Royal Anniversary April 29, 2012 via Scanning through the channels while feeding the baby, I realized it must be the anniversary of the royal wedding. Lots of recaps and highlights going on. I admit I watched the entire thing last year while getting over pneumonia and getting ready for our 2nd cycle of trying IVF (we never got to the egg retrieval stage with the 1st one because of said pneumonia and a cyst). A lot has changed in a year, see previous about feeding baby, and it’s greatness. Tomorrow is my last official day of maternity leave. I go back to work on Tuesday and Sophy goes to baby school. I’m thinking it might be a half day at this point. I’m not sure either of us are ready for an entire day of separation. We’ve gotten our morning routine down with a bottle and a nap then playtime in the afternoon. She’s amazing and it’s incredible to watch her wonder over each new thing she discovers. I think her pediatrician was exactly right when he called her a “spitfire” and I love it. Arnold Palmer April 28, 2012 I love the Black Tea Lemonade at Starbucks but at nearly $5 each, it’s not feasible for a daily treat. At least not feasible for us, $5 is almost a onesie and our little fashionista is growing at a rate that requires lots of clothing purchases. So… I’ve finally gotten around to figuring it out. Except the part where I measured anything. 🙁 I made homemade simple syrup with 3 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar since I like my lemonade fairly tart. Normally it’s equal parts of each. I juiced an entire bag of lemons from Sam’s and would say it was about 1 1/2 cups of juice. Mixed both together. Next, I made a cup of tea with our Keurig (we’re venturing out later to pick up Awake from Starbucks for the Keurig to taste compare)for this I just used Earl Grey and poured it over ice. The cup of tea mixed with a cup of lemonade of ice is yummy! Perfect summer drink. Photo A Day April 25, 2012 Since I don’t have enough to do, I’m going to add this to my daily to do list. I’ve been admiring all the folks who’ve been doing it so I’m all on. Prepare for lots of baby pics that work themselves into the theme! Test Run April 23, 2012 This week is the test run for going back to work next week. We’re getting up when Rolland leaves for work, getting ready and packing up to head out of the house to make sure we’ve got the timing and routine down. This morning, this was my new view in the bathroom when getting ready. Normally she hangs out in her bassinett in our room but she got up early and was already to go before I had even showered. She went to sleep in her room after her bottle so I put her in her crib and turned on the baby monitor. It’s great that she likes her crib and doesn’t seem to mind being in there, but it’s hard that at 2 months she already seems to be growing up and becoming more independent. I know it’s a huge leap from here to college but it’s shocking how quickly she moved from a newborn who only wanted to sleep on me or Daddy to now being by herself in her room for a while. I’m listening to her play in her pack n play now and can’t imagine going an entire day without her. I may have to do some shorter days back to work to ease into it. After our morning run, I’m happy to think this is much more my issue than hers. Brag Shopping April 21, 2012 Last weekend we ventured out to IKEA to pick up some essentials like napkins (debating switching to cloth all the time to be more environmentally friendly but haven’t committed yet) and candles when we saw this while browsing. It’s now solidly put together and hanging out in my dining room while I figure out what the hell to do with it. I knew it had to come home with me and I’d figure it out later. I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend planned. This is the 2nd to last one before I head back to work. I’m excited but trying really hard not to freak out about leaving Sophy with strangers fro 8 hours a day. Trying really really hard. Also, when in the hell did blogger change the whole format. I’m not ready to embrace all this change. Olive Bungalow April 17, 2012 I found these gorgeous rings when I was searching for some good stackable ring options. I’m obsessed with the ring layering. I got this set and another band and they are fantastic. I love them! I’ve since ordered a band with Sophy’s birthstone and plan to follow up with mine & Rolland’s. She’s got some fantastic options for gifts – for yourself or loved ones. If you’re a jewelry lover, check out Olive Bungalow. Catch Up April 14, 2012 I haven’t forgotten about posting I just haven’t had much time to get to it. The husband set up my laptop on the dining room table so now I’m able to run wild on the intranets with baby safely nearby in her pack ‘n’ play. For my last two weeks at home, this will be greatness and I have totally unrealistic expectations for getting back into the kitchen. Also, we’ve been fairly under the weather with complications from delivery to general illness but now I think we’re over the hump. On Easter we did the required baby in the bluebonnets pictures. Next year should be awesome with her ability to actually sit up/walk and pose. She’ll be running wild! Generic cute baby picture. She loves to play on Mommy & Daddy’s bed so I can get some good picture time in. Small kitchen side note: I made the basic meatballs from this book and they were fantastic. I used pork and beef in the mix since I had ground pork in the freezer. It also makes them a little lighter than all beef. I served them with the basic tomato sauce which wasn’t as tasty and pretty bland so I’m continuing the tomato sauce search.