We’ve been getting out of the house a lot recently and having a great time at various play groups, library story times, and mommy and me activities. We’ve learned that the Angelika Theatre in Merrifield offers a “Crybaby Matinee” on Mondays, a special matinee showing with lowered movie volumes, dimmed lights, and diaper changing tables so that moms can watch movies with their babies and not worry about leaving the theatre when their baby fusses or needs to eat. Norah was not a huge fan of The Fifth Estate, but I loved getting to go to the theatre with some friends!
We’ve also discovered a new moms playgroup that meets at the Barnes in Noble in Seven Corners on Tuesdays. Norah and I love grabbing a Starbucks and chatting with other new mommies…and Norah has made some great buddies!
I have found tremendous support and made great friends while attending the Breastfeeding Support Group at VHC. The group meets twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays and I haven’t missed a session since Norah was two weeks old back in August! This will be the group I miss the most when I return to work. Norah is sad to see it end as well!
Arlington also has a great fitness program for moms called Stroller Strides. Twice a week, Norah and I go to Lubber Run Park to work out together with our jogging stroller. We do lunges, burpees, planks, and bicep curls behind the stroller, then run throughout the park for some cardio. It has been great inspiration to see other moms working out and Norah and I have loved getting to spend so much time outdoors…even though it has gotten quite chilly lately!
On Friday mornings, the Westover Library offers a really fun story time for babies 0-12 months, and the best part is going to the Lost Dog Cafe afterwards with other moms and babies for lunch. Norah and I have loved getting to do so many fun activities together during my maternity leave, and we will miss all of them when I return to work next week.
Lest you think we have all of our fun during the week, we’ve also had some great weekends recently. Last weekend was super fun! We had brunch with Tom and Rachel in Navy Yard, then walked around Eastern Market (where we picked up Norah’s Halloween costume!!)
And on Saturday, we went to Pup-tober Fest, sponsored by Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. As many of you know, we rescued Annabelle from OBG in 2011, even though she was not that old (only 3 at the time) and not a cocker. She was turned into OBG with her cocker spaniel siblings and OBG felt they couldn’t turn her away. Even though Amanda had always owned spaniels growing up, when we were perusing the OBG website in February 2011 for potential pups to adopt, we saw Annabelle’s profile pics and fell in love. We are so grateful to OBG for fostering our sweet little dachshund and introducing us to her, and we try to support their organization whenever we can. Their annual Pup-tober Fest, complete with pet costume contests, hot dog bobbing, beer tastings, and hayrides sounded right up our alley, so we drove out to Middleburg for a fun family day!
Our weiner dog dressed up like a hot dog, and had a ball!! Annabelle did not win any prizes for her costume, but she rocked the hot dog bobbing contest, coming in fifth place with a time of 1.28 seconds!! Here she is with her prize.
We had so much fun walking around the farm and seeing Annabelle run with other dogs. It was a perfect fall day!
This weekend we are gearing up to celebrate the wedding of Shane and Amanda!! Shane was the best man in Michael and I’s wedding, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their special day. Norah can’t wait for her first wedding!