Anyway, despite yoga/stretching/foam rolling, my hips are a 10 on the tightness scale. Always.

    February 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Neil

    Glad your mom was there to help you and glad you guys are doing well! Now let’s put Zoe in charge for a laugh! πŸ™‚

    February 27, 2018 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Heather

    Moms are honestly the best. THE BEST! So glad she was able to stay for a while. Things will be tough at first but you’ll figure out how to balance it all. It takes time- won’t be magic- so give it time πŸ™‚

    February 27, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I seriously can’t get over that picture of your mom and the pup. That needs to be framed. It’s awesome.
    Also, my in laws came to visit me this weekend! It was nice to see them. I actually knew both of them before I knew my husband as I worked for his mom at the church and his dad was my youth pastor at the time! Crazy, right?! πŸ™‚

    February 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    This month with Suse, Alex , Emmie, Ridley and Zoe has been an absolute gift for me. You know, you forget how ridiculously cute babies are! Those eyes and those smiles (yes, I know its really gas, but humor me here!)

    I have had the best time watching Susie be a mom. She is a natural at it. I did not take a picture (but I should have) of Susie nursing Emmie and fixing dinner at the same time. Talk about multitasking! I can barely breathe and think at the same time.
    Tomorrow I go back to the rest of my life, but I will always cherish these weeks watching Emmie, Susie and Alex becoming a family.
    That is the greatest gift, ever!

    February 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Um, I have major hip issues so don’t even ask me that question

    I don’t really have too much to do with my in laws (nor does Jesse – they’re just not a close family) but when I do, we get along!

    February 28, 2018 at 3:20 am
  • Reply Laura

    I wouldn’t want her to leave either! That’s so sweet of her to stay all that time. Maybe she should just move in. Or at least next door.

    February 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply San

    Little Miss Em is so cute… I am sure you two (and Ridley) will be JUUUST fine, although I can totally relate that you don’t want your Mom to leave (I never want my Mom to leave and I don’t have kids, ha!).

    Good for you for going back to yoga and doing something for yourself. I can imagine that is not easy during the first weeks of motherhood when you’re so focused on keeping the tiny human alive.

    March 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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