Happy Monday! Last week was pretty special because we had an all-star visitor:
My mom! Hooray!! Thanks to her Spring Break, she was able to spend the whole week with us, hanging with Diego and helping us out. It was wonderful. I kept toasting to Spring Break because it seriously felt like a bit of a vacation-she made the week so nice.
I’ve always loved Southwest Magazine-reading it is one of the best parts of the best airline-and when Brad joined them, I think the magazine got even better. My mom brought her copy with her, as the issue was particularly timely. I read the 6 articles during a 3:00 a.m. feeding and found them all insightful and reassuring. It was nice to read something about babies off-my phone and not in a heavy-handed parenting book.
My mom is pulling a Julie and Julia and working her way through Ina Garten’s latest cookbook. We’re very happy guinea pigs! She made incredible brisket, chipotle popcorn, avocado salad, filet with mustard and mushrooms, and many delicious breakfasts and pasta dinners. See what I mean about feeling like a vacation?
And another perk-getting out of town! We met up with my mom’s best friend Holly for lunch in Benicia at First Street Cafe (I’ve been thinking about their scones since December). I’ve known Holly since I was very little and introducing her to Diego felt like family-a very special afternoon.
Another first from the week-our first evening out alone. Mom offered to watch Diego, so Tuesday night we headed out on the town, just the two of us…..to a City Council meeting! Ha. The council was voting on an important issue and David and I both wanted to weigh in, so off we went. Thankfully, it was a great night for the city, and a productive and efficient meeting. We were back home with Diego after a few hours :)
Friday afternoon we visited David in his office and introduced Diego to his colleagues. PS-baby socks? Is our kid just super tiny or are they a lost cause? The socks never stay on!
After the office tour, we enjoyed sliders and beer at Cast Iron for lunch. One of two Cast Iron visits last week.
And on Saturday, we went right back to the Belding Building to celebrate the opening of Channel Brewing Company :)
Soon it was time for Spring Break to end and my mom flew back to Irvine. Man, I wish Irvine and Stockton were a short drive away. Last night Diego was….fussy. Fussy is a nice way to put it. Anyway, it was a looooooong night. This morning, as we’re racking our sleep-deprived brains trying to figure out what happened to our sweet, nap-happy child (growth spurt? sleep regression? Regressing from what-he’s only four weeks old!), David goes, “I don’t know, maybe he misses his grandma?” So, maybe that’s it? We all wish spring break lasted longer!
Sunday marked 4 weeks since we went to the hospital to deliver Diego. This whole time thing is nutty-it feels like way longer, way shorter, all the cliches. It was time to take the Welcome Home sign off, so we took one last picture )
And yesterday, we introduced Diego to brunch! Cast Iron opened for brunch for the first time, and it was a hit. Long lines, happy customers. David and I don’t usually go out for brunch, but this brunch was WORTH IT. Creative, delicious, and a happy environment (still thinking about the ricotta pancakes…)
Sending good thoughts for the week ahead :)