This Week

I made carrot cake baked oatmeal! What is it about spring that makes me only want to eat carrot cake-flavored things?? Italian carrot cake, carrot cake baked oatmeal, carrot cake waffles/pancakes. I know I have a carrot cake overnight oat recipe someplace but I’ll wait until it’s not 40 degrees to break that one out. As for the baked oatmeal, tastes like a delicious cobbler almost?? I love it!

The house my mom grew up next to is for sale, so when she sent me the listing, I asked if you could see her house in the pictures. She pulled up the street view and showed me the very house she lived in as a child. Built in 1900! I so loved seeing where she grew up and hearing her memories of the house. She had aunts, uncles, grandparents, a family bar and her dentist all on the same street too, so how cool is that??

Have I mentioned I’m going into the office one day a week?? Okay, it’s just a half day, but feels nice to socialize with my co-workers again and be out of the house for just a bit. This also means I’m pumping and man do I find it boring and time-consuming, but this is the only time I’m going to complain because women who work full time out of the house have it way way worse. You guys are my heroes!

I feel like I need a paragraph on Dempsey but what do I say other than HE’S PERFECT, I LOVE HIM, ALL THE HARD PARTS ARE TOTALLY FINE AND WORTH IT BECAUSE HE’S THE SMILIEST AND THE BEST?? Also, he just sits up now?? That happened so fast. And okay, he’s not all the way there but he’s doing so good! Oh and my mom nonchalantly texted me yesterday saying “He rolled over.” Maybe it’s because I had been telling him, “Do not make me tell your pediatrician you’re still not rolling at your six month appointment!” 🙂 He loves standing, he loves his Rockies bat, he loves when I loudly say “MAMA” to him (for real, I get thee biggest smiles!) and he loves when Daddy holds him high up in the air. He is just the best!

We tore through the last season of Shameless this week and man oh man did the quality of this show deteriorate. Every character seemed to have a new plotline every episode and they even introduced a new character in the penultimate episode?? It lost it’s timeless feel, it’s stakes and it’s strongest character by the end. I couldn’t stop thinking about how good it used to be! I was at once relieved it was all ending and hit with this overwhelming sadness to see a show that we’ve been watching for TEN YEARS end.

I am so dreaming of a post-vaccination vacation! The logistics of traveling with a baby (where do they sleep? do you have to bring a car seat? what if they need several naps a day?) are intimidating to me, but traipsing around with a cute baby and showing him new sights (watching him look at and take in things is seriously so fun!) sounds amazing! Where should we go and when can it be?!

I’ve also been thinking about all the things that have slipped through the cracks because of COVID. For instance, we moved and bought a treadmill and now I’ll never go back to the rec center we used to work out at and I’ll never see all the other 6 AM exercisers again. That is just so so strange and sad in a way. I am excited to re-enter normal life but maybe also not ready to confront all the ways this pandemic has changed us.

sNOw thank you! I keep having to remind myself of all the snowy Mother’s Days we’ve had because, in my mind, we should be DONE with snow by now. But no, it started coming down mid-Thursday and is still lightly falling now. I guess we (and the dog and the stroller) are in for another weekend. And we even had Saturday night Rockies tickets (that Joey seems to think we’re still using…)! Oh well, hunkering down with a cute baby ain’t so bad 🙂

Please tell me about your week and have a good (and hopefully warmer than us) weekend!

Weekend Things

Hello and good morning from spring in Colorado. Aka we’ve had a handful of warm, perfect weather days and now we’re launching into a week of cool temperatures. Whyyyyy? Also, guys, I am impatiently awaiting the time when Dempsey grows out of 30-minute naps. I thought we had made real strides in the past couple of weeks but WOOF, this weekend was rough. It’s not that I want more time to myself, it’s that he wakes up still tired and then we end up in an endless loop of trying to put him down for a nap where he actually gets enough sleep. The good news is, he’s perfect and I love him so much, 30-minutes naps and all! And we still had a really really great weekend!

A Friday morning photo and a Friday night photo, respectively. We ordered burgers from Park Burger because we had a free beer coupon and because burgers always sound good! Demps proceeded to knock every one of his “toys” off the table and then played with the ketchup and mustard packets. Put him down for bed and queued up Top Chef, then the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts. We didn’t make it all the way through, but ugh, why do they always have to be so sad??

Sorry for those first two blurry photos, but it was both 6 AM and this baby boy doesn’t like to stay still. He did seem to enjoy my contacts sample box though! Downstairs, I made us some suuuuper seedy waffles (love a texturally complex recipe, TBH) and Dempsey “helped” Joey file his nails and then I headed out to do something I hadn’t done since February 2020! Got a professional mani/pedi! I was super excited for some human interaction that wasn’t Joey (no offense, Joey!) but then the whole experience was sort of depressing. There were very few other people in there and NO ONE was talking to each other. I suddenly wasn’t sure if we were even encouraged to conversate so then I also didn’t talk to my nail tech and it just felt sad. At least my nails look good!

After my mani, we had to go pick up our Chipotle GrubHub order because there were no drivers available and that’s the second time in two weeks that that has happed… By the time I got home, it was a late lunch and baby boy was on his FOURTH nap already, ugh! We did get a chance to finish the shorts though and my favorite one was The Snail and the Whale, which actually isn’t even nominated, go figure! Demps slept till 5:10 and woke up just in time for our evening plans with Steve and Lorna. Dempsey keeps crying when Grandpa Steve holds him and I don’t know what that’s about but he had gotten over it by the end of the night. We picked up Spuntino for dinner and feasted outside. Gosh I love Spuntino so much! I excused myself early to go feed and put Dempsey to sleep and check it out, he’s started to sit up on his own!!! Though he did fall over right after I took this picture 🙂 He went down easy peasy and then everyone got to chat downstairs for a bit. After Steve and Lorna left, we wathced an episode of Shameless (trying to binge this final season now that it’s all over, wahhh) and the beginning of SNL even!

Guys, do you see that sweet sweet smiley baby??? I love him!!!! Joey cropped me out of that photo, which is RUDE, but I forgive him because he got that perfect shot of Dempsey 🙂 We ordered The Noshery for breakfast and I swear Joey’s scramble came with potatoes and toast last time! We finished SNL after and Bowen Yang is a national treasure.

We’ve been trying to take Dempsey over to Joey’s grandparents’ for weeks and were finally able to make it happen! He was a happy boy (despite his 30-minute nap) and it was the very sweetest and best to see him smiling up at his great grandparents 🙂

Had Caesar salads for dinner then put Dempsey down for bed and had dessert while we watched another epi of Shameless. I came across this Italian Carrot Cake and though I didn’t actually have an occasion to make it, do you every really need an occasion for dessert? I say no! Also, the recipe said to let it sit for 12 hours and to that, we also said no! It was so so good. I served up a piece to my mom today and she concurred. That’s a win!

Happy Monday!