September 2015 iPhonetography

It has somehow been an entire month since the last time I shared a recipe.  I’d say I don’t know where the time went, but I know exactly where it went… to work, to the gym, to caring for a baby.  This working mom gig is hard.  I smugly thought I had it all down while I was home on maternity leave.  Once I was over my raging infection and back on my feet, I felt like the most with-it parent.  Ryan and I went on long walks with the dog every day.  I managed to keep the house tidy and do all the laundry.  When my husband came home from work, I was in the kitchen working on dinner.  I shared multiple new recipes per week, written during nap time while wearing the baby or after he went to sleep for the night.   Caring for a baby – piece of cake!

And then I went back to work… ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha.  I quickly realized I had nothing down when it came to fitting it all in.  The blog posts I used to write during nap time?  Well, there is no nap time at work… I spend my days doing experiments.  Writing after Ryan goes to sleep?  I’m so exhausted, I can barely finish the little things I have to do around the house after he goes to bed, like shower and make bottles and pack my lunch.  I go to the gym 4-5 days a week after work so I usually don’t get home until 7:30 or so… I immediately start to make dinner, we eat dinner, I spend a little time playing with Ryan, he goes to bed around 9:45-10pm (having a nanny gives us the luxury of keeping him up later at night so I can actually spend time with him since he can sleep in as late as he wants).  Literally everything else has fallen by the wayside – I can’t remember the last time I picked up knitting needles, or turned on the TV, or apparently, had time to blog.  I used to try to work on it at 4am when I am up pumping every morning, but I had such a hard time falling back to sleep afterward that I decided to cut out electronics during my pumping sessions.  Now I just sit in the dark, bored out of my mind, from 4-4:30am every day… and still can’t fall back to sleep.  Grumble.

But!  I did manage two fun ventures this month — a trip to Texas to visit my childhood best friend and help with some tasks for her wedding, and an evening wandering around a totally empty downtown Philadelphia during the Popecalypse. And in a week, I have a week of vacation — an annual off-season trip to the shore with our DC friends — and I’m hoping to take advantage of the week off of work to write up some recipe posts.  Hopefully things will be back in action soon!

As usual, here’s a roundup in pictures of how we spent the past month.  Many of these come from my private Instagram account, but you can follow along on my public account here or my food-only account here.

September 2015

1) The very hungry caterpillar, and four of his closest friends, absolutely demolished an entire parsley plant in my little garden.  As much as I enjoy wildlife and insects, I was planning on making tabbouleh the next day, so I was less than pleased.
2) We had our annual block progressive dinner party over Labor Day weekend.  I, of course, hosted the dessert course, and offered up a chocolate chocolate chip oreo cake and a strawberry shortcake trifle.  Both were big hits!
3) Ryan’s first flight – I think my husband thought I was crazy to take an almost-5 month old halfway across the country by myself, but he did great on the plane.  Added bonus: the pilots loved his little plane pajamas.
4) We did a tiny bit of sightseeing over the weekend — here we are the Houston Water Wall.
5) Babywearing: the key to getting a baby, a suitcase, a carseat, a carseat stroller frame, a diaper bag, and a travel boppy all on a plane by yourself without checking anything.
6) Ryan discovered his feet this month.  The perfect toy – they’re always with you!
7) Friends flew down from Maine for a weekend and we spent a low-key evening with them, ordering in pizza.  This peanut butter cup ganache cake was my contribution to the evening.
8) Dog and baby tandem napping.
9) Smile!
10) Tiny narcissist loves looking at himself on the iPhone screen.  Five months old and addicted to selfies.
11) If I fits, I sits!  Dreidel has discovered that her backside fits just perfectly in the opening of the boppy.
12) Pope-prep — the entire downtown area of Philadelphia turned into row upon row of port-o-potties in preparation for the pope masses.  Insert obligatory “holy shit!” joke here.
13) At 5 months old, Ryan finally fits into the 0-3 month sized outfit he wore home from the hospital.  Tiny baby problems — at his 4 month visit, he was 37th percentile for height and just 4th percentile for weight.
14) Between the amazingness that was a car-free center city with the pope visit and this beautiful sunrise, I think everyone here fell back in love with Philly last weekend.
15) This kid and his cheesy grins, all day every day.
16) Broad Street… totally empty.  Let’s do a car free weekend again soon, mmmkay Philly?