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My First Mother’s Day (Weekend Catch Up 5/14)

I had a lovely weekend celebrating my first Mother’s Day! Find out what we did in my Weekend Catch Up.

Check out my last post >> Friday Catch Up

My First Mother’s Day Weekend

Friday played out a little bit differently from what I planned… as in, completely differently! Stroller Strides ended up getting moved indoors due to weather, and unfortunately, I can’t go to the indoor SS classes because they are too far for me to get there via stroller/walking (and going without the stroller would be a bit against the concept). Instead, I cleaned up around the house in preparation for the house getting cleaned… 

and it didn’t get cleaned. Because the appointment is for THIS week.

0 for 2. That said, I did get a lot of organizing and setting up of things around the house done. I vacuumed the apartment to within an inch of its life–don’t ask how much dog and cat hair came up. I even vacuumed the couch cushions and around the dog crate. It was intense, and took me quite a while! 

I also decided against working out–I was just tired. I took a nice (but shorter) nap, and then took the kids for a walk. Alex was working and on call, so we kind of winged dinner–I don’t even remember what we had! I think I was just too tired. Emmie actually kept me up more than Alex’s pager kept him up over night, lol. 

Saturday wasn’t the prettiest day, but it was a really exciting one:

We had our first family run! Alex, Emmie, and I took Rob the Bob for a run/walk out to the lake and back (about 2 miles total). My knees took a little bit of time to warm up, but I felt much better and faster on this run than the others that I’ve done! Emmie did great in the stroller, and she had fun watching Daddy push her. I hope that this is the first of many!

Emmie all tucked in for her run

I dropped them off at home and headed to my class, which was completely different from what I expected and not one that I think I will repeat. Not because it was terrible or anything, but it just isn’t what I am looking for. I walked back and met Alex and Emmie for some lunch at Sultan’s, then we went home to hang out. Look at the beautiful flowers that my mom sent me!

We didn’t go to look for a couch due to the threat of rain and the need to sloth, but we did at least get laundry done (including the blankets, which were beyond vacuuming). 

I DID get my dinner at mfk, and I finally got some delicious bread (I don’t trust commercially manufactured breads due to the fact that soy is in many of them). We had an amazing cocktail called the Blood and Sand, which was Scotch, sweet vermouth, cherry, and something else, but whatever the mix was, it was DELICIOUS. And gone before we knew it!

Alex got the fried calamari, which I couldn’t have because soy was in the fryer oil, but that was fine. I just kept eating bread, haha. And before long, Emmie needed some attention–she just wanted to be held! So I held her for the majority of the meal (which you know doesn’t bother me).

I got the ceviche de camarones and the roasted cauliflower, both of which were delicious. We got a glass of grenache blend as we waited for Alex’s albondigas (veal and pork meatballs), and as he was finishing, Emmie decided she had had enough of all the stimulation in the tiny restaurant. I didn’t take pictures of the meal, but everything was absolutely delicious, and it remains a very special and amazing date night place for us! I hihgly recommend it if you are ever in the area. 

Alex and I stopped for some ice cream (for him) and chocolate bites (for me) on the way home, and I fed Emmie and then opened cards from all of my children (including my husband), and we spent the rest of the night (after Em went to bed) hanging out on the couch watching Portlandia.

Sunday continued the festivities: Emmie gave me the gift of only waking up once during the night, and then eating quiety and in a relaxed manner (this has been an issue for her this week), so that I could get out the door and head to yoga! 

My class was AMAZING. As it always is when I take from Elyse, and there were so many mamas in the class–obviously, it was part of their Mother’s Day gift! I really could take a class from Elyse every day. She is just the best. 

When I got home, Alex headed out for a run, and I started feeding Emmie… and then she poosloded EVERYWHERE, and so it was emergency bath time for her before Daddy got home and we went to meet Alex and her husband at the zoo. It was so great to see them, but unfortunately Emmie was super fussy (for a variety of reasons) but ultimately we just put her in her stroller and closed the top and she stopped fussing. We walked the zoo for about an hour, and then parted ways, and Alex and I headed to Frances’ to pick up brunch while I talked to my brother. I’m really excited for him to see Em in a few weeks–the last time he saw her all she could do was eat, sleep, and fuss. Now she does that, plus a little bit more, lol. 

We Facetimed with Alex’s brother and his family (who we will be staying with in Virginia in a few weeks) as well as a cousin (whose wedding we went to a year and a half ago). And then naps were necessary for all before we went to the grocery store. I prepped Alex’s food for the week (roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes + pesto and chicken sausage egg cups with parm and giardineria) and chicken for me while Alex “tortured” the baby with tummy time. 

Her face cracks me up every time

I made Alex an open faced rye toast (from brunch) + eggplant hummus + lamb (leftovers from Sultan’s) + sauteed onions + giardineria sandwich and I had spaghetti squash with the eggplant hummus (Cedars, get it!) and chicken and stuff. While feeding Emmie, who was DEMANDING it. She was tired and overstimulated and hungry, and like I said, I’ve gotten used to eating with one hand!

I finished out the day with Whole Food’s dark chocolate with coconut (I love it), writing this post, and watching Justified

Fancy? No. Perfect? Far from it, from an outsider’s view. But it was a wonderful, fulfilling, and filled with love weekend that was all I needed. 

This week, I’m going to hope for warmer, sunnier weather (unlikely), a class or two of Stroller Strides, a run, phone calls with my mom (finally home this week!) and best friends, and I’m going to donate some supplies to a women’s shelter (unused things from after I gave birth to Em) and the couch and find a new couch!

I see like 3 of these things being accomplished. I’m cool with that. MOM LIFE

Moms–happy Mother’s Day and I hope you had a great one.

How did you spend your weekend?

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  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    Happy Mother’s Day, my friend! I’m so happy for you and it sounds like you are all doing well. (Where in VA are you going? Will you be near DC?)

    May 14, 2018 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Maureen

    It sounds like you had a wonderful first Mother’s Day with Alex, Emmie and the animals! I spent the weekend doing a little spring cleaning, playing outside in between the rain, talked to my mom on the phone and then had dinner with my boyfriend’s family last night.

    May 14, 2018 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Envious of the new couch! I was hellbent to get a new one when we got our new house. It ended up not happening for some reason (didn’t find the right one at the time). But I’m so glad it didn’t work out. Between baby spit up, runny toddler noses, and random gross kid stuff I’m glad we have our old sturdy one for now. I’m going to wait until they are a bit older and try again!

    May 14, 2018 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    The first Mother’s Day is always so special! Each one even better 🙂

    May 14, 2018 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Oh my gosh her little face is so cute! Happy first Mother’s Day, Suz!

    May 14, 2018 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Happy mother’s day! And how fun that you can go on family runs now.

    May 14, 2018 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Aww, happy first mother’s day, Suz! I love that picture of you and Emmie sitting at the table- you look like such a mom! And HA that picture of Em during tummy time… her face looks like, “okay mom, I’m doing the tummy thing, are you happy now?”

    May 14, 2018 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Alex and Emmie with the play remote…….perfect!! Uncle Chris will be delighted!

    May 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Kat

    So glad that Emmie did well on her first run! I hope that my hubby and I can do something like that together with our kid when the time comes. I think it’s an awesome thing to do as a family – even when the kid is a baby and really won’t remember it, I think it’s good to plant the seed young! 😉
    And seriously your kid is so freaking adorable <3
    Happy Mother's Day to you woman!!

    May 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa- Mile by Mile

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’m glad you had a good first Mother’s Day. So glad you guys got to go on a run together!

    May 14, 2018 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    That picture of Emmie sitting in your lap…she has gotten SO BIG. I love you and am so very happy you got to celebrate your first Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I love that you guys went for a run together – so fun!! I would love to do that with my daughter and husband but husband never runs. He did two full marathons before I met him and then I’ve literally never even seen him run once! Even though some plans changed, it sounds like you had a great weekend.

    May 14, 2018 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Laura

    It sounds like a perfect weekend! I’m glad you got out and that she could chill on your lap. Far superior to going out and having a screaming baby! Sorry about the poo though… *shudder*

    May 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    What a perfect weekend for your first family run!!!

    That photo of you and Emmie at dinner is perfect. You are so beautiful, mama!!!

    May 15, 2018 at 5:28 am
  • Reply Neil

    Congratulations on your first Mother’s Day Susie! We are having the most amazing weather at the moment here in Glasgow so I’m sending it your way and then you and Alex will be able to take Emmie out all the time with your stroller! 🙂

    May 15, 2018 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Cora

    Happy Mother’s Day!! Definitely did not sound like a dull weekend. Your ability to go with the flow and be okay with plans not turning out as… planned… is what we all need to strive for.

    May 15, 2018 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Allie

    Sounds absolutely perfect to me! Loving the Emmie faces and cuteness as usual and just glad to hear you are enjoying being a mom and everything that comes with it!!

    May 15, 2018 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Emily

    Glad you had a good Moms day weekend! I hit up a yoga class too, it’s the thing to do lol.

    May 16, 2018 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Happy Mother’s Day! Her tummy time face is so cute. Her face is always so cute, really. 🙂 Glad you had a good weekend. Hope you get more sunshine this week.

    May 16, 2018 at 7:11 am
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