Happy New Year!

Happy new year, friends!  A lot has happened since I last wrote here.  Most significantly, Little Guy arrived in mid-December:


We are all in love with him.


I’ve been determined to Take It Easy this postpartum time, for once.  So far, so good.  I’m feeling a lot like a glued-to-the-couch cow,


but Little Guy is napping well today, so maybe we’ve turned a corner, maybe.  And I’m so happy not to be pregnant anymore.

Seriously, I’ve left the house for two pediatrician appointments, Christmas day Mass, Christmas dinner at my in-laws, and one walk around the neighborhood.  That’s it!  Even my homebody self is getting cabin fever, but this postpartum experience is so much better than the last two, so I’m sticking with what works.

These days I’m


Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy

(Pretty ironic reading this while nursing almost constantly. What’s going on here in my subconscious? . . . I read an interesting review in the Wall Street Journal before Little Guy was born, so anyway.)

The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women (I don’t agree with a lot of her premises but it’s interesting reading a modern feminist/ French perspective on the low-birth-rate crisis in the West.)

I Believe in LoveA Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Homeland.  So addicted.  I’m beginning Season 3, which is not the best, but I hear it improves in Seasons 4 and 5.  Claire Danes is so good, as is Inigo Montoya, uh, I mean, Mandy Pitinkin.


Damien Lewis is good too, but I’m sick of the whole Brody/Carrie thing.  I’m inclined to agree with Saul (pardon the French):


During the day, I watch a whole bunch of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures

and The Magic Schoolbus.  Over and over and over and over and . . .

We’re so ready for school to start back up.


whatever delicious meals my kind friends make me, plus Cliff bars and lots of yogurt


ratty old yoga pants and tee-shirts and pajama pants.  I just ordered the Metro Skinny pants from Athleta (currently on sale), hoping they’ll do the trick when it’s time to go out into the world.

Baby’s sureto wake up any minute so I’ll leave off here.  Thanks to everyone out there still reading this blog!


What I Wore Sunday: Polka Dots, Argyle, and Albuterol

Well, I didn’t exactly wear albuterol, but I think I walk around with a fine mist of it surrounding me.  We’ve been using it day in day out for the girls for weeks and weeks now.  My poor baby girl has been especially sick the past week; we celebrated her first birthday with a trip to the doctor.  It was her second of the week, and I think we’re going back there on Monday.  Girl 1 has pretty much kicked the bug, but Girls 2 just keeps wheezing and coughing, coughing and wheezing.

Thanks to my Saintly Husband and the blessing of a well-timed nap for the baby, I was able to get gussied up for Mass today.  I find the girls’ photo bombs amusing here so I’m including several shots.  Notice how good I am at ignoring them?  😉

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I was kind of going for this look, kind of:

I can’t figure out the original source.  Let me know if you know.  It’s been floating around on Pinterest and Tumblr for a while.

Happy Sunday everyone!  For more Sunday finery, check out the link-up at Fine Linen and Purple.  Thanks, Kendra and Emily, for hosting!