It's the second week of November, and I finally feel like I'm recovered from October.
I don't travel a ton, and I REALLY never travel without my children, and in a one-month period, I went on three trips without my girls and one trip as a family.
First, there was the New York City extravaganza trip. It was delightful, but being gone for four full days required a lot of pre-planning on my part (especially since the beginning of the month is the busiest time for me as far as Disney Baby and Spoonful are concerned).
Then, I got invited to be a member of the Pampers Baby Board, which was only about the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me. Part of this included a two day trip to Cincinnati to visit the P&G headquarters and get to know the Pampers team (I took exactly one photo with my nice camera and just used my phone's camera the rest of the time - you can see the photos on Instagram, including this one where my hair looks the best it ever will for the rest of my life. It lasted all of ten hours, then looked like this the next morning).
When I'd gone to New York, Bart was able to stay with the girls for all but a couple of hours, but this trip landed smack in the middle of his finals (Duke's MBA runs on quarter terms, so he has finals in October AND December, that lucky guy), and so I was extremely super grateful for a few friends who watched my girls.
Then, just after I got home from Cincinnati, Bart had a week off of school for fall break, and we went down to visit my friend Meghan in South Carolina.
And finally, I won a ticket to the first Brand Market Workshop, hosted by Anna from In Honor of Design in Atlanta.
I drove down on a Friday evening, spent the night in a hotel, then drove straight back home after the (very excellent) workshop was over.
And then I vowed never to leave my home again.
I feel, of course, really lucky that I was able to do all these amazing things, and the actual GOING was pretty much all fun and games (minus having to drag along my breast pump on every trip), but the in-between at home was extremely stressful. I was trying to get all my work assignments done on a much shorter time-line, do laundry between these trips, work on a couple of extra projects, and be some sort of semi-decent parent to my sweet girls. I could just feel my reserves of patience (which, let's be honest, are not large or deep to begin with) getting smaller and smaller with every passing moment.
Plus, October is a pretty crazy month on its own, what with all the Halloween stuff (remember how, when we were kids, Halloween was one night? And now it's an entire month?).
It's been so nice to finally be somewhat back to normal. We've gone to the library, we actually have food in the pantry again, and my girls are starting to remember what I look like (Ani developed an obvious preference for Bart after my Pampers trip. Four weeks later, I think I'm back in her good graces).
Shirt: Gap (Grace sent this along with the clothes for Ella) // Plaid top: Target (about four years ago)