Back On The “Sauce”

by Lauren on November 19, 2014

It’s 8:30 PM and I just laid my beautiful little babe down for the night.  He has been such a joy these past few days and I’ve been having a blast hanging out with him.  Our favorite time of the day is most definitely bath time.


Please ignore the fact that he is flipping you off in this picture.  I’m sure he doesn’t realize.


Well today began at the welcomed hour of 6 AM.  I say “welcomed” because Grayson usually wakes up at 5:30 AM to start our day so 6 AM was a wonderful surprise.  That extra half hour does wonders!

After I get him fed and happy, I get myself happy with a cup of coffee.


Oh my how did I ever go 9 months without coffee?  I still can’t believe that I wanted nothing to do with the stuff only two months ago and now if I could drink it with every meal I would. (I don’t obviously)  I usually allow myself one “real” cup in the morning and try and stick with decaf the rest of the day.  Thankfully, G doesn’t seem to mind it either.  I told John today that we will know the second I am pregnant again when I refuse coffee.

Speaking of being pregnant again….

I’m NOT and won’t be for awhile.  I had my 6 week, well really 8 week because that is the soonest I could get it, appointment today with my OBGNY and had an IUD put in.  I’ve never done the whole IUD thing (I was on the pill before) but apparently, it’s the hot new trend in terms of birth control.  I like the fact that it stays in there for a few years and I don’t ever have to think about it.  When we want to start trying again (and we will in a few years), it just comes right out and we are good to go.  I can’t say it was the most pleasurable procedure (sort of like a longer uncomfortable pap smear) but it’s a whole lot easier than giving birth so I’m good with that.

Okay back to the day….


Oy, how does one transition from pap smears to oatmeal?

Well anyways, that was breakfast.  Just plain oatmeal with cottage cheese mixed in at the end and topped with blueberries, sunflower seed butter and pecans.

After breakfast, John woke up and took over G-man duty for a little while I went for a quick run on the treadmill.  It was dreadfully cold so the short walk to the gym was about all I could handle of being outside today.

I got back to a sleeping baby so I hopped in the shower before I had to feed him again.

Lunch was had shortly after which consisted of some kind of leftovers. (Nothing too exciting enough to photograph apparently though…sorry)

John went to work later in the afternoon and G and I bundled up to go out for my doctor’s appointment.


When we got back, our friends came over for a play date.  I met Meredith and her 4 month old baby Margaret in the nursing room at church last week and we found out we lived very close to each other.  We’ve hung out a few times now and have been making weekly play dates.  It’s been SO great for everyone- the babes play and we chat over coffee.  (<— oh look more coffee!)

After they left, I fed Grayson and then made something for myself.  This is usually the hardest hour for us because from about 6:00 – 7:30 PM, he is not a happy camper.  I think this is “witching hour” and coincides perfectly with when I want to eat dinner…naturally.  Thankfully, I had some leftover mashed cauliflower in the fridge and a piece of salmon thawed so this dinner came together in no time.



I also made a kale caesar salad (just massaged kale with caesar yogurt dressing and a little parmesan cheese) to go along.  This dinner was just what I needed.

After dinner was bath and bed time feeding for G.  And this brings us to the time being where I am writing this and sipping on chia decaf tea and eating chocolate covered almonds.

Tomorrow is Grayson’s two month checkup and he gets all of his shots.  I’m not going to lie, I’m slightly freaking out about it.  I’ve watched him get one shot and it was more traumatic for me than it was for him so I’m not sure how I’ll handle a whole bunch of them.  I wish I could get them all for him.  Thankfully John will be there because I made him take off for moral support for me.

Well that’s it for today.  Hope you all are staying warm!

Oh and PS- Look at what John came up with for our Christmas card this year…



Ha, should be a hoot!







Growing Up and Growing Out

by Lauren on November 17, 2014

Hey guys.  Happy Monday!

It’s a cold rainy day here in Boston and since Grayson is refusing to take daytime naps unless he is out and about in his car seat, we decided to plant ourselves in Starbucks for a few hours while he sleeps and I get some work done.  For some reason, this kid will NOT sleep for more than 20 minutes in his crib during the day.  Nights are no problem at all (thank goodness), but it makes it quite difficult to get anything done before 9 pm.  Luckily, he goes to sleep instantly the second we get into the car and will stay asleep in his car seat for a few hours so I should be good.


Anyways, today I wanted to touch on the sad sad fact that babies grow so incredibly fast. Like you didn’t know that already right?  Before I had my little bambino, I heard from just about every parent that your kids grow before your eyes.  Well fast forward to the present and I can fully tell you that this statement is in no way fabricated.  Grayson is not even two months old and grows by the day.  It’s mind blowing sometimes!


While all of this is just so precious, it also makes you regret spending more than $10 for any baby outfit.  I swear I buy him one outfit and he is in it for about 5 minutes before it starts to get tight.  I went into Baby Gap the other day and wanted to buy my handsome little fella just about everything they carried; however, I knew if I did, I wouldn’t even have these things paid off before he was onto the next size.  Talk about a depreciating asset!

Luckily, we were gifted a ton of great clothes from our baby showers but I still have some kind of weird inability to pass a baby section and not walk away with at least one thing for my little guy.  I mean after all, how can I resist this face?





Thankfully, there are companies out there that get my struggle and produce adorable baby clothes at affordable prices!  Connie’s Kids Children’s Clothing is one of them.  They have a TON of variety for girls and boys from premie to toddler and have really great prices.  I’m pretty sure he has to own one of these clip on bow ties.

Thankfully, I have little desire to actually buy myself clothing anymore.  I mean first of all, I pretty much rock the yoga pants every single day. And all of my tops have to be conducive for nursing or else I won’t even bother to look.  Not to mention all of my clothes have some kind of puke stain on them so as you can see, spending money on new clothes for mommy is just impractical.


Oh thank goodness as they get bigger, they only get cuter.



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Weekly Catch Up

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Baby Nicknames & Random Updates

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Scenes from the Weekend

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An Honest Reaction

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Body After Baby: An Honest Post

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