Hi guys! It feels like Monday but it’s already Tuesday – sweet! I hope most of you got to enjoy a nice long weekend, too. Here are some of the highlights from ours!
1) A hike (well, trail stroll) on Sunday afternoon on the beautiful C&O canal trail!
I used to run out on the C&O canal ALL the time – I’ve logged so many miles there! It’s nice and flat with pretty views, so it was perfect for a walk with Riese (and Freyja the dog) in tow. We ended up walking about 4 miles – I was so tired after but the fresh air felt amazing!
2) Not one but TWO restaurant meals out with Riese, including her first dinner out! These are our “yay for leaving the house!” faces:
The first outing was brunch on Sunday at Silver Diner with our friend Shane. Riese has been to Silver Diner a few times now, since we go there after my mom’s group meet ups for lunch. She woke up shortly after we got there and wanted to come out of the car seat, but luckily was content to just look around and take in the action.
I started with the kale salad you see pictured above (SO GOOD – great flavor), and then moved on to an omelette with potatoes. The omelette was just okay (it had sweet maple sausage in it, which I’ve decided I just don’t love – savory all the way), but it did the job.
I was pretty nervous about having Riese out because it was REALLY crowded at Silver Diner… the times I’ve been before it’s been pretty dead. Flu and cold season definitely has me scared to have her out… and she just looks so tiny and fragile around all those people, too. I really have to fight the urge to just keep her home and protected all the time… I know it’s good for all of us to get out into the world.
Our second meal out was dinner last night! We had an appointment with the baby feeding specialist (she’s a chiro that specializes in babies – it’s more like baby massage vs. chiro stuff) in Old Town in the afternoon and by the time we were leaving, I had just fed Riese and it was almost 5 so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to try a dinner out! We walked over to Virtue Feed and Grain, and just like before, Riese was asleep in the car seat for about 10 minutes before wanting to come out and see what was happening. We had literally just gotten our beers and were “cheers”-ing when we heard her start crying. Fail!
Matt and I have really perfected the art of the one handed meal. 😉
I’m proud of us for getting her out and about. It’s definitely easier and less stressful to just stay home, but we want to get her (and ourselves) used to going out and about with her more because we always said we want to be the type of parents who still get out and do stuff when they have a baby. Plus, I know it’s as easy as it will ever be right now (before she starts walking, etc.). So, three cheers for progress!
On the homemade food front, I made us a variation on huevos rancheros two mornings for brunch at home – it consisted of a ton of microwave-wilted baby spinach with a corn tortilla, a little brown rice, salsa, avocado, and fried eggs. Quite delish if I do say so myself. 😉
Matt also made us some really good bacon wrapped steaks (with sweet taters and sauteed garlicky spinach) on Saturday night – mmmm.
As for Friday night, we ordered pizza. 🙂 I love having pizza on Fridays – fun start to the weekend. Zara agreed!
We have a big day ahead – we are taking Riese for her frenectomy for her lip tie this afternoon. The baby chiro agreed with the doctor that the tongue looked fine and we should just do the lip tie, and they had a last minute appointment available for this afternoon (and then nothing for a couple weeks) so we decided to just go for it. I’m nervous and really hope it goes okay and that she’s not in too much pain afterwards. I appreciate those of you who shared your stories and tips – made me feel better that this should be a relatively quick procedure and recovery, and that it will hopefully make a difference with breastfeeding and her ability to get enough milk from me!
Have a nice day guys – I’ll see you back here on Thursday with a post about how my eating has changed since Riese arrived, and what supplements I’m taking now post-baby, too. Until then, I’ll leave you with my new favorite photo – those blue eyes! I love them. And her hair is starting to come back now, too!