BEAR IN MIND

The "Bear in Mind" blog project is meant to be my outlet to put thoughts of all aspects of my life into a digital form.

 

You'll find a wide array of content here as I write whatever is on my mind from my family, to different passion points, to how I go about my career in the world of digital advertising, and more!

 

All thoughts are my own. :)

Let's start off that it really has been quite an adjustment to motherhood. It has not been easy, and obviously never what you expect until you're actually experiencing it but it comes with some amazing rewards. I have a newfound extreme admiration for all mothers. Of course, it has always been there but now being a mother myself and going through all this first hand has enlightened me even further.


So how is Kaylee? Well, she's doing pretty great! She's gained lots of weight from her measly 5 lbs she began at. We have a 2-month appointment next week so I'm excited to see how much she's grown and make sure all is well (also it'll be time for some of her first shots. wish me luck!).


Kaylee at 1 Month Old

She's currently 7 weeks old and although she's easy to breastfeed (thank goodness!), she also has some very bad gas and colic. I never knew babies make as much noise as they do at night. Kaylee has become what I call a grunting gremlin. When she is put to bed, she often grunts and thrusts her arms and legs everywhere pretty much all night for the last 3 weeks. We have some peaceful silent periods, but dang can this girl make a ton of noise! What's surprising is she doesn't seem to be in pain and is typically asleep through all of this. We have used everything to help her alleviate from daily tummy massages and bicycle kicks with her legs to giving her gripe water or gas relief drops, to using the Frida Windi - we've done it all. If you have any recommendations, we are open to it!! :) Ken has been taking the brunt of all my sleep-deprived frustrations so we're in some dire need of more solutions.


Other than that, Kaylee is fairly happy! She continues to sleep on a routine schedule (not really lol) and is fairly energetic during her wake periods. We do the same old tummy time and keep her entertained with all the bouncing and swinging. Also, I've recently gone on a splurge at a consignment sale and got some more toys for her. We've been trying those out to get her further engaged and figuring out what she likes/dislikes.


As for my maternity leave, I'm super grateful to have this time to bond with Kaylee. It was relatively easy to adjust to which surprises me as I love to be a person who is kept very busy with work projects. I enjoyed being able to completely focus on Kaylee and remove any focus from work completely. However, I'm slowly starting to get stir crazy as mat leave goes on. With it being a pandemic and all, there's not a lot of events going on and there's an absolute need to continue to social distance. This makes it hard to keep my days filled with things to do, I'm not one to stay at home all the time. Since I'm already a little halfway through the leave, I'm starting to figure out more projects for myself from home to relationships to my own personal development. It's a hustle but I welcome it.


What I've come to find out is motherhood is work and exhausting at times, but I've already seen how damn worth it all it's been.




It's crazy to think about the journey together Ken and I have had and how lucky we were to find one another. When we first met, it was a time where I had come back from my adventures abroad and wasn't looking for anything serious, yet Ken had convinced me otherwise. 4 years later we've built a life together. We moved in together by year 1, bought our house by year 2, married by year 3, and had Kaylee by year 4. You can say we move pretty fast, but when you know something is going to work out, you really know!


With the change in our lifestyle due to COVID, plus having Kaylee right in the middle of it - we are pretty homebound. Ken only leaves to go to work, and I only go out to do any errands. But with it being our first year being married, we wanted our first wedding anniversary to be special. Ken's parents came out to visit and meet Kaylee, and they graciously helped us out with babysitting one night. Ken got us a stay at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, and we conveniently had dinner at Bob's Steakhouse in the lobby. This was the best meal we've had in a while plus I had my first glass of wine in 10 months. It was absolutely much needed! Then, of course, we had uninterrupted sleep in a comfy bed to recharge.


This date night may have been a bit chill (compared to what we could have planned), however it was perfect for what we needed. I only hope that the years to come we will continue to take time out for ourselves. We'll spend the night conversing and reminiscing on our lives together and what we plan for the future. It's honestly a great way for us to keep our relationship strong. So, all in all, another year down, and only forever to go! :)




In the past week, I celebrated my 29th birthday. This year was a little bit different. Given the pandemic and the new baby addition, we weren't able to do much except the usual home routine we have settled into however I wouldn't have it any other way. I did receive lots and lots of cake from near and far. With my sweet tooth, these were the best gifts!


While at home I decided to put together a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn the big 30. All of these goals are written down and I hope to hold myself to complete them all before the next May 20th!

  1. Get a Tattoo

  2. Book a Family Photo Session

  3. Read 5 Books (and go to Book Club)

  4. Do at least 3 Volunteer Events

  5. Go on a Girls Trip

  6. Donate Blood

  7. Continue to Update this Blog Regularly

  8. Lose the Pregnancy Weight

  9. Declutter and Organize the House (especially the garage)

  10. Go on a Weekend Getaway with Ken

  11. Start Climbing and Yoga at Summit Gym

  12. Rekindle an Old Friendship

  13. Excel at my Career and as a Mother

  14. Send out 3 Personal Cards a Month

  15. Continue Investing and Expanding Financial Portfolio

  16. Form a Political Opinion

  17. Participate in a 5K

  18. Create Another Income

  19. Learn to be More Patient

  20. Get a Cartilage Piercing

  21. Go on Coffee Dates with Friends

  22. Watch all the Star Wars Movies in Order

  23. Learn to Make Different Types of Coffee + Tea

  24. Learn to Keep Plants Alive

  25. Meditate More

  26. Go on a Wine Tasting

  27. Attend a Conference or Networking Event

  28. Cultivate a Gratitude Attitude

  29. Party One Good Night Away

  30. Create and Follow a Budget