It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, and I fear this one will be mostly baby-related. Even I’m sick of posting so many baby photos to my Instagram account, but when you’ve been stuck inside for a month, there’s really nothing else of interest going on in life.
I’ve had a pretty rough go of things, recovery-wise. Thanks to a bad infection, my incision split open in multiple places and will require twice-daily packing changes for many more weeks before I can be sutured back together. Because my blood pressure dropped so low during labor and I required blood transfusions afterwards, I was pumped so full of fluids that I had severe swelling and couldn’t bend my knees for two weeks after delivery – I left the hospital weighing 16 pounds more than I did when I went in for the induction. It’s been frustrating and painful, and really made for an unpleasant past month. Fortunately I am finally starting to feel better, 4.5 weeks after delivery – yesterday was the first time I left the house for something non-medically related and it felt so great to get back into the real world! I really thought that I could spend some of my maternity leave enjoying the nice weather – I pictured walks outside with the baby and dog, lunch with my husband… nothing strenuous by any means, but I thought I could at least get myself out the front door. Not so much. Sigh.
2) Mother’s Day
Sunday marked both the four week “birthday” for our little guy and my first Mother’s Day. Somehow, we wound up hosting brunch at our house for our families. Fifteen minutes before everyone was supposed to arrive, our kitchen was full of smoke, Ryan was wailing inconsolably, and we were all still in our pajamas – how on earth did we, with the newborn, get stuck hosting everyone else?! But brunch went off without a hitch (aside from the slight lingering of smoke…), the new grandparents spent time with the baby, and we took our first little family photo (aside from the one where I’m still in the middle of surgery).
While I was pregnant, I did some research into the best ways to introduce our dog to the new baby and how to make the transition less stressful for her. There’s no denying that our dog has always been a member of our family and the center of our little family life, and she’s also prone to some overall anxiety and bad separation anxiety, so I wanted to make things as easy as possible on her. So many people said that once the baby arrived, the dog would be demoated to “just a dog” – we wouldn’t want her on the couch anymore, or sleeping in our bedroom, we’d find her desire to play to be a nuisance, etc. I’m going to go ahead and call bull on that – almost 5 weeks later, our dog is every bit as important to us as she was beforehand. In fact, since she sleeps through the night, she’s generally the preferred individual. ;)
4) South Street West Night Market
As mentioned earlier, last night was the first time I left the house for fun – we put the baby in a wrap and headed out to the Night Market Philadelphia in South Street West. The Night Market is a great concept – it’s basically a big food-related street festival with restaurants and food trucks, hosted by The Food Trust. From the website: “Night Market Philadelphia is the city’s premier street food festival, a roving food event spotlighting Philly’s best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks. Inspired by Asia’s lively outdoor markets, our events celebrate up-and-coming neighborhoods and showcase Philadelphia's diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene.“ I had a great time – not only was it amazing to leave the house like a normal human, but all the food we tried was delicious: sausage cheesesteak on a pretzel roll from Alla Spina (I’ve had my fair share of pretzel rolls in my life, but this one was amazing), a BBQ chicken and coleslaw biscuit from Scratch Biscuits, shortrib truffle mac and cheese from Bistro Romano, arepas from the Delicias food truck, and a Crabby Granny cider from Frecon Farms. I hope the Night Market comes back to our neighborhood again next year!
5) Memphis Taproom
I’ve been telling my husband that I want to go to Memphis Taproom for at least two years now, ever since I spotted the vegan coconut club sandwich on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We finally made it for lunch today, with baby in tow. It worked out really well – we were able to drive and street park since it was a weekday afternoon, and while busy, the restaurant wasn’t crowded, so it wasn’t a problem to take a table for 4 so we could put the car seat on the bench next to me. The fried pickles and smoked coconut club were everything I imagined – the coconut was amazingly smokey and bacon-like, with just a hint of sweetness at the end. Scott enjoyed the Mighty Memphis Burger, topped with aged cheddar and fried kielbasa. Next week, we’re aiming for lunchtime visits to South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar!