i had low expectations for this weekend - josh was on call, and i much prefer the family vibe to that of [temporarily] single mom. but just as i got used to time by myself, i think i'm starting to get into a groove of enjoying my time with annabel. the key seems to be planning ahead* to make sure i have something to do other than sit in our apartment wistfully thinking of all the 'normal' couples/families out there having fun.
over the past 48 hours, i:
✰ got in my first yoga session in ages [30 minute yogadownload]. this was especially rewarding because i'm starting to feel like i'm in my normal body and not just inhabiting a floppy / awkward postpartum version. i can chatauranga again and still do wheel! not attempting any crows/headstands just yet.
✰ had a wonderful brunch @ guglhupf with sue and baby eamonn.
✰ cooked two fairly involved dinners from this month's eating well mag. annoying on a weeknight; fun on a weekend. my new cooking habit: wine. what can i say? it definitely makes time spent over the stove/cutting boards more festive.
curried lentil-stuffed acorn squash. recipe from september 2012 eating well mag
along with our squash, i made annabel her own [plain] butternut squash purée! she tried it tonight, and i think she was a fan.
✰ started reading happier at home. so far: love it.
✰ ran a really terrible fake 10K race on the treadmill. yeah, i bonked in my own home. at least i got in the miles -- not easy on josh's working weekends -- and annabel slept through it all.
✰ enjoyed a lovely date with a new friend [hi e :) ] at the mall. not only did we have a really great time browsing baby clothes and comparing pumping notes [surprise! neither of us are fans . . .], but i found a new favorite clothing store <-- details below
✰ really enjoyed my time with annabel. we did totally mundane things together [grocery shopping] and also had plenty of focused playtime. it's taken all of her 5 months, but i really feel like she KNOWS me now, which is such a rewarding and wonderful feeling. and josh did get to spend some time with her too!
✰ caught up with my parents over FaceTime. i really love showing annabel off to her [obsessed] grandparents!
so just one chapter into happier at home, and i'm already inspired to dress better. i'm not sure why, because the book really hasn't addressed this specifically [at least, not yet]. but seriously, i am so tired of feeling frumpy in ill-fitting jeans and stretched-out tops.
i went to the mall today giving myself permission to get some new things to address this issue, and ended up falling in love with madewell. i had admired their clothes online before, but we just got a brick and mortar store at our local mall, and i was excited to check it out.
jeans were 30% off if you bought two pairs, so . . . i did. plus two shirts and a skirt!
i'll still always love anthropologie, but i think i have a new favorite. and i am determined to put a little more thought into my outfits from here on out. i may be a mom but i see no reason i can't be a [somewhat] fashionable one!