Thursday, March 22, 2018

7 ways I stay sane when my husband travels.

Corey was traveling regularly for work long before we ever got pregnant with Madeline. I had my routine down for when he was away. I’d always worked a job that ate up a ton of my time - both while I was work and when I was home, too. So, when I decided to leave my job to stay home with Madeline, I really didn’t think it would be that much of an adjustment.

I know you seasoned mamas are laughing right now. I mean I knew babies were demanding but I’d been in a career for years where I couldn’t get so much as a restroom break for six hours at a time many days and where I was often away from home for work twelve hours at a time just to have to bring more home with me. How hard could taking care of just one little baby be?

Yet, when Madeline was a two weeks old and Corey was setting out to travel for the first time since my mother in law returned to Florida, I couldn’t help feeling overwhelmed with five days of just the two of us standing in front of me. So. Much. Responsibility.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday, friends. We are having a slow morning around these parts after Madeline and I were both sick yesterday. It is 8:30 as I type this and we are both still in our pajamas, which never happens.

We had a nice weekend. Corey called Thursday late afternoon saying he had gotten on an earlier flight home and would land in just enough time to eat dinner and put Madeline too bed. It was a great surprise.

Madeline and I ran some errands on Friday and she kept requesting chicken nuggets and French fries everywhere we went. I find this SO funny because she has had French fries maybe five times in her entire life. So, Friday night Corey and I grilled burgers and I made a few dinosoar shapes nuggets for Madeline and sweet potato fries so that all of her chicken nugget and French fry dreams could come true.

Saturday was a busy day. We had a birthday party for one of her little friends. In true Elizabeth-form I waited until the last minute to shop for a present and Toys R Us was packed from the announcement that they are closing. How sad is that? Especially those of you who are like me and grew up going back in the day when it was amazing. 

In the afternoon, our friends hosted a cornhole tournament. They host this every St. Patrick’s day and make corned beef and barbecue. We took Madeline with us but after about an hour she just didn’t look right to me so I brought her home. Of course, she perked right back up and was happy as could be. 

After a good bit of coughing in the night, I scheduled her an appointment for the morning. If any of you are in Charlotte, you are going to love this. There is a company here of Pediateic Nurse Practitioners that do house calls. So I made the appointment in the wee hours of the morning and by 10:30 am there was a nurse practitioner to the rescue at my front door on a Sunday morning. Poor girl has her first ever ear infection (caused by the coughing and congestion) and an antibiotic was called in for pickup an hour later. Oh, and they take insurance. All the praise hand emojis.

We already had some out of town friends coming over for lunch so my mother in law picked up sandwiches and salads from Fresh Market for us to enjoy outside on the porch. The weather was beautiful yesterday. 

Then Madeline had her first dose of antibiotics in time for a nap. Shortly after putting her down I was hit with the absolute worst headache I have had in years so I did something I absolutely never do and took a nap myself. After long naps (for both of us), a good night’s sleep (we both overslept), and two doses of antibiotics for Madeline we are both feeling pretty much back to normal today and have absolutely nothing planned! 

Happy Monday, friends! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!

I had a fun post planned for you yesterday and then the morning got away from me. Madeline woke up early and was so unhappyl so by the time I got her settled, us both dressed, her off to school, and me off to my doctor’s appointment I’d lost any time to finish it up. So, stay tuned next week.


Madeline’s social calendar has been so full this month. She has had play date after play date after birthday party and I’m not hating it. It has made this month fly by. Here she is waiting on her little boy friend to yesterday.