Life Lately Vol. 7

Things have been a little quiet around these parts as I’m trying to really soak up these last days with Fletcher before I go back to work!

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We’ve been taking advantage of these gorgeous spring days by going for lots of walks to the park and through the neighborhoods.

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Fletcher usually takes a long nap during our walks and I take advantage of the fresh air and the time to catch up on some of my favorite podcasts.

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Last week, we spent the afternoon at my friend’s house — she had a baby boy about 6 weeks after Fletcher was born so naturally, they will be best friends. :) Fletcher was crying because he didn’t want to go home but Wylder was being a little angel.

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Fletcher is getting stronger every day and this morning when I went to pick him up out of his bassinet, he was trying to roll from his back to his tummy. He’s already mastered the tummy to back roll, so I think it’s only a matter of time before he can roll both ways!

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He is quite the little ham these days — always smiling and cooing at us when we play with him! He’s also continuing to grow — his newborn clothes are still big on the sides, but everything is starting to get too short on him (as seen in the photo below) since he is long and lean just like his daddy.

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We did his monthly photoshoot the other day and said “Fletcher, we’re going to take your picture!” He totally posed like this, stiff as a board and didn’t move for like two minutes, ha ha!

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Lately, Andy’s been doing our weekly Costco haul since it’s on his way home from work but I decided to go on Saturday morning since I had a couple exchanges to do at the mall. I ended up scooping up these cute tennies to wear to work this spring / summer and I just love the fun color that they are!

I just heard Fletcher wake up from his nap, so I’m headed to go grab him! Have a great day!

Favorite place to buy new shoes?
Do you enjoy going for walks?

What's Up Wednesday #15

I’m linking up for What’s Up Wednesday today!

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What we're eating this week:

I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to take to a friend and you’d better believe we are enjoying the extras around here! I didn’t have enough chocolate chips, so I tossed in some white chocolate baking chips as well and it ended up being a very good decision if I do say so myself.

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What I'm reminiscing about:

I just backed up my iPhone and all of my pictures — looking back at Fletcher’s first few weeks has made me realize how much he has changed!

What I'm loving:

These beautiful spring days with sunlight streaming through our house and going for long walks with Fletcher.

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What we've been up to:

I’ve been trying to be really intentional about my days with Fletcher since these are the last few weeks of just he and I before I go back to work. I recently read something that talked about the importance of using everyday tasks as a way to connect with your child — even something as mundane as a diaper changing or putting socks on. Fletcher has really changed a lot since he hit the two month mark, so it’s been really fun to talk to him and have him babble back, have him interact with us when we play with toys and books, and watch him experience things for the first time (such as being outside on a sunny day, etc.).

What I'm dreading:

Spring always goes so fast and summer isn’t my favorite only because of the crazy humidity we experience here.

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What I'm working on:

Wrapping things up before going back to work — purchasing some new clothes, going through my closet, getting rid of items throughout the house that we aren’t using, etc.

What I'm excited about:
I’m just really enjoying this transition to spring that just occurred in the last couple of weeks — I feel like my motivation for everything is so much higher, ha ha.

What I'm watching / reading:
The usual shows, plus I just started Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists and The Act. The PLL spinoff show is just okay so far but I’m super intrigued with The Act!

What I'm listening to:

I recently added a bunch of songs from my sister’s workout playlist to my own and it’s been so motivating to have a great playlist while at the gym. I’m also loving Lara Casey’s new podcast while I go for walks outside, too.

What I'm wearing:

I wear a lot of athleisure items during the week since we have been going for a long walk each day, but usually jeans and a cardigan if I go somewhere else.

What I'm doing this weekend:

Soaking up as much time outside as possible!

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What I'm looking forward to next month:

Lots of stroller walks on these gorgeous spring days! Also, Fletcher’s first Easter — I can’t wait to assemble his little Easter basket!

What else is new:

We have finally gotten around to shopping for items for our home — this past year has been so crazy busy so furnishing our house has definitely been on the back burner. We recently purchased a table for our entry way and a dining room table as well! It feels good to be making progress in this area — next up, we are in search of a dining room rug, dining chairs, and a rug for our entry way.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite Easter side dish?
Usually just some sort of spring-ish salad or something!

Pick a few questions and answer them in the comments below!

Birthday + Weekend Things

For my birthday last week, Andy took the day off to help with Fletcher so that I could head out to do some spring shopping in the afternoon. It ended up being a gorgeous day outside (sunny and almost 50 degrees) and it seriously made me so happy! I don’t think I’ve had a sunny birthday in over six years — it’s usually so cold, damp, and gray outside at the end of March! Here is my birthday recap from last year and the year before if you’re interested!

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We all went out to lunch together and then the boys went home and I headed to an outdoor mall to look for some spring additions to my wardrobe since I head back to work next month. I ended up finding a ton of stuff at J.Crew, which wasn’t a huge surprise since it’s my favorite store! I just feel like their brand fits me the best in terms of style preference and sizing.

After checking out, I headed to Nordstrom Rack and found this perfect pair of tennies (in gray) to wear with jeans. I want to pick up one more pair of casual shoes for spring / summer and then I think I’ll be all set for awhile.

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Once I was finished shopping, I swung by my favorite froyo shop to grab some cups of frozen yogurt for Andy and I. I went with my usual concoction of marshmallow froyo, Oreo crumbles, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and one frosted animal cracker.

Upon arriving home, I went for a walk to the park and back (Andy stayed home with Fletcher since the wind had picked up a bit by this point) and it felt SO good to get some fresh air!

Later that evening, we headed out to Fletcher’s 2 month well child visit at his pediatrician’s office. We made guesses on his weight before we headed into the appointment and we were surprised to find that both of us were WAY off! Little dude is now 10.22 pounds — he’s come a long way since his itty bitty days of being 6 pounds!

Once his appointment wrapped up, we headed to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner and then called it a night! Fletcher was a little angel and slept through the entire dinner — I think his doctor’s visit wore him out!

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The next day was even warmer, so that afternoon, Fletcher and I headed out for his first walk in the stroller. A few of our neighbors were out so he got to meet them as we headed down our street as well! He loved his time in the stroller and took a long nap during our hour-long walk through the park and neighborhoods.

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Later that evening, I did a quick 2-mile run on my treadmill while Andy watched some of the basketball games — I felt like I got a second wind at 7:30pm so I decided to take advantage of it. Afterwards, we both split a cupcake that my sister and niece dropped off for my birthday earlier in the week.

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On Saturday, I ran to the mall in the morning to grab a few things including a gift for a friend — the mall was basically empty due to the gorgeous day outside so I was in and out super quick!

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Upon arriving home, we headed out for our first family walk which was so refreshing since it was over 50 degrees with clear skies.

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Andy hit the gym afterwards and I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to go to the gym or take a nap but ultimately decided to get a workout in. I ended up having a great “push” workout (shoulders + chest + triceps) and was glad that I made myself go even though I wasn’t feeling it in the beginning. I made some lemon raspberry bars once I got home since we had plans to have visitors on Sunday and then went to bed!

Favorite froyo toppings? 

Favorite spring activity?

10 Things I Don't Do

I recently saw a blog post with a similar title and thought that this was such a fun post idea! Below is a list of ten random things that I just don’t do. I’ll also be sharing a post in the coming weeks that contains ten things that I do do!

  1. I don’t do clutter. I’m a huge believer that physical clutter = mental clutter and my brain is already full enough as it is. I like clean countertops and wide open spaces in my home — I’d rather lean more towards empty walls than having too many frames / objects on them. Knick knacks, piles, and junk drawers don’t have a place in our home because it’s just more to push around, dust underneath, and be distracted by.

  2. I don’t do thank you cards. Starting this year, I’ve decided that I will no longer write thank you cards except on rare occasions. I grew up writing thank you cards and always felt that it was necessary after receiving a gift; however, as an adult, I’ve found them to feel really impersonal and a little like overkill.

  3. I don’t color my hair. I used to in my early twenties but have been sporting my natural color for the past few years and will continue to do so until the grays become more prominent. This is mainly do to the fact that the upkeep is just too much for me right now during this busy season of life.

  4. I don’t do sentimental things. Pregnancy made me realize this even more since weekly bump photos weren’t my thing at all. Andy suggested that we take weekly pics and we did most weeks, but I was not a huge fan and don’t really see myself wanting to look back at them? ha ha. I also don’t really keep a lot of “special” things — I feel like I have a really good memory and tend to rely on that rather than objects to symbolize certain events.

  5. I don’t do multi-level marketing. This goes for both selling and purchasing. The only exception to this are my essential oils, but I use the website as an online store, only purchasing what I need 1-2 times per year. Other than that, there are no on-demand workouts, fancy shake mixes, cleansing balms, or patterned tote bags in my life.

  6. I don’t do obligations. I don’t buy gifts, attend events, or return favors just because I “should” — mainly because I prefer to give gifts and my time authentically so that it doesn’t feel forced. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts, attending events, and volunteering to help others, just not when it is out of obligation. I’m also a huge believer in letting your yesses be yesses and your no’s be nos’s — and not feeling bad about it.

  7. I don’t do complicated meals. Ninety percent of the time, my meals are “assembled” rather than cooked from scratch. I do a lot of meal prep on the weekends and my lunches / dinners are usually assembled out of those ingredients that have been pre-prepped. For example, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, are all made in a flash using ingredients that have already been chopped, washed, or cooked, etc.

  8. I don’t do coupons. I used to clip hard-copy coupons for use in stores but now I feel like I don’t have time for that anymore and I also feel like most coupons aren’t applicable towards the types of things we purchase. However, I will say that 90 percent of the time when I make an online order, a promo code is used.

  9. I don’t stand in line for things. For example, Black Friday shopping in the wee hours of the morning or standing in line to get the latest iPhone or whatever is not for me. I’d rather wait a few more weeks or pay a little more just to avoid the headache of being amongst a heap of impatient people.

  10. I don’t do unhealthy relationships. This is one that took me a l o n g time to learn but now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve realized how important it is to have healthy relationships with those around us. Boundaries are key!

What are some things that you don’t do?
Do we have any of the above in common?

Fletcher James: Two Months

Height + Weight: 

I’ll update this after his pediatrician appointment this week!

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Clothes + Diapers: 

He’s pretty much out of the preemie clothes and his newborn clothes finally fit, so it’s been super fun to dress him in little outfits! He’s still in newborn diapers and probably will be for awhile still.

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Sleep: 

Fletcher dropped one of his morning naps, but still takes multiple naps per day, including a few long ones (3ish hours). He still only wakes up once in the night to eat which is so nice for Andy and I! I usually use his nap time to work on the computer, clean up the house, or do a quick treadmill workout.

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Routines: 

We’re still following the wake, change diaper, eat, play, sleep cycle and we’ve gotten a little more regular with it this month. This seems to work really well for him because it keeps him from hitting that “hangry” point.

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Likes: 

Looking at books, his Mamaroo swing, napping on Andy and I, car rides, playing with his plastic ring toys — he has started holding them and bringing them to his mouth on his own now, being bounced, listening to us sing silly songs, and doing tummy time on the floor.

Dislikes: 

Being cold (post-bath or being picked up with our cold hands), being hungry, being set down when he wants to be held. Whenever he is being very adamant about what he wants, we jokingly call him “Lord Fletcher” since there’s a restaurant here with that same name. :)

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Milestones: 
On Fletcher’s “two month birthday” (3/13/19) he rolled over from his tummy to his back! It was so fun to see and since then I’ve seen him do it one other time! He also has started smiling socially and making cooing noises which we think is the cutest thing ever!

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Special Memories:
Fletcher met my parents a couple weeks ago!

Outings:

Pediatrician, chiropractor, Target, Trader Joe’s, out to lunch with my friend Jayme, a road trip to Robertson Ranch to meet his grandparents, and the library.