Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Confessions of Love

It's hard to believe you can love someone so much in such a short period of time. It took years and years for Jim and I to develop a soul deep, loving relationship that we thought deserved the vows of marriage and an eternity together. Yet just 1 week, 485 pictures, 68 diapers, and 81 feedings later I find my heart filled with more love than I could imagine....

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baby Robinson is here!!

We proudly welcome to the world Ms. Riesling Debra Robinson.....

February 22, 2012
8 lbs 1 oz
20 1/4 inches

Jim did an absolutely amazing job as my birthing coach! I'm so happy that I was able to stick with our birth plan and go through delivery without any pain medication. We had a rough start to things once we arrived at the hospital (a story for another day) but it all worked out as planned. I won't try to fool anyone into thinking it wasn't just a wee bit painful but I felt so good when it was all over and so did Riesling. It was worth every scream, grunt, and holler.

It's more love than we ever knew possible.....

Monday, February 20, 2012


"What you teach your own children is what you really believe in."

~Cathy Warner Weatherfod

Sunday, February 19, 2012

No Baby

Waiting for your first child is mental & emotional torture. Sure I have a little back pain, heartburn, and can't wait to indulge in a sushi feast and glass of wine, but overall physically I feel pretty darn good. It's the anticipation of a major life changing event that gets to you. Life as we know it in the Robinson house will be completely day....soon...maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, maybe 3 days from now. Not to mention we just can't wait to meet our little guy or girl and see their sweet little face. Aaaaahh!!!

I thought a little fresh air and hill climbing might encourage Baby Robinson to make an appearance today. So far no luck but it was a nice brisk morning to be playing in nature....

Friday, February 17, 2012

Creating New Life. Week 40

Husbands. When your wife has endured 40 long weeks of pregnancy, is patiently waiting to give birth to your child and remarks, "pretty soon my belly will be too big to even fit into your t-shirts..." Do not respond with "don't get them all stretched out!" I also don't recommend bringing home the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition and displaying it in the open. I mean I get it. At this point you may need to glance at a more slender version of the female form, but quite honestly I don't. Swimwear is actually a frightening thought for me at this point.

I do however recommended endless back massages without complaint and special treats like raisnets and gummy worms. Thanks for being a great husband Jim.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Spring Fashion

I didn't buy a maternity coat, so I recently had to switch over to a ridiculous over sized tent version of a jacket called my hubby's fleece. I can squeeze into my ski coat, but it requires a second person to zip me in. And it's snug. And hard to breath. So I try to limit time spent in the ski coat to the coldest of family walk time with Jim and Sofee. Yesterday it was just too cold for me during the day for an outside walk with only the fleece so I decided on some mall walking instead.

I'm loving all the bold colors for spring.
Especially the pinks and fushias.
Lots of stripes and bright bottoms.
And straight legs, cuffed with cute oxfords.


What I find a little disturbing is the neon. Why I understand the fashion trends tend to be cyclical, there are just somethings that we should leave in the 80s. While a little neon yellow belt or bracelet might be a cute add on I'm really hesitant to go full out fluorescent again, plus I spotted several off the shoulder tops and cut off sweatshirts in the more junior-ish stores. Good lord help us if the foot high, feathered AquaNet bangs come back.....


Monday, February 13, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Welcome back soft cheese

Occasionally people inquire about what my first post-pregnancy splurge will be. You know something I've been denied due to the creation of new life. For awhile I've been thinking sushi. That was until I say this. Goat cheese wrapped grapes! I'm drooling on my keyboard.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Creating New Life. Week 38 1/2

Nine more days until my 'due date' and another crappy Photo Booth picture for you to enjoy....

I bought this tunic style top to wear to my shower last month and haven't worn it since. It's really light weight and has a bit of a static issue. But today it's sunny and warm, so I decided to layer it with one of my favorite non-maternity cardigans, my skinny jeans, and boots for my big outing today; Ikea, lunch with a friend, then I'll finish off the excitement with a trip to WholeFoods. At least I had a reason to get dressed today.

Monday, February 6, 2012


I haven't really been loving food these days which would explain my lack of creativity in meal planning. It just seems like lots of stuff gives me heartburn or indigestion, plus I get full really fast. There's just not enough room in there! As far as dinners go I've been mostly sticking with stuff I've made in the past, I know Jim likes, and I think will be easy on my belly.

But, I have been doing some experimenting in the smoothie and juice category. The juicing thing is new and I don't think we've mastered it enough to share but smoothies on the other hand...I've made up some good mixes lately! They seem to go down easy and are a good source of protein for me, baby, and Jim.

The good thing about smoothies is pretty much anything goes. I guess this can also be the downfall of a smoothie. I found this post on No Meat Athlete to be a helpful guideline. We use to use the Magic Bullet to individual shakes, but it's kinda on it's last leg and I find it's sometimes hard to get everything I want in there and still get the right consistency. So, recently I started making a big batch in the late morning or early afternoon and just put the rest in the fridge for Jim when he gets home. Seems to be working for the time being.

Today's combination was a banana, frozen strawberries & pineapple, water, flax seed oil, rolled oats, a greek yogurt and raw protein powder. Yesterday, which turned out to be one of Jim's all time favorites I used a banana, frozen peaches and mango, soy milk, peanut butter, flax oil, and raw protein powder. Let's see what I can come up with for tomorrow!


"Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. "

~Boris Pasternak

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Come out and play Baby!

I'm officially on maternity leave. I think it was more for the patients than me. They were started to suddenly have no complaints and only concerns about the baby and whether or not it was actually Ok for me to still be working. Good peps I have in my office. Now I just have to figure out how to fill up my endless days and nights.

Things have been pretty low key recently. No major house projects. No travel or adventure (obviously). I haven't even been cooking anything new or exciting. We've just kinda been sticking to a wintery routine of walking the neighborhood, running errands, and getting things organized around the house. But now that we've accomplished that and Baby is still not here.....

What did you do while waiting for your first baby to arrive?
Any book or movie recommendations?
Did you start any strange nesting projects?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The bathroom reveal

I've been wanting to post some before/after photos of the bathroom but was waiting to get some pretty things hung on the wall. Doesn't seem like that's going to happen any time soon so here you go.

View from our master bedroom....





Potty corner...

Before-ish. There use to be pink tile on the walls and a nice pink toilet.



And the grand finale....
The shower!




Isn't she lovely?!