– Well, it’s October, and I went to the beach this week. Doesn’t anyone else find that strange? I know I live in California and all, but you’d think the beach would at least be too chilly. Not so. My mom, Jack and I walked along the cliffs and down into a cove, and then went to one of our favorite restaurants – Pacific Whey. It’s a casual cafe nestled in a small shopping center above Crystal Cove. It was fun – and warm!
– I’ve noticed that Jack is starting to look a lot like Ryan. I love it. Ryan has such a great look (of course) and I can only hope that Jack will continue to grow into Ryan’s little look-alike. It’s so sweet!
– Over this past week, my 9-week-old baby has grown roughly to the size of a grape. Isn’t that amazing? At 6 weeks, the baby was only the size of a lentil. That’s a lot of growing in 3 short weeks!
– I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to turn my home into a haven. Each time I would ask Ryan to tell me how to make him more comfortable and relaxed in our home, he’d say something like, “New furniture!” or “This apartment is just too hard to make comfortable! We’ll just have to wait till we can move.” I was never satisfied with those answers because I just knew there had to be a way to bring peace and comfort to this home without breaking our bank or moving (before we’re ready). Honestly, Ryan knew that, too, but both of us were at a loss. How else would I do it?
Then, the other day, I spent a fair amount of time just sitting in one of our armchairs and staring at the room. I noticed that the furniture felt too spread out – it didn’t feel cozy. Then I noticed the way all of our furniture looked like it had been haphazardly positioned – nothing really flowed. I noticed the bare walls, too, but I had already decided I’d refrain from painting any more of this apartment and I wasn’t sure how else I’d make the walls less noticeable. I considered creating artwork, which I love to do, but in these super-tight financial times, I don’t really have the money to spend on supplies.
I thought and thought and thought. Soon after, Ryan came home from work. I had come to a conclusion – reorganizing the furniture! After lots of huffing and puffing and dusting and surveying, we finally figured it out. The difference, my friends, is huge. It feels organized, comfortable, relaxing, and right. The next morning, when we came out to spend some time together before Ryan went to work, his first words were, “Ahh…this room is so relaxing.” SCORE!
– Nursing has been going well. I really appreciate everyone’s comments on my previous post, To Ask or to Be Asked. I’ve decided that I will let him ask for the most part, but when he’s cranky, tired, or unhappy, I will offer to nurse him. We’ve been able to maintain a fair amount of nursing sessions per day, and I’m satisfied with this approach. I just don’t think I’m ready (nor do I think he’s ready) to let it fade away altogether!
– In my quest to learn more about creating a peaceful, comfortable home, I’ve realized a few important things. 1, you don’t always have to spend money to create comfort. 2, scented candles do wonders for the “feel” of a room. And 3, rearranging furniture or using wall decor eliminates the need for paint (although I prefer painted walls, it’s nice to know that I can do without in a time where painting would be more trouble that it’s worth).
– Today, Ryan brought home lunch from Mom’s Deli. I had egg salad on squaw bread with alfalfa sprouts and shreds of carrot, Sun Chips, and rootbeer! It was delicious…possibly one of my favorite meals ever.
– Tonight, I’m going out with a group of long-time girlfriends for my birthday celebration. Yeah…my birthday was in August, but it’s taken a while for everyone to clear their calendars! I’m excited for a girls’ night – Ryan has graciously accepted the task of caring for Jack and I’m happy to have an outing to look forward to. We’re going to Olive Garden because, well…unlimited breadsticks and salad sound just right to me!