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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. :)

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We've had to be a bit more creative given the Coronavirus pandemic situation on what activities we can do to keep ourselves busy. The other thing you have to think about is this Texas weather. It can be scorching outside which makes it super unbearable for myself (others could probably deal with it more whereas I love being at a cool 70 - 80 degrees environment all day, every day).


So, this last weekend my best friend came up with a great idea - an indoor picnic! We probably would have loved this 10x more if we could have hiked somewhere outside, picked a spot, and enjoyed each other's company, but you got to make do with what you got. Anyways, my friend came over to my house in the early afternoon where we decided to plan out our menu. We took into consideration that it was the 4th of July and maybe we could do some color-coordinated red, white, and blue food. We debated out which entrees and desserts would best fit our indoor picnic vibes, listed out the ingredients, and decided to head off to the grocery store.


We ended up deciding to go with vegan + beef dumplings and a side cucumber salad for the main, with white chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry whipped cream sandwiches for desserts. After we got back to my place with all the ingredients, we hustled on all the dishes. Our favorite part was folding up the dumplings. I set up the living room so we had a blanket to sit on and an open space to enjoy. We poured some wine and cheers to it all. Here's how it turned out.



Ain't that a sweet spread? With how crazy it is in our current world, it was nice to spend some time with a great friend and put together something fun and creative with food. It's not easy anymore to "hang out" in some ways, not just because of having a baby that must have a lot of attention, but because we're so limited on what we can do. Now, these personal experiences are also good memories. Couldn't do it without this lady by my side.




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! :)