I’ve been really topic/recap heavy lately so I thought I’d sit down and just chat with you all for a bit.
Let’s have some tea, mmmkay?
Adaptation was the best decision ever. Sometimes I miss daily blogging (especially when I read through my old posts) but most of the time I’m so happy to be able to leave my DSLR at home and spend my evenings with Matt instead of working. While I’m still taking photos of lots of meals and activities, I’m able to write posts in bulk and manage my time so much more efficiently. I hope to write about beer, cereals, granola, gardening, and beauty products this spring. Thank you all for continuing to read!
If I were single, I would probably eat salads for dinner every night. They are so. easy. Pile on some greens, add some veggies, a protein, a slice of bread, some avocado, goat cheese and dinner is served. Matt and I have been eating lots of salads all week. Partly because spring makes me crave them and partly because I just don’t know where my kitchen creativity went. Back in the day (as in 2008-2009) I used to invent recipes all the time. I surprise myself when I go back and read old posts! Now I’d rather just have a salad or let someone else do the veggie burger making. We have simplified the way we meal plan and cook dinners. We’re doing a lot more of the same meals: fish, salads, pizzas, Mexican dishes. You could say I got more efficient at managing eating!?
On Weight Loss
I have not gotten efficient at weight loss, however. I’m having a hard time flip-flopping between “I want to enjoy life to the fullest” and “I want to be my healthiest.” Happiness verses health – I know these don’t have to be mutually exclusive (am I using that phrase right?) but it sure seems like they are these days. On the one hand, I’m totally fine with my “mom” body but on the other hand I know that small changes add up and I could feel even more comfortable in my summer skin-showing clothes if I could just lighten up my diet a little. And like many of you have said, maybe something will magically happen whenever I stop breastfeeding. But I don’t want to count on that – and I hope it’s not anytime soon!
You know those people who approach pregnant women saying “Just you wait!” in that menacing tone about everything motherhood – about the drool and spit up, about the messy house, about losing the me time and the sleep. Well to them I say: I’m still waiting. I absolutely love everything about motherhood and my little sidekick. The challenges just make life more interesting. And my house is still very clean. I’m sure someone wants to say “just you wait until you have a toddler!!” Or a 5 year old. And I’m sure I’ll figure out ways to stay positive then too. [I’m talking about the basics of parenting here. I am very grateful we have had a healthy baby so far and minimal serious challenges.]
On Work-Life Balance
The grass is forever greener, but sometimes I wish I could make taking care of Mazen my only priority. I do still get stressed about my work (I am writing 3 blogs and one is always behind). I have definitely had that “What did I do with my time before I had a baby!?” thought. Although I’m not doing the freelance writing load that I once was. And I barely check in with Twitter these days : ) Annnnndddd I’m writing a heck of a lot less posts. But still!! Sometimes I just want to chill out, yet I feel like every time Mazen naps I should be working on something. Like this post…..maybe I’ll go have a cup of tea now!