Friday Thoughts

Hey guys! It’s FRIDAY! Not insanely exciting since I’m planning on going back to work tomorrow and Sunday, but I only have to work 9-3 both days. I just wish I could have a little more time to hang out with Jon and Jackson, but such is life! Jon will be to Atlanta around 2pm today, so at least we have this evening to do something together. And my parents are in town this weekend too, so I think tomorrow night, Jon and I are going to go out and do something. Not anything for NYE because we’re old and tired and I work on Sunday morning, but just to get out together and have a date night.

It has been a pretty boring week around here! I still have a lot of red spots from HFM, although only one actual blister. I think the drainage has stopped from the ones on my face, but I’m worried that all the ones on my face are going to scar. Which isn’t really the end of the world, but I’d have to start using some sort of BB cream regularly or something if that happens until the scars lighten up. And I’m lazy.

Jon went to a new gym in Charleston last night (new for us, not new in Charleston). He said he really liked it and that they had kettle bells and an area for olympic lifts (with the bumper plates) and that even at 5pm, it wasn’t very busy. It seems like it’d be a good gym, but I have no idea how much it would cost to do classes there (the regular gym is $30 a month, which is good). They have childcare too, so I’m sure that’s additional. I tried to call and get more pricing information but they just kept telling me to come in. So, I guess I’ll see when I get there. It sounds sort of similar to the gym I went to in Massachusetts though and I LOVED that gym! I was thinking of trying to get a punch card for CrossFit and then just join a regular gym so we can save money. Although, CrossFit gyms aren’t as big there (just in that there are not nearly as many as in Atlanta- there are TONS here- I have no idea how common it is otherwise) and the few I looked at didn’t list punch cards on there, so who knows.

I went to have lunch with Laura yesterday. She wasn’t scared of my HFM, so I went and picked her up from work and we had Chipotle together. I feel like I haven’t seen anybody since being back in Atlanta.

It’s super nice out today! Not sure if it’s cold or not, but it’s sunny and clear. Jackson is napping now, so I need to shower in a minute and then my dad and I are going to run to Costco to grab some stuff. I need to swing by Target to order contacts and then drop a book off at UPS to get shipped back to Amazon. I should check to see when my classes start. Hopefully this weekend Jon can confirm our schedule for Poland so we can start booking rooms. I need to go through all of my photos from Yosemite and delete the duplicates so I can put them on my external hard drives and delete them from my camera to free up space for Poland. And I need to work on my Shutterfly book for Jon before school starts again too, since I get so caught up in schoolwork during the semester that I never work on that type of stuff. We also need to go shopping for warm clothes this weekend for Poland. Still in search of warm, comfortable snow boots to take to Poland!

I really want to go back and start making Shutterfly books of all of my vacations, but that would take so long. I just hate that I have thousands and thousands of photos of trips to such awesome places and no way to easily go back and look at them. I used to scrapbook, but those take up a lot of space. I love that with the Shutterfly books, they’re so compact and I could have an entire bookshelf of them. I really wish I had done them all along, but too late.

I really hope I can get ahead on schoolwork for January so I’m not working on it all in Poland. But I have the same shit professor from last semester who literally would take days to respond to emails about assignment. I’m pretty frustrated about it. And we have super full days in Poland too, since we want to go to so many cities in such a short amount of time, so I won’t have a lot of time to really sit down and work on stuff. I’m really hoping our Wifi works well there, since I doubt there will be a lot of McDonald’s in the Old Towns where we’re staying (McDonald’s always has Wifi- I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone to McDonald’s in other countries just to get on Wifi).

I have no idea why I decided to write down all of my random thoughts again. I need to start adding more pictures one of these days, but I’ve been lazy.

Poland, HFM, Baby J, & Post-Baby Bodies

Hey-o. Wednesday is looking much better than yesterday! I’m still bored out of my mind sitting at home, but oh well. Poland is officially booked! I can’t believe we leave in three weeks! We have a LOT of planning to do, and school starts in a few days so I need to get it together and get planning. I’m really excited to pick out our AirBnBs, because they have such cute ones right in the middle of the old towns for dirt cheap. Jon and I need to go shopping for some warm clothes! Does anybody who lives in the snow have any recommendations for good snow boots? I have a pair of North Face boots that I love, but I’m not sure how waterproof they are. I could probably spray them and waterproof them. I also want to get a longer winter jacket. I think I bought mine before I went to China in 2011 and while it’s still in great condition, it’s just too short for me.

I was also looking at medical relief trips last night. I really think I might try to do one this year. They have one to South Africa and one to Thailand this year that I would LOVE to do! They are 10 days long and I would try to extend past for maybe another 4-5 days. I have always wanted to do a trip like that, but honestly never knew where to look for one that isn’t religious. I found a company last night and am going to try to get either Jessica (my old travel nurse friend) or a nurse that I work with to go with me. I really hope it works out, since I know we’re planning on trying to get pregnant again later this year and I don’t think I’d be able to do this with two kids.

After all this travel planning, I can’t imagine having another baby. I feel like it’s manageable to travel with one, but it’s going to get much harder with two. Jon can get Jackson ready for daycare before work, but throwing another one into the mix would make it awfully hard. And with Poland and Iceland this year for sure (and I want to do another vacation at least), it just makes me want to keep traveling. Jon and I have already talked about taking Jackson with us on vacations starting next year (or later this summer if we go in the US), but I’m kind of thinking maybe we just need to wait another year before trying for our next baby.

Speaking of Jackson, he’s a fun little dude these days. I’m thinking he’s close to toddling around! He took his first three steps (not in a row) and he’s killing it running around the house with his little push walker. But he’ll run into something and drop his head down and just let out a cry because he’s so disappointed that he’s not moving anymore. It’s pretty adorable. He eats like a little champ. My Hispanic daycare lady with the super thick accent always tells me “He eat so good!” He LOVES chicken chili, carrots, avocado, and bananas. He’s been eating three meals a day and two snacks, plus four bottles still. Pilar (the daycare lady) the other day was like, “Miss Liz, why he scream so much?” Haha. He is constantly squealing but I’m pretty sure it’s because he’s excited about life. He claps now and he is so happy about it! He loves being on Grandma’s bathroom counter and looking in the mirror. His favorite toys include the refrigerator and the dishwasher. And Rascal. He spends more time chasing Rascal around the house than doing anything else. Jackson will now lay his head down if you say, “Nigh nigh” in a soft voice. It has to be the cutest thing ever. Once 6pm hits, he knows bedtime is close. We usually play on the floor with him then and we’ll say “Nigh nigh” a bunch and he just keeps laying down on the floor. He is over his hatred of getting his diaper changed and getting dressed. He still loves bath time. He has been super sweet lately and has been really good. He keeps crawling over to me and holding onto my legs and wants to be hugged (which is sad since I can’t do that right now!). He cries occasionally if I walk away, but settles once I’m out of site for a second. Except at daycare- then he never cries. He gets to daycare and wants to go play with his train and doesn’t even want me to pick him up to say goodbye! He gets so excited to see Daddy on the phone now and when he comes home on the weekend! Jackson was crying last weekend when Jon came home and cheered right up, and then Jon closed the door to go pee and Jackson lost it! It was pretty adorable! He definitely knows his Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa. I really enjoy this time with him. He really is a ton of fun and he’s been in such a good mood lately. He always sleeps great, he eats great, he isn’t very clingy anymore, and he’s just a happy boy.

In other random news, my foot is MUCH better now. I still wear the boot to work and sometimes if I’m going out of the house, but it hasn’t hurt in probably a week at all. I won’t go back to working out probably until February because I want to make sure it’s good and healed before pushing it, but I’m so glad it’s finally better. Also, I really am officially almost weaned off the pump (I think all the Benadryl and Dayquil helped dry up my milk). I’m pumping once a day or every other day and yesterday I only got about 4.5oz of milk. My boobs are back to being way small! And although they are not anywhere near what they were pre-baby, they aren’t too pancake-like (which I hope doesn’t change once my milk stops completely). I’m hoping after Poland, I can actually start gaining weight back and put some muscle on. My legs have just gotten so thin and my belly isn’t what it used to be (understandable). And my butt is so flat. I don’t think my body is ever going to be what it used to be, which is fine. But it’d be nice to start fitting into my old clothes better. My shirts should all fit now (they’re all in Charleston), but my pants are huge on me because of my weight loss and lack of muscle. I live in leggings every day, especially since I have the boot and stuffing jeans in them isn’t comfortable. I just feel like a slob though. I wear my hair back all the time since Jackson pulls it. I feel like I never really make an effort to look like a decent human being. And it’s hard to want to when I feel like nothing fits me, so I just wear leggings so what’s the point of fixing my hair?

Alright, well I’m about to head to the grocery store with my mask on so I don’t show the world my weeping facial blisters. I need to feed my child tonight so I guess I can’t be stuck in the house forever.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth :(

Merry Late Christmas! I’m actually super bummed this Christmas! On Friday afternoon, I started feeling pretty under the weather. My throat really hurt and I just felt terrible. Jackson was fussy and I had to take him out to get Tylenol since he was miserable. My parents had a bunch of stuff to do, so I had no help around the house, and I had so much to do too before working all weekend. And Jon was in Florida, enjoying his time off work, with no baby again.

I know Jon misses Jackson and that it makes sense for him to go see his family for the holidays, but at the same time, come home to see your son! And I had been totally fine with him going to Florida up until Friday, when I felt terrible and had to care for Jackson alone. So, I know this is just me being overly emotional, but still. I don’t ever get breaks from Jackson to just relax and enjoy an entire weekend at home! I get breaks if I go places occasionally, but I haven’t had a night in my house, alone, in forever. Much less a whole weekend! I don’t just get to decide to go to Florida to see my family without asking about the baby. And I think I got extra irritated at one point because Jon had invited friends for New Years to Charleston, and I told him I had to work so he needed to come here to take care of Jackson. He made some comment about having to come to Atlanta to babysit. Um, it’s your son. You aren’t babysitting. I am taking care of him for over a month while Jon works in Charleston (and while I work in Atlanta), so please spare me the sob story about how you have to come to Atlanta to take care of him for a weekend while I work. It’s not like I get to go out and galavant around.

Anyway, so I was just grumpy Friday. I went to be super early and then woke up feeling AWFUL on Saturday. I still went to work because calling out over the holidays is pretty frowned upon and I had just called out on Tuesday thinking I was coming down with the flu. So I went to work. Felt miserable all day Saturday. Noticed petechiae (pinpoint red spots) on the roof of my mouth that night so I assumed I had strep. Went to bed super early Saturday night. Jon was here that night too, but we barely even talked because we were both so tired that we were in bed by 9:10 (I get home from work at 8 and then ate some dinner).

Sunday I felt better, but decided to wear a mask at work since I thought I had come down with strep. I noticed this weird small rash on my hand and it kept itching, but I didn’t think much of it. Then t took it my mask off after a few hours at work when I went to the bathroom and noticed I had a rash on my mouth. So I realized I had hand, foot, and mouth. UGH! I told my supervisor and she switched me out of the children’s ER and to the adult side, but really, I should have been sent home. But we were so short staffed. And Christmas was so busy this year. It was insane.

I was in bed at 9:30 on Sunday night, but Jon wouldn’t even touch me (not even to massage my neck) because of the HFM. And then despite being exhausted, I was so itchy that I could not sleep! I slept two hours all night. The itching yesterday was unbearable and my rash got 10x worse. Finally I soaked my hands in cool water and baking soda and it seemed to help a little bit. Jon left in the late afternoon and my parents took care of Jackson since I don’t want to touch him!

Last night I took some Tramadol for pain and an Ambien to help me sleep. I soaked my hands before bed and magically slept almost 12 hours. I went to bed at 7:30, haha.

Today my hands are just super painful and mildly itchy. But I am SO bummed because every year we do a huge high school get together and Christmas and it’s tonight! So I have to miss that! Tomorrow we were going to Gina’s for a baby gender reveal (one of the girls is pregnant- but it’s not public who it is yet). Friday I was supposed to get together with Juliette, Danny, and Erin from college (Juliette is also who I lived with when I did travel nursing in Oregon). So I am SO bummed that THIS is the week that I got sick! I never have plans and now that I could meet up with all these people I never get to see, NOW I get sick?! Uuughh! And I can’t really hide this one either since I have a weeping rash all over the lower half of my face.

And all month I thought Jon was off this Friday. Yesterday he told me he’s not off on Friday. So I was so upset because I thought I’d have all day Friday with him at home (daycare is closed) and he wasn’t being very understanding and was like, “Can we just focus on the positive?” and wanted no part of me voicing my frustration. I already take care of Jackson all the time! And now all my plans with friends were ruined because of HFM! Jon and I couldn’t do anything together yesterday like I was hoping since I have HFM! It’s ANOTHER day I thought I’d get some help that Jackson is all mine again! Sorry that while you get to wake up without worrying about getting a baby ready, and you can go to work like a normal human being, I’m still at home WITH A BABY! AND my baby just wants to be held by me and keeps reaching for me and I can’t even pick him up! I don’t want him near my face since those blisters are weeping!

I know this is all part of having a baby! But I’m just extra irritated this week since I’ve just really been looking forward to seeing everybody at our get together and finding out if the new baby in the group is a boy or a girl! And I really wanted to hang out with Jon but won’t be able to (HFM lasts 7-10 days). And it’s irritating that Jon doesn’t really get it. He threw a fit over watching Jackson for 10 days, yet doesn’t understand why I’m so moody when I’m taking care of him for over a month on my own. I want Jon to take Jackson to Atlanta one weekend and leave me home alone in Charleston for a weekend. So I can be in my own house, ALONE, and just sit and do whatever I want! I just don’t think he gets what it’s like to plan every second of every single day around somebody else. And Jackson is even in daycare! So here I have had a day or two off during the week to run errands! But I still am working around his schedule! Or if a friend wants to hang out, I’m planning his naps around that! Or worrying about getting him to bed before I leave the house!

Anyway, I need to go book our plane tickets to Poland. I need to call Delta since they don’t have what I need available online. And I need to sign up for my classes for the spring but my password wouldn’t work earlier and then I locked myself out of my account. Besides, this whole post was basically to complain. But there wasn’t much else to update on since all I’ve been doing is working anyway. And weaning off the pump (WOOHOO!) and now my boobs are so small again, haha. And I didn’t bring any bras that fit me now back to Atlanta. Oops.

 

Life Updates

Happy Monday! I had planned on going to see Lizzie and her baby today, but Jackson threw a pretty huge tantrum when I tried to get him dressed to take him to daycare. Since he’s had a runny nose and has been fussy in the evenings, I didn’t want to expose him to a non-daycare baby, so I had planned on dropping him off at daycare today. But I guess he had other plans! Instead, I gave him a bottle before his nap in hopes of him sleeping extra long this morning and put him down for a nap at home. I guess I’ll postpone my plans again! I’m kind of itching for him to get to daycare since I kept him home on Friday to let him get some extra sleep since he has a cold, but then my productivity goes out the window.

Actually, I did take him to Carter’s to return an outfit on Friday. And then I bought two outfits since they were on mega sale, but it wasn’t until I was halfway home that I realized that they way overcharged me. So now I need to go back anyway and get my money back! Babies are so distracting. I would have caught that had he not been with me, but at the time, I just wanted to get out of the store since he was being kind of difficult (/they have no shopping carts and he was getting really heavy).

Jon got home right before Jackson went to bed on Friday night. Since my parents were home, Jon and I went out to grab some dinner. We wanted to try a Southern place nearby, but it was pretty fancy and they took reservations, so we turned around and walked out of there pretty fast! Instead, we found this Jerusalem cafe on Yelp and went there. It was much more casual and the shawarma was actually really good. It was a pretty legit place!

Saturday morning we decided to go hunt down Santa! We went to Bass Pro Shops and unfortunately, our time slot for Santa wasn’t until 2pm (it was 10:30). After a quick visit to the merry-go-round, we decided to drive around and let Jackson nap in the car. Our morning was spent driving around and stopping so one person could go inside to eat breakfast while the other sat in the car with Jackson. We finally went back to Bass Pro and walked around and stood in line for our photos. I was majorly bummed because they set Jackson on Santa’s lap for maybe 10 seconds max and never even try to get the kids to smile! I had my real camera with me, but the 3 photos I got (literally in a row- that’s how long he was on his lap) were not great. Santa’s eyes are closed in the good one of Jackson, and then Santa isn’t looking in the other, and the other one is washed out. The quality of their photos really sucked.

We spent Saturday evening just hanging out at home. I was going to go to Kassie’s Christmas party, but she was sick so she had to cancel it. It ended up being fine, since I was super tired on Saturday night and just relaxed!

I worked all day yesterday. There is nothing exciting about that. Twelve hour shifts seem ungodly long now. I never work more than 10 so the day felt like it was never going to end. And I have to work 12s on Christmas Eve and Christmas so I’m dreading that for two days in a row. HOW did I ever work so much overtime?!

Anyway, it’s now 8pm and I just sat down and saw this post still up (Jackson woke up while I was typing), so I’ll just go ahead and post this, haha.

Vacation Vacation VACATION!! WOOHOO!!

Hey guys! I’m back in Atlanta, living the daycare dream, haha. But really, it’s been wonderful having daycare again! Jackson had adjusted back to his two nap schedule really well, with fairly set meal times, and we just had a good routine down in Charleston. I feel bad having him back on one nap a day since it’s not nearly enough for him, but FREEDOM! I dropped him off at daycare on Tuesday morning and spent a few hours at a coffee shop, planning our January vacation and working on my Shutterfly album for Jon’s 2nd Father’s Day. It was wonderful!

Speaking of our January vacation, we FINALLY decided on a place! Since Jon is still paranoid about the Muslim influx/ISIS in France (dumb, I’m SURE it’s fine!), we are going to Poland! I can’t freaking wait! I have actually wanted to go to Poland for a long time and it is going to be so cold there, but I don’t even care! We aren’t renting a car because of the weather, so we will have to navigate the trains there, which I hear can be difficult because of the language barrier. It’s like most European countries- in bigger towns, English is pretty common, but not so much in smaller places. We hope to fly into Warsaw, then go to Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Gdansk. If we have to cut one out, it’d be Krakow, but I really want to go since I’ve always wanted to go to Auschwitz-Birkenau. And the AirBnBs are like, $30-40 a night for very nice apartments in the center of the old towns! Super super super excited! I feel like a whole new woman now that I have a vacation to go on! I just need to get some real Ambien (not the short acting stuff that did nothing!) so that I can sleep on the flight!

I hung out with Gina, Kassie, and Laura last weekend for Gina’s birthday. We just got together on Saturday night and did some crafts and relaxed. It’s always nice to see friends again and I hate being so far! However, Kassie is moving a few hours away in August, and Laura and her boyfriend are planning a move to Colorado sometime in the next year, so it’s not like we’ll have many friends left here anyway! I went over to Crista’s house on Sunday night and just hung out with her and her husband. I hadn’t seen her since her wedding, so it was definitely nice to see them! I’m off this Saturday, so I think Jon and I are going to take Jackson to their house on Saturday morning, and then I’m going to a Christmas party at Kassie’s in the evening while Jon watches Jackson.

I’m working all day Sunday. BOO! I actually will be working more coming up anyway. I had planned on going back to Charleston in January for two weeks, but then I decided to stay in Georgia. If we go out of town in January, I need to try and get ahead on schoolwork so I’m not spending our whole trip doing that. Since I don’t have daycare there, it makes sense to stay here so I can actually get stuff done, instead of entertaining a baby. I might as well work some shifts to help cover the cost of our trip since I’ll be home! And then in February, Jackson and I will go to Charleston for the next 6 months or so “permanently.” I’m actually excited to get back and start getting settled again. It is nice to be here again with my parents, but I miss Jon and our family life.

Anyway, I should go. I was called into work from 3-7 today, so I need to do my pump and maybe take a quick nap before heading in. Hopefully it won’t be a bad day. We keep getting texts for incentive pay (an extra $20 per hour), but now that we don’t need extra money, I just can’t do it! I worked on Monday for 4 hours and they begged me to stay longer for incentive pay and I just couldn’t, haha. I think I’ll have to do it next week or in January though, because I don’t want to be irresponsible and spend all of our money on our vacation! Besides, I’m going to Iceland this summer too and I really want to take a 3rd big trip, so we’ll see! I just need to find somebody to go on a trip with me, or maybe do 2 more smaller ones with Jon! WOOHOO VACAAAATIONNNNN!!!!!!!!!

 

Crazy Mom

Tomorrow is my LAST day in Charleston before heading back to GA. Not that I’ve been here that long, because I haven’t. I actually wish I could stay here for another weekend with Jon, but oh well. I’ll be back.

I had a total crazy meltdown the other day. Jackson was driving. me. insane. I’m so not used to being home with him all day long. The last time I was home this much with him was on maternity leave and that was pretty much the worst time ever. It’s nice being able to let him have his two naps a day and feed him three full meals, except he has been kind of a pain with sleeping and he refuses a lot of his food lately and throws everything on the floor. And he just fussed ALL DAY LONG the other day. So when Jon got home, I pretty much threw a fit and then accidentally knocked Jackson over and he hit his head and I said I was going back to Atlanta and leaving Jackson here! Which I would never do unless it was planned, because I would miss Jackson too much. Anyway, after my fit, I was all better again and things were totally fine. But babies 24/7 are not for me. Not even my own. I love him to death, but being a stay at home mom is never going to be for me.

Today my goal was to get out of the house and go walk around somewhere. I was SO tired today since I didn’t fall asleep until late and then Jackson woke up in the middle of the night (which hasn’t been happening for awhile). I wanted to go to Magnolia Plantation, but then I read that it’s more of a historical thing and to allow time, so I figured it was better with Jon. Instead I headed to the Battery and to go see Rainbow Row downtown. The sky cleared up right before I went and it was a beautiful day. I threw Jackson in the stroller and we walked around for about an hour. There is SO much I want to explore! I wish it was easier to go eat at places but it’s hard with Jackson right now. I may not have talked about my recent McDonald’s trip with him on our way out to Charleston, but I assure you, it was not fun.

There are these Hike It Baby groups on Facebook (and apparently it’s a big thing nationwide) where you can go meet up with other moms. There is one nearby tomorrow, so I think I’m going to try and make it in the morning. Jackson is usually napping during the time that it’s at, so I hope it goes okay. I’m sort of nervous because I feel like I’m not a real mom. Like, other moms actually wanted to be moms and are put together and like staying at home with their kids. And I’m over here knocking my kid over as I shove couches in anger (I spilled the entire contents of my vacuum canister under the couch- it was really infuriating). And I CAN’T wait for daycare to start here.

Speaking of which, daycares here are so different than Georgia. The centers in Georgia are all pretty big. They have a large capacity and have lots of room for the kids to play. Everything is new and clean and up to date. Everything here is dated. The rooms are tiny and dark. The stuff for the kids to play with is so minimal. I looked at a daycare for $220 a week (which is what we paid at my first daycare- the one we’re at now is more than that but he’s also at a really nice daycare right now) and was kind of shocked. So, I’m sticking with a cheaper one since it’s part time, and I will probably just take him in the mornings and get him in the afternoons. Unless I get a job, which I really want. I want to get a job in a gym doing pretty much anything, but I have a feeling I’ll be too overqualified to even get an interview.

Well,  I suppose it’s time to head out. Jackson is about to go down for bed and then it’s time to clean up! I finally got to put all my photos on my external hard drives, so I’m in the process of uploading almost 7,000 high resolution photos. It’s taking forever. And then I need to start on my Shutterfly book for Jackson’s whole first year!

Charleston

It’s almost the end of my first week in Charleston. I drove out here on Tuesday with Jackson. We arrived pretty early, but much to my dismay, Jon hadn’t actually called to turn on our water and he didn’t tell me until two hours into my drive that the water wouldn’t come on until Wednesday. I wasn’t about to start that trip over, so I continued to Charleston. That day, we were told our water would come on by 9pm on Tuesday night, but it didn’t. Of course. Even worse, I got my first period since having a baby, which wasn’t bad at all (I had been told that it’s awful), but no water! Gross.

Tuesday I spent all day putting away kitchen stuff. I also made a run to Whole Foods for a super expensive stock up. It cost $403! HOLY. MOLY. But the Whole Foods is pretty comparable to the ones in Georgia and they carry Atlanta Fresh products! Jon and I went to Costco in the evening with Jackson and stocked up on a few other items.

Wednesday my mom came. She got here around 11am and we put a huge dent in the unpacking! The water finally came on at 3pm so I hopped in the shower and then we made a Target run (this has happened daily). Thursday was a lot of the same, except my dad also came and I had to go look at some daycares. I’m undecided on the daycares. I need to make a decision or keep looking at places. Jon and I ran out to Costco again (ALONE!) and got a Shiatsu back massager from there. Best massager ever! It is amazing! I’ve used it like, three times a day since then.

Friday we had most of the stuff unpacked, so my mom and dad went out for lunch and I hung out with Jackson. That night, my parents stayed home with Jackson while Jon and I went out. We went to this little sushi place downtown. It was pretty small and nothing fancy at all, but the sushi was pretty good. We walked around and I got an ice cream sandwich (not the best, even though Yelpers gave it almost 5 stars). Then we drove around and did some sightseeing, which is actually really hard at night in Charleston because it’s so dark here! I’m definitely used to a much brighter city!

My parents offered to keep Jackson on Saturday morning while Jon and I went to the Christmas market. We planned on taking Jackson but we decided to take advantage of having a baby-free outing. We went to Eli’s Table for breakfast. Hardly any places were open for brunch in the mornings! A few were open at 9am, but not that many! Breakfast and brunch in Atlanta is a big thing, so a ton of the places open at like, 6 or 7am! Our options were kind of limited, and the food scene is totally different here. The brunch seems like a lot more seafood type stuff instead of French toast, eggs, and bacon. But our brunch was really good (/breakfast, because we literally got there at 8:45am). We walked around after that through the market and went down by the water. We did a lot of sightseeing and enjoying the town! It was much more enjoyable in the light. My parents wanted to leave by one and we had some pictures to hang, so we headed back home.

That afternoon, Jon and I went to Home Goods. It’s far away and there is only one in the whole city and it was PACKED. I could barely stand it! We’re so used to Atlanta where there are like, three Targets within 10 miles of each other and Home Goods every few exits and grocery stores every mile. I swear, Atlanta has like, 30 gyms in every 10 mile radius. I really love the downtown area, but it’s going to be a huge adjustment from big city living. I don’t think I realized how small Charleston is! I thought metro-Charleston would be more like metro-Atlanta, but it’s not. I don’t think there even is a metro-Charleston, haha.

Jon and I headed to Sullivan’s Island with Jackson after we went to Home Goods to hang out at the beach for a little bit, and then we had to head home to get Jackson to bed.

It was kind of lonely waking up today without my parents! I’m used to living with them now and having them here in the mornings. It really is sort of lonely with just the three of us. And it really felt kind of lonely not having friends nearby to call up for lunch or to go grab coffee. Usually if I had a free day at home, that’s what I’d do… I think it’s kind of starting to sink in that I don’t actually know anybody! I have become much more of a homebody since having a baby and especially since moving in with my parents two months ago, but I still like the option to run out and meet up with people.

This afternoon, Jon and I ran some more errands (Target again) and then went out to Folly Beach real quick. Nothing too exciting! And now I’m cleaning up and trying to get some stuff done for school and just other random stuff that I need to do.