Friday, April 27, 2012


I've worked a few days from home thus far, and it's been busy, but glorious.

Granted, working at home with a baby present requires diligence. It's pretty easy to rack up five hours of solid work time each day during Mason's naps and some of his playtime. And the amount of work I get accomplished during Mason's naps blows my mind--probably as much or more than what I usually accomplish in an eight-hour day in the office. But I need to buckle down to log those last three hours each day at home. However, without commuting, getting ready, and socializing or otherwise futzing around the office, I do feel like I have much more time in my day.

I love being able to see my baby more as I wrap up my paying job.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

easy spring - back yard

I keep thinking that I've forgotten something. How is my yard finished this early in the season?

My herbs are already going crazy.

The Columbine is blooming.

So is my azalea.

And the honeysuckle.

And the roses.

I'm waiting on the rhododendrons to bloom.

My vegetable garden is starting to take off.

I love this time of year!

Monday, April 23, 2012

easy spring - front yard

I have never had such an easy spring. Thanks to planting perennials and using weed control fabric last year and for the warm temperatures all winter, my yards are in great shape, with little effort on my part.

Nearly everything in my front flower bed came up, even last year's annual bulbs that I never got around to digging up in the fall.

I've enjoyed brilliant color all winter from last year's annuals that never died.

Even my snapdragons in planters survived, and are now thriving!

Easy peasy. I'll take it.

Friday, April 20, 2012

sick babe

My sweet little babe woke up in the middle of the night earlier this week, feverish and projectile vomiting. It was awful. All three of us were up nearly all night. Mason cried and whimpered, and Brad and I took turns caring for and comforting him.

Other parents have warned me about how awful it is when kids get sick, but I had no idea. The pitiful look in Mason's eyes that said, "Mommy, help me!" and the desperate note in his cry nearly killed me.

Thankfully, the bug passed, and Mason soon returned to his smiling, talking, and jumping self. Praise God for quick healing, for all of our sakes. I can't take it when my baby's miserable.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Brad, Mason, and I made it to the National Arboretum this weekend to check out the azaleas.




Why have we never done this before?!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

making baby food

Mason finally caught on to eating solids. Or maybe I should say that I eventually figured out how to get him to open his mouth. Meal times are going well now. He sits in his high chair and impatiently pounds the tray for more.

With the exception of buying one box of rice cereal and one jar of unsweetened applesauce, I've made all of Mason's other food, which I love doing. It doesn't feel like a chore at all. I use my trusty food processor and a couple of ice cube trays.

After the cubes of food freeze, I pop them out and store them in labeled, resealable bags.

He has quite a collection in the freezer already. Thus far he's eaten rice cereal, bananas, applesauce, avocados, peas, zucchini, and sweet potatoes. I have asparagus and carrots on deck.

What are/were your baby's favorite first foods?

Friday, April 6, 2012

rolling regression

Mason began rolling from his belly to his back when he turned 12 weeks old. He hated being on his tummy so much that he found a way off of it. Since that day, he's rarely stayed on his tummy for more than 10 seconds before rolling to his back. To date, he still hasn't rolled the other way, from back to tummy. I believe he can do it, but he doesn't want to. And no amount of coaxing, toys, food, or whatever will motivate him to do it.

Recently, Mason had a week when he stopped rolling altogether. After being placed on his tummy, he'd lay his head face down on the blanket and sob, just like he did when he was two months old and trying to figure out how to roll. It was like he had completely forgotten what to do. This behavior scared me, partly because it came on so suddenly and partly because I had never heard of babies regressing in their skills.

I consulted Dr. Google about "rolling regression" and was quickly assured that when babies enter stages of fast development, they can temporarily "forget" previously acquired skills. Mason's cut seven teeth in nine weeks. He's learning to sit unassisted and eat from a spoon. He began jumping one day (in a standing position in someone's lap) and hasn't stopped jumping since then. His brain and body have been busy!

And then, one day, he began rolling from belly to back again, like he had never taken a break from it.

This little man is such a mystery to me sometimes. I don't worry at all about boredom once I'm home with him full-time. As soon as I get comfortable, he pulls a fast one on me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

first race post partum

We made it! I've run no more than six times and no farther than five miles since Mason arrived, but I somehow managed to make it all 10 miles at Sunday's Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. And I only walked while drinking water at the stations.

The blossoms had long since disappeared and I ran my slowest race pace per mile ever, but no previous race experience or success can compare to having my sweet baby follow Brad and me around the race course (accompanied by his grandparents), cheering us on.

Mason's face lit up as Brad and I sprinted past him toward the finish line. As my body recovers from running 10 miles without much training, I simply think of my sweet boy's exuberance, and my achy legs and sore back don't hurt as much.