A few weekends ago, we drove up to Baltimore to visit Stu, who hadn't yet met Madeleine. We brunched at Woodberry Kitchen, a cavernous space in a renovated mill. I was not disappointed - it lived up to the hype. It was also such a baby-friendly restaurant, which seems like a rarity these days, at least in this country. We then enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee at Artifact before driving back to the city. M is a fairly happy baby, particularly in the morning, but her temperament and level of patience take a sharp decline as we edge toward early evening. We squeeze in all the roaming around, errands and coffee dates in the mornings and early afternoons. It helps keep me sane.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Earlier in the year, I committed to listing out monthly acquisitions - if only to hold myself accountable and to curb spending habits.
I failed. I haven't listed anything in months, even though I have been fairly active with internet purchases. I should have known that pregnancy and post-pregnancy would do a number on my spending - with my changing body shape, pre and post-partum hormones shifts and late nights/early mornings spent comforting an infant, I was bound to make a few irrational internet purchases. I'm not going to list every single purchase here. That would be far too embarrassing.
But I will say that my purchases of late have been spurred on by my realization that my too-precious silk numbers aren't going to work, at least for now.
- I've wholeheartedly jumped on the Ace & wagon. It's funny. I first heard of Ace & Jig when I still lived in Cambodia and back then I could not justify the prices, not when I could make linen/cotton shift dresses in Russian Market. In retrospect and objectively, my gut instinct was probably right. But when I finally purchased a piece, I realized how beautiful the textiles were and how wearable. I was sucked into the hype. These pieces aren't cheap, however, and I don't see them becoming more affordable in light of the the growing cult following, particularly from moms. Bottomline: I need to ease up.
- For the last year I've also been itching for a new pant silhouette. Can you believe I've been wearing skinny jeans for over 10 years? While I still wear a black skinny jean regularly, I also welcomed two pairs of slouchy Black Crane pants into my rotation. I must say I'm loving the elastic waist and looser fit. I wear the quilt pants at least two times a week. I also own the carpenter pants in olive, but that pair doesn't get as much use.
- As for shoes, I rotate between three pairs of boots: the Rachel Comey Mars (for days I don't intend to walk very far); the Dieppa Restrepo Mer boots; and the IM Dicker boots, a "maternity" purchase from last year. To my credit, these are not new purchases.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I realize I use this space to whine about some of the realities of motherhood. Today, I'm thinking about how tired I am, how I'm still not sleeping well, how I don't quite fit into my old clothes, and how postpartum hair loss is horrible, if not scary.
I think it throws friends when they ask me how I am doing and I launch into my grievances. I see the look on their faces. But that is what's going on, dear friends. Yes, I love my daughter, fiercely. Her smiles make me forget (for a while) some of the difficulties of motherhood. And life is richer, in ways I didn't understand before.
But I'm not one to sugarcoat things and some days I surprise myself with my ability to get out of bed, get dressed and pretend to be functional, maybe even mildly coherent. Today was not one of those days. I stayed at home in my pajamas while taking conference calls.
This post was about Thanksgiving in Colorado: There was snow and family. I didn't bring my work computer. I didn't think about human rights or the uphill battle we face. It was great. And, speaking of M's smiles, here's one that melts my heart.