Her View From Home Round Up

Even though this little blog has been dormant for months, I’ve been writing over at Her View From Home. Here is a quick round up of my posts:

IMG_3769

Confession: I put my spouse second

For now, we are totally kid focused. I hesitate to say this, but I think it’s working for us right now.

Arlington

Creating a Tradition of Service

This is an amazing opportunity for people to honor those service men and women who are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Plane travel with a toddler

Introduce mobility – and the ease of travel that I once experienced was no more. Gone were my confident strides through the airport and ability to arrive at my destination without looking like I just survived the tumble cycle in the dryer. Couple my “I must walk by myself” toddler with my absolute refusal to check a bag for a weekend trip and you have a recipe for disaster.

Searching for Validation

Some days, I’m just surviving. Doing the mom thing and the job thing, neither particularly well. Other days, I remember why I went to grad school and why working makes me my best self. And then I have an awesome dance party with my family when we walk in the house at the end of the day as we make dinner and I know we’re doing what works for us.

IMG_3232

Cha Cha Cha Changes

I feel like every routine in my house is getting an update lately, and I’ll admit, it’s all making me very anxious. I love change, in theory. In practice? Not so much.

Running with Friends

I knew that those miles would remind me that running shape disappears quickly and that I’d likely feel every stride the next day. What I didn’t know was that running with a good friend is good for the soul.

A New School Year

Even though I’m many years out of school, I still feel like the final weeks of August signal a fresh start. I have an inexplicable urge to turn my car into the Staples parking lot and stock up on fresh notebooks, colored Sharpies and begin the hunt for the perfect pen

IMG_3111

I just had a baby?

I have a confession to make.

If I haven’t gotten around to something, I blame my baby.

Toddler products that I can’t live without

We’ve found that some of the things that we’ve been using to entertain or contain our little guy have become family favorites. I eat up these lists from other bloggers, so I hope that you’ll find a few good ideas from my trials and errors!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One Year Down

Yesterday, my sweet baby turned one! I wrote a few things down that I’d share with my new mom self and shared them on Her View from Home.

dashbday

Come check it out and forgive me if my eyes are a little misty today. One year went really fast.

One Year Down

xo,

Chaaron-Signature_thumb.png

Posted in Baby, Celebration, Chaaron, Family, Her View From Home | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Party of Six … and a High Chair

I’m over at Her View from Home today talking about our recent beach vacation.

Party of Six … and a High Chair

Chaaron-Signature_thumb.png

Posted in Baby, Chaaron, Family, Her View From Home, Mini Trips, Vacation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ditching the Kid

I’m over at Her View From Home this morning talking about my first trip away from Dash.

“So, I did it. I left Dash home with Dad and Grammie and I headed back to the Good Life for a weekend with my college girlfriends. I knew that leaving him overnight would be hard on me. What I didn’t expect was how much fun that I’d have.”

Ditching the Kid

Chaaron-Signature_thumb.png

Posted in Baby, Chaaron, Her View From Home, Mini Trips | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Being a Conscientious Parent

I’m over on Her View From Home this morning!

“I took my eye off Dash, seated in my lap, and turned towards the baseball game. In that split second, he reached out and grabbed the ponytail of the woman in front of us. I noticed immediately, but the damage was done. She shot us the dirtiest look that clearly read, “Keep your kid under control, lady.”

Being a Conscientious Parent

Chaaron-Signature_thumb.png

Posted in Baby, Chaaron, Family, Her View From Home, Sports | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Find me on Bloglovin

Obligatory Bloglovin post

Since Google Reader is shutting down as of the first of July, I’ve moved over to Bloglovin. Follow the link and don’t miss a post!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Chaaron-Signature_thumb.png

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Splitting Duties

I’m over at Her View From Home talking about splitting duties between husband and wife.

“When he graduated law school….I was shocked at how reliant I was on him to complete chores. And when I was supposed to step up and assume some of those chores, I was really uninterested. So uninterested.”

http://herviewfromhome.com/splitting-duties/

So come on over and join the conversation!

Chaaron-Signature.png

Posted in Baby, Chaaron, Family, Her View From Home, Marriage | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Your Baby to Work Day

I’m over at Her View From Home today talking about that awkward day when you take your baby to work because the office is open and daycare isn’t. Thankfully, it worked out for me!

Take Your Baby to Work Day

Chaaron-Signature.png

Posted in Baby, Chaaron, Her View From Home | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Dusting Off the Pastels for Spring

Hey y’all!

I’ve got spring fever and I’m talking about it (and daydreaming about mint skinnies and lavender blazers) over on Her View from Home today!

Check it out!

Dusting Off the Pastels for Spring

Chaaron Signature

Posted in Chaaron, Fashion, Her View From Home | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Six Month Dash

Yikes! I do not have a six month old anymore. How did this update get so behind?  I’m beginning to think that if I close my eyes, I’ll open them up and Dash will be asking to borrow the keys to my car. As much as I feel like these past six (er, seven) months have flown by, I can hardly remember what it was like not to have Dash around. This has been the greatest adventure that RP and I have been on and I am pretty proud of our little family.

Being a Working Mom

I had six weeks maternity leave that went by so quickly. Just when I thought that Dash and I were figuring each other out, I felt like I had to start all over again as we tried to get out of the door each morning and get through the day on limited sleep. I think I mentioned in a previous post that my first day of work was terrible. I cried the whole drive to and from daycare and every time someone walked into my office. The next day was better and by the next week, it felt like I had never left. It really helped that I kept up with emails while on maternity leave so I wasn’t overwhelmed with six weeks of work waiting for me upon my return. My transition from working girl to working mom hasn’t been without its hiccups, but I feel like I’m back in the game. Sure, the bags under my eyes are darker, my hair is always pulled up and I might have spit-up or food on my cardigan, but I’m getting the job done and hustling out the door to retrieve my kid from daycare.

Breastfeeding

This deserves more than just a paragraph, so I promise to do a post devoted to EBF as a working mom. I have an office at work, but not a door, so I have to use our keypad entry server room to pump. I feel like every time I place my “do not disturb” sign on the door, it’s as if a red light starts flashing that alerts everyone that I’m not working. Never mind that I rarely take a lunch and only pump three times a day for about ten minutes. Like I said, returning to work has had its hiccups. Pumping is not the greatest, but I’ve been doing it enough to keep Dash fed the whole time he’s at daycare. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of myself for making it work.

Milestones

The changes between three and six months have been amazing. At three months, Dash was still pretty squishy. As of six months, he was rolling all over the place and sitting on his own. Tummy time went from being torture to being a ton of fun. Smiles were more commonplace and deep belly baby laughs fill our home. We’ve gone from the bucket car seat to a convertible car seat. We said goodbye to my Saturn and hello to a black sparkly Jeep. We’ve celebrated his first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

IMG_0192 IMG_0594 IMG_0435

IMG_1459 IMG_0313 IMG_2108

Sibling Love

Dash LOVES his animals. His face lights up whenever Manny or one of the cats walk by. I wish I could say that the animals felt the same way about him. They try to avoid the little hands that grab fistfuls of hair. Once Dash learns to be gentle, I’m sure he’ll have three very best friends. For now, they stay just out of reach, unless Dash has help from mom or dad.

IMG_0218 IMG_0707

Getting Out of the House

RP and I are still pushing our luck and taking Dash with us everywhere. Now that Dash is in a convertible car seat, things aren’t quite as easy. We are missing the days of lugging a sleepy baby in a bucket car seat and letting him peacefully sleep while we ate at a restaurant. Now, we’re dodging grabby little hands and trying to keep him entertained (and upright) in a high chair. Thankfully he’s pretty easy going. I’m still figuring out how to do both drop-off and pick-up from daycare and our evening routine and squeeze in time to go to the gym. I feel good about myself if I walk the dog and get the mail. Little victories.

IMG_2390 IMG_2260

All in all, these past six months have been the best adventure of my life. I’m amazed at all of the things that Dash and I are learning together. I love watching him experience things for the first time. I love contorting my face and making silly noises to get a sweet, gummy grin. I love holding him, rocking him and snuggling him. The love that I feel for him really surprised me, in the best possible way. I can’t wait for our next six months of adventure but, I do wish time would slow down a little.

I’m just a few days away from this little guy going mobile. I know it would be unfair to just knock him over every time he got up on all fours, so the crawling thing is really going to happen. I hope the animals are ready, I know that I’m not. Pray for us!

Chaaron Signature

Posted in Baby, Chaaron | Tagged , , | Leave a comment