2016

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Remembering where I was just a short year ago, it is hard to believe how far I have come, but I know how I got here. 2014 was hard, emotionally and physically for me {more on that here}, but when 2015 started, I was determined to turn that all around with the power of positive thinking. Sure, you may think that’s cheesy, but I was able to accomplish so much with something as simple as changing my mindset.

I’ve been following the really amazing and positive-thinking blogger, Gala Darling, for years now. She preaches about how you should love yourself and ways to make your life one you are proud of. One thing in particular that resonated with me was setting intentions for the new year (and throughout the year too), writing them down and meditating on them (with or without sage burning, tarot & crystals if that’s not your thing). I did just that one cool morning in January and also paired it with writing a list of toxic people/feelings/situations that I wanted to rid myself of for the upcoming year. I took this list and burned it. I can’t tell you how therapeutic and cathartic it was to watch all those people and things that cause me anxiety and negativity burn up until they were no more (full guide here).

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For the rest of the year, I focused on these goals hard, and made myself and my happiness a priority. I got pregnant & had a beautiful daughter, I was asked to join the Fashionably Nerdy team, I won a Geekie Award, I was asked to write an ongoing column for an online publication, I became a chapter officer for Geek Girl Brunch South Florida. But more importantly, I was happy and I truly believe having that positive mindset helped me achieve all those things (with a bunch of drive and hard work, of course).

So if you feel yourself going down a negative path, or are unhappy with how things unraveled, write down how you would like things to change in the new year and participate in this little ritual. It can be so powerful! I know I can’t wait to go shopping for my supplies for my own (yes, more goals for me – bigger & better!!!!).

I’m aware that this post was a little different from the usual, but I’ve noticed a lot of friends are down in the dumps this holiday season. I thought maybe this simple little activity could spark some positivity, anticipation and love for the year to come!

 

Life with Luna: 8 Weeks

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It’s incredible to me that I have a 2 month old baby! The days just meld into one another when you are at home with a newborn due to lack of sleep and the constant go-go-go, so it’s hard to keep track of time. I had to be reminded that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. Where did 2015 go?

Anyways, Luna was quite a tough one for a couple of weeks, but has completely mellowed out once she hit the 8 week mark. She is sleeping almost as much as she did when she only a couple of weeks old, and often prefers to take those naps on me rather than in her rock ‘n play. This is totally cool with me – she is completely delicious and I’m slowly learning how to do most tasks with only one hand. She is also starting to respond more to social play – such as smiling and the beginning of giggles when I sing songs to her and giving me really big smiles when she sees me in the morning. It makes interacting with her even more fun.

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We are still homebound for a couple more weeks, and I cannot wait to start taking her out with us. I definitely have cabin fever and want to start adjusting her to our social life: Wynwood Sundays, brunch, and mini-adventures. It will be nice to wake up and be able to ask our usual weekend tag line again: What are we doing today?? Of course, her vaccinations mark the end of my maternity leave, so I am both wishing for time to speed up and slow down simultaneously. I can’t imagine not being with her every day, but thankfully, I still will be three times a week.

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Life with Luna: 6 Weeks

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Oh, this perfect little creature only gets better. Although we are struggling with constipation still and all the joys that come along with it (mainly hysterical screaming for hours), Luna is starting to become more aware of her surroundings. What does that mean? A whole lot of social smiling, silly expressions (I love her one eyebrow raise), and cooing. She’s awake a whole lot more during the day, which means I actually get to play with her instead of just stare at her sleeping. It’s pretty magical.

She still hates tummy time, but is ridiculously good at rolling over – as in, she does it over and over again anytime I put her in the activity gym. She’s now fitting into most 0-3M clothing, but her feet are so big, sometimes they don’t fit into the footsie pajamas (like father, like daughter). She is starting to snuggle after feedings, and whether it is involuntary or not, I love that she strokes my shoulder and back. It’s kind of the sweetest thing ever. :)

With the holidays upon us, I am so excited to start new traditions with Luna and incorporate her into old ones. Not being one for the holiday spirit, I’m thinking the tables may turn now that she is in the picture. What are your favorite holiday traditions with your fam?

ps; I realize this isn’t the cutest shot of the little moon, but I absolutely love it because she is making the same exact face I did in one of my own baby pictures! I gotta take what I can get since she looks just like her daddy! ;)

Life With Luna: 1 Week

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It’s pretty hard to wrap my head around the fact that it’s been a week since I gave birth to my little girl (at the time of this post). It seems like only yesterday that I was in that hospital bed wondering what you would look like and if you would be healthy and strong. You have defied all odds since. An amazing eater, a peaceful sleeper, an all around incredible baby. I find myself just staring at you as you sleep, and thinking how I could have possibly gotten so lucky to have such a magical little being in my life that I get to call my own.

Every day I worry: I put you in warm clothes, wrap you in 2 blankets, and always make sure you are wearing a hat to maintain your body temperature so that you don’t expend all your calories trying to keep warm. I can’t sleep when you sleep because I always have to have an eye on you (whether it be myself or Daddy). You smile from gas, but we like to think it is genuine. You love it when we laugh, hold you close and play you music.

I’d like to join the masses and say this transition has been super difficult and that we are in “baby boot camp,” but honestly, I thought it would be worse. I am happy to stay up and be sleep deprived if it means I get to look at your face. You have brought your Dad and I even closer after last year’s struggles. I value family more. All in all, you are the best thing I have ever done.

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