When you have a new baby, the world around you kind of disappears. I promise I’m not trying to be self-centered but the thought of anything else going on the in the world besides the chaos that is me adjusting to our new normal is hard to grasp. Because of this, it never really dawned on me that it was Memorial Day weekend until I heard people talking about 3 days off and saw people loading the carts with hotdogs and beer on my trip to Target. I feel bad about this because it’s such a special weekend to stop and reflect on the hardworking men and women that serve and protect this country. And though I don’t have anything incredibly poignant to say, I am always grateful for their dedication and sacrifice.
Though David is back at work today, I was so happy to have him around all weekend. So was Hailey! It was gorgeous and we spent all Saturday morning at the park and splash pad as our first outing as a family of four.
So far mornings seem to be when I get the best naps from Kaitlyn, especially if she is in the Ergo- she will snooze away! I’m a bit worried about it getting too hot, especially with the infant insert, so if anyone has any lighter weight wraps/carriers to recommend, I’m all ears.
The nice weather was perfect for outdoor projects and Hailey dedicated herself to helping Dad finish building her new playground. She spent hours (HOURS!) out back with David. She’d follow him around and hammer and screw in everything after he did. It was ridiculously adorable.
They even managed to fit in some swimming in the first lake dip of the season. I’m really hoping she turns into a fish this year, though I’m not yet sure how I’ll manage the pool with her and Kaitlyn.
While those two were playing, I managed a trip to Target with Kaitlyn, a lot of laundry and picking up and a lot of snuggles. We sat outside with David and Hailey all afternoon on Saturday (Kaitlyn LOVES natural light/being outside and I attribute it to helping her get her nights and days straight so quickly), but Sunday afternoon brought a serious gas attack for Kaitlyn, which meant a lot of tummy rubs, bouncing and nursing.
On days like yesterday, I am so grateful for the generosity of family and friends in helping us out with meals. I’ve cooked once since Kaitlyn was born (fish tacos on Friday!).
It felt amazing to be back in the kitchen, but I know it will still be a bit before it’s a consistent routine. The days right now are still so unpredictable.
Other than that one meal, our dinners have been completely supplied by others. While mom was here, we ate well…
crockpot BBQ and slaw
chicken piccata and asparagus
salmon and veggies
And now that Nana is back home, several friends have put together a meal train, in which we are basically supplied with dinner every other day for another week or so. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it!
Beef and lentil taco salads
So, needless to say, we’ve been eating really well. I keep repeating the it takes a village mantra in my head and I’m happily accepting the kind gestures of my friends. The gifts, flowers, cards, love and food we have received has been truly overwhelming. Now if I can get an overlap during naps today, I’ll get my pen busy writing thank you notes.
Until then, I’m off to see what the day brings!
Do you have any light weight carriers/baby wrap recommendations?
What did you do on this holiday weekend?