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Working Mom Life: The First Overnight Trip + We Hate Santa

Good morning! Happy Monday!

It’s been a busy past few days over here, and I have lots to update you on! First – if you haven’t filled out my survey, I would love it if you would take a few minutes to do so! It would be oh so helpful!

Last week we hit a major milestone around here…I survived my first overnight trip away from Adeline! 13 months later. Ha! I think no matter how “old” they are, it’s never easy to spend that first night away. I think if we had family in town to keep her more often, this would have happened several months ago, but honestly this was just the first time I ever actually needed to spend the night away. I think both me and Adam would have totally taken a parents-only trip a long time ago, but just never had the chance. And truth be told, it was very anxiety inducing to think about spending the night away from Adeline the first time, but we made it!

So let’s catch up. Thursday morning I drove up to my company’s home office about 3 hours north of us, and met some coworkers for lunch, then worked from the office for a few hours before heading to the company Christmas party that night. It was definitely nice to meet in person the people I work with every day through my computer! The party was also fun, and while mama had fun and enjoyed being “off duty”, I still thought about Adeline pretty much the entire time. No surprise! I drove home Friday around lunch time, then finished up the work day at home after a quick power nap. Picking up Adeline Friday night from daycare was the SWEETEST thing ever. As soon as she saw me she started almost jumping up and down (baby jumping…we’re not big enough for her feet to leave the ground just yet!) and smiling and shaking her head side to side which is her version of dancing. It was such a precious reunion and I can’t believe how much I missed her after just 24 hours!! I’m already dreading my next work trip in January that will be 4 days out of state. I’m pretending it’s just not happening. I’m going to need some serious hugs before this doozy of a trip.

All in all though, it wasn’t that bad. Fellow working mamas – if I can do it, you can do it! I think having my first time away being so short was a good icebreaker for future trips. It’s bound to happen, and is unfortunately just a part of the role you take on as a working mom! I just keep reminding myself that it’s good for my soul and my mental health to not be on-call 24/7, and that having a little time to really do adult things and interact with other professionals, is totally okay.

Saturday morning we woke up and decided to go down the street to our little community center for a Pancakes With Santa breakfast. Adeline hadn’t seen Santa this year yet so we thought this would be a fun little adventure. I knew she would scream, and be terrified, but I had no idea how #classic it would really be. I can’t wait to throw this one in the memory books under Must Have Childhood Photos! And maybe in her wedding slideshow one day.

I absolutely adored her outfit however! I’ve got a couple more fun Christmas outfits hanging in her closet that I can’t wait for her to wear! Sorry in advance for flooding the internet with festive Adeline pictures.

mudpie toddler girl christmas outfit santa

Adeline was EXHAUSTED after her Santa encounter, so we snuggled in for a good nap when we got home! Melt. My. Heart.

Saturday afternoon, some good friends of ours came to visit, and Adeline ham’d it up the whole time! She is such a little booger and loved showing off! We miss our friends so much, and it is so special seeing them love on our girly girl! Before they left we snapped a selfie, which, in my opinion, turned out excellent!

After they left, I picked up a girlfriend and she and Adeline and I all hit up Hobby Lobby and Target for some little shopping before meeting the husbands for dinner. While we were at Hobby Lobby, Adeline was itching to get out of the stroller and ohhhhh my goodness. She was PUMPED to run around the aisles! I’ve never set her down in public like that and she just thought it was the coolest thing! She walked all over the place, touching everything she could find. It was equally adorable as it was stressful! My heart skipped a beat when she ran down the glass mason jar aisle, but thank God her little wandering hands didn’t knock over anything! I bought the cutest mug while I was there, and it perfectly sums up the past few days.

Because…big news big new BIG NEWS!!!!!

Mr. Sutton James graced us with his presence, securing his spot as our fifth nephew and third grandchild on my side of the family. He weighed in at a petite 7lbs 2oz, and has the prettiest dark hair I ever did see! And in case you missed it, our FOURTH nephew was also born last week! Henry “Hank” Dewitt was born on 12/7, claiming the seventh grandchild position on Adam’s side! Both boys and mamas are doing well and I am just smitten over each! We’ll be heading to OKC to meet little Hank over New Years and I can’t wait to get my hands on him!!!

I drove over to Nashville yesterday with Adeline to stay with my parents for the week and I’m so excited to squeeze in some nephew lovin’ and maybe a little Christmas shopping. And work. Because I can work from anywhere and it’s still just the coolest thing since sliced bread! Annnnnd my assistant is just the cutest.

How was your weekend? Any big happenings? Did you go see Santa?

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    December 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Way to go, Mama! You know, my first work trip I was so excited and ready for a little break. This time around it was hard!!! But we get through. 🙂
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    Susie @ SuzLyfe
    December 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Look at that little squish! Good for you for making it through your first trip away! I swear, Alex started to cry the first time that he dropped RIDLEY off at the vets for boarding, and he (and I) gets antsy when we aren’t around them–I can’t imagine what it will be like as a mama!
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    December 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I am loving her Christmas outfit- SO CUTE!!!! My 2.5 year old didn’t cry on his lap until just after I took the picture, she looks terrified, but it was the first year without a full on scream. #progress
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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    December 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    That santa photo is classic–hahaha!! Glad you got some more pics of the cute outfit too! (when shes happy) Congrats on surviving the first solo trip without her! Congrats on the new family addition–what a cutie!
    Im obsessed with all of the cute christmas mugs at Target–i want to buy them all! Also, just filled out the survey!
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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    December 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Love the classic Santa photo, haha. Awesome job surviving the trip but gosh 4 days next time?! That’s really long. I have never been away, away so to speak. She’s stayed over my parents numerous times but never like me in a different state. Might be coming soon though! We may head down to Florida for a parents only getaway, haha.
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    December 13, 2016 at 1:24 am

    We did go see Santa as you saw! I’m glad that you liked her reaction even though it was screaming. I think she’s a pretty cute screamer, of the ones I’ve seen lately. Some are just downright sad but she is still at least a cute screamer if that makes any sense.

    Way to go for first trip away from her. I didn’t even do that until C was 16 months? And I felt SO guilty. It was to go to my best friend’s wedding, but it was still so weird to be without her.
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    December 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Oh my gosh, I just love santa photos hahaha

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