It's still the early in January so it's not too late to share our reflection on this past year right? This first week, we slowly got back into our groove, focused on routine, and spent some quality family time thinking about or plans for the year ahead. But before I get to that, we want to share about what a great year we had that kicked off with two baby showers from our families and friends, my sister's marriage to a wonderful man, and of course the birth of our son! We also celebrated Jack's first Christmas with my family in Michigan. It truly felt like a joyous year and we're excited for the adventures to come!
Jack got to ride the Q line for the first time as we went from Midtown to Downtown Detroit where we watched throws of people ice skating at Campus Martius right next to the giant Christmas tree!
As always, the vacation went by fast, but I met some goals for the end of the year including:
We spent NYE relaxing at home after all the travel, celebrations and teething troubles, but below you can see photos of our trip to Michigan this holiday season!
Since we always travel for the holidays, I've always been a little bit of a Scrooge when it comes to decorating - why spend money and time on things we won't actually get to enjoy very much since we'll be gone?! Well, of course things have taken a 180 turn now that Jackie Boy is here! Bring on the lights, tinsel, tree and ornaments because Santa Claus (or Santa Paws) is coming to town!
This year, we're going all out. We went out to chop down our own tree at Snickers Gap Tree Farm in Virginia - they provide the saw, but you do the work and load it up on to your car. It was a lot of fun! For Christmas 2018, we went with a Douglas Fir, and next year we may go with the Colorado Blue Spruce. Pete and Jolene were on a mission from the get go - it had to be straight and full, have a perfect point for the star topper, not too wide because we live in a small apartment, and have enough clearance down below for presents. And they did a pretty great job hunting down the perfect tree for our home.
Well, Jack is 7 months old and has got another playlist to share with you all so you can listen along to his favorite daily tunes. His music taste continue to evolve as he grows, learns, plays and drops a nap time here and there. He spends a lot of time listening to, dancing to and singing along with some of these songs! Mini Man loves a good jam session while he's on his Jolly Jumper. Enjoy listening to some of these classics and hopefully he introduces you to some new songs too!
1. Let's Dance - David Bowie
2. Blitzgriek Bop - Ramones
3. Rubber Duckie - Ernie (Sesame Street)
4. Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco - Cookie Monster
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
6. Me and Julio Down by the School Yard - Paul Simon and The Sesame Street Kids
7. Nasty Dan (Feat. Johnny Cash) - Johnny Cash, Oscar the Grouch
8. Hakuna Matata - Timon, Pumba and Simba
9. Estas Son Las Mananitas - Mariachi Pablo Olmedo
- NAP TIME TUNES-
10 Gymnopedie - The Harp Players
11. Nocturne in E Flat Major - Mikhail Glinka, Zavier De Maistre
12. Theme from Swan Lake - Laura Silberberg
13. Gnossiennes - The Harp Players
You can find this playlist on Spotify - Here's the link!
We had Mamo and Teetee visit us this last weekend of October here in DC, and although the weather quickly turned sour shortly after their arrival, we ventured out in the rain, did a little sight seeing and eventually did get a few good moments in the fall sunshine! Some highlights were an impromptu visit to the Portrait Gallery (Jack's first Smithsonian visit!) that had a Dia de los Muertos event, walked through City Center's umbrella installation, and saw some Halloween decorations around town.
Also thanks to Mama Ilse (Mamo) and my sister, Ilse (Teetee), Pete and I got to go out on a date Friday night. Dinner at Fig & Olive and we saw First Man. Apparently, while we were out enjoying ourselves, they had their own adventures in babysitting that included getting peed and pooped on. Unexpected visitors came a knocking which riled up Jolene right at bedtime. Meanwhile, we were sipping on cocktails, eating some risotto and lounging in some fancy new movie theater recliners!
Peanut. Not just a nickname we call Jack. It's an app I've told several people about and I can't stop raving about it. It's like Bumble but for new moms to meet other new moms in their vicinity. (For my parents who don't know what Bumble is, that's a dating app). Peanut came in really handy for me in the most critical time - when Jack was just about 2-3 months old and I was tired, anxious, losing my mind, feeling alone...ya see, most of my close friends that have had kiddos live far, far away. No one in my work environment is in the same stage of life as me and neither are any of my DC gal pals. This app helps you connect with other local moms that have similar interests! Even if you don't actually get to the point where you meet in person, it's so nice and relieving to be able to chat with someone that's in the exact same stage of life - and may have some tips that she's recently discovered for whatever concern you may have.
I've met a couple moms and their babies now - in a way it was great that it also forced me to get out there and meet up at a park when at the time I was struggling to get anything together. Now I'm a basically a pro when it comes to heading out with stroller, pooch and baby, plus everything else you need in tow. Also, new mom's just get it when you don't answer a text back right away or even a few hours later. They get it when you have to cancel last minute because baby hasn't gone down for a nap or because you are just so worn out. Everyone gets it on this app - the frustrations, the worries, the mini victories, the milestones (like baby's first solid poop!! hooorayy!!!). And once you've made the connection, exchanged phone numbers, you can continue to chat via the app or whichever way you prefer.
You can upload photos of you and your new little family if you'd like. You can pick three interests from baking to working out to city living to couch potato-ing. You can pick a radius so if you have a car or can only walk you are able to meet mom's in the area you can get easily get to. It's for expecting moms, it's for new moms, it's for 2nd, 3rd time around moms. Honestly, it's a really great app even if you do have your gal pals around. It helps you and your community so I highly recommend this app. If you or you know of someone that is expecting/has had a baby, please let them know about Peanut because I think it would help out anyone greatly. I often found myself on it during the late night feedings with Jack and now I've got a good group of local new mom's I can reach out too. Bonus, the husband gets to meet new dads too via the connections you make!
*Not sponsored, just a really great way to make connections in this modern world.
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