In Real Life: Week 8

Here’s what week 8 of 2017 looked like:

Reuben on rye for me, tri-tip + cheddar on ciabatta for him.

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Beauty, even in decay.

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I dedicated about two hours last Sunday just to food prep. But it’s been 100% worth it, since I have hardly had to lift a finger for dinner all week.

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Part of food prep included this giant pot of scalloped potatoes.

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Couch hogs.

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Oliver also decided to go on an adventure this week, and found himself stuck on the roof of a neighboring building in rain and freezing temperatures. Unsurprisingly, he hasn’t asked to go back out at all since.

We had more crazy storms at the beginning of the week, and a giant redwood tree fell across highway 17, blocking all four lanes of traffic. Robbie actually got stuck on his way home from work, thanks to this thing. But, funny story… somebody stopped near the downed tree happened to have a chainsaw with them, so they just went to town cutting it up. From what I heard, these guys had most of it cleared before the professionals even got there. Score one for resourcefulness!

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James had me take his picture being creepy, and then he helped me edit it. This is the stuff of nightmares.

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Gifts from Robbie, because he knows how much I love my sriracha. Now I can have it everywhere.

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Work has us working on a research project. Call me sick, but I’ve kind of enjoyed getting back into study mode. Sometimes it makes me have crazy thoughts about doing things like getting my master’s degree.

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Jack has been waking up right in the middle of me trying to get ready for work all week. Luckily, he’s happiest in the mornings, so he doesn’t mind hanging out in the bouncy seat while I talk to him and put my makeup on.

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And of course, mama will never begrudge some smiley snuggle time, even if it’s not exactly convenient.

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I actually had to scrape my windows a couple of mornings this week. That almost never happens here.

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James is basically the epitome of California, with his flat-brimmed O’Neil hat and his shaggy hair curling out the bottom. Somebody get this kid some Vans and a skateboard.

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This piece of wisdom from my Dove chocolate was obviously not written for parents. Try “Have 5 cups of coffee today!” instead.

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We’ve had some pretty great skies this week. #nofilter

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Aaaah… Friday.

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This boy drools so much these days that I have resorted to using these bandana-style drool bibs during the day to keep his shirts dry. Sometimes he acts like he’s teething, too… is that even possible at 3 months? Anyway… look at those eyes! Such a handsome baby.

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And that’s a wrap for week 8. Have a great week 9!

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In Real Life: Week 7

We had a better week during week 7.

Howdy, partner! (There was not a snake in his boot. I checked.)

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I spent a good chunk of Sunday afternoon just letting Jack nap on my chest. Just soaking it all in.

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The boys got some pretty adorable Valentine’s cards from the grandparents this year.

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Naturally, this one was my personal favorite.

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I’m not even kidding that I woke up with hair like this on Valentine’s Day. Too bad wearing your hair down in the hospital is just begging for germs, so it went into a ponytail.

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This peanut had his 3-month birthday on Valentine’s Day, too. How has it been 3 months already?

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Still driving way out of my way for part of my commute each day. At least the views are pretty.

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He looks like he’s really been suffering while I’ve been at work. Also, that shirt! <3<3<3

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My tulips have been keeping me happy all week.

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Ever looked inside a tulip? It’s purdy.

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I like the little blue part at the bottom of the petals.

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It’s been so nice to be home with Jack more this week.

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Happy boy!

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A little quiet time for mama after both boys were finally in bed.

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Sending love to daddy before school.

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He’s slowly learning to hate tummy time less and less.

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It stormed like crazy on Friday, and a long nap with my boy felt way more important than anything else on the to-do list that afternoon.

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You might remember that I bought this blue stuffed elephant on the day we find out we were having a boy. It sat on his dresser for many months before he was born, and it made me smile each time I saw it. Well, yesterday, Jack was finally able to play with it, and it was so much fun to see him get excited about a toy that already has so much meaning to me.

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He was so smiley that day! And he was amused that he could see himself in the screen. I love, love, love all the personality he’s developing.

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Well, that’s a wrap for last week! Keep smiling, friends!

In Real Life: Week 6

Week 6 of 2017 was a doozy.

It started with the Super Bowl. There were many much nachos consumed. #thisiswhyimfat

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I may have also partaken in a gratuitous amount of rum and diet coke.

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Then, on Monday, mama went back to work.

I transitioned to a different role after maternity leave. I’m now a “Respiratory Care Specialist,” which is a fancy way of saying that I get to do a lot more patient education. Plus it’s Monday through Friday, no weekends, no holidays, which is going to be so nice with a growing family.

I felt pretty snazzy in my new professional lab coat.

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I’m also pretty excited that I get my own desk! With two computer screens! The nerd in me can hardly contain herself right now.

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I didn’t cry once the whole day… until I got home. And then I sobbed all over Jack’s jammies because it was already bedtime by the time I got there, and I didn’t really get any time with him that day.

Mama missed you, baby boy.

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But I know he’s well taken care of when our nanny sends me adorable pictures like this one all day long.

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How can you resist that face?

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It’s been a crazy week for weather and road conditions. We’ve had one of the wettest winters on record in a very long time, and it just continues to rain. The ground simply can’t hold any more water right now, and the mountains are starting to give way.

This giant slide happened on Tuesday and is still effing up our commute. In fact, they’ve suspended trying to clear it right now because a person died while working on it this week. Look closely, and you’ll see that the mud has pushed the concrete barrier from the shoulder into the median, and is actually spilling into the other side of traffic.

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So this is what the commute has looked like for most of us, as we try to find other ways to get between San Jose and Santa Cruz with highway 17 basically shut down for most of the week. Unfortunately, many of the alternate routes are closed now, too, as landslides occur there and as roads never intended to see this much traffic with this much precipitation start literally crumbling into the earth. There’s only been one night this week where I made it home in under 3 hours.

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In fact, the traffic was so awful one morning that I just turned around and came home. Luckily my boss let me do a little work from home, and our nanny was nice enough to watch Jack so I could do it from a coffee shop.

It’s been a stressful week. The carrot cake was justified.

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Still life, from the one night I actually got to be home before bedtime this week.

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Progress, and a temporary break in the rain.

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This sunset almost made up for having to drive 50 miles out of my way to get home for the third time this week.

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Saturday morning bagel and lox. I only discovered lox bagels a couple of years ago, and I had to ask where they’d been all my life.

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Hey there.

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Tulip season is my favorite. Now to see how long it takes my cats to eat the leaves on these.

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The rain has let up for now, and we’re supposed to have sunshine for the next few days. Hopefully it gives them time to clear the current mess and for the ground to dry out a little before the next storm.

In the meantime, have a good week, everyone!

In Real Life: Week 5

Oliver loves to be outside.

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I love his little old man hairline. It’s like he’s balding in reverse.

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Pensive.

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This boy loves his daddy.

Also, look at those muscly legs! As much as he likes to stand, he might walk before he crawls.

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GUYS. I can’t believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. How has it been 12 weeks already? /uglycry

I gave the boys some time to practice with the nanny this week, but didn’t really have anything to do so early in the morning. So I went back to The Verve and spent most of it reading. It was eerily quiet at 7 am. But I got my favorite spot!

Also, can we talk about how pretentious it feels for me to use the word “nanny?” For the longest time I had it in my head that only rich, arrogant people have naaaaaannies. But the word “babysitter” just doesn’t seem right for someone who is basically going to mother my child in my home for 40 hours per week. Guess I’ll have to get over it. (Also, our nanny happens to be totally awesome, and this is absolutely judgement on myself and not at all on her, just to be clear. 😉 )

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Look what a difference 2 hours makes!

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I may or may not have had 2 lattes while I was there. (The second may or may not have been decaf, as justification.)

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Someday I want my daily morning routine to be coffee + newspaper at my favorite coffee shop, too.

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I let him nap on me as much as he wanted this week.

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I’m just trying to soak in every last minute.

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Robbie went back to work after baby leave this week, too. But before he did, we had a nice breakfast at our favorite spot, just the three of us.

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Heavenly Roadside Cafe makes the best Eggs Benedict in Scotts Valley.

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Heaven is a runny poached egg topped with Hollandaise sauce. Yum.

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We went back on Saturday with Robbie’s sister, Chrystal, and her tribe. I ordered Robbie’s usual, the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which is basically the most epic cinnamon toast you’ll ever eat.

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Man, I can’t believe how big James is getting. He’s gonna be driving before we know it.

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What a little flirt.

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Savannah, my BFF since middle school, and I used to combine our initials into a little brand. I’ve since done it with mine and Robbie’s initials… if you look closely there’s a J, F, S, R, & T.

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A workout that I didn’t want to do, but did not regret. In fact, I regretted it so little that I went back the next day and did it again.

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I forget sometimes just how good exercise is for my brain. I’m always tired and never excited about working out, but by the time I’m done I realize that I needed that time to let my mind wander and those endorphins to boost my mood. Must remember this.

A little urban sanctuary.

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Artemis likes to pout like this when she thinks she’s not being loved enough.

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We’re working on not hating tummy time. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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He is, however, beginning to like toys! He’s not reaching for them yet, but he does look at them and smile when they do funny things.

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A kitty and his box.

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And now I’m off to do ALL OF THE FOOD PREP in preparation for going back to work. I might also get to watch a little of the Super Bowl from my kitchen, we’ll see…

Seeya next week!