It seems like every day I hear about a new pregnancy or baby being born. I guess that’s just the stage of life that I’m in right now.
I attended a baby shower for Caitlin yesterday and there were five pregnant ladies in attendance. Impressive! Also, I got word late last night that one of my close friends delivered her second child, a beautiful little boy. Now I will open up a little…the idea of babies/kids seriously freak me out. I enjoy visiting with my friends’ children but I ask myself all the time, “can I pull that off?” and “when will I ever feel ready?” My life feels so full and complete with all of the other things that I do – teaching, working, blogging, friends, family – that I wonder how things would shift and change to create a whole new way of life? I’ve definitely been in a state recently of evaluating priorities and determining what is important to me and I wish I could just see how it would all work out perfectly.
Babies have become the “new normal” and it’s tough when your mindset isn’t quite there. I admit that I have struggled to relate to some of my friends who have small children because so much is different about the way we live our lives now. I’m so happy for them but sad at the same time that things have changed in so many ways. As I was driving home from the shower and then later on a run, I couldn’t help but notice all of the families out walking and playing as they enjoyed a nice Sunday afternoon…and it made me smile. Maybe there is hope for me yet.
Back to that shower…
The first noteworthy thing to mention is that I put on a dress for the first time since December. This is my first maxi-style dress. I bought it on Saturday afternoon at Nordstrom Rack. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off but I ended up really liking the dress. It was very comfortable and I got several compliments on it.
The shower was held at Fabo Cafe and I arrived to find a spread provided by Mellow Mushroom with several pizza options, hummus, bruschetta and Greek salad. Mellow Mushroom twice in one weekend? I’m a lucky girl!
I had a slice of gluten-free veggie pizza with salad on the side. I enjoyed catching up with some long-lost blogger friends as I ate.
We finished off lunch with a sweet treat. Gluten-free red velvet cupcakes from Polka Dot Bake Shop. I love Polka Dot’s cupcakes but had never tried their gluten-free offerings. The cupcakes tasted amazing and I would have never guessed they were gluten-free.
Then it was present time. We were all asked to bring a book in addition to our gifts and Caitlin received so many childhood classics. She’ll have a fully stocked library for the baby…and a dachshund lamp. Such a cute and creative gift.
After pizza, cupcakes and a sea of onesies, I was ready to get outside and enjoy the day.
I contemplated going to a yoga class but a run sounded so much better. The temperatures were in the mid-80s and I definitely sweated like I was in a hot class. My Garmin saw numbers it hasn’t seen in quite a while and I covered 5.5 miles. Yes, for the record, that is a bug that drowned in my sweat on the side of my face. 😉
After my run I showered and then proceeded to ignore everything I needed to do in favor of sitting outside with a drink and Real Simple. It was perfect. Dinner was a salad with arugula mix, baby spinach, tomatoes, avocado, goat cheese, broccoli slaw mix, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and salmon with lemon dijon honey vinaigrette. And two flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
Make it an amazing week!