For those of you who don't know, Lola was born at 6 lbs 1 oz on March 4th, 2013. She sure knows how to make an entrance! She came 3 weeks early. My water broke at a performance, believe it or not! But, this little beauty already possesses amazing "musician's timing," because not only did she wait until my maternity leave had officially (JUST) begun - she waited until my last song was over (I was packing my equipment). So far, I get many comments on what a beautiful baby she is, how big her eyes are, how long her eyelashes are, how strong she is for her age, and...(not surprisingly) what a delightful voice she already seems to have - even when she cries, it is such a sweet sound.
As you can tell, my whole world has changed. If you ask how I am doing, I will probably answer with, "Well, my daughter..." Motherhood is much harder than I imagined, but I treasure each moment.
I am back to work now - happily so. It is nice to get dressed up, get out of the house and into the spotlight once again. My schedule has changed a bit. I am still at John Phillips, but only two nights - Friday and Saturday. Craig Wilson is no longer playing with the band and I do miss him!! We still have Rick on guitar/vocals, but we have added a bass player - Lesley Palmer, a horn player - Brian Hogg, and another female vocalist - Molly Marksberry (she is absolutely spectacular!!). I play solo from 8-9pm (you leave for two months and then you return as the warm up act! hahaha) and the rest of the band joins from 9p-1:30a. Come check out the new line-up!!
My other two nights (Wednesdays and Thursdays 5-10pm) are being enjoyed at Seasons 52 in Hyde Park, across from Rookwood Commons. Here I am a soloist at the piano bar - literally a bar built around a rotating piano. The food is awesome! Everything is fresh, grilled, and seasonal, featuring a weekly menu (hence the "52"), as well as the main menu which changes with each season. Every single dish is under 500 calories, but I can promise you that the flavor is BIG!!!! (By the way, for those of you who are wondering, Craig is also playing at Seasons 52 on certain nights. In case you're missing him like I am, go check him out. You might be able to find his schedule or get in touch with him at www.wilsonics.com )
Uh oh...I can hear Lola stirring, which means she is waking up momentarily...I better wrap this up.
It's good to be back and I hope to see you soon!!
GREEN TIP OF THE MOMENT: Gardening counts as excercise (it is one of the exercises they recommend for pregnant women). It also provides fresh foods which promote a healthy lifestyle. Being in touch with the Earth and food source is proven to be good for the mind/soul as well. It has even been proven that children who plant a garden will be more likely to try/like the fruits and vegetables that it bears. So the green tip of the month is...Go plant a garden before May is over!!! On so many levels, you'll be glad you did :)