Thursday, January 22, 2015

thursday tales [10 month update]

Thursday, January 22, 2015
[twinkle star]

this is horribly late and she's closer to 11 months than 10 months now, but on january 6th we celebrated lily's 10 month birthday!

this month lily:
  • cut two teeth! the bottom two, to be exact [and now we no longer call her toothless]
  • still nursing at least once a day [i'll be weaning her by 12 months]
  • weighs over 19lbs
  • standing like a champ
  • walking with her vtech walker
  • scooting around holding on to furniture
  • says "baba" to my mom's extreme delight [it means grandmother in russian]
  • pees in her little potty [we're working on getting her to go consistently]
lily likes: puffs [and more puffs], standing, walking, the remote control/ipad/iphone/anything electronic she knows she can't have, tylenol [she basically shakes with glee when she sees the little syringe], baths, other kids, and beau.

lily dislikes: getting her nose wiped, not being allowed to do what she wants, being overtired, and when the puffs are gone.

we went through a lot this past month. we had our first bout of the stomach bug [and i say "we" because lily gave it to all of us], finally got some teeth [with some crazy teething still going on]. we've had a little bit of sleep regression where she wakes up at 3am crying and i bring her into bed with me because she just wants her mama [and i'm ok with that because i get snuggles]. and first birthday planning has officially begun!

i recently read this amazing post on whitney's blog about savoring the moments with your baby because babies don't keep. so i'm consciously trying to take in every single second with my little girl while she's still my baby [although that's never going to change no matter how big she gets... i get it now, mom!]

mama loves you, princess.

Monday, January 19, 2015

mama monday [class pass philly & a fitness update]

Monday, January 19, 2015
[do you have tickets? to what, natalie? to the gun show!]

oh hi. remember me? 

[right, me neither].

just took a 2+ week blog break, no biggie. 

since my last post when i boldly aired my new year's resolutions, we've been sick. then sick again. then i had jury duty for a whole week! but in the brief moments of health and free time, i joined class pass and finally completed the kayla itsiness bikini body guide [that's me showing off week 0 vs. week 12 in the picture].

i absolutely love the kayla itsiness workout. in fact, i'm starting 2.0 this week [check out my instagram, natalie_hodak for weekly updates] partly because helloooo results and partly because i can do it at home rather than a gym.

but i still love my yoga classes. there's nothing like being in front of a group of students or a part of them letting the instructor guide you through poses. it's where my mind finally shuts off. i love the studio where i teach but sometimes it's fun to branch out. 

and that's where class pass comes in! for $99/month, you have your pick of classes to choose from including cycling, yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, etc! 

i went to 2 amazing yoga classes already and can't wait to try out cycling [flywheel, i'm coming for you!]. 

now here's the fun part - if you want to skip the waitlist, use this link and sign up today! they're adding new philly area studios all the time!

not a bad way to stay true to that "get in shape" resolution you made 2 weeks ago, isn't it?

happy monday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


happy new year, you guys!

like always, we spent new year's eve with my side of the family. this year was a little quieter, with us trying [and failing] to not wake the baby up at my parents' house. there's no other people I'd rather ring in the new year with!

as for some 2015 resolutions, well, here's my list:

1) simplify. specifically my [now overwhelming abundance of] clothes

2) spend more quality time with family. more family outings, more date nights

3) continue on my fitness journey. complete my yoga teacher training, start teaching more classes and complete the kayla itsines bikini body 2.0

so there they are, nothing crazy, and probably pretty predictable, but it's where I want to be in 2015!

let's do this, new year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014
wishing you a day filled with love and family! we'll be playing with wrapping paper... i mean presents... the rest of the day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

wear it wednesday [happy 30 years, mom & dad]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
[left to right: the hubs, yours truly, lily olivia, mama bear, papa bear, and sisterface]

monday my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. 30 years! isn't that amazing?  and last saturday night, we celebrated with friends and family - don't we look good?

to echo my sister's toast, you are the best example of what a marriage should be - we love you!

p.s. this is as close to outfit pics as i get these days, just invited a few more people. i'm wearing an old navy dress [old, from the summer] and f21 necklace. classy.

p.p.s. linking up with the pleated poppy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

mama monday [9 month update]

Monday, December 8, 2014
[9 month parole photo. been out as long as she's been in. we hardcore]

our little roaring tiger turned 9 months on saturday and actually sat still for a picture [like a big girl in the big chair]! this month lily:
  • is still waiting for teeth
  • started "roaring"
  • transitioned to mostly formula and baby food [and nursing morning and night]
  • transitioned to a convertible car seat [and hates it, naturally]
  • still pulling up on everything and just wants to stand
  • attended her first dinner party at a fancy restaurant for my parents' 30th anniversary [and behaved like a champ]
  • mastered the pincer grip and will pick up tiny things like puffs [and lint off the floor...]
lily likes: puffs [aka baby crack], eating of any kind, bedtime routine [she's in bed by 6:30pm], beau, daycare, and roaring at things.

lily dislikes: her new convertible car seat [here we go again], being overtired, not being allowed to crawl where she wants, and getting her diaper changed first thing in the morning.

we've also discovered a bit of an allergy to citrusy foods [all given in beechnut baby food products] and broccoli, so we're holding off on those goodies for now. 

and, as my nursing days come to an end [i've officially stopped pumping, which is so liberating but sad at the same time], i'm realizing that in a few short months my little baby is going to be 1. i can't even believe it.

we love you, little tiger girl, you can roar at us any time.

Friday, December 5, 2014

friday favs [my holiday wishlist]

Friday, December 5, 2014
holiday wishlist

gosh is it that time again? time to give you the jist
and share with you fine folks my little wishlist?
this year i've kept it to just what i need,
and not gone all crazy and giddy with greed.

let's start with my favorite, a pretty new cape
over t-shirts and button downs this sure would drape
like the beautiful necessity that this piece sure is
and by getting it for me you're not gonna miss.

next up are two bags, and i know what you're thinking
does she really need two or has she been drinking?
well the answer is no, well ok  just a couple
see when shopping for bags, better make it a double!

are those ugg slippersyou're probably asking
why, yes, yes they are and they'll be great for basking
in the glow of the fireplace on those cold winter nights
as i'm sitting on the couch and downing wine flights.

now we come to our last item, a beautiful pair
stuart weitzman sure has quite the masterful flair
when it comes to boots that go over the knee
and i bet, no, i know, they'll look great on me!

so to you and your family, may you know only cheer
for this holiday season and into the new year!
and if you're reading this santa, in your jolly red suit,
i've been an awfully good girl, maybe bring me those boots?