Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bob's got a girlfriend

Well, week one in NYC is successfully completed and week two is well on its way! This week, Bob introduced me to his girlfriend Abba. Abba is very sweet and cute. She's a bit smaller than Bob but the two of them follow each other around quite a bit!

A couple people have asked me if it is "fun" or "neat" being in NY in the fall. Do I see the fall colors? The leaves changing? Enjoy the cool weather? And the shopping?.... Well, unless there's a tree that is going to sprout out of the middle of the conference room table or in my hotel room, the answer is "no". And at 9pm at night when I'm in a taxi on my way back to the hotel room it is difficult to decipher the colors of the leaves on the trees. Sigh. Since I'm here for 3 weeks, I've got some hope that I will get the afternoon off so I can hit up my favorite shoe store here soon. **Somewhere Mike's ears just perked up a little bit and he's checking the bank account.**

This is one view I get to see everyday.

That's the view of downtown from my conference room here in midtown. Straight ahead is where we used to see the twin towers. To the far right is New Jersey and in the middle there you can barely see the statue of liberty. I can also see the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges to the left (not shown). It is an absolutely stunning view that I am not going to complain about.

What I will complain about is the fact that I apparently think sitting in this conference room is equivalent to running a marathon. I'm burning calories by typing on my computer and looking out this window right?? I have shown no willpower when it comes to food and drinks. My daily diet usually consists of a latte and oatmeal, mid-morning snack, sandwich / soup for lunch...this is where it gets bad...a cookie (or two) for snack, can of coke at 3pm, potato chips at around 5pm, dinner at 9pm-ish that consists of appetizer, BIG entree, dessert, oh...and 2 glasses of wine. I am changing this today. I'm off to a good start so far but the afternoon is still ahead of me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hello from the East side!

New York that is. Someone severed my right arm (aka split me from my baby) and put me on a plane to NYC for a three week trip for work. I've been working on a pretty high profile case that is finally going to trial so we are headed to NY to prep for my boss to testify. Although it is going to be a GREAT experience career-wise, I miss Mike and Cavin more than I could ever have imagined.

I've been planning for this trip for weeks. Between making sure I have all of my pump supplies in order to calling the local UPS store and hotel to ensure that I can ship dry ice and freeze my milk properly, I didn't have much time to think about the fact that I was really going to be away from my baby for almost a month of his life. SO much happens in one month!

I cried 3 separate times the morning I had to go to the airport. I knew I was leaving him in great hands with his daddy but I couldn't help but feel completely guilty and nervous. Was Cavin going to acclimate to the new schedule? Was he going to notice me not around? Will Mike know where Cavin's favorite nap blanket is? Will Cavin's wardrobe be up to par without me laying out his clothes every night?? I had real concerns people!

I survived the 6 hour plane ride over to the East side and was greeted by a glass of champagne, compliments of the hotel upon check-in...

Hmmm....that was one positive to this trip.

Then I learned that our hotel loans you one of their goldfish to stay in your room with you for the duration of your trip. Meet Bob.

Bob has quickly assumed the role that Cavin, Toby, Sandy, and Jerry usually fill. He is my 'kid' while I'm away from my kids. I feed him, talk to him, tell him "good night", "good morning", ask him how his day was, and in general, make sure he is alive and well. I'm really going to miss Bob when I go home this weekend but I know he'll be back here to greet me and tell me all about his weekend when I get back next week.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Half way there!

Today marks Cavin's 6 month birthday! We are so proud of our little (well, 'big' relative to 6 months ago) baby boy and I promise to give a 'formal' monthly update, compliments of an Elmo picture, this weekend...lots has happened this month!

Is it wrong to already be planning his 1st birthday party? Because I am. Marisa is booked and ready to go on the cake (hello...most important part!) and invitations! I realize how insane that sounds, but her baking is THAT good. Cavin's first sweet treat needs to be made by the best! He's got Hanley in his blood and if there is one thing the Hanley's do best - it is mixing sugar, butter, and carbs in such a way that your mouth cannot help but eat more than your brain thinks it is capable of. In other words, Cavin is sure to stuff his face.

Happy 1/2 Birthday honey bunny!

Monday, October 5, 2009

There's only one thing better than a Cavin...

...and that's TWO Cavins.

Cavin has become obsessed with himself lately...or really...obsessed with that other kid hanging out in his room with him that likes to wear EXACTLY the same thing he wears every day. No matter where he is in his room, he finds his 'friend' and scoots and rolls closer and closer to him for playtime. His new 'friend' is hilarious...even more funny than Sandy! He likes to touch is hand, nuzzle his nose, laugh, smile, and roll around with him.

I'm thinking this will buy Mike and I some time in the 'when am I going to get a baby brother / sister?' arena. We'll just stick him in front of the mirror with a 'here you go'!