I was baking a tart in the kitchen and husband said something so I popped my head in the living room and Sienna saw me and gave me the biggest smile. It wasn’t just a small or a medium smile. It was her biggest cheese, just for mommy! I answered him and went back to what I was doing without saying anything to Sienna. I kept thinking about her smile even as I cradled her in my arms, fed her, goofed around with her in the bath, and sniffed her Sienna smell as I patted her back while she fell asleep. I wished I had said something to her even though now she’s probably forgotten. I kept regretting it! A note to myself, NEVER let another Sienna smile go un-acknowledged!
There were a lot of firsts this weekend for my little Sienna baby. First time meeting Santa, first Christmas tree, and first snow.
Sienna was not a fan of Santa. After about a minute, Santa have her back to me and said lets not traumatize her!
Then we went to pick out a tree from the local farm. Uncle Alan helped pick out the tree and put it up. So glad he was here to help!
The next day it snowed. Sienna’s first snow! She loved twirling around with papa!
It’s so much fun to experience the holidays with my little Sienna!
I was rocking my baby back to sleep after she woke up and she seemed so big all of a sudden. Such a big girl now – 8 months. You are growing up too fast for me Sienna. I can’t keep up. I want to just hold you in my arms forever. I love the new big girl Sienna more than anything but I miss my tiny baby.
Then: Learning to hold up her head
Now: Baby on the go – so hard to take a non blurry picture
Some precious moments with my little one.
Auntie Annie was in town the week before thanksgiving so we hung out as did some Christmas shopping. Auntie Annie is Sienna’s second mommy. S loves having Auntie Annie around. And so does mommy!
Going shopping! Sienna’s favorite!
Then we had Sienna’s first Thanksgiving. Husband made the turkey as well as beef ribs and chicken in his new smoker that I got him for his bday. I made all the sides. We forgot to take a before pic – s and I took a nap and woke up right before the guests came. So we were scrambling to get ready before. Then I remembered it was Sienna’s first t-day and I had to document it with a photo!
Hey! No turkey legs for babies!
I made S her own special leek carrot potato turkey mix but it wasn’t a big hit.
Then the next thing you know it’s Dec 1 and time to get into the holiday spirit!
I did most of the work and my little helper mostly dropped the gingerbread man on the floor to watch him fall. But I’m sure she’ll get more into it next year! We will be making it a holiday tradition.
That’s all for now! Ending this post with a smile from my silly girl last night.
In my opinion I have one of the most family friendly jobs out there as far as lawyer jobs go. I have predictable hours. My boss is understanding about family commitments because he has them himself. He is out the door at 5 pm. He will unquestionably let me take time off when my little one is sick. I’m so grateful that I transitioned out of big law even though I didn’t realize it was the right move at the time.
But even so, I can’t help but feel as though I rarely get to see my little one except on weekends. I spend only a couple hours with her during the weekdays and at 7 months she is changing so quickly. I’m not thrilled about sending her to day care either.
I wish I could take a few years off and then go back, because I do enjoy my job. The problem is, in my field you can’t just take a few years off. There are just too many lawyers and not enough jobs. If I quit I may very well never work as a lawyer again.
Becoming a SAHM is something I never in a million years would have imagined doing, but having a baby changed me. I admire SAHM’s, especially those who gave up their careers to raise kids. Its scary to leave behind everything you have worked for. It’s a choice every mommy has to make for herself and there is no right answer. There are opportunity costs to the choices we make which are even more defined after having kids.
Me, the day I was admitted to the Supreme Court of the US.
Not exactly dangerously delicious in my opinion but still ok. I had the chicken pot pie which was sorely lacking in the veggie department. And it wasn’t as cozy and warm as you would expect a chicken pot pie to be. However it was filled with a ton of chicken.
I like how the savory pies come with a side mesculin salad.
Reasonably priced and filling.
I picked up the S.M.O.G. Pie (steak-mushroom-onion-gruyere) for my husbanana.