2018: MumMum

Bear MountainI just reread my last NYE post like I always do before settling in to recap my year and I can’t believe that I was pregnant! Because… I’m feeling very pregnant right now, and it couldn’t have been just last year that the giggling, always on, loving girl always running to me to give me a leg hug was in my belly. Right? Madison and I figured we’re so tired (and happy) — why not continue the feeling and add another little one to the mix!? For those of you who haven’t heard yet — baby boy will be making his debut in May. πŸ™‚

At first when I started drafting my top memories this year, they were all about Alice. I had to step back and remind myself that although there was so much joy from watching her grow, that I also had an incredible year full of travel, kickass work successes and many more moments of pride and love. You’ll see a lot of Alice here, but also a lot of the events that helped shape me into the (still struggling but making it work) balancing act I’ve found between being a “MumMum”, a present wife/friend/sister/daughter, and boss lady at Anchor.

And in no particular order, here are my highlights & random memories from 2018:

  • Baked 14 cakes + countless cookies and breakfast goodies. Poor Madison had to sign up for a half marathon this coming March to counteract all my time spent in the kitchen.
  • I became an auntie!! Alice loves her cousin, she calls her “Belle.”
  • My first day back to work after maternity leave included hosting influencers for a meetup in SF. Go big or go home!
  • Alice calls me MumMum like she’s from England or something.
  • Lived in SF and for 6 weeks was all about the sourdough bread, composting, coffee from Sightglass, dumplings from It’s Dumpling Time, pastries from The Mission, hot chocolate from Dandelion, day trips to Napa and hiking along the Pacific coast & Redwoods.
  • Started a book club for moms on the Upper West Side. There’s 18 members and we usually get about 5 moms for each meetup (#momlife). We read 5 books and by far my favorite was the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Planning an Alaskan cruise in the near(ish) future.
  • Read 26 books in 2018 and did not love most of them… I don’t know when I got so picky but my favorites: Little Fires Everywhere, The Alice Network, City of Brass, & From the Corner of the Oval.
  • Had a lovely date night in August with flowing natural wine and almost bought a house in our giddiness. It was a beautiful home in Larchmont but we decided the NY area is most likely not for us and definitely #blessed they did not accept our offer! πŸ™‚
  • Madison perfected his homemade pizza crust this year and it was a game changer.
  • Yoga with baby was very short-lived (two classes) and concluded with one swift exit as we were abruptly excused from class, wailing and overtired Alice in arms.
  • Avocados were just too basic for our baby for her first few months of eating real food. One visit to Brooklyn fixed that!
  • Our first time flying with Alice, Madison got frisked because of the milk we forgot in his backpack. Good thing we gave ourselves about 5 hours at the airport for any “unknowns in traveling with a lap child!”
  • We traveled (with baby) to SF, Chicago, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Atlanta, South Carolina and RI this year and saw so much of our country. We loved hiking as a family of three with Alice in the pack, exploring national parks (Yellowstone — with bear mace!!), Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain and forests (Muir Woods) and mountains (Beaver Creek, Bear Mountain) and lakes (Finger Lakes) and wine country (Napa, Sonoma, Finger Lakes).
  • When we weren’t traveling we had so many visitors!! Thanks to Gabriella, Meme & Poppie, Uncle Steve & Aunt Kelly, Grandma & Papa, Allison & Cory, Emily, Megan, Jessi, Ryan & Sara for coming to NY to say hi to the gang!
  • Listened to Cocody Rock on repeat most days, especially whenever we were in a moving vehicle and now get sleepy when we hear the soothing reggae sounds hit the speaker.
  • I pumped on a plane. Mid-flight. Next to two unsuspecting (and sleeping) Irish newlyweds. #IMomsoHard
  • The days of snacking without sharing with a hungry little bird at my feet begging for a bite are over.
  • Got a passport for Alice and even though we didn’t travel internationally this year it was worth it because now her passport for the next five years has her 5 month old chubby cheeks immortalized.
  • Lived next to a perfectly decent bagel shop but instead would walk 10 blocks for the “absolute” best bagel in the city.
  • Went to PT diligently to mend my left shoulder for weeks and weeks. Stopped going and it’s never felt better.
  • Got tired of asking “What?” and sucked it up and now have hearing aids. Their app is on my phone but I think I wore them all of 5x. Hmm?
  • Missed September and October which were not only a work blur but I spent the rest of the time between bed and chasing Alice around in a haze thanks to weeks 6-13 of my first trimester.
  • Lost our living space and TV room in March due to poor apt configuration and Alice growing up and into her own room. Basically didn’t watch any TV this year which was quite refreshing. We did watch Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime after we saw them filming a few streets way. And Salt Fat Acid Heat, which led to much midnight snacking.
  • Madison and Alice saw a moose with her calf on our Western trip — not during the early rides we took which is “when you will see wildlife” but in the middle of the day when I was back at the hotel on a conference call.
  • Alice said “Dada” for the first time… on Mother’s Day.
  • Celebrated our 4 year anniversary at Per Se, and they gave us a tour of the kitchen (we said hi to the staff in Napa at the French Laundry).
  • Traveled with an expired drivers license to California — and realized this was the reason I was oddly rejected after submitting my voter registration (the helpful explanation letter came back saying #other as the reason why I couldn’t vote in the midterms). Super upset I didn’t get to vote but at least I know now it was actually my fault. Also very relieved they still let me hop the plane home!
  • Celebrated Allison and Cory’s wedding in Logan Square (Chicago) and loved getting all dressed up to cheers some wonderful people. Plus, some auntie time that weekend was just what Alice needed.
  • Got a stomach bug on Christmas, and then passed it around to the family (thank goodness no babies were sick). But — have to say food poisoning earlier in the year was actually even worse.Β  #whyme
  • Hosted our first annual Calvert Christmas Cookie Swap holiday party and currently accepting applications for invites for 2019. In case you missed it, cookies are the new ice cream around these parts.
  • Spent the most perfect evening in Jackson Hole as a family – picnicking unexpectedly with bbq, Oregon Pinot Noir, huckleberry ice cream, live music, a little brook next to our picnic blanket, and a happy baby crawling all around and saying hi to neighboring families well past her bedtime.
  • So proud of all my work this year. Anchor added two new clients, Gordon Ramsay and The Property Brothers posted to InstagramΒ exactly like I told them to, I met 9 incredible new influencers who joined the YouTube Parent Panel, I was on a 20 min call with Justin Baldoni (from Jane the Virgin) and he told me to keep his number, & designed custom Converse sneakers that a lot of people are now wearing.

A lot of other cool things happened, but I’m sure you’re wondering how much longer this post goes on for. Wrapping up here… I don’t understand why some people are “anti-resolutions.” Is it just a wording thing? What’s so scary about setting goals for yourself? Sharing my 2019 resolutions/priorities/goals/focus/whatever-you-want-to-call-them as a way to keep myself honest:

  1. Don’t give in to the pressures of work around the clock mentality that has become our norm. Maintain my work/family balance. I haven’t been working late nights and I haven’t been working weekends and I think this is why I haven’t hit a wall. Protecting my family time and making efficient use of my working hours is 100% my top priority for the new year.
  2. Remember to live outside of to-do lists. There is always something that needs to get done – but try to take time to read, set aside time to research my future winery, go to yoga, or just relax.
  3. Go green in the kitchen. Switching to all green cleaning products (for health too), no more paper towels except for extreme messes, no plastic bags or wrap. Composting! Committed to this! And once I hit a good stride I’ll look to see what else I can do to reduce our energy and waste output.

Wishing all of you a healthy & happy new year in 2019!

Love,

V

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PS watch my Instagram 2018 highlights here for more photos of our year πŸ™‚

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