Mother’s Day Weekend 2017
My First Mother’s Day
The Build Up
If you don’t know me let me explain something before we can begin… I’m EXTRA, like wearing 6 inch heels to play date extra. I love a theme, so parties and holidays are something that I live for. The excitement of a holiday to revolve around yourself and other power bitches is exciting. Let’s be real, I go all out for birthdays and any real occasion (even if it’s made up- Galentine’s Anyone). Unfortunately this puts a lot of pressure on the people around me, (sorry Jeff) to alleviate some of the burden (and maintain control in all aspects of
everything) I “help” plan. I decided several months before that I wanted to spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day with all of the women I love. Keeping Sunday for the core four, as my husband refers to us. Plans were set quickly, and then just the waiting.
The week leading up to Mother’s Day I honestly had a TON of activities, for me and the boy, planned. Shout out to Fit4mom Bergen for Monday’s Mother’s Day pictures, workouts, and the trivia mom’s night out. The highlight reel: Monday mini photo session, Tuesday watching the Ranger Game at a local bar, Thursday nail appointment then I went out with some of my mom friends, Friday Mother’s Day themed workout class followed by sushi at home. This may not seem like a ton but if you add in the feeding, changing, naps, and all of our regularly scheduled activities it’s a lot. So the wait didn’t seem long at all. In a blink it was Saturday Morning.
Mother’s Day Saturday Morning
The Saturday prior to Mother’s Day was probably the grossest weather ever. However, I was not going to, quite literally, let that rain on my parade. Waking up more leisurely than normal because Jeff had Dominic taken care of, I even showered with the door shut, it was glorious. With our Mother’s coming at 11:15 there wasn’t a ton of down time, but there’s always time for an episode of Sesame Street.
Turning off the tv and realizing we didn’t have much time left, I pulled Dominic’s outfit, handed him to Jeff, and went to get dressed. I put on my body suit, palazzo pant, block heel, and vegan pink leather jacket ready to take on brunch. Jeff, myself, and our Mother’s drove together to the Taphaus in Hoboken for a boozy brunch.
Side bar: I love, seriously love, this place. It’s a large space with, concrete floors, tons of tv’s and windows, great food, and the best part of all…it’s incredibly kid friendly. YAY.
Once we all settled in we ate, chatted, joked, drank, and slept (well only one of us slept). Roughly four hours after sitting, we braved the rain to get back to the car. I quickly said my goodbyes and ran out the door.
Mother’s Day Saturday Afternoon/Evening
Why did I leave everyone in such a rush you ask? I had a blowout appointment…duh. Sitting in the chair I almost fell asleep twice, #momlife, but I fought the good fight and made it through. Poor me, I know. Walking out and home wearing a clear plastic shower cap so the wind and rain didn’t mess my hair was a nod to my grandmothers. Opening the door to find Rosé ready made me incredibly happy, specifically for the straw so I didn’t mess my lipgloss. Threw on my dress and made way to the Uber.
My sister in law and I were heading to meet my girl friend for dinner and drinks. Two of my favorite ladies and I spent our evening at Grand Vin;
drinking, chatting, and making “friends” with other patrons. Working through all of the mom shit and eating amazing food I was in my happy place, oh did I mention the sash because yes. Obvious highlights include sashes, St. Germaine, and all of the lady love. My weekend wouldn’t have been the same without the two of you. Thank you for taking the night away from your families to spend with me :-*
The Big Show
Waking up to my boys, cards, and Starbuck’s cold brew, immediately a good morning. We hung out in bed for a bit as a family and reviewed the days plan.
Earlier in the week I scheduled a makeup swim class for Dominic for 10am Mother’s Day morning so Jeff could finally get a chance to see Dom in the pool. Knowing that Jeff had made a reservation at Pig and Prince for brunch at 12:15 I knew the morning would be tight for them. My thought was I’d help them out the door and then take an hour long bath, but as always that was not my reality. I walked Jeff through packing the swim bag and because I’m a sucker, we went as a family.
Swim class was different than usual, more crowded and a lot more dads. Our usual 9am on Thursday morning is pretty dead, and I love it that way. Watching the boys in the water was sweet, and it was nice to be on the other side of the glass for once. After class I talked Jeff through washing the pool water off of Dominic and getting him changed, only to find out that J forgot to pack him pants (you had one job!), thankfully he’s only 8 months and it was warm so, no pants no problem.
Leaving Goldfish we stopped at a Starbucks grabbed some green tea and continued on with life. The drive home was damn near pleasant, I’m used to route 17 commuter and mall traffic ALL DAY LONG. The three of us rushed around once we got home, getting showered, dressed, and taking turns with Dominic. Leaving the house 5 minutes later than expected. (Still a win) With everyone in high spirits we drove to Pig and Prince, highly recommended, found parking immideately and walked in.
Summary: I love Starbucks and swim lessons. morning= win
As I stated earlier, Pig and Prince is gorgeous…seriously go..go now. We ate ate, drank, and ate some more. Dominic was very well behaved considering we were there for three-ish hours. Plus he’s gorgeous so everyone just told us how cute he is…vanity win. The Bloody Mary was out of this world, garnished with a gherkin, blue cheese olive, cocktail onion, and candied bacon, just stop. So good. Jeff tried the house made banana whiskey and we almost bought a bottle to take home, but considering he would be away for two weeks (on and off) and this particular one is perishable, we passed.
Summary: Go to pig and prince, run don’t walk. Brunch= win.
Mother’s Day Evening
This may have been my favorite part of the weekend. When we got home we all changed onto “comfy clothes” Dominic went down for his afternoon nap, Jeff went to go pick up more prosecco, while Brutus and I played on the floor. Solid win. I can fast forward through the snacks and tv. Closing the day watching It’s Complicated and Father of the Bride updating my planner and falling asleep on the
couch like a boss.
The entire week leading up was beyond incredible. The weekend was a blast and all I want is to rewind and relive it. I am beyond thankful and #blessed (it’s a joke stop rolling your eyes, but seriously blessed) for all of the amazing people that made my week so special. I hope all of you celebrated the women you love and yourself hard. Now I have a Mother’s Day hangover that needs to be dealt with.