Lasts and Firsts

Now that we’re getting ready to move so soon (we are leaving New Orleans a week from tomorrow!), this past weekend we did a lot of reflecting on our time in New Orleans.  Friday night and Sunday night there were two great events at our synagogue to say “Farewell” to the Rabbi and his family.  They are moving up to Maryland in July so we will be able to see them there but for us it was also a chance for us to say “Farewell” to the synagogue and the New Orleans Jewish community.  We were able to enjoy ourselves at both events since we left Julia with a babysitter for the first time Friday night and again on Sunday night (that is a topic for another day).  It was really nice to have that time to just talk to our friends as adults and enjoy the party without having to entertain the baby and keep her quiet and occupied the whole time.

Saturday morning, we had time to just snuggle and play first thing in the morning (I am very excited to have more time like this in the next few weeks while neither of us is working!) photo

Our friend Caitlin, who went to Med School with Ken, was in town this weekend for a wedding, so we went out for a walk and to meet her for breakfast at Coulis.  After breakfast we walked with her back home through the Garden District, and then we drove down to the French Quarter. image_1

We walked around Jackson Square and picked up a really fun piece of artwork for Julia’s room, then we went to Cafe du Monde for one last beignet and cup of cafe au lait! image

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After beignets, we were all pretty exhausted, so Caitlin went back to her hotel to get ready for the wedding she was going to, and Ken and I went home for naps!

Saturday late afternoon we took our cat, Penny, to her new home with my friend Michele’s sister.  I had been feeling really distraught about our decision to find Penny a new home but after meeting Mignon and her two sons, seeing their other cat, and seeing their house, I feel much better about our decision and I am confident Penny will be happier in her new home.  It also makes life a little easier for our family, moving to Baltimore with only one cat and, as Ken so eloquently puts it, only having to deal with “2 small mammals” (one being our baby!)!  We first adopted Penny in January of 2010, so she was with us for 3 years and was the first cat we adopted together!  We’ve still got Boudreaux coming with us to Baltimore, but it definitely makes life a little easier with only one cat to deal with than with two.

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Sunday morning I went out with Julia for one last play date with our mommy & baby friends from the Pumpkin Patch Facebook group.  We went to Palm Tree Playground in Metairie for a play date and then we went to have lunch at Caffe Caffe.  It was really nice to see everyone one last time before we head out of town!  I really hope I find a good group of Mommy & Baby friends in Baltimore!  Last week I did send an email to the owner of a Baby Store in Hampden called Soft & Cozy Baby, to ask about their Mother’s Support Group, their Mommy & Baby Yoga classes and to find out whether they have a Breastfeeding Support Group. image_3

In the afternoon we got little bit of packing and some errands done before the babysitter came over to spend the evening with Julia while Ken and I went to the Rabbi Uri & Dahlia Farewell Party!

It was a wonderful last weekend at Beth Israel and reminded us of what we will look for in a Synagogue and in a Jewish Community when we move.  New Orleans has a very unique Jewish community but we will try to find a community in Baltimore where we feel as welcome, valued and appreciated as we did here.

Now today is my last day at work!!!  We’ll be spending the rest of this week packing, getting ready for our move, and saying goodbye to people!  Tomorrow I have my last La Leche League meeting at Zuka Baby, and Thursday night we’ll be going to our friends Stephen & Mery for dinner.  Friday I’m getting a haircut (my first one since before Julia was born!!!) and we’re taking Julia to her 8-month checkup.  Hopefully we’ll have everything packed before the weekend gets here so that next weekend we can enjoy our friends’ daughter’s first birthday party and just finish up with the odds and ends that are left to pack and with selling/donating any furniture we still want to get rid of.

I’ll try to write again soon, but like I mentioned last week, I won’t be at a computer as much in the next few weeks as I have been at work so my posts might become somewhat sporadic for now.   Until next time…!

Nice, Quiet Weekend!

We just had a very nice low-key weekend, which was something I, for one, really needed!  The past few weeks have been kind of crazy with Mardi Gras, the Superbowl, my mom’s visit, and so much excitement, so I was really feeling like we needed a quiet and low-key weekend.  It was wonderful!  It helped that Ken had the weekend off from work and was recovering from some sort of upper-respiratory infection, so he also wanted to stay home and relax.  Friday night we decided to order take-out from a little Italian place around the corner from our house, and we went to bed really early (I’m talking 9:30 PM!)

Saturday morning we slept in a little (sleeping until 7:30 is “sleeping in” when you have a baby!) and had some wonderful early morning snuggles with Julia.2.18.2013 We relaxed at home until lunch time, when we went to meet my friend Michele and her daughter for lunch at Gott Gourmet, a little cafe not too far from our house.  We put a little headband with a flower on Julia for the first time and even though I’m normally opposed to big bows on baby girls, I have to admit she looked quite adorable with this one!  2.18.2013.3Saturday afternoon, Ken put up the beautiful Alphabet Needlepoint that my godmother, Sheila, made for Julia’s room.  It’s huge and she has been working on it since before we knew we were having a girl!  Sheila doesn’t have any kids of her own so she’s always been like a surrogate grandparent for me.  She treats Julia like her own grand-daughter and I think Julia’s very lucky for essentially having a 3rd grandmother in Sheila! 2.18.2013.2Saturday evening we went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, and brought the baby with us.  It was our 2-day-late Valentine’s Day celebration and was really nice!  The baby was a little fussy before we left for dinner, which made us worried that she wasn’t going to let us enjoy ourselves, but she did surprisingly well throughout dinner.  She was happy just looking around the restaurant at all the people, and she let us eat without fussing!  Several of the wait-staff and other patrons commented on how well-behaved she was–10 points for us!

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Sunday morning I went out for coffee with our friend Liz while Ken studied at home, and then in the afternoon the baby and I took a nice long nap together!  Sunday evening, Ken had a guys night with his friend Evan while I went to dinner and ice cream with Evan’s wife, Jade.  (They are expecting their first baby girl due in May!)   2.18.2013.6Julia was staring at a big-screen TV that was mounted on the wall–there was a hockey game on at the time, so she wouldn’t even look at me when I tried to snap this picture.  So far, the few times we have put her in front of the television, this is how she has reacted–she’s just fascinated!  I think it’s probably because it’s so bright and colorful and there’s so much movement.  We’ve always said we don’t want to be the kind of parents who just plop their kid down in front of the TV, but at times, the TV is a really useful tool… like if you just need 10 minutes to yourself to get something done, and the TV keeps her calm and occupied, I figure it’s a tool that we can use occasionally if we need to.  I still think it’s best to interact with her–play with her, read to her, sing songs with her, etc. but sometimes you just need a quick way to occupy her and keep her happy for a few minutes at a time.

So now that the weekend is over, we have a pretty low-key week ahead of us, too!  Friday night I’m taking Ken out to dinner for his birthday while Evan & Jade watch the baby.  They’ll be the first non-family members babysitting, and frankly I’m a little nervous… I trust them completely, and they’re about to have their own baby so I’m sure they’ll do just fine, but it’s still a little nerve-racking!  The thing is… right now I’m able to pump just enough milk to send with Julia to daycare each day, so the thought of having to pump enough extra during the week to leave with them on Friday evening is kind of stress-inducing.  It’s less stressful to me to just bring the baby with us to dinner, where I can nurse her easily, than to have to worry about pumping enough milk to leave with them for several hours.  Plus, every time she eats a bottle, I need to pump in order to tell my body that she’s eating then so that my supply is not negatively affected… so when we go out to dinner Friday night, I’ll need to bring the pump with me and probably sneak off to the bathroom to pump every 2 hours.  That being said, it will be nice to have a night out without the baby, and we are going to another one of our favorite restaurants!

Well that’s all for now… and now that I’m getting the cold that Ken had last week, I’m hoping for a few more low-key evenings this week!