Celebrating 33 and need suggestions for flying to San Francisco with Tommy!

Busy is good but like the word basic, I feel like busy is almost a swear word these days. I cringe when the words go past my lips. I’ve had a lot going on from expos, to shooting, doctors appointments, work and oh yeah, taking care of my son. I’ve been busy and I hate using that word as an excuse for not posting on my blog in a week!

Celebrating 33

I celebrated my birthday last week. I turned 33. It was so very anticlimactic. Once you become a mom, nothing is about you anymore and your birthday is just another day. Nick went to FoMu and got me some delicious treats and then on Saturday we went to Alden and Harlow, one of my favorite restaurants.

On my birthday, I also went to the Drool baby expo which is an event featuring all the top baby brands so you can test drive everything from rockers, cribs, strollers, baby wearing contraptions, swings, nursings bras, etc… Magic Beans puts it on every year and offers 15-30% discount as well on many of the vendor products.

I bought a toddler Red Sox hate (that’s lasted all of 5 seconds on someone’s head), a lollacup (Tommy refuses to drink from it already), splash mat, iPlay bathing suit, and a Bumpkins silicone grip dish (which is going back since it totally did not work on Tommy). I am such a sucker for deals and clearly I made some poor choices.

I was also really impressed with a new way to take a baby’s temperature, the Fever Frida made by the team behind the Nose Frida. You just put a patch on your baby under their arm. No rectal reading required. I wonder though if Tommy would tear it off.

I also got to test out the Thule and Bob jogging strollers. I have the Chicco Tre but am always curious about the other top brands in this category. I wish there was a way to try them out with an actual run along my running route.

Upping my Instagram/Photography Game

shooting with laurel creative

On Friday morning, I met with a photographer to take some pictures. She messaged me earlier in the week saying she had followed me on YouTube for years and would be in town if I was interested. Of course I was interested and am so glad I took her up on her offer. The photos came out amazing! I can’t wait to share more of them with you guys on here but below is a quick look.

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Laura, whose company is called Laurel Creative, is also a wedding photographer. She is great and if you live in the NYC area and want some pics for your blog or Instagram, definitely hit her up!

After our shoot, Tommy joined me to the dentist and then it was off to the accountant for taxes! He loved every minute of these two activities, I swear.

This weekend, I took advantage of the birthday and got my nails done. It is such a treat for me to do this. I think this was my 3rd time in a year going. I always have polish color regret. For some reason, I got electric blue on my toes. WHY? What was I thinking? On top I got a coconut named tan color which I love and would totally get again. nails

As I mentioned earlier, we went to Alden and Harlow, a favorite restaurant in Harvard Square. It is really unique and has so many awesome veggie dishes. It’s such an easy place to eat well meat free. Since I was with Nick we did get a couple of meaty dishes but I highly recommend the brussels sprouts, charred broccoli which is served over butternut squash hummus, and this new pesto pasta that was so flavorful.

alden and harlow

Tommy has not been sleeping the best lately. He is getting his molars. Two have come in and two are about to pop through. It’s so hard to know when to let babies/toddlers cry and when to go in and comfort them. It is painful for both of us I think. Since I’m a softy, I go in and get him. I know I’m not “supposed” to but it’s what I am comfortable with doing at this time.

Cry It Out and Teething!???

I get sleep training and the cry it out method, but when your baby is teething and in pain, how can I let them cry alone – in pain – in their crib!? I can’t! As a result, Tommy knows now when he wakes up, I’ll go in and get in, give him milk and cuddles. Not ideal.

We are leaving for San Fransisco on Saturday and I’m dreading that he is going to be waking up all night and then up at 4 am for good each day. Any tricks I should I learn to have an easier time change experience? I’m not even worried about the flight I’m so stressed about our sleep situation.

We will be back on Wednesday and then I leave again for a week long trip to the Caribbean! I’m going with a girlfriend without Tommy or Nick. I can’t wait. It’s for work but I think I’m going to have the time of my life.

So we’ve been busy, I’m a little stressed with our trips coming up which is why I haven’t blogged a ton. To be honest, I like having a lot going on. It keeps me focused and more productive when I have an actual minute to work.

PLEASE leave your flying and jet lag tips below and any toddler friendly recommendations for San Francisco!

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