Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You should probably feel sorry for me....(JK...sort of)

I've been so MIA - this summer has given me one swift kick in the you-know-what, I've been so busy! The good news is, I lost 5 pounds without even trying (but that was before I made 2 dozen pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last week, so that may not be true anymore....)

Anyway we've had lots of great visitors, and still have more visitors heading their way to us this weekend. It's turned our lives upside down - for the better....but still way way upside down. So here's what's been going on:

Natalie is on the move. I.E. she crawls everywhere. She crawls fast, she's constantly busy, constantly moving OH!...and she basically sounds like she's being murdered any time I leave her alone in a room. This makes going to the bathroom, showering, or getting a glass of water extra fun...*sarcasm*......

Demolition has started on our new house and the renovation/addition is underway (Did I ever even really talk about this??!!) I'll explain all this in more detail later on. But this means I have to spend time picking out things like windows, fireplaces, tile, faucets, lights, doors, door handles, flooring, kitchen, etc. etc. etc. Basically every single thing that goes into a house....It's exciting, but daunting and the little pieces of my day that used to go to blogging, reading, showering, eating, general living, is now going to house stuff.

As you know I take a LOT of pictures. a LOT. Mostly on my phone, but oftentimes with my really good canon dslr camera. I had been really good about backing up my photos to both my computer and an external hard drive every 3 weeks for the past year. Well, I slacked off this summer. With vacation, visitors, craziness, I hadn't backed up my pictures since the end of June. So yesterday I took an hour to really organize, and take all the photos from my phone and camera and do a backup. I had 5 videos left on my phone to move over to my hard drive before doing a full system back-up. All of a sudden Natalie, who was sitting very contently in my lap, moved her feet, got them tangled in the wire and caused the hard drive to drop on our tile floor. I really didn't think anything of it at first, but then I plugged it in and it didn't work. As I type this, Chris is trying very hard to recover the data, and has already asked our IT friend to take a look at it this weekend - but I think the photos are gone. Everything I've taken with my good camera this summer: Natalie's Baptism, two baby showers, the wedding we were at this past weekend, and house demolition progress is gone. Just. Gone. Cue tears, mental breakdown, panic attack, pretty much full-throttle meltdown for the past 3 hours - total hormonal teenager style type of's been a night.

Sooooo that's been great. In other news: I did a guest post for I Guess I'm Due last week! Here's the link where I talk about what I'll do differently the Next Time Around.

I think I will be taking the rest of the month off from blogging. I need a few weeks where the blog isn't hanging over my head, making me feel guilty every night when I don't have a post ready. I will hopefully be back at it again after Labor Day. I still have to do an 8 month update, that is, if I can recover the photos...sigh...

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and if you've learned anything here today: Always back-up your photos!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Southampton Recap: Natalie's First Vacation!

In the beginning of July, my parents took us out to Southampton for 3 days for Natalie's first vacation! This was our first time vacationing in the Hamptons, and since we are only a quick 1 1/2 hour drive away, we were eager to see what Southampton was like. It was a very nice and relaxing vacation, and I was surprised by how not crowded it was. Even though we were there during the week, I just expected summer-time crowds all day, every day. I guess most people out in the Hamptons stay at their big, expensive, summer houses most of the time, so we didn't have to deal with lots of traffic or big crowds at all!

We stayed at the Southampton Inn, and the setup was absolutely perfect. Nice, big, clean rooms and a great setup with connecting rooms so my parents could come back and forth to help with Natalie. 

In addition to this being Natalie's first vacation, it also marked a TON of other "firsts" for Natalie: 

First time at the beach, touching sand, seeing the ocean, etc. etc.: We were the first people on the beach on our second day of vacation, and basically had the whole beach to ourselves. The water was coooold, but Natalie enjoyed touching the sand and getting her feet splashed! She also fell asleep while I was nursing her - which I realized was probably in part because we use an ocean waves sound machine in her room at night. She probably thought it was nighttime in her nursery with the ocean sounds!

First time in a swing: This made me sooo nervous, but she was fine. She seemed a little bit uncertain about what was going on, I'm not sure she loved it, but we'll keep trying :)

First time sleeping in a hotel room: Natalie wouldn't sleep in the pack n' play on vacation. I would get her down in it each night, but she would wake up as soon as she'd move or turn over, and honestly, I couldn't blame her. The "mattress", if that's what you can call it, is basically a piece of cardboard and not comfortable. It was clearly different from the nice mattress she's used to, and she just wasn't comfortable. She was happy to play in here during the day though!

Sooo, this little lucky lady got to sleep with Mommy and Daddy for 3 nights! Luckily, she transitioned back to her crib quite easily when we came back home, but we're looking into getting a better mattress for her pack n' play for future travel needs.

On our last full day of vacation we drove waaaaaaayyyy out to the tip of Long Island to Montauk. I enjoyed this drive because it was scenic and I was able to see allll of the Hamptons on our drive out there: Bridgehampton, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, Easthampton, Montauk. These were all towns I've been hearing about but never saw or could picture for myself. Our first stop was Gosman's Pier, where we ate at Gosman's Restaurant.

No trip to Southampton is complete without a visit to Tate's Bake Shop. We enjoyed some iced coffees and cookies on their outside patio.
On our way back we stopped at Duck Walk Vineyard for a brief wine tasting and bought a few bottles of wine. I always loved Duck Walk, and it was nice to partake in a good wine tasting again! Like I said, this vacation was very relaxing and enjoyable and Natalie was so good the whole time! I actually think we took this trip at the perfect time because it was right before she started crawling. I don't know if a vacation with her right now would be as easy and enjoyable, because all she wants to do is constantly be on the move and go, go, go!

Natalie is such a lucky girl to go on such a fabulous first-ever vacation! Thank you mom and dad for a wonderful getaway and amazing memories for all of us and for Natalie. (Good thing there are pictures, because she's never going to remember this trip anyway!)

How do you vacation with a baby? Does your baby sleep in a travel crib? Do they end up in the bed with you? Finally,- are you back in the hotel room by your child's normal bed-time or do you keep them up later than usual?