Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to School/Work

The past couple weeks have been quite an adjustment for the Shepherd family. First, Ava started a new year of preschool.


Since Ava is in full-time daycare, there is not really a typical school year, but they do move into new classrooms each year. This year, her teachers are Ms. Magda and Ms. Yelis, and she loves them! She also has most of the same kids in her class as were in the summer session. 

The bigger adjustment has been my return to work and Rylan starting daycare.


I thought it would be easier to return to work this time around, but as my maternity leave came to an end, I felt all the same emotions as I did with Ava. Perhaps even more so because Rylan is so small and still seems like such a newborn. Also, since he is most likely our last baby, the thought that I will never again get to be a SAHM and spend that much time with them really hit home. 

It was rough. And the tears were definitely flowing after I dropped him off (not to mention the whole week before). 


I know it will get easier at some point, but until them I will just keep swimming. And pumping...lots and lots of pumping (a topic that deserves its own post). 



Monday, September 15, 2014

Lauren's Shower

In honor of Lauren's upcoming wedding (this weekend!!), I joined other bridal party members in throwing her a shower in Fort Worth a few weeks ago. 

We held it at Times Ten Cellars, which was a fantastic venue! While I love hosting showers at my house, it is nice not to have to worry about decorating or cleaning. And other than the Sprinkles cupcakes and flowers we brought, Times Ten provided everything at a very reasonable price. 

They had a private room that was perfect for our group, and we had such a wonderful time showering the lovely bride-to-be with love and fun gifts. 






















The hostesses and the bride...


I can't wait for all the wedding festivities to start on Friday!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rylan - Two Months

Rylan's two-month birthday was on August 21 (better late than never on this post). He is the sweetest baby boy and has started to develop quite a little personality. 

Sleeping at night was still a little rough, but we seemed to turn a corner toward the end of the month. But Rylan still likes to take his sweet time eating, usually nursing for an hour at a time and pretty much constantly during his six-week growth spurt...holy jeez that was a rough few days!

God definitely knows what he is doing though, because right around that six-week growth spurt was when Rylan started to smile. And that toothless, dimpled grin is one of the best things in the whole world.

His smile was on display during his monthly photo shoot. Here are some of my favorites (I don't know why his hair looks so red)...






Stats:
  • Weight - 8 pounds, 1 ounce (less than 5th percentile)
  • Height - 22 inches (10th percentile)
  • Head - 15 1/8 inches (30th percentile)

Milestones/Firsts:
  • The social smile. Perhaps my favorite baby milestone of all. 

  • Rylan took his first trip down to Austin. 
  • Toward the end of the month, he started cooing and has been talking up a storm ever since. 
Likes:
  • White noise. Especially the sound of running water. It is amazing how fast he calms down!
  • Having his hair washed. 
  • Sleeping in the Rock 'n Play (we tried to switch him to the crib at one point and it was an epic fail). 
  • Laying on the changing table. It is when he is at his smiliest. 
  • Eating for hours on end. 
Dislikes:
  • Tummy time.
  • Getting in his carseat, which is a common occurrence as a second child. 

Some other photos from last month…

Grammie came up for a visit (and was a huge help!). 


He also got to spend some time with Aunt Tori (and his cousins).


Happy baby. 


The poor thing had to get the two-month shots in his tiny little chicken legs. It was heartbreaking. 


But he actually handled it better than Ava did. A little snuggling with Daddy was all it took to calm him down that night. 


Our dapper little fella. 


Lovely. 


Rylan loves his big sister.


But it's not always sunshine and rainbows :). 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WINOS Weekend 2014 | Part Three

For the final portion of our WINOS weekend, we enjoyed a fabulous brunch at The Mansion. This also doubled as our Second Sunday Brunch Bunch meeting for August.



The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we reserved a table on the terrace

We started off with Bloody Marys and mimosas...my first in about 10 months!




They brought out a bread basket for the table, and the scones were so cute (and yummy). 



Several of us ordered the three-course brunch tasting menu, which also came with a sashimi amuse. I am not really a fan of raw fish, but the others really liked it. 



For my first course, I ordered the Apple Bacon Cakes. I took a photo, but it somehow disappeared from my iPhone. Let me just say…they were amazing!

Erin ordered the tortilla soup, which is basically the same as what is served at Fearing's (Dean Fearing used to be the chef at The Mansion). I have ordered it there as well, and it is fantastic. 


The corn soup was also a hit!


For the main course, a couple girls ordered the Raisin Pecan French Toast with apple butter and orange mascarpone. Laura is our resident French toast aficionado, and while she loved this meal, it didn't top others she has ordered over the course of our Second Sunday run (such as the French Toast Casserole at Nova). 


Erin ordered the Croque Madame, which was delicious...and huge. 


Sarah chose the Brunch Burger, which is topped with applewood aioli, confit tomato, and white cheddar and comes with amazing fries. Definitely a good choice. 


And Jill and I ordered the Smoked Brisket Benedict, which comes on a biscuit with piquillo pepper and béarnaise sauce. It also had a potato cake and marinated tomatoes on the side. So good.


Perhaps the best thing about brunch at The Mansion is their dessert buffet. I mean...it's a buffet of adorably delicious little desserts. Sign me up. 



During our meal, we put together a "Hot and Not" list. Lolly's family does this on all of their vacations, and it was a fun way to chronicle the highs and lows of the weekend. We also made a list of things we want to do for future WINOS weekends…because there will definitely be more



I absolutely love these girls, and it was so wonderful to spend the weekend with them. We drank, ate, and laughed more than I have in quite a while. And it was amazing. 


I can't wait for WINOS weekend 2015!

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). After finishing law school, I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea, so I pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two who is constantly trying to balance family with a full-time job, which is by no means an easy task. I love: my sweet babies, my handsome husband, my very large family, my fabulous friends, our crazy dogs, wine, TCU football, holidays, cooking, pajamas, reading, Hanky Panky underwear, Central Market, skinny dipping, carbs, live music, a full DVR, the beach, mani/pedis, the number four, Anthropologie, speaking Spanish, trivia, sangria, Pinterest, cheese, dancing, Sprinkles cupcakes, thunderstorms, naps, Tex-Mex, the Texas Hill Country, a warm bed in a cold room, ranch dressing, my job. I hate: working mom guilt, snakes, heights, waking up early, ignorant people, vomit, paper cuts, green fruit, bad hair days, snoring, Miracle Whip, scary movies, bad drivers, pulpy OJ, bikini waxes, and working out. I think that about sums it up.

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