Thursday, June 14, 2018

Austin Recap + Summer Plans

Greetings faithful blog readers,

Thanks for sticking by me whether I'm a fast or slow blogger! We returned home from Austin on Saturday and have been getting back into our normal groove this past week.

Austin was a fun and exciting break from the norm. In addition to the family reunion, we got to catch up with a lot of friends. Willa had two play dates with other babies (though I can't say she really knew what was going on--at least the moms had fun!) The secret date that I mentioned in my last post turned out to be dinner at Blue Dahlia Bistro and seeing Paul Simon in concert. Brendan scored us amazing seats right on the floor, and I could not help but tear up during the opening song--America. It was a spectacular concert, but I told Brendan I refuse to plan him a secret date because his will be impossible to top! Thanks to mom (Lelie) for babysitting. It was nice to be together and out on the town...though (true life) I did have to pump in the car before the concert.

I took Willa out on the playdates on my own; it always feels like such an accomplishment getting us both ready and out of the house. Here we are in our brunching attire. 

It was great to have some family time and friend time. I didn't get pictures, but we also did a couple's date with Matt and Amanda at DK Sushi and went to Lick Honest Ice Cream after. So good. I love our double dates and will take all the cousin time I can get!

We had friends over for dinner, which made it easy for me to be with Willa for her dinner. 

Cassie Meets Willa 
I also got my hair done, and Brendan used a Christmas giftcard to pick up some new equipment at Precision Camera. The week went by so quickly! 

Beyond seeing family and friends this summer (in Austin, Connecticut, and Maine), we don't have any other summer plans. We're both really enjoying the time off and thankful to be able to spend so much time with Willa. She continues to be a happy and easy go lucky baby. That may not last, but I'm enjoying it while I can! 

While I joke that we live in "groundhog day" in which everyday is the same (feed, change, play, nap, repeat), the truth is that everyday is a new adventure too. Even something as simple as a baby pool turns into something neat when you're with someone experiencing it for the very first time. 

While I do have some goals in mind (writing, organization, and future planning type stuff), we've been taking it easy since we got home. I've been binge watching season two of 13 Reasons Why and catching up with friends via phone dates. Going from giving birth to caring for a newborn to finishing the semester to teaching an online class to traveling with a two month old was a lot, and I'm content to relax a bit. I've been able to ease up on the pumping schedule too and now only do that three times a day (in addition to breastfeeding all day...but it's better than the six pump per day schedule I had before Austin).

On a terribly sad note, Brendan and I were shocked and very saddened to learn that Willa's pediatrician, Dr. Ackerman, a mother of three, was killed in a cycling accident last week. We've given our condolences to her family and will be donating to one of her chosen charities in her honor. We saw her a lot as we troubleshooted Willa's slow to gain issues, and she was a really kind person. Please, please, please drive safely and remember that distracted driving is never worth it. I cannot stop thinking about her family and how this loss will affect them. Be careful on the roads, especially during the summer when more kiddos are out playing.

We hope everyone will have a fun weekend. We're looking forward to celebrating Brendan's first father's day on Sunday.


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