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Maddie’s Inheritance…

… is going to be A LOT of unfinished needlepoint!

I seem to be collecting more canvases, then finding time to actually stitch them!

This weekend, while we were visiting Meg, Mom and I snuck down to Baltimore and visited Ruth at Bedecked and Beadazzled!

Always fun, always dangerous.  Particularly, since returning to work and taking care of a 4 month old, leaves me with little time to shower, to hell with finding creative time.  I spent a decent amount of Monday’s commute trying to remember if I actually rinsed out my conditioner, because Maddie started to fuss as I was getting ready.  By the end of the day, the answer was quite obviously NO!

My goal is to ease back into it, and start tackling some stockings/ornaments for Christmas and a few threads a day on the larger projects.  Could we talk about the crazy post-partum hormones that lead me to purchase the Zecca growth chart?

Also, let’s not talk about how I picked out the ‘little boy’ First Christmas stocking instead of the ‘little girl’ one.  Mentally, I was thinking that I wanted to do a teal/pink one, but I ended up picking up the little boy one and pulling all the blue threads to go with it.

When will I get my brain back?

Alright, I’m off to go get another cup of coffee and cuddle with a baby that has put her daycare through hell this week (SEND WINE!).  We’ve got teething, combined with an upset tummy, combined with who knows what else.  Need coffee.  Need wine.  Need chocolate.  Need more hours in the day.

Here are the new purchases:

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I hope that Maddie embraces my love of all things animal print… don’t you just love these project bags?  They are a heavier plastic then some others that I’ve found- my hope being that they stand up to spills by babies or husbands and general dog destruction!  Doesn’t look like Ruth has them on her website, but I’m sure you can call her if you need them (like I did!).

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And, here is what I am currently in the middle of… I’m not counting any of the half-finished projects that are tucked away upstairs! Only the ones that are visible in the living room…

 

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Happy Wednesday!  Hope your week has been full of more sleep, stitching and wine then mine has been so far..

XO, Mer

P.S.  I’ll be back on Friday with Maddie’s 4 month letter- AHHH!


Bridal Shower Roadtrip!

Ahhh… roadtrips!

I used to love them… it meant stopping in new places, pushing through the drive to get to an exciting stop or destination, singing along to fun music, eating at funky places, etc.

Now it means that we pack 3xs more shit then we might need, music is played softly so it doesn’t disturb the ‘backseat beast’ (who finally passed out after screaming through the entire state of Connecticut) and a rush to get to the destination in a fit of stress and exhaustion.

Oh how times have changed…

Fortunately, we didn’t have too many challenges this weekend, and once we got there and settled in, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy the festivities!

We had a lovely Friday with GiGi, lunching and shopping for needlepoint (Maddie WILL BE a needlepointed.  Everything else is negotiable.).

Then I had a total meltdown, when I tried on the dress I had packed for the shower and both Mom and Meg cringed.  LOL.  And, then asked what the other options were.

Hmmm… black yoga pants and an old navy maternity tank top with a stain of some variety down the front?

Fueled by a large glass of wine, my sister kindly ran me over to her Macy’s (open to 9:30pm on a Friday!) and picked me out a dress on the sale rack- marked down from $110 to $22.  Done and Done.

I tried to find it online and couldn’t, but check out your Macy’s right now- great sales!

The shower was lovely- a wonderful group of Meg and Lance’s family and friends.

Meg asked that I not take too many pictures to post on the blog, so out of respect to her wishes, I just snapped a few of the decorations (and one cute baby one!).  I’ll start the negotiating now to be able to take more at the wedding!


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Saturday night, we had a lovely date night at Iron Hill Brewery.  Our first time out alone since we had Maddie.  We talked about her the entire time, and I only checked my phone once (and I had a text from my in-laws about her, so that’s justified!).

It was really fun to just be with the hubby though, and we walked down Main Street, Newark, DE reminiscing about our time there.

Sunday morning brought a few moments of baby giggles before it was time to hit the road.

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Our usual 6 hour trip now takes closer to 9 with stops to feed the baby and stretch legs, so I’m always anxious to get on the road early.  Fortunately, traffic was only heavy towards Boston and it went smoothly.  4 loads of laundry later, and this Momma dropped into a tired sleep, ready to face the week.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

XO, Mer


A laugh for you, wine for me!

How is it Wednesday?  These days are flying by!

Brian and I switched up the daycare pick-up/drop-off days, so that I get a few of the ‘fun’ pick-ups instead of all the sad drop-offs.

It seems to be working better, although I was so frustrated/tired/stressed leaving work last night that i arrived at pick-up in tears.  I think our daycare provider has seen me cry more than my husband has!

It’s days like yesterday that I thank the stars for Dolly Parton: “Momma always told me there’d be days like this…”

One foot in front of the other and off we go!

We’ve actually been doing moderately OK.  Princess Fusses A Lot (we are using her royal name to get her used to it when she is betrothed to Prince George) has had a good few days.  Although they did call from daycare on Monday to tell us that she had eaten all of her bottles by 12:15.  A rough afternoon was had by all!  Fortunately, we left some backup formula there, but I’m thinking we are going through a growth spurt…

Ok, real quick, since I have to run into the office early and I was hoping to sneak into the shower and wash my hair (yesterday I only managed to remember to condition, which made for a pretty, sweated, greasy, matted down mess by the end of the day) and shave my legs (good lord I’ll need a chainsaw).

I’ve needed some ‘de-stress’ time in the evenings lately, so the good news is that I’ve been rocking the FitBit‘s world… this has happened 4 days in a row now!  Woohoo!  (Note: Why is my ass and ‘baby bump’ not getting any smaller?  Could it have to do with the dish filled with chocolate at work?)

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And, for the fun portion of this post, check out this site- I was laughing out loud at what’s to come!

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And, for the wine portion- we’re heading down to MD this weekend and I’m so excited to sit with my sister and drink some wine in her kitchen!  Woohoo!  The very thought is what’s getting me through this week!  Love you, Bride-to-Be!  Now, go sit on your ass and stop beating me in steps on the FitBit!


I got nothing…

It’s 5:51am, I’m trying to write this with a baby in my left arm, my coffee in my right, while typing and giving doggie snuggles with the tips of my fingers.

We had a great weekend filled with long walks, shopping, grilling and good, quality family time.

And then Sunday evening happened, and after the piles of laundry, the meal prep, the baby prep and sneaking in a few extra baby kisses, there was no time, energy or brain power left for a post. Plus, to be honest, in the grand scheme of things are weekend was really boring!

Brian worked Saturday so we went with to walk around Providence and indulge in a little retail therapy! Nordstrom was sold out of AGL’s in 38.5… How does that even happen? And, since I’m only buying purses and handbags until my baby belly fully goes away and I can wear my work clothes and breathe at the same time, I was forced to pick up some cute things for Maddie…

On Sunday, Maddie cried and fussed from 6am until 8pm with only a few cat naps and some brief moments of silence. By Sunday night I wanted nothing more then 15 minutes of quiet and a LARGE glass of wine.

So, that was our weekend- tell me you did something wild and crazy! Let me live vicariously!

XO, Mer
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Oh Shit. It’s Wednesday…

How did that happen?

Where is the time going?

Is it time to write the first college tuition check?

True confession of a tired mom: I didn’t prep my posts this past weekend.  I didn’t do my homework.

That means that I’m sitting here trying to choose between prepping a blog post, hoping on the treadmill for a few extra steps today, or prepping a bottle and running upstairs to wake Maddie a few minutes early and steal a few extra minutes with her.

The reality: I’ll rush through this post, hope on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and rush upstairs to feed Maddie, dripping sweat from my workout and feeling rushed that everything took longer then I expected.

Finding balance wasn’t easy for me prior to motherhood.  Now it just feels impossible.  I’ve had to work late these last few days, which means I come home to a grumpy-it’s-almost-time-for-bed baby, who really isn’t in the mood to be cute and cuddly.  Daycare is going well, and she comes home tired and ready for bed by 7pm.  Add in some later nights, some Boston traffic, some rain and I’m getting about 15 minutes of face-to-face baby time in the evening.

Argh.

And, that is the reality of ‘working mom tales’.  I feel tired.  Stressed.  Spread thin.  Frustrated.  Like I’m going through the motions but only giving about an 80% effort (which I’m totally fine with if we are talking treadmill workouts, but not motherhood or work!).

I need another two hours in the day.  Another 3,000 steps in my daily totals.  And, lord almighty, i really need a pedicure.  Oh, and maybe a winning lottery ticket?  I could use a week with the hubby and Maddie by the water.  With wine.  Sand between our toes.  Someone else preparing the meals.

I’ve eaten crustless quiche for 4 out of 6 of the last meals in the last two days.  Crustless because we forgot the crust at the store. Quiche because it makes for a super easy breakfast and dinner- and it only takes one dish to make.  I don’t think I had it for lunch, but honestly, at this point I can’t even remember.

And, on that note, I’m ending the babbling.  Racing down to the treadmill for a few minutes and then racing upstairs to grab the baby, grab my coffee and grab a few minutes of floor time and baby giggles!

Here’s hoping that you relate to some part of this post (and can confirm it gets better!) and that you have a spare beach house we can borrow sometime in August (oh, and your shirtless Italian nephew, Mario, is the cook and butler?  Done and done.)  We’re happy to provide a sad, rescued greyhound and a skittish lab-chow mix for collateral.  Or long-term loan.  Just be forewarned that they pee on the coffee table.  Regularly.

Happy Hump Day,

Mer

A quick pic from my early morning ‘check in’- before I grabbed my first cup of coffee and begin chanting chug, chug, chug!

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Collateral… Damage!

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