Mommy’s Day Out



Today was the first time since the day Olive was born, that I got to go out. I made plans about two weeks ago to meet my friend Kelly for lunch at our favorite sushi place. We agreed to meet up at around 1:00 in the afternoon.

Since I had barely left my house in the last month, I was also in dire need of a manicure. Now I really don’t spend a lot of money on myself, like once in a while I’ll buy a new dress here or there, but the one thing that I do like to splurge on are manicures and pedicures.

My plan was to leave a little early, get a manicure first, then meet Kelly for lunch, and then stop at Buy Buy Baby and Target for diapers, wipes and formula. Unfortunately, I was running kind of late. Here’s what happened…

I woke up around 7:30, but I was so tired because Olive had woke up for the third time around 6:00 and was having a hard time going back to sleep. I finally got her back to sleep right around 8:00 and was so tired that I decided to sleep a little bit longer. So I slept for another hour, woke up around 9:00 and got myself ready for the day. I took a shower, straighten my hair, did my make up and put on a super cute dress. By the time I was done it was around 10:00 and Olive was just waking up again.

I started getting Olive ready by giving her her daily sponge bath for the day. Just when I had finished cleaning her and put a new diaper on I heard the dreaded sound of her pooping herself. So I had to clean her and change her again. Afterwards I gave her a bottle and had her sit on my lap as I fed her on the couch. When I was almost done feeding her I felt a warm liquid on my right thigh. Olive had peed so much that it went right through her diaper. It probably didn’t help that the diaper she was wearing was a size too big, which was why I was going to out to get more diapers that fit her better.

So I had to change her diaper again. Then I went back to feeding and burping her. I held her over my right shoulder and started patting her back, when I suddenly felt her spit up all over my shoulder and in my hair. I used a wipe to quickly clean myself off and then finished taking care of her. afterwards I fixed myself up and gathered my things to leave.

The time I wanted to leave the house was at 11:30, the time I actually left the house was at 11:51. I went to a near by shopping center to get Kelly an engagement gift, because she recently got engaged. So I picked up an engagement card and a bridal magazine. By the time I was done it was 12:30 and I knew there was no way that I would have time to get my nails done before meeting her so I just headed over to the sushi place.

We had a wonderful and very yummy lunch. It was all you can eat sushi and I love, love, love sushi! It was so nice to see Kelly again and catch up with her. Kelly and I have been friends for 10 years. We have hung out a lot and made many fun memories together. Being with Kelly today made me feel like I was 21 again. I liked it. It was kind of bitter sweet because on the one hand, I love my daughter and I love being a mother and I’m excited to experience motherhood as the years go by. On the other hand, I do miss the days where I hang out with my friends. I miss going out to eat, going to the movies, hanging out at each others houses etc. Not that I can’t hang out with my friends anymore. I can, but now it’s different. It was nice to get a glimpse of the old days back, even if it was just for a little bit.

After I said good-bye to Kelly, I noticed that there was a nail place literally right next to the sushi place so I ended up getting my nails done there. I got the classic french manicure, which I haven’t gotten in a while. Usually I pick some crazy color, but today I was really set on having white tips. I’m looking down at my nails right now as I’m typing this and I love the way it looks. There’s just something about getting my nails done that really gives my confidence a boost.

Anyway I called my husband to check up on Olive, because although I was having a nice time, I still missed her and felt like I was on a time limit even though I wasn’t. Kevin said everything was great and asked me to pick up more paper towels even though he had just picked a bunch up literally two days ago. The paper towels go so fast in my house, it’s crazy.

Anyways I went to Buy Buy Baby to pick up some diapers and formula, because I still had 25 dollars left on my gift card and I was hoping it would cover it, but I soon discovered that the 1 box of diapers alone was over 25 dollars and when I was checking out I tried to use some coupons I had for Buy Buy Baby and the guy was like, “We don’t take coupons for diapers, wipes or formula.” Really?! The three most important things parents need to care for their children and you won’t take any coupons for them? What a bunch of bullshit! Anyways it came to 40 dollars and some change, so I ended up spending another 16 dollars. I didn’t realize baby supplies were so expensive.

Next I headed to Target, which was in the same shopping center. I also had a 20 dollar gift card there so I got more wipes and paper towels and tried my best to fight the urge the buy more stuff. They had so many cute things. They had cute clothes, cute accessories, they had a ton of things for Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. They even had sparklers, which I almost got, but I stopped myself. Once I had paid, I grabbed my bags and it was time to go home.

I was so happy to see Olive. She was swinging in her little swing, happy as could be. I was really happy that she spend some alone time with my husband, because I think it’s good for them to have special daddy/daughter time.

Tomorrow I’m taking Olive to a family baby shower and I’m super nervous, because other than taking her for walks around the neighborhood and taking her to the near by pediatrician, she has not been around that many people. I hope she is okay and it goes smoothly.

Fingers crossed. 🙂

The Journey Begins

IMG_4695Hello readers,

Welcome to my new blog all about the many adventures of motherhood.

As some of you may know, for the past five years I had a blog entitled ‘That Girl Justine’. It was all about me and my life at the time from the age of 27 to now 31. Some of the happiest years of my life. During that time I moved in with my boyfriend, got a new job, got engaged (on the beach), had a beautiful Fall wedding, went on a great honeymoon in Mexico, bought a house and got pregnant with my first child.

It was a very eventful five years. I really enjoyed sharing my experiences on my blog and looking back at all the wonderful memories I had made. I knew I wanted to continue writing, but I feel that my life is so different now that I’m a mother. It’s a whole new chapter in my life, so I wanted to start fresh with a blog that was more focused on family life and the ups and downs of parenthood.

Before I was a parent, my life was very easy. It was pretty much all about my job. I am the head teacher in the toddler 2 classroom at a nearby daycare center. My days as a toddler teacher are easy and hard at the same time. There are days that I absolutely love my job and other days where I can’t wait to run out the door and into my car. For the most part, I do really enjoy my job and I like being around the children. I love making up lesson plans, I love planning fun activities and art projects for them to do and I love picking out books to read to them during the day.

When I would come home from work, I would spend my nights laying on the couch with my husband, watching our favorite TV shows and movies. A lot of times I would fall asleep on his chest at around 8:30-9:00 and then wake up around 10:00 and head off to bed.

On the weekends we would pretty much just do some cleaning up and run errands. Some times we would go out to lunch, or shop for something around the house. So yes, my life before was easy, but it was also kind of boring.

I wanted a child so bad! I wanted to have a little family of my own to make memories with and start new traditions with. On September 2nd 2017 I found out I was pregnant and I knew at that moment that my life would never be the same again and I was okay with that. I knew what I would be giving up, but I also knew that what I would get back would be a thousand times better and would bring so much more happiness to my life.

On May 10th 2018 my daughter Olivia May came into the world through a c-section at exactly 8:19 am. I’ll never forget the sound of her first little cries, or how tiny she was, or how warm she felt when they put her on my chest for the first time. She was the most adorable baby that I had ever seen. It was love at first sight. I thought I knew love before, but I have never loved anyone else the way I love my daughter. It’s a completely different love, something that I have never felt before. It broke my heart every time a nurse came in to take her blood and make her cry.  I cried a lot the first few days of her life. Partly because I was very sleep deprived and hormonal but also because I felt very protective of her. She was my little baby, who I carried for nine months. I didn’t want anything to happen to her or upset her in any way.

The first week we brought her home, I don’t think Kevin or I got any sleep. We were both up all night constantly checking on her, making sure she was still alive and still breathing. We tried to take turns being up with her, but I had a hard time not getting up whenever I heard her cry. I had to just make sure that she was okay.

By the third week we did figure out how to get more sleep by keeping her up between 6:30 until 10:00. She usually sleeps from 10:00 until 1:30/2:00 in the morning. That way we can get a good few hours of sleep in.

Kevin went back to work, so I’m home with Olive all day. I started to create a little daily routine for us. We usually wake up for the day around 8:00/8:30. I change her diaper and give her a bottle. By the time she is done drinking her bottle, she’s back asleep. while she is sleeping I hop into the shower and get ready for the day. She will usually sleep for at least an hour some times longer, so when I’m done getting ready I eat breakfast and do things around the house like wash dishes, throw in a load of laundry, take out the trash etc.

Olive usually wakes up around 10:00. When she wakes up I give her a sponge bath in her bassinet. I put a clean outfit on her, comb her hair, put lotion on her and some times file her nails if she needs it. Then I give her another bottle, then she usually sleeps again. When she wakes up I change her diaper, give her another bottle and then as long as the weather is nice, I take her for a walk around our neighborhood usually around noon or 1:00. I continue to change and feed her throughout the day. when she is more awake in the late afternoon, I read books to her and sing to her. I also let her spend some time in her swing, which she seems to really enjoy. We also do tummy time later at night. she is great at picking her head up and she has already rolled from her belly to her back 4 different times! We go to bed around 10:00, then I’m up with her a few times during the night. I have to admit that she is a really good baby and is sleeping longer than she used to.

I know it sounds so boring, but I actually enjoy my little routine with Olive. It’s nice to spend so much time with her because I get to know her better each day. I know I’m going to miss spending all this time with her when I have to go back to work in September, even though she will be in the infant room right across the hall from me I’m still going to miss her.

I’m really looking forward to taking her places and watching her grow up and enjoy life. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us. 🙂