Michael

NYE

My New Year’s Eve started with the gym:

Per usual! Thankfully the gym wasn’t crowded! I did my body weight exercises, free weight routine, weight machines then finished up with the elliptical. I was feeling ok but a little on the run-down side. I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for summer…!

After the gym Michael’s mom and stepdad came over to babysit Logan while we had a date! I had NO idea what our date was. Michael planned it all and it was a surprise. He just said we had to be ready to go at noon.

First stop: lunch! I had no idea where we were going and was pleasantly surprised when we went to Papa Haydn’s! One of my favorites. It was pretty busy but we got a table right away.

Michael got the Pale Ale on tap and I got this gorgeous looking Bloody Mary:

It was spicy! YUM! Lunch was slow, which was perfect! We had time to relax, didn’t feel rushed, could have ADULT CONVERSATION and enjoy each other’s company in a calm, quiet setting…can you tell we were ready for a date “night”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

We both got the Croque Monsier except Michael got his with ham and I got the turkey. Instead of fries or a salad I asked for the seasonal vegetable because it turned out to be Brussels Sprouts and Iย love sprouts! They were really good, too. Of course, the fries at Papa Haydn’s are to die for, so really you can’t lose whatever you order. I’m super happy with my lunch.

We chatted about Vegas and planning a potential trip in 2017. We’ll see if it actually happens. We’ve been away from Logan overnight once and will be away from him overnight in January, but a whole weekend? I don’t know that I am ready for that quite yet. But it was fun to imagine a little vacation getaway. We both agreed that it would be nice to stay at The Venetian.

We hung out and finished our drinks and relaxed and then got dessert to go for later. As we left the restaurant it started to SNOW!!

The next stop was nearby in Sellwood, The Moreland Theater. We’ve never been to that theater and we’ve both been curious, so it was cool to finally check it out. It was built in 1926! It was really old and reminded me of that old fashioned theater we went to in LA. (I wish I could remember the name of it.)

We saw Rogue One. It was okay. I am not a Star Wars fan so it’s kind of lost on me. But I can see how fans would be excited about it. I told Michael that I just can’t get into movies or TV shows that have fake creatures and fake languages…and he countered with Game of Thrones, which I love. So, yeah, I really can’t explain why GOT is ok but Star Wars doesn’t do it for me.

After the movie we had one more surprise stop to make for our date.

A new phone!! A Christmas tradition we have is giving each other a card and in my card this year he said that I’d get the rest of my present on NYE. YAY! My phone (the iphone 5S) has been buggy for awhile and every other day a message pops up saying I am out of space on my phone–no matter how much I deleted off it! It is so nice to have an upgrade.

We went home and we had originally planned on making Cornish Game Hens for dinner but they weren’t defrosted! Even though we took them out of the freezer two days ago….sooo we put in a frozen lasagna. And opened a bottle of wine that was a gift from Michael’s sister:

Pretty fancy New Year’s, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dessert was the Bourbon Ball we bought at Papa Haydn’s:

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day

Our tradition for New Year’s Day has always been snowshoeing on Mount Hood. I even did it last year when I was like 30 weeks pregnant (and my snow pants didn’t fit)! But this year we skipped it. Logan is too small right now to take him up there in the snow. Hopefully next year!

I was a little bummed about not snowshoeing. But I went swimming and was pleasantly surprised that the gym and pool was pretty much empty. I guess everyone else was nursing a hangover.

Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner. Michael made his mac n’ cheese:

Turned out great as usual! Our friends brought a delicious salad: spinach, blueberries, pine nuts and a homemade basil vinaigrette.

Comfort food + wine + good friends! We played Cards Against Humanity and talked into the evening. It was so good to have some adult time and catch up with friends. Being sick so much lately we’ve kind of been holed-up in our house.

It was a good New Year’s!

Four Months Old

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I can’t believe my teeny tiny newborn is now 4 months old!

It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital, not sleepingย at all and I was struggling with nursing. I am so happy we got the tongue-tie fixed and that breastfeeding is (mostly) a breeze now. I’m also happy that when I’m home I’m down to pumping once or twice a day only.

Work

I’ve been back to work in the office part time for a little over a month now. The first week was the hardest thing ever. Being away from my little guy ripped my heart out. But after that first week it was easier and I actually looked forward to going into the office part time (you know, being with adults, getting out of the house, doing my job again, using my brain, etc etc).

What’s also awesome is that Michael gets to be home with Logan two days a week. I think it’s been so wonderful for them to bond and spend quality time together. Michael is an awesome dad, as I knew he would be when we first met ๐Ÿ™‚ and I love see how Logan’s face lights up with a big, gummy grin when he sees his daddy! He also follows him around the room and looks for him when he leaves. It’s so cute.

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So what is Logan doing at 4 months old? Everything. LOL He’s no longer the tiny baby that stays in the same place you put him. Now you have to be mindful!

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Rolling

He rolled over for the first time (tummy to back) at 9 weeks. He’s done it a few times since but mostly it was just gravity taking over. Whenever he’s on his back he immediately rolls onto his side. He’s also started scooting around and changing spots. I put him in his crib in one spot, come back a few minutes later and he’s on the other side of the crib in a different position!

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A few times now I’ve caught him doing a full downward dog position (minus the arms part). I am never fast enough to snap a photo of it, though! But it’s pretty cool to see him doing that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sleeping

Sooooo I thought we were super lucky that Logan was such a good sleeper. He’s been a good sleeper since the beginning. About a month and a half ago he started sleeping through the night!! The first few times it happened I thought it was a fluke but then all of a sudden it started happening every night and it wasย AWESOME. Mom and Dad got REAL SLEEP FOR THE FIRST TIME. It was so amazing. Words cannot describe how much better *I* felt after a month of good, solid sleep every night.

Well at 15 weeks I think he hit the dreaded 4 month sleep regression thing. His new thing is being fussy at night, not wanting to be put down, refusing to sleep unless mom rocks him for 10 minutes first and he’s back to waking up sometime around 3am to eat again (thankfully that is slowing down again and it’s not as often). I thought we were over that! I hope it’s a short term thing and not back to stay for a long time. I was really enjoying those full nights of sleep…. ๐Ÿ™

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Teething

I think he started teething a few weeks ago. No teeth yet (I keep checking) but he’s had all the signs. Drooling, fussy, putting everything in his mouth, chewing and gnawing on EVERYTHING. Seriously, everything.

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Other

He’s fussy when mom or dad leave the room. If he can’t see one of us he starts to get fussy. So leaving him in his crib to play while I start a load of laundry is usually short lived and he starts squawking to get my attention.

He’s still pretty good at letting other people hold him. He is curious about everything and everyone and loves looking around and staring at people.

He likes “talking” and has a LOT to say! ๐Ÿ˜‰

He has the BEST baby belly laugh!

It’s so fun watching him grow and learn things. Some days it’s a new thing every day. It’s cool to see his little personality start to form, too. In some ways I want time to stop but in other ways I am so excited for him to crawl and walk and talk…what an adventure we’re on!