I had never vacationed in Las Vegas before, but ever since I moved here, I feel like my life has been one long vacation. (At least on the weekends that is.) I definitely have some favorite spots in the Las Vegas Valley that I love to go visit. Here are some pictures from the last year and a half of my time exploring our new home.
|The view standing in front of The Bellagio looking at the fountain and the Pairs Las Vegas.|
|Same view, during the fountain show.|
|Last fall we discovered this park in Boulder City overlooking Lake Mead with wild bighorn sheep grazing.|
|A view from Lake Mead National Recreational Area|
- Set a Routine- This is so important, whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, babies need a routine. I have a morning routine that Jack expects each day. He wakes up super early at 4:30 am! He gets a diaper change, then I almost fall back to sleep before my alarm goes off at 5:00, I shower, put him in his bouncy chair as I eat breakfast, do my hair and make up then get dressed. After that, I nurse him around 6:30, get my stuff ready for work and then it’s already time to go at 7:15. He gets confused on the weekends when I try to sleep in. The evenings are similar to a comfortable, predictable routine for him and me. Our routine doesn’t only benefit Jack, it helps me stay organized.
- Plan your outfits out ahead of time- This has always helped me when it comes to getting ready in the morning. On Sunday night, I like to go through my clothes and try to figure out what I’m going to wear that week. I look at the weather forecast and think about my schedule for the week, then plan around that. It helps me feel good about what I’m wearing at work, plus I save myself a bit of time in the morning as well.
- Eat breakfast- When they say breakfast is the most important part of the day, it’s the truth. I feel much better and ready to function when I eat a little something in the morning. Usually, I have cereal, lately, it’s bran flakes topped with lots of fruit and of course my morning cup of coffee. After breakfast, I feel energized enough to start my day.
- Do what works for you and your baby- I know that there are a lot of books and articles out there all about the correct way to parent. What I’m finding out is that you have to do what works best for you and your family. Working with children for many years, I use to judge parents for the things they did. Now that I have a baby of my own, I am not so judgment because I find myself doing things that I thought I would never do.
- Leave work at work- Ever since I went back to work, my goal has been to not take home any work. I get 2 hours of planning time after the kids go home and I force myself to be as productive as possible so that I can be on my way home as soon as possible. I like to write myself a To-Do list every Monday. As I complete my task I cross it off my list. This helps me stay organized and on top of my work.
- Do something for yourself- Life can get pretty hectic when you’re a working mom, that’s why it’s always good to still set aside time for yourself. Some moms might like to do something physical like running or a yoga class, while others might like to read. For me, I still like to set a little bit of time aside to blog. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my ideas, so I’m not ready to give that up yet.
- Wear your baby- When you’re at home, it’s nice to be with your baby, but there are always things that need to be done around the house. I find that it’s nice to wear Jack while I finish up my daily chores at home. That way we can still be together, but I can also be productive around the house.
- Don’t feel guilty- Every Sunday evening, I sit holding my little guy in my arms and I wonder if I spent enough time with him over the weekend. I question myself…. did I hold him enough? Did I kiss him enough? I worry that I miss out on so much because I’m at work, but the truth is, Jack knows how much I love him. He knows I’m his mom and he gets this big smile on his face everyday when he sees me walk through the door and that is all I need. Supporting a family used to be completely on the man’s shoulders, but I feel like that’s changed in this day and age. I feel like my husband and I are a team and we are working together to provide for our family and sharing in the responsibility of parenting. I’m proud of the life we are building together.
Dress- Savers/ Jacket- Meijer/ Belt- Target/ Purse- Savers/ Shoes- Target
I just loved being with my little guy everyday.
I learned that the things I miss most about Michigan are green trees and sunsets over the water. I love living out west, it has a beauty of its own, but I will always love being in Michigan during the summertime.
We took a lot of baby selfies! I couldn’t help myself.