When starting this little blog 4 years ago, I never could have guessed how many incredible people would be brought into my life through this platform.
Over the past few weeks, I have had 3 lovely dates with 3 different bloggers all named Emily.
Pelligrino Date with Emily - Em In NYC Emily was in town rooting for her friend who ran the marathon and made some time to swing by my home for some sparkling water. Our quick visit turned into an extended afternoon gab-fest. We literally just could not stop talking. It is such a happy thing when you have IRL chemistry with one of your tumblr crushes.
So warm. So fun. I really think she ought to move to Chicago.
Coffee Date with Emily - Profashional Emily and I have been buddies for a couple of years now as we are in the same chi-town tumblr brunch club turned book club. If I had to point to a tumblr who most closely shares my aesthetic - it would hands-down be her. From restaurants to high heels to pony tails, when I read through her blog I go a little overboard with the like button….
So when she took a personal friday and asked if Fee & I wanted to meet up for coffee, of course I was in!
A shared sandwich and lovely conversation at Heritage General made for a positively wonderful Friday afternoon.
This mama-to-be made a special trip to Chicago for a stroller handover and some diaper-bag shopping. We had a great visit despite the fact I my hands full with our girls (Wednesday mornings are a hectic time in the H household). Emily couldn’t have been sweeter… Reading to Hazel when Z took her hand and shoved a book in it and holding Felix as I cleaned up a diaper-disaster.
Based on her interaction with my nuggets, I have no doubt that this one is going to be a pretty spectacular mama!
Having said that, next time Emily is in town - I am getting a babysitter so we can enjoy some grown-up time.
Good job internets…keep the awesome Emilys coming!
Counting Crows | Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
When Hazel was born, my mama started “Joy of the Day.” She sends out a photo & inspirational quote every day. Her distribution list has grown and her emails have provided both joy and inspiration to many inboxes over the past year and a half.
In the spirit of “Joy”, one of my exceptionally neat uncles has started “Song of the Week.” He unearths new to me music and provides a little context about each song.
I found this jam/description in my email this morning. It is a good one.
Counting Crows Song: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End Year: 2008
This was performed live on the Howard Stern Show on Monday, October 22, 2012. I think it’s always risky to cover a Beatles song. This medley has been covered very rarely. What I think makes this recording unique is that this is not merely a cover of a famous song but, rather, it’s an interpretation. Enjoy.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
Felix She is an easy baby. Already full of smiles (way more toothless grins than we got out of Hazel at this age).
We have yet to have a crying spell that couldn’t be remedied by a feeding, diaper change or bicycle kicks. Baby Jackpot!
She naps easily and anywhere. And is typically just fine laying on her baby pillow with a paci when Hazel is in need of tending to.
Felix has slept through the night, but it is not yet a regular thing.
We are diligent about her bedtime routine. 7:00 - she gets her nighttime bath when Hazel does. Sometimes we wash her in the sink, but more often Z, Fee & I hop in the “big tub” and all get clean together. 8:00 - Last feeding of the night. A 5 oz pumped bottle and sometimes I will nurse to “top her off.” The goal is to get her nice and full. Then somewhere between 8:30 and 9:30, she falls asleep and we take her up to her crib.
Most nights she is up for one middle-of-the-night feeding, usually around 3am and it lasts about an hour. We are trying to expedite these feedings, but given the fact she is consistently logging 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, I am hopeful that we are on our way to full nights of sleep sooner than later. As far as newborn sleep patterns go, I can’t complain.
I know babies are inherently sweet, but this nugget of ours seems exceptionally so. She really is a doll.
Hazel Hazel had a breakthrough. 2 more teeth up top. I’m not going to sugarcoat it…teething is brutal. High temp, diaper rash, and 4am wake-ups (which is so not like her) But, like clockwork, the moment the tooth cuts through her gums - our adorable girl returns. I am thankful her chompers are in. It was a testy 2 weeks.
She continues to love up on her sister though. Yesterday she tried to hoist Felix in the air a la baby Simba in “Circle of Life.”
Oh, and she is reading. I mean, not actually….but don’t try to tell her that. She now sits with her books and reads out loud for literally HOURS on end. She has the same set of (nonsense) words that she chants page after page. Teach & Preach, sister!
More than anything though, I enjoy her company so immensely.
Emily Happy. Loving every inch of Mat Leave but somehow I am not dreading the thought of going back to work in Feb.
Additionally, I am without a voice. I mean, I literally have had NO voice for going on 4 weeks now. I think it is a combination of allergies and exhaustion. I feel fine but am rather sick of croaking my way through every conversation.
It is not raspy-sexy…it is raspy-old-manish. Shrug.
Simon God he loves his girls. He is also really engaged at work, it seems. Sometimes when I see him walk out of the house in his suit I am struck by how lawyerly he seems. It’s a great look on him.
I am proud of him. It feels like just yesterday he was a 1L, 2L, studying for the bar, getting sworn in. And here he is now - an Attorney. Hot.
Also, his boss got some stickers in a junk mailer and rather than tossing them out, she brought them in for Simon to give to Hazel. Thoughtful, right?
A good person to work for…a good place for my husband.
And that is what is going on in my world right now. Who knows what next week will bring.
Happy Friday. Hope things in your home are happy as well.
Hazel put her hand on my necklace this morning and said: Pretty.
Holy cow! You mean to tell me that this kid who brings me immense joy on a daily basis…can now say nice things about my outfits? That is awesome!
While walking around this weekend, I was wicked impressed by how fantastic the ladies of chi-town looked. Girls in their cute boots & chunky sweaters - topped off with just-right scarves were OWNING these city streets.
Let it be said, Chicagoans know how to dress for the weather.
When discussing our celebration options, I threw out several ideas: Fancy Dinner? Drinks at a cocktail lounge? Cooking Classes? Trampball? A weekend away?
But she wasn’t really biting. And then, it hit me…what El wanted a good old fashioned BIRTHDAY PARTY. So that is exactly what we gave her!
With her husband and siblings (& our significant others) at the helm of the party planning committee, we put together what might just have been the best luau a Chicago October has ever seen.
Henry hosted the bash at his place. His apartment is SICK …plus his neighbors are cool. …and he has a bubble machine.
Dan was in charge of guest list & decorations. You would be amazed how far a few key purchases from amazon goes in transforming a loft apartment into a Hawaiian paradise. Dan wanted to bring in sand but Henry said no. There were, however, inflatable palm trees, tiki torches, ukuleles and so many leis.
I was on cake/food/plastic-cups-that-look-like-coconut duty. Nailed it.
Saturday night was an absolute blast!
About 60 of Ellie’s closest friends all there (in Hawaiin shirts) celebrating my sister. We drank beer through straws, ate vodka-infused gummy bears, watched a laser show on the roof…and we were this close to doing the limbo. It was a bash!
Then again, I suppose it isn’t hard to have this much fun when the guest of honor is as loved as my sister.
Pssst, Julie.... it's your birthday and you are wonderful!
I got the sweetest email from a reader, Margot, explaining that today is her sister, Julie’s birthday.
She said that Julie is a longtime reader of my blog (wow, thanks!) and is about 75757575 months pregnant (her words, not mine)… and Margot thought it might be a fun little surprise if I could give her sis some blog-love on this special day.
Since I am a sucker for both sister love and Requests & Dedications, of course I was game!
Margot wrote some pretty lovely things about you that totally deserved to be shared with the world! (um, and by world I mean the few lovely folks reading this page)
Julie and I are two of three girls, and we are the bestest of friends (like you and Ellen, and like future Hazel and Felix). Unlike you and Ellen, we didn’t grow up that way. I used to blame Julie for EVERYTHING, and as the middle child, she got more than her share of time outs, no dessert, and other such punishments because of me. But when she and my eldest sister Carrie left for college, I realized how much I couldn’t live without them. We talk maybe 8 times a day through text, email, phone, everything, and my favorite days are when I wake up to 18 texts in our group chat. My sisters are my life, and I feel so blessed to have them.
So Julie…Here is to a beautiful year filled with family adventures and gorgeous highlights*!
(*Highlights. Funny story: about a year ago, with a head-full of foils, Julie spotted my Mama sitting in the styling chair at George the Salon! Small world, eh?)