1. Feelin’ 22!
Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a good one. I started the day looking through my new Blessed is She planner with a cup of coffee. Because Zelie is three months now she can be at the daycare at the gym so that I can workout. I ran on the treadmill and watched Olympic volleyball. I was legit crying for some of it because it was so beautiful and I think the man next to me was a little concerned. Zelie was a great baby for most of the day, so we had birthday snuggles and I got a lot of cleaning done. We invited our friends from our old apartment and it was great catching up with our basically 10 old roommates. The evening was filled with drinks, desserts, pizza, stories, and laughter.
2. Blessed is She planner
This is no ordinary planner. It is a liturgical planner for women. So it has allll the feast days. It also has a couple pages of the makers’ favorite prayers, a place for birthdays, monthly layouts with a monthly todo list, weekly todo lists, weekly grocery losts, neal plann for each week, weekly prayer intentions, weekly notes and goals, hourly layouts for each week day, daily goals, places to mark whether you have loved your body, soul, or mind, and a place to write down what you are grateful for. This planner is going to be so helpful for me.
3. St. Paul Saints Game!
This summer the three of us have gone to two games now. We (read: I) love baseball. Zelie did really well. She had her fussy moments, but that’s to be expected. We had these baby ear protection muffs for her that were hilariously adorable, and apparently Michael Phelps’s son wore the same kind at the Olympics, so that’s cool.
A couple friends of ours wanted to babysit so that we could go on a date! We had a beer flight and some wings and were able to have some alone time without needing to worry about the baby. Then we came back and caught up with our friends and watched the rain fall while eating some cookies they baked. One thing I love about a date night is being able to catch up with the babysitters.
5. NFP Class
We had a discussion with my doctor and together decided that it would be beat to have our next child when Zelie is able to walk, based on how my last pregnancy was. I also still have some healing and rehab to do. I have been taking a lot of vitamins and probiotics to get my stomach and body to be normal. I feel normal for the most part now, but I can tell that I went through some serious trauma those 8 months. So, we are doing the Creighton model of NFP, charting all kinds of symptoms, and now that we’re a month in, we are finally seeing a pattern! I am happy to say that I am confident in our method of spacing children, without using any birth control.
6. First Anniversary
Everyone has been telling us how fast this last year has been. Peter and I felt that this past year has felt like five years. We did not have a typical newlywed phase and it we lived out that “in sickness and in health” part of our vows only about a month in. And now we have a baby. So yes, our marriage has been great, but no it did not fly by and it has been very hard. Zelie is such a blessing in our lives and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m looking forward to this next year of marriage, and am hoping it will be better than the last.
7. Bocce Ball
Last week Zelie’s godparents had a bocce ball tournament and invited all their friends to their new home. I’ve never played before but it was so fun meeting new people, having the bracket, and a ice cream truck drove by and we all got a treat! Zelie has been loving the outdoors and she actually watched us play! I think this event really showed what our whole summer has been like. It’s had friends, family, adventure, and a baby.