So I’ve been having all these issues with WordPress where I can’t upload images using Jetpack or the plain old WordPress system, which means I can’t post from my phone or iPad, only via Mars Edit on my Mac. The problem is, my Mac is currently frozen after my son when crazy with his little hands during a Skype call with my family a few months ago, and he’s frozen the screen in some weird transparent state where I can’t actually open any windows or do anything with it. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, there’s your explanation.
Most of you probably haven’t been wondering, though, because I tend to disappear from time to time, especially when things are busy. And with a little baby, extensive travel, and keeping our home going, things have felt busy. I’ve been on hiatus from work (maternity leave) and study (self-created maternity leave), but somehow I haven’t felt that I’ve gained any free time. Funny how having a little one can change things!
But! The babe is currently asleep, the husband is napping on the couch next to me, and I have a glass of rose and some time on my hands, so let’s get caught up.
The last time we chatted, Max had been away traveling for work and it was tough. My son was only a couple of months old at that point, and the days and nights were still long and exhausting. Max has several more trips scheduled over the coming months, but thankfully things are easier now that bub is a bit older and our routine is established, and I’m feeling much more confident as a new mum. No longer do my days revolve around obsessing over his weight, eating habits, and sleeping patterns; I mean, these things are still important, but I’ve learned to trust my instincts and go with the flow to some degree. We still stick to a general routine, but I’ve learned to be flexible and that, just like adults, his need and desire for food and sleep can change day to day.
We’ve just returned from a Christmas holiday to Canada to see the family. It was Zach’s first time meeting his grandpa and uncle, and it was also wonderful for him to meet his cousins and catch up with grandma and aunty, too. My mom and sister came to visit and help out with bub was a month old, but it’s obviously been awhile since then and they missed him a lot. It was so lovely to see everyone (re)connect and get to know each other. Seeing my son interact with his cousins was really special, too.
And his first Christmas! It was so fun! Of course, he didn’t really know what was going on, but he seemed to enjoy the day. The photo with Santa, not so much:
He was a little shell shocked, though he managed to hold it together a little longer than his big cousin. Shortly after this photo, he joined her in the scream fest!
Hmm what else? Oh, I found a few fun things this Christmas! My mom gave me a Fitbit Alta for Christmas. Ok, I know this is not a particularly new item, but I’m loving counting my steps and the fact that the bracelet is almost pretty and stylish. I’m currently searching for bands online that look a but dressier or more professional for work. Any tips?
Have you heard of Honey? It is a free extension that you can download for Safari or Chrome (and maybe others? I haven’t checked) that helps you save money when you buy things online. Basically, when you go to checkout when you’re buying, well, anything, Honey will pop up and ask if you want it to look for coupons. It will then scan the world wide web for coupon codes for you and apply any that work! It even works on sites like Etsy. You basically get free money for zero effort. Check it out! (Heads up, this link is my personal Honey invite link, so if you use it to sign up for free we each get a dollar. I know, a dollar isn’t much, but it’s something!)
New Year resolutions… do you have any? I have a few goals in mind for the year which are pretty basic – save some money in an emergency fund, work on meal planning, get back into the gym on a regular basis, not lose my mind when I have to put the baby in childcare. I’d also like to finish up my Masters degree so it can stop hanging over my head! I might try and write a little more about this in another post. What are you going to work on this year?
Ooh another cool thing I found about this Christmas is The Tile App. I might be a million miles behind the rest of the world, but these little tiles attach to your wallet or keys and can help you locate these things via a bluetooth signal from your phone (or vice versa). I got Max a couple for Christmas because he loses stuff allllll the time. So far they’ve worked really well; the only downside I can see is that the batteries are non-rechargeable, so they last about a year before the whole unit needs to be replaced.
Photo via Tile App website
Ok this is officially a really random post. I just wanted to pop in and say hi because I am borrowing my husband’s Mac and it’s very exciting to have the luxury of being able to blog again! What did you do for your holidays?