Yesterday was blustery and rather cold, although in true Colorado fashion the skies were blue and the sun was shining. It also happened to be a day that our nanny was with Noe. Two days a week our nanny comes from 9:30-3:30 so I can do some work, hit up a yoga class or go for a run. I usually bounce around to different cafes and classes each week, savoring the fact that I’m only carrying my mat and wallet and that I can enjoy an undisturbed cup of coffee.

solo time

On this particular morning I cozied up at a little corner table by the window, did some work, writing and brainstorming. I also often times catch myself staring out the window lost in thought which I think is my brain’s way of decompressing and resting. These precious hours of solitude refresh me, allowing me to be still and empty if I want to be. I find that with a baby it’s almost impossible to sit still unless she’s sleeping. It’s all wiggle, play, touch, feel, explore, which is amazing but also exhausting.

As I sipped my coffee I started thinking about dinner and soup. I have a lot of recipes on this site but I think of everything I make I love soups the best. There is something comforting and easy to me about them. I love how you can throw the last of your vegetable drawer into a stock pot, add some broth and have a meal. I love how it fills the house with heavenly smells. I love how it connects me back to my dad and all the soups he made. squash soup

This squash soup is super simple, it’s similar to this roasted kabocha squash soup but I added a lot of roasted garlic and omitted the coconut milk. Although the roasting takes time this recipe is easy and kind of mindless to make. I put Noe on the floor with some measuring cups and was able to knock this out in about 30 minutes. 

The squash I chose is irrelevant. You can use all butternut or kabocha, acorn squash or even pumpkin, whatever sounds best to you.

Squash Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Simple squash soup
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 kabocha squash
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 4 stalks of celery, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons bouillon paste and 8 cups of water or 8 cups of veggie stock
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut butternut and kabocha squash down the middle and deseed.
  3. Cut onion in half.
  4. Cut top of garlic head off, sprinkle with salt and a few drops of olive oil, then wrap in foil.
  5. Place squash and onion on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Put squash, onion and garlic in the oven and roast for 1 hour or until soft. You may need to pull garlic and onion out before squash depending on how large your squash is.
  7. Let everything cool.
  8. In a stockpot, add remaining tablespoon of oil, carrots, celery, pepper, thyme, onion powder, cayenne and bay leaf. Sautè until veggies are soft.
  9. Roughly chop onion add to veggie mixture.
  10. Scoop out the flesh of the squash and add to pot with 5 cloves of the roasted garlic.
  11. Add bouillon paste or stock.
  12. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  13. Remove bay leaf and blend with an immersion blend.

Enjoy and Exhale!



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I wanted to put about six exclamation points after the word our in this blog title. I’m probably a little too excited that I can share my food with Noe. As I mentioned in my month eight post, she is an incredible eater. She will try anything and eat most everything with gusto. I pray that this continues into the toddler and elementary school years but if she’s anything like me she’ll have an I-hate-everything phase. So for now, I’m giving her taste buds a workout which includes our (!!) favorite smoothie.

our favorite smoothie

It’s long past smoothie season in Colorado. We’re actually expecting our first blizzard this evening. But, Noe loves them so much and it’s become a great vehicle for introducing all sorts of new ingredients to watch for allergies, that I’m not planning to stop the smoothie train throughout the winter.

To backup just a little, I want to talk blenders. If you’re a reader of food blogs you likely think that the Vitamix is the only blender vegetarian home chefs ever use. I’m guilty of this thought too. A few months ago Michael and I were convinced that we needed a Vitamix. We went as far as buying one from Crate n Barrel. We got it home and couldn’t get past the fact that we had just spent over $400 on a blender.

We returned it the next day.

After a little bit of research we settled on the Ninja Professional Blender and couldn’t be happier. We bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond for about $100 and our wallets were also much happier. The key to this blender is the individual blending cups. I can make a quick smoothie for each of us in the morning and I don’t have to mess with cleaning a bunch of pieces. I can also make Noe a smoothie in about 3 minutes which seriously matters if you’ve heard her screaming for it.


As I mentioned, it’s a great way to test out individual ingredients for allergies. I’ll keep all the ingredients the same, then will swap in peaches, nectarines, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, hemp heart, sunflower seed butter, etc. to see if she has a reaction. But, our favorite smoothie currently includes: figs, cherries, banana, almond milk and flax seeds, sometimes I also add in spinach.

Our Favorite Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 smoothies
Our favorite smoothie
  • 2 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen figs, fresh work great here when they're in season
  • ¾ cup frozen cherries
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 cups spinach (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until well combine.

She drinks her smoothies in a little bear sippy cup that includes a flexi straw. We bought it at Target and it’s been perfect. She can now use most sippy cups without issue but I found that the straw was great in the very beginning.

sippy cup

I enjoy this smoothie in a bowl and usually top with slivered almonds and granola.

our favorite smoothie

So there you have it, our favorite smoothie. Sure to change in time but wonderful regardless of season.

Enjoy and Exhale!


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I feel like I say this every month but month eight was the best yet. I’m so enjoying how interactive and fun Noe has become.

eight months

It seems like everyday she learns something new. This month she learned to clap, wave and mimic everything. She coughs when you cough, screams when you scream, it’s hilarious and I think she’s starting to realize how funny she is.

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She is such a sweet baby. She loves giving her mama kisses.

month 8

This month my mom and my sister visited on separate occasions. It was wonderful to have them both here and I think Noe enjoyed the extra attention.

month 8

month 8

With Sarah we did a lot of running in our matching hats.  month 8

The weather finally started to feel fall like in the middle of the month. Her sweaters and little socks kill me.

month 8

month 8

We took a trip to the pumpkin patch before Halloween. Noe noticed the farm animals but that was about the extent of her interaction with the attractions.

month 8

She is continuing to love the introduction of solid foods. I’m pretty much feeding her everything minus meat and dairy. We’ve successfully introduced almonds with no allergies and I gave her a small taste of oatmeal that had a bit of peanut butter in it without reaction. She hasn’t had peanut butter straight yet but from what I’ve read the earlier you introduce, the better.

month 8

She has amazing fine motor skills and can now pick up cereal and feed herself. She also loves teething crackers and smoothies. She has a smoothie every morning and gobbles it up. She also gets very upset when you’re eating something that she can’t have.

I’ve been making most of her foods depending on what I’m cooking. I haven’t been shy about spices either. She loves curry, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, pretty much anything with flavor. For convenience we are also buying those organic squeeze packs which she gets when there is nothing homemade. She can eat those on her own now too! I honestly can’t think of anything that she doesn’t like except maybe peas which I gave her in the very beginning and haven’t tried since so she might actually like them now.

month 8

Her hair is so long and wild that I’ve started putting bows in it. It doesn’t really tame the crazy but it sure is cute.

We bought a new running stroller this month. It was the best investment ever. Worth every penny. This Bob is so much lighter than our last stroller. It’s shocks are better for the bumpy Denver sidewalks and overall it makes running so much easier.

month 8

She loves playing with her daddy and is interested in absolutely everything, especially if it’s not a toy: water bottles, keys, cell phones, straws, plastic cups, you name it. She also has four teeth now, the front two on the top and bottom.

month 8

She’s pretty keen on her mama too.

month 8

For Halloween she was a pumpkin. We went to a little street festival and she was intrigued by the kids jumping in the bouncy house.

month 8

She adores dancing and music and sways side to side, which melts my heart.month 8

Noe has been slower on the gross motor skills front. She still isn’t crawling, although she did backward scoot for the nanny last week. She had been sleeping mostly on her back without much movement until about 3 weeks ago. One day she just started moving and now I watch her roll every which way.

She also suddenly decided to start napping a few weeks ago. I went to playgroup one afternoon and was lamenting about her lack of napping. One of the moms suggested putting her in her sleep sack when I put her down. That afternoon I tried and she slept for 45 minutes in her crib! This was a huge accomplishment for us as most of her sleeping had been on me.

I’m now putting her down for a morning nap around 9:45 or 10 that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and then another nap around 2 that lasts 30 minutes to an hour. I can’t tell you how much this has helped both of us. She’s less fussy and I get a bit of time throughout the day to get things done.

Sleep at night is still going well. She goes down around 6:45 or 7 and sleeps until 7 or 7:15. I know this much detail might not be helpful to you but it’s crazy how much you forget in such a short period of time. These posts have been so helpful for jogging my own memory.

month 8

There’s been no crawling but Noe loves to stand against things or while being held up. Looking out the window is a favorite. month 8

We took a little trip to Steamboat Springs this past weekend to celebrate Michael’s birthday. We stayed at the Sheraton which was lovely. They have one room suites so we were able to put Noe down and still have a living room and kitchen to have dinner and celebrate with some wine. I highly recommend it.

month 8

Overall, she continues to be an inquisitive, loving and sweet baby. I’m so happy to be her mama.

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Weight: We haven’t been to the pediatrician since six months and don’t have another appointment planned until the year mark so I’m guessing a little over 20 pounds.

Likes: playing keep away games. She thinks it’s hilarious when her dad pretends to hand her off to me then runs away with her. She also loves the cat. Any time Guy gets close to her she pulls him into her. Poor kitty.

Dislikes: She’s slowly gotten used to tummy time and tolerates it for longer periods of time. I even caught her sleeping on her stomach the other night. I freaked out and had to google whether I should flip her back to her stomach. So neurotic.

Waiting on: Crawling. She just doesn’t want to crawl. I’m trying not to stress about it. Most babies crawl between 6-10 months so hopefully it’s coming soon.

Favorite Noe-ism: her babble. My goodness the girl is a chatty Cathy. Her mimics of coughing are hilarious.

Mom Update: Balance has been the key for me over the past month. I tend to want to spend the weekends hanging out with Michael and Noe non-stop but I realize I need a little of my own time. I’ve been trying to get out for a solo run or yoga class for some me time. Michael took Noe out on an errand run the other weekend as well and I had some alone time in the house to cook and read a magazine. Those little bits of time make a huge difference.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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Whoever coined the phrase that the days go slow but the years go quick must have had 10 kids. Yesterday was one of those days. Michael has been out of town and the nanny called out sick so this week it’s just been me and Noe. We were up early and out on our run while you could still feel the night frost in the air.

it won't be like this for long

The late afternoons are always toughest for us. Noe is tired but it’s too late for a nap and too early to start bath time. We’d already Facetimed with my sister, like we do almost every afternoon. As an aside, Sarah and I have gotten in the habit of doing 20 minutes of abs each afternoon together. It helps break up the day and I have to say, my abs are feeling stronger than they have in a long time!

On this particular afternoon Noe was fussy. We had moved from the bumbo, to the exersaucer, from the playmat, to the bed, to the mirror, to the bedroom floor. We read books, sang songs, played peekaboo, chewed on everything imaginable (her not me), jumped into some handstands (me not her) and finally just took to lying on the couch together.

I was spent, emotionally and physically. And just when I was about to check my phone to see how many more minutes there were until we could start the bath, she laid one of those big open mouthed kisses on my cheek. Then another. And another. She made the mawwwww noise and every time she pulled back she had a giant smile on her won't be like this for long

That’s when that Darius Rucker’s song came to mind, It Won’t Be Like This for Long. Some days feel impossibly long but before I know it the times of just the two of us at home all afternoon will feel like a distant memory. Just like those afternoons when I would read entire books while she nursed in my arms have somehow vanished. Or the two hours pinned to the rocking chair while she slept have somehow morphed into her sleeping in her crib, thank goodness.

It’s all so impermanent and fleeting. I know every parent says that but I’m trying to remind myself on the tougher days. There will come a time when she won’t always want her mom every second. Or feel comforted by my hands holding hers, the whirl of the fan and the warmth of her mama. Soon she won’t tolerate me putting on old country songs and dancing around the living room with her in my arms. There will come a morning when I’ll walk into her room and instead of being met by a full body smile, I’ll come face to face with a grumpy teenager.

it won't be like this for long

So I’m taking a beat to soak in those open mouthed kisses and the weight of her body slung across my chest. I’m savoring that baby smell and the soft little hands and taking a million pictures and remembering, good or bad, that it won’t be like this for long.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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making space

I’ve been writing and rewriting this blog post for the last 5 days. Nothing seems right or cohesive or poignant enough to publish. Then I stop and think, well shoot, this is my blog, it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be honest. So here goes…

There is a lot of ambiguity in my life right now, a lot of areas that I wish I were doing a better job at: career, balance, motherhood, friendships, this space. I’m trying really hard not to play the compare game but I’m feeling rather scattered and stagnant.

I’ve been thinking a lot about making space lately. Clearing, weeding, pruning, sorting, tossing, not so much literally, though I’m always game for a good purge, but emotionally, professionally, mentally.

Having a baby is a big wake up call to the speedy passage of time. Watching my little blob turn into a smiling, chattering, laughing baby, has made me reevaluate my own time. I’ve been asking myself the big questions:

What do I want to spend my time doing?

What parts of my life bring me joy?

Which drain me?

What boundaries do I need to make in order to lead a more balanced life?

What parts of my life am I shying away from for fear of failure?

Simply, what needs changing?

Lately Michael and I have talked a lot about change. We’re both navigating the world of balancing family with career, passions with reality. This isn’t a novel concept. It’s as though nearly every person I talk to is in the same boat.

I’ve struggled a lot with the balance of working vs. being a mom. After Noe was born I immediately jumped back in as though nothing had changed, although everything had. Lately, I’ve been nagged by the idea that the hours I am choosing to be away from my daughter should be meaningful, fulfilling, basically worth the time away. This has brought about the personal struggle of being a mom and still being an individual. It’s crazy, motherhood has a way of rocking your identity to it’s core while also providing you with the most basic and natural identity imaginable.

That’s when the whole idea of making space began to formulate. What can I let go of to make room for a better fit? Leaving the familiar behind to embrace the unknown is seriously hard. In my case I’ve decided to leave my current job to make space for career opportunities that are more aligned with my new [mom] state. That’s been hard to do without judgment.

I was talking with a good friend last week and joked that I was basically a quitter. We both laughed but there’s some truth in that statement. I hate to think of myself as a quitter and it’s been hard for me to let go just because I had a baby. But I need to keep reminding myself over and over that that’s precisely why I need to move on and it’s not a bad thing. Situations change and you must adjust.

As you can easily tell, this change has brought up a serious bout of insecurity as I navigate my next move. There are times when the newness of the unknown is exciting and others where I feel completely frozen on this path. It’s also extra nerve wracking writing it all out. I thought about keeping this to myself but I think it’s important to share the in between space as much as the final product. The in-between space is gray, goopy and scary but also ripe for change.

And, I know that I need this change. I need to let go of those things that have run their course to make room for new adventures, new paths, new challenges. I have faith that a better fit awaits but it doesn’t make it any less daunting. If you’re right there with me, know that you’re not alone.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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Time seriously got away from me. I can’t believe our little girl will be 8 months on Thursday. I’m so behind on posts that it’s probably best just to combine months six and seven into one long post.

six months

One word sums up our little bug…sweet. She is so kissable and lovable right now. Some days I can’t even deal. I take about 6000 photos of her daily.


Way back in July, we took our first trip to Chicago. It was really important to my grandma and my mom to get Noe baptized so we decided to do it in Chicago so that my grandma could be a part of the celebration. Flying with her turned out to be less stressful than originally imagined. I think the short 2 hour trip helped.


Other month six highlights, Noe spent some time in the pool, which she loved.


Playing music with Granny, she loves every kind of music.


She learned to sit up.


And continues to enjoy her books.


A few weeks after our Chicago trip we flew to California to see my mom.


And visit some old friends in Sacramento.


Michael had to leave that trip early so I flew home solo with Noe. She was an absolute dream on the flight home then proceeded to scream at the top of her lungs the entire drive from the airport to home. Don’t let that face fool you.


Month six also brought her first foray into solids. We started with rice cereal mixed with breast milk but shortly thereafter I was drinking carrot juice and decided to give her a little. She went absolutely crazy for it so we’ve been giving her rice cereal and oatmeal mixed with carrot juice.


She loves food.



She’s also crazy about water.


Other loves, the cat and the dog. She doesn’t quite understand the word gentle yet so there is a lot of fur pulling and grabbing at their collars. She’s constantly interested in what they’re up to.

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She’s endlessly curious about everything around her from toys to measuring cups, to keys and cell phones (already). She’s only cried about two things being taken away from her…a wet washcloth and my cell phone. It starts early.

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In the hot summer months we spent a lot of time in our basement which has the double benefit of being cool and carpeted. We like to play on the floor, sing songs and do yoga.


She thinks it’s hilarious when I do handstands and forearms stands above her.


Six month stats:

Weight: She was 18lbs at her 6 month checkup which we did a few weeks late.

Likes: music, the dog, the cat, playing peek-a-boo, anything her mom is drinking or eating

Dislikes: Tummy time

Waiting on: Crawling

Favorite Noe-ism: her smile when you walk into the room in the morning. She’s so excited to see you. It melts my heart.


Seven months.

seven months

Our sweet girl has also become quite silly. She is starting to understand the idea of Facetime and smiles every time she hears the sound of the Facetime ring. She knows it means that someone she loves will pop up on the screen. It’s pretty amazing to see.

We did a bunch of hiking in August. She tolerates the pack really well. On the hike pictured below we ended up in a rainstorm but she didn’t care one bit.


I hate to even mention this but she loves what we refer to as the “Starbucks Lady”. She gets really excited if we hand her one of our reusable cups. Maybe she won’t have a favorite stuffed animal, she’ll just sleep with coffee cups.


Right around seven months her first tooth started to pop through, followed a few days later by her second tooth on the bottom next to the first. She got a little fussy and a bit flushed when they were coming in but teething hasn’t been terrible so far.


Michael had a work trip scheduled in New York for mid-September so we decided to tag along. We spent the weekend exploring the city and spending quality time with my sister and her boyfriend.


They have a pretty nice view from their roof deck!


Noe fell in love with her Auntie Sarah. She even spent two nights at her house, our first real nights away from her.


She enjoyed her first brunch as well.

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She’s so inquisitive and curious. Everything is a toy, including the basket the toys come in.


She also loves the swing at the park. It’s nice to be able to stop at the playground now, after a run, instead of just walking by it.


She’s super cuddly, giving open mouth kisses and mini hugs.


She still loves being in the stroller and is great on long walks and runs. It remains one of the few places where she’ll nap. Speaking of sleeping, she continues to be a great night sleeper, going down around 7 and sleeping until about 7 the next morning, it’s glorious. She also continues to be a terrible napper. She usually takes a 25 minute nap in the morning on our run/walk and then maybe another 30 minute nap around 2:30. That tends to be it. I’ve tried everything: having her sleep on me, cry it out, the Happy Sleeper method, she’s just not a napper right now.

I hope that when she’s a bit more mobile it’ll cause her to tire out a bit during the day and go down but our pediatrician isn’t concerned so we aren’t either, even if I can’t get anything done during the day, at least I’m getting a full night’s sleep!


She loves football, of course.


In month seven we expanded her food experience. She’s had all kinds of fruits and veggies: peas, squash, carrots, beets, apples, oranges, watermelon. Her favorite by far are grapes which we put into these mesh sleeve things so she can suck on them without risk of choking. Below she’s trying her first green juice, which she loved. I also gave her some squash soup over the weekend that had lots of spices in it and she went crazy for it.


She’s just so wonderful. Some days are hard and feel like they go on forever but she’s becoming so much more of a little person. I love watching her learn, grow and explore the world every day.


She’s learning to do yoga too :).


Weight: Not sure but probably close to 18 or 19lbs.

Likes: grass, people, nursery rhyme videos on youtube

Dislikes: tummy time, she immediately flips over to her back and I mean immediately, like in the air as you start to put her down. She’s also not interested in crawling yet. We’re trying to get her on her hands and knees more but she screams and then flips. Anyone have tips for tummy time or getting your baby to crawl? Or should we just be patient?

Can’t live without: the boppy. We still use the boppy nonstop whether it’s for feeding or putting behind her in case she falls backward, that thing is the best.

Favorite Noe-ism: how she smiles the minute someone answers a Facetime call.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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I’m currently attempting to get Noe to nap following the Happy Sleeper method. I don’t think it’s working as of yet but a friend of mine sleep trained her little one with this book so I thought it was worth a shot. While I sit here and listen to her fuss I figured I’d pop in to share what we got up to this weekend…hiking with baby.

While I was pregnant my boss gifted us with her old hiking pack. It’s been sitting in our basement for the past 8 months collecting dust. While going through our closet in my relentless urge to purge (more on that some other time) we came across the hiker. Noe has been sitting up assisted for the past few weeks so we stuck her in the hiking backpack to test it out. I did a few laps around our basement and up and down the stairs, she was pretty happy.

hiking with baby

On Wednesday I made the solo trek out to Elk Meadows in Evergreen. I tried to get out early as it was supposed to be a scorcher of a day. We took our favorite four legged friend along too. He was in heaven.

hiking with baby

We hiked for about 3 hours. It was about 30 minutes too long for this little one. She melted down something serious toward the end. I was trying everything to calm her down. I sang her song after song and must have looked like a lunatic to the other hikers. hiking with babyAfter a pretty successful first hike, we brought Michael along on Saturday. We did a short hike through the Elk Meadows Dog Park which is a few miles worth of open space that’s off-leash. If you have a dog in Denver, check it out! There are creeks and trails and plenty of space for dogs to run around. We only went out for about an hour before getting caught in a rainstorm but Noe did really well the entire time. hiking with babyHaving completely caught the hiking with baby bug we went for a third hike to Red Rocks on Sunday. We got the the amphitheater right before it closed for an event but we’ll definitely head back there earlier in the coming weeks so we can run the stairs. The views up there are amazing.hiking with baby

Once we were kicked out of the venue we found an overlook trail not to far from the parking lot. The trail was only about 1.5 miles but again it was mid-day and HOT so we didn’t push it with the little one. She seemed pretty content to be outside though.hiking with baby

After hiking we headed downtown for some lunch. This was Noe’s first experience with sitting at the table, so grown up. We went to HopDoddy Burger Bar in Union Station. They had a hemp burger with sunflower seeds and avocado, delicious and no post hike meal is complete without a beer! IMG_0332


We showed Noe the fountains after lunch.My little water baby was in awe of all the water. IMG_0335

All in all it was a lovely weekend. I’m so glad we tried out hiking with the baby. I see plenty of hikes in our future before the weather cools down.

Btw, she fell asleep long enough to let me write this whole post. Success.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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Holy lack of posting. This past month has been a bear. Not so much with Noe but on the work front. I went back to work part time at the end of May and took on a new project in mid-June. It turned out to be a little bit more labor intensive than I anticipated which didn’t leave much time for writing blog posts. The event was last week so I’m now coming up for air.

five months

Anyway, let’s talk about month five since I’m almost two posts behind now.

Noe is such a happy baby. All smiles, except right after getting out of the bath. You can pretty much make her smile just by smiling at her or singing “If you’re happy and you know it”. Making her laugh is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve become really good at funny faces, noises and bad songs.


We spend a lot of time trying to keep her entertained and learning.


She’s incredibly inquisitive and focused.IMG_9969

I’ve gone a little crazy with the books but I can’t help it. We have a great used children’s book store near us and the books are usually about $1. It’s sort of like the book shop in You’ve Got Mail. They are so nice I just have to support them.


I think she likes books, but one can’t be sure.


The big goal for this month was getting out more. We spent the spring mostly at home and we were all going a little crazy. We needed to do more outings. It’s been a lot easier over the past few weeks with the warm weather and all the farmer’s markets. We’re all much happier.


We spent some time with family around the 4th.

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Napping continues to be our biggest daily struggle. She has been sleeping great at night, going down around 7:30 and sleeping until anywhere between 5:45 and 7:15. It’s been pretty amazing and I realize how fortunate we are. But she just won’t sleep during the day. Maybe 20 minutes here or there but nothing much beyond that. By the end of the day she is struggling so much that I may start putting her down earlier so she can get in the extra time, although that means she may miss her daddy on weeknights.


She adores her daddy.


And four wheeling, just kidding.


Weight: She was 14.8 lbs at her 4 month appointment. She went through a crazy growth spurt right after that so my guess is she’s about 15 lbs now.

Likes: music of any kind: singing, the radio, her music cube. Toys with texture, shape, anything that makes noise. She’s also still really into water. She went swimming for the first time this month and loved it. She loves her bath, the hose, wet wash cloths. She also loves her nanny. She comes twice a week and Noe lights up when she walks into the room. It’s really sweet.

Dislikes: I’m sure I’m not thinking of something but she seriously loves most everything. In month five she wasn’t super keen on tummy time but that’s now changed.

Can’t live without: her exer-saucer, her feet, they fascinate her.

Favorite Noe-ism: she does this little dance on her back that is hysterical. She gets all excited and stomps her feet and wiggles her hands alongside her body.

Overall, she is really coming into her own. She’s definitely not the little, helpless newborn anymore. She’s much more independent, stubborn and vocal. The girl babbles all. the. time. I swear she already knows how to say mama and boom. She reacts to the things around her and is fascinated by the world. It’s given me a refreshing new perspective on things too.

Enjoy and Exhale!


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mommy and NoeThis week felt a little rough. I have been fairly stable juggling this whole motherhood, work, yoga teacher, housekeeper thing.

But, then, I was unloading the dishwasher and the dishes just weren’t clean. How dare the dishwasher not wash the dishes, it has one job, to CLEAN.

I lost it.

This was right in the hand off to the bedtime routine. Michael gets home around 7 each night and as soon as he gets home I hand off Noe for her bath and bottle feeding. The minute my hands are free the list of the day’s neglected chores starts moving in my head like a news feed at the bottom of the screen…feed the dog, warm the bottle, make dinner, change the laundry, finish the work emails that I didn’t have a chance to get to…and on and on.

On this particular night, with a lazy dishwasher, I started to cry. Michael, being gentle and sane, told me the one thing I knew but needed to hear, “the dishes can wait. Go downstairs and relax.” So I did, I sat on the couch, without my phone or TV or to do list and was simply still, minus a few tears of course.

And I was really still, no getting up and doing a little asana practice to clear my head or going out for a walk. No, I simply splayed out on the couch and looked at the ceiling. It felt slightly wasteful but as the minutes ticked by a clarity came to mind. It was in this stillness that I realized I’m worn out. I’m spreading myself a little too thin. Overlooking the importance of letting things just be has me chasing some imaginary finish line.

Sure there is plenty to be done, to accomplish, to clean (for pete sake there is always so much to clean) but I needed the reminder that these things can wait. That there is no medal or award for having a clean house, a week’s worth of workouts under my belt or five beautiful, Instagram worthy meals on the table.

It’s okay that we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner at 9pm on Wednesday night, that there are little fur balls of pet hair in the corners of my dining room, that I took a few days off of running to recalibrate and rest my body.

The baby is alive and well, we all have clothes to wear and sheets to sleep on and the dog has been fed dinner every night this week! There is no race, no contest.

My to-do list is still there, lengthy as always, but it’ll all get done, eventually. In the meantime, I think we’ll go lay on a blanket on the floor, look up at the shadows dancing on the ceiling and if we’re feeling ambitious…we’ll try to grab our feet and find a little happy baby.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Enjoy and Exhale!


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Currently I’m writing this while Noe sits in the swing and tries to grab her feet with her hand. She doesn’t have her binky in and yet, is surprisingly quiet and entertained. It’s a far cry from those early days of not being able to set her down. She’s turning into quite the independent little creature, although both Michael and I like our alone time so this shouldn’t surprise me.

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This picture sums up the last month. Suddenly she’s so big, it’s like we look down and she’s outgrown the day’s outfit. This is a 6 month onesie that she’s worn once. It’s already to small.


This month the transition seemed big. Maybe it was that the weather finally changed. It’s so obvious which pictures were taken early in the month when it was nice and cool and which were taken later when we were sweltering in our unairconditioned house.

Regardless, she’s growing so fast. She’s alert and interested in her toys.



In jewelry, watch out!


In just about anything.


Noe’s been incredibly interactive and expressive. Lots of smiles and laughs. She reacts to us smiling at her and she will mimic our laughs, which is the most adorable thing in the world.


She’s still not much of a tummy timer but we’re getting there.


Napping continues to be a struggle, although it does seem to be getting more consistent. She’ll nap for about 30 minutes in the morning, mid-day and in the late afternoon. I can usually get her to sleep in her swing or even the crib but on desperate days we still cuddle together for naps.


We’re only averaging about 2 hours of naps a day, which seems like nothing but she’s sleeping through the night (knock on wood), which makes up for the lack of sleep during the day, hopefully. We’ve been able to put her down between 7:30-8:15 for the past week or so and she sleeps until anywhere between 5:30 and 7:30 depending on the day. If she’s up at 5:30 I try to put her back down, sometimes it’s successful, sometimes.

Getting her down earlier has given me and Michael some time together. We’ve been opening a bottle of wine and sitting on the front porch in the evenings. It’s been a nice change from just sitting on the couch watching TV.



The summer weather has us outside more. We’ve spent some quality time in the park and running in the stroller.


Or going for walks.


She loves toys and has mastered the art of grabbing. She’ll pull her binky out of her mouth, hold it, then drop it. There’s no mastery of putting it back in her mouth.


She’s such a happy baby. Michael and I can’t believe our luck. She’s so happy when we wake up and go into her room. It almost doesn’t matter what time it is. Seeing her smile is everything.

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This month also saw the return of racing. I ran the Bolder Boulder again. Last year this was the last race I ran before finding out I was pregnant. I was in really good shape and ran it in 47:51. This year my goal was to race it in under 50 minutes. I knew I’d never beat last year’s time but it felt like a decent goal. I missed it by 19 seconds :( It was still an amazing race and I’m happy to know that I can still run sub 8 miles. All that stroller training paid off.

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I have been feeling really good. I’ve actually had a few people ask me how I’m feeling lately and I’ve had to pause and think, “what are they talking about?” Breast feeding has become the norm and although I’m still hungry, I don’t feel crazy famished in the mornings anymore. I do sleep harder than I used to, falling asleep almost immediately, so I’m sure I’m still taxing my body quite a bit with the running, looking after her, the keeping her alive and all. :)

Weight: Not sure but Michael got on the scale with and without her last week and our home scale said 15lbs. Not sure how accurate it is but we have an appointment on Friday to find out. She’s wearing 3 month clothes all the way up to 9 month clothes so I don’t know if she’s on track for her age or not.

Likes: mommy, I’ll admit it, she’s pretty crazy about me right now, Michael has been having some trouble getting her down at night but she’s falling asleep just fine if it’s mommy putting her to bed.

Dislikes: she only really cries these days in the time between getting out of the bath, getting into her pjs and getting the dinner bottle. If we hesitate with the bottle it’s all over.

Can’t live without: summer clothes, books, she’s just like her mom, grandma and granny. She just loves books, yay!

Favorite Noe-ism: her laugh when you get her going

Looking forward to: her sitting up and being able to play off her back

Enjoy and Exhale!


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