“Eat. Pray. Love.”

“Eat. Pray. Love.” What a great title, huh? I just finished reading this book. “What?” you say, “You have time to READ?” Well, this is aided in large part by the fact that I had the stomach flu and did absolutely nothing for 2 days. G, in typical fashion, did absolutely everything- from looking after Lucy to doing laundry to getting DVDs for me to watch. The man is a saint. In any case, I was able to catch up on some reading.

A self-described “memoir of self-discovery”, this book chronicled the author’s “search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia” (note: this is also the subtitle of the book). It’s a sweet little book. I like the author’s style and I enjoyed her experiences of places that have been dear to me as well (namely Italy and Bali). So that’s my recommendation. Pick it up if you’re so inclined.

One of my favorite quotes (by the author’s sister) from the book: “Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.”

Starbucks Has No Soul

The chairman of Starbucks, Howard Schulz, is now lamenting the fact that the stores have no soul. “Some people even call our stores sterile, cookie cutter, no longer reflecting the passion our partners feel about our coffee,” he said. He’s just now realizing this? I’m not a huge Starbucks fan, but they’ve certainly done some commendable or notable things. Having a soul isn’t one of them.

Happy Birthday Baby!

Lucy is one month old today. Where DOES the time go? It’s been quite an eventful month and I think we’re settling into this new life reasonably well. Of course, she has developed a raging case of baby acne and has been extremely fussy the past couple of days. Thank goodness she’s sleeping well at night which makes everything else much easier to take. Yesterday a friend nicknamed her Latte Lucy for the ‘froth’ and drool coming out of her mouth.

I can see how parents lament their children growing up too fast. She’s already changed so much in the past 4 1/2 weeks. I’m doing my best to savor it.

The Baby Industry

Since becoming pregnant (and now having a newborn), I’ve become much more aware of the baby industry. Much like the wedding industry, there seems to be an awful lot of money flying around and somebody’s making out like a bandit. I can’t believe how much GEAR there is- from strollers and car seats to cribs and bassinets- the selection can be quite overwhelming. I think G and I have done a decent job at not buying into a lot of this. We bought very few clothes, don’t yet own a crib and got a lot of our gear at consignment stores. We didn’t buy any of the things we deem superfluous, i.e. a wipes warmer. I got a kick out of finding this blog post, titled the Top 10 most ridiculous products for babies. I could add to the list but I’ll bite my tongue lest I offend any of my readers who own such things.

On My Own

This is my first week home alone with Lucy. G managed to take 2 weeks off from work and the following week my mother was here to visit. Both of them were immensely helpful and I don’t know what I would have done without the extra hands. But now, we’re settling into life as it will be for the next several weeks. Lucy and I are together all day and then G gets to hang out with her in the evening which is, unfortunately, her fussy time of day.

Yesterday, I managed to get the basics done- I ate, showered and checked e mail. Lucy and I met friends at Green Lake for a walk and also ran some errands in the afternoon. I cooked dinner and did a load of laundry (although said load of laundry is STILL sitting in the dryer. Oh well, I’m not Super Woman, OK?). In short, it’s going well so far. The key, I think, is to have extremely low (aka realistic) expectations. I did not get to work on my thank yous, review finances or start my journal for Lucy. But we were clean and fed and got a bare minimum of things done around the house.

Lucy continues to thrive- perhaps too much? At her 2 week pediatrician appointment, she measured 9 pounds, 11.7 ounces. That puts her in the 90th (!) percentile for weight. She’s also in the 95th percentile for height. How did she get so big? No matter. At this stage of the game, that extra weight can only be a good thing.

Apologies for the lack of photos. Our attention spans (mine and G’s) are really quite short these days and we’re not getting to some of the secondary tasks as much as we’d like. Hopefully, we’ll get another batch up soon. If you want to schedule a video chat with us, just let me know. Although Lucy has a tendency to scream through these sessions, they’re better than nothing!

The 11-Day Update

Miss Lucy is ELEVEN days old already. It’s kind of hard to believe. We are seeing changes in her already. She seems bigger (and cuter, of course) every day. The 1st eleven days have seen all sorts of milestones- she’s had her cord fall off, smiled for the 1st time, and even had a trip to Cafe Besalu! Today we had a home visit from our midwife who proclaimed her in excellent health. Newborns are supposed to lose a small amount of weight and then regain it by the time they’re two weeks old. Well, we had the first big weigh in today and she’s not only regained the weight she lost, but she’s gained an additional seven ounces! That brings her to 9 pounds, 5 ounces!! Apparently, breastfeeding is working just fine.

That’s all the major news on the development front. For the most part, we’re managing to eat, sleep and take a daily walk (and that’s about it). Tomorrow we have our first family guest (my mother) and G goes back to work next week. In the mean time, feel free to stop by and visit us! Or if you’re remote, continue to check in for photo updates- G’s getting pics up every couple days.