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A day recap

I'm in my 7th week of my maternity leave and I have enjoyed every single moment of it. I took 12 weeks off and they are flying by. I don't want to think about how fast the next 5 weeks will go.

Most days I do a good job of letting Eli nap in his crib, but sometimes I just sit and hold him during naps and let him lay on me. I don't want to look back and be sad that I didn't hold my tiny newborn enough. I love when he is all cozy and nestled asleep on me. It is the best feeling in the world.

Today was a dreary day. It wasn't raining but it was very dreary and yucky looking outside. I don't like getting out when it's cold and yucky, especially with a baby so I decided we would stay inside for the day.

After Luke left for work this morning I fed Eli for his morning feeding and then gave him a bath. I love bath time and Eli has come to love them also. A friend taught me to let the hot shower water run and get the bathroom steamy so that it's nice and warm for him. Ever since I started doing this Eli is very calm and content during baths. He loves to look at himself in the mirror:
This picture isn't from today but look how cute he looks in his bath towel:

After bath time I put Eli in a fresh set of pajamas. I knew we wouldn't be leaving the house so I wanted him to be warm and cozy.

He has started smiling at me and Luke lately. Not just a small "passing gas" smile, but a true smile that lights up his whole face.

I was trying to get him to smile this morning so I could take a picture. It is hard work to try and get him to smile and then snap a picture really quick. Much harder than it sounds.

I caught the end of a little smile:
And this one looks like he is totally cracking up about something I said. I tell some pretty awesome jokes during the day:

When Luke got home from work I put dinner in the oven (King Chicken Ranch) and then went out walking/jogging in this dreary weather. I've started doing the Couch to 5K again. Last year I was able to work myself up to 3 straight miles of jogging. Which I realize for some people isn't a lot, but for me it's a pretty big deal.

So now post baby I'm trying to work my body up to that again. For the record, running with a full supply of milk is not easy and kind of painful. Just saying. But not as painful as not being able to fit into any of my clothes. Just saying.

It was pretty chilly outside and I kept thinking it was fall.

So that was how I spent my day. It was a normal day but it was a great one!


  1. I know what you mean. It's been so dreary and rainy here that I keep thinking it's fall. Should I be baking pies for Thanksgiving??

    And Eli's bath towel couldn't get any cuter. I'm not one who thinks every single baby is cute, but Eli? He's gorgeous!

  2. Like woa we are the same wave length! not two seconds ago I mentioned to Erik about giving Chloe a bath and he asked if she liked it and I told him how the shower trick worked really well last time!

    Also I keep talking about how I'm going to make the most of my maternity leave and really enjoy it!

    Next I was taking pictures of chloe this afternoon trying to catch her gassy smiles! Can't wait until they are the real deal like eli's!

    Aaaand I cant stop thinking about my post pardem body and what I'm going to do to get rid of the weight.

    Aaand my back has been killing me with the milk filled boobs! How can I have carried 40 lbs around with no back problems but a little milk strains my back!?!

    Lastly! This is the kicker! I put a king ranch chicken casserole in the fridge last night to thaw out for dinner tonight!

    I told you! Kinda wild! So glad everything is going good with little Eli!

  3. Eli looks JUST like his Dad! And is SUCH a cutie. I don't know how you stand it.

  4. Melt my heart. Eli checking himself out in the mirror is adorable! He looks so big in that picture. Gah, maternity leave was so wonderful, it's sad that it has to ever end. My favorite thing about the newborn stage is how they will curl up in that little froggy position on your chest and just snooze away. Okay, now I really want another one :)

  5. I love that first picture! He is starting to fill out and I want to kiss those little cheeks!

  6. Oh heavens he is SO cute! And I never want to leave my bed when it's cold and dreary, let alone the house!

  7. Eli just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

  8. Awww what a cutie! How do you ever put Eli down? I think I would just hold him all day long. Ha! Enjoy all the time you get to spend with him!

  9. What a cutie! We have the same ducky bath blanket for our little Peanut. Can't wait until he/she is wrapped up inside of it!

  10. He's so stinkin' cute! And I'm with you, this rainy, dreary weather is about to get ridiculous!

  11. Megan, he is such a beautiful baby!!! And if you aren't feeling running, try Zumba. I am obsessed!!!

  12. I feel you on the post baby body!! I am 7 weeks out and I can't fit in any of my clothes. It's rough. I am walking everyday and trying to motivate myself to start Pilates!

  13. Oh my GOSH, he's so gorgeous!! I love his sweet face in that bathroom shot.

    Good for you jumping back on the couch to 5k wagon - that's impressive!

  14. Eli is just too cute! I love his little bath towel! I think he looks a lot like you!

  15. I want to eat him up. So cute!

  16. He's adorable! And I think you meant King Ranch Chicken ;-)

  17. LOVE the first pic!!! he is getting so big! you go girl on the couch to 5k!! you can do it! ...i feel ya on the full boobs running part. i have to pump both sides before going and then i still wear 2 sports bras. seriously like woah. no one warned me of this before i got preg!

  18. We have that same towel and it is SO soft.

    I only have 1.5 weeks left and I want to cry. I can't think about it.


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