Hello, hello! I just got home from recording a podcast as a guest on It Sounded Like A Good Idea at the Time. We had a great discussion about many things from applying yoga to life off the mat to how to deal with life’s unexpected twists and turns to paradox and much, much more. The episode will be out next week and I will share the link when it’s live! 🙂
I really love listening to podcasts so it’s been fun for me to actually get to join the discussion myself! In a world where I had a lot more time and resources/help, I could totally see myself hosting one but I just don’t think that is going to happen at this moment in time. Lots of other things I need to focus on developing/pursuing right now.
And now…a quick peek into our weekend. It was a great mix of quiet and social. Finn and I spent lots of time hanging at home with the pups but also got out for a few activities and friend dates.
Our weekend kicked off early with a Friday trip to Discovery Place. I’ve taken my nieces a couple of times but this was Finn’s first time. We received a family membership for Christmas so I thought that it might be fun for him to go and look at some things. It was a super rainy day so it was a nice way to get out of the house. Unfortunately, there were TONS of school groups there and it was very crowded and chaotic. We only stayed for about 45 minutes but it was long enough for Finn to get to check out some new things and explore a bit. (My grandmother calls this his “signature pose.”) I know he’ll love it more once he gets a bit older. I’m also eager to check out Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville.
We stopped by Villani’s on the way home for some weekend treats. I got my two faves, the lemon blueberry cheesecake and carrot cake but for the first time ever…my carrot cake was so dry! It was a big bummer.
On Friday night we met Virginia for an early dinner at CAVA. Finn was hands up for the pita bread and hummus!
I had the greens and grains bowl with all sorts of spreads and toppings. It was delicious. I really like CAVA a lot and I’m glad they’ve made their way to Charlotte.
On Saturday morning we were up and out of the house to meet one of my friends and her one-year old baby girl for a playdate at My Gym. The class experience was really neat but Finn was the youngest there and to be honest, a little too young for it. While he’s crawling, he’s not really climbing or pulling up a ton yet so he was limited in what he could do. It was a bit overwhelming for him and running into his morning nap time. We’ll try again when he’s a little older! I did really love the set up!
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Saturday afternoon was super chill and looked like a LONG nap for Finn, a walk with Virginia, Finn and the girls and a yoga class for me. I dropped Finn with his dad so that I could catch a late afternoon class and it was wonderful. You’re going to hear me talking about this a lot but I am just so grateful to be back to my practice. I’m also in such a different place with it and it’s a breath of fresh air and giving me a completely new love, energy, appreciation for my practice. I’ll write more about this once I dive deeper into it but that Saturday afternoon practice was such a gift.
This is hard for me to write here but I feel like I have to do it because I think it can help others who feel the same way. Sometimes (almost all the time) I feel so guilty for getting a sitter so that I can go to yoga, or for giving up time with Finn so that I can practice, but what it does for me emotionally, energetically, spiritually is not just a gift for me but also for Finn.
I picked Finn up after yoga and while I was nursing and rocking him to sleep, decided that I was going to treat myself to Thai delivery for dinner. I ordered green curry from Thai Orchid and Postmates delivered it to my door just 30 minutes later. (You can use my code EZ81N for free delivery on your first Postmates order.) Ahh it was so good and the perfect Saturday night dinner. I usually split it into two meals because the portions are generous but I ended up eating this bowl x2 because it was just so good. Whoever was making the curry on this night was on point. It was the best I’ve ever had from this restaurant.
Our Sunday got off to a beautifully slow start. With the time change, we ended up cuddling in bed until 9a. A lot of times I keep Finn in bed with me after his early morning feed and we snooze a bit longer. It is my FAVE! Y’all…my sweet girls are so good with Finn. They never even flinch if he grabs their fur or tries to pull up on them, and the always want to be close to them. He’s also interacting with them more and laughs at them often and has even started waving at them. It’s the best EVER!
We got all off of our nap schedule because of the time change so Finn only took one long midday nap. While he was down I did a home workout. Once he woke up, I got showered and dressed to meet a friend for coffee.
We met at Amelie’s where I had the most delicious chai tea. I can’t wait to order this again. We spent about an hour catching up. Finn and I made a quick stop into the grocery on the way home.
Our Sunday concluded with a 30 minute walk with the girls to celebrate the extra daylight and the sun finally coming out. It was a gorgeous evening. We chatted with my grandmother while we walked.
So I know that my blog has changed a lot with pregnancy and the transition into motherhood but I just didn’t know until I walked through it how much Finn was going to rock my world…in the best of ways. While I still don’t want to transition into a full-on “mom blogger,” Finn is a huge part of my life and thus has a big presence on my blog.
I still plan to keep sharing eats, recipes, workouts, health and fitness content. That said, I’ve always done that with an undercurrent of blogging about my life…and this is life right now. I can honestly say that this shift in priorities and new perspective is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I appreciate those of you who have been on board with it, but I also TOTALLY understand if it’s not your thing. Just remember, it’s on you to constantly edit what you consume online and make sure it makes YOU feel good/healthy/happy. If my blog doesn’t “bring you joy” you need to Marie Kondo me. 🙂
It will be fun for me to report back tomorrow on whether or not I slept tonight. I had a latte this afternoon when my gut was telling me, “you shouldn’t have anymore caffeine, have a kombucha instead.” Let’s just say I should have listened to my gut. I was visibly shaking after it and felt so icky.
I did start a new book at my grandmother’s recommendation so here’s hoping that sucks me in and relaxes me.
At what age do you feel like your babies “got it/enjoyed it” when it came to new activities/experiences?
Favorite Thai order?
How have you found balance with mom-ing and taking care of yourself? Do you deal with guilt? Tips? Insights? Stories?