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.

A Spring-ish Weekend

The sun has been shining so much the last few days and it is making me feel SO hopeful for spring! Having fresh tulips on our kitchen island and the sunlight streaming through the windows has felt so good after so many cold and gray days this winter.

This past weekend was both a productive and relaxing one — since we’ve started to transition to spring weather, I’ve been on a spring cleaning kick! There’s just something about starting your Monday with a clean house that feels so nice!

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On Friday, Andy took over baby duty so I could sneak off to the gym for a workout! Before hitting the gym, I swung by Target to grab diapers along with a birthday gift for my sister. My sister and I both have birthdays this week — which still blows my mind because I feel like they snuck up on me this year!

I did a back and biceps workout at the gym and it felt amazing because there were literally like 10 people on the entire floor. I love working out when the gym is empty like this — it’s so much easier to focus and you don’t have to wait for any of the weights!

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Upon arriving home, I had a snack and watched tv with Andy before calling it a night. The next morning, I was up bright and early before my sister picked me up to attend an event at church. On the way home, we swung by Dairy Queen to take advantage of their BOGO for 99 cents deal. I hadn’t had DQ in forever, and my mini salted caramel truffle Blizzard hit the spot!

Later that afternoon, Andy worked on a house project while I watched Fletcher and caught up on some shows. I also did some cleaning in the kitchen which felt so good — there’s just something about having clean countertops!

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We also snapped a few pics of us with Fletcher and decided to take a selfie since it had been awhile! We need to go out on a date sometime soon, too — seeing this picture reminded me that it has been awhile since we’ve been out!

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Fletcher has been enjoying lots of tummy time lately so we spent a good chunk of the afternoon playing with toys and books on the living room floor as well.

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I ended up taking a nap once he was finished and it felt SO good! After dinner, we gave Fletcher a bath and he was so calm and cuddly afterwards!

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He just loves it when we comb his hair after his bathtime!

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I put some baby bedtime lotion on him, dressed him in a fleecy sleep sack, and then we read books in his room for awhile. Afterwards, I fed Fletcher while Andy and I watched a movie together — more like started a movie before we were both too tired to finish it!

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The next morning, I ran an errand, attended the parenting class at church, and then did some more cleaning while Andy ran to Home Depot and the gym. Fletcher was cool as a cucumber while I vacuumed, did some laundry, and wrapped up my sister’s birthday gift.

Once Andy arrived home, I dropped off Andrea’s gift and headed to the gym — only to park and then turn around because my phone was almost dead and I decided I needed a nap more than a workout. I ended up sleeping for 3.5 hours, woke up to eat dinner, and then went right back to bed. It felt amazing!

It’s birthday week around these parts, so that paired with all of this sunshine and promises of 60 degrees is really lifting my spirits right now!

When is your birthday?
Have there been signs of spring where you live?







Life as a New Mom

I still can’t believe it’s already been two months since Fletcher was born! My experience with being a new mom has been such a rewarding one and I wanted to do a little recap on here about what it has been like so far.

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Thoughts on Being a Mom
During the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I started to feel a little anxious about the whole labor experience (mainly due to the plan changing so many times with scheduling a c-section, then canceling that and scheduling an induction, then having him come on his own) but other than that, I felt fairly confident about everything else. I’ve been around babies throughout my life — babysitting, growing up in a neighborhood with tons of kids, volunteering in the church nursery, etc. and felt pretty good about taking care of one of my own. Plus, I had no doubts that my intuition would serve as a good backup in any areas that I wasn’t sure about.

Physical Recovery
Delivery was really quick so I felt like it was over just as soon as it had started. I was a little sore during our time in the hospital from the stitches, but other than that, I felt SO good. Despite being really sleep deprived the first week, I felt so much more like myself than I had all throughout pregnancy so that mindset shift was a game changer for me. We stayed in the hospital for two nights and when we arrived home, I felt well enough to do things like make meals, shower, stay on top of laundry, etc. I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but this was key for me — I’m not one that likes limitations, so feeling like I could still do things like this in addition to taking care of Fletcher made me feel confident and at ease.

I had some bleeding that ceased around 3.5 weeks and experienced night sweats for the first two weeks — I would wake up DRENCHED but I’ve heard that that is a sign that the water retention from pregnancy / IV’s / delivery leaving your body. Other than these two experiences, I didn’t really notice anything else symptom-wise.

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Mental Recovery
I have been loving this new role as a mom so, so much! Being Fletcher’s mom has brought me so much joy — this probably sounds funny if you’re not a parent but even bringing him with me to run errands makes me so happy! I love this sleepy, snuggly baby stage but also look forward to all that we can do as he continues to grow.

I have been feeling so good these past couple months (don’t get me wrong, there have been a few hard days thrown in there as well) and I highly attribute that to a few things:

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1. Making time for myself
Having Andy watch Fletcher while I take a hot bath, paint my nails, take a nap (a lot of these are from 8-10pm but it helps so much), hitting the gym, and continuing hobbies such as blogging and reading. 

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2. Taking care of my body 
Eating healthy, working out, and prioritizing sleep have been major contributors to why I felt so good even in those first couple weeks post-delivery. I started walking the week after he was born and just twenty minutes on the treadmill in the evening helped my mind so much! I’ve also been intentional about what I’m choosing when it comes to fueling my body. Lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, fats, and proteins. I’m starting to transition back to my vegetarian ways now that I’m not pregnant anymore and I feel like this is helping as well — towards the end of pregnancy I felt like I was forcing myself to eat meat just to keep my protein levels up. 

I will also say that the following things also really helped me to feel like myself:

  • Showering every morning

  • Shaving my legs during each shower

  • Painting my nails each week

  • Scheduling haircuts, pedicures, chiro appointments, etc.

  • Getting ready (hair, makeup, real clothes) every day

  • Making the bed each morning

  • Opening all of the curtains so the house is filled with natural light

  • Playing music throughout the house (we love bouncing our playlists through the TVs in our house)

  • Doing something active OR taking a nap every day

  • Staying hydrated and eating every few hours (let’s be honest — more like every 120 minutes) because breastfeeding hunger + thirst is for real

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3. Getting out of the house
I will say that cabin fever is the thing that I’ve struggled with most during this maternity leave. It doesn’t help that it has been absolutely frigid outside and this has been one of our coldest and snowiest winters ever. Luckily, I still have a month of maternity leave left and the extended forecast is looking pretty promising with sunshine and highs in the upper 40s and low 50s next week. On days when it’s been gray and damp, even just bundling up and hitting the Starbucks drive-through or returning / picking up books at the library has helped so much since it means we get out of the house.

On this same note, spending time with friends has helped tremendously! Something that isn’t really talked about much is how maternity leave can feel lonely — especially if you’re an extrovert like me! My Mom’s Life group, lunch / dinner with friends, etc. has really helped me feel like myself!

Parenting
Andy and I have been working together as a team to make decisions for Fletcher and our family. We’ve both never done this before and some of the decisions that we have had to make right off the bat have been hard because we would go back and forth weighing our options on different things. We’ve learned that our intuition is pretty strong and have been trusting that when we’re faced with something new — so far, it is working really well.

It’s also been fun to be able to decide how we want to raise Fletcher — abiding by routines, establishing traditions, and setting boundaries. We both grew up with different family dynamics, so it’s brought up a lot of good conversations about what we want to prioritize and avoid as parents.

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Routines
For the first two weeks, we were kind of just in survival mode — we were setting alarms every 2-3 hours throughout the night to feed him since he was so tiny at birth and then dropped some weight in the first few days. Once we switched to only getting up once per night, our days got a little easier. Andy was home for the first week and that really helped — we would trade off so the other person could nap or shower and that really made a difference.

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Once Andy went back to work, I started our own little routine for Fletcher and I. We typically follow a sleep, change diaper, eat, play, cycle all day and he seems to really thrive on this schedule. It has also helped to move around the house a bit — the first month or so we camped out in the master bedroom most days since that was just easier with feeding, sleeping, etc. However, the past few weeks we’ve been spending time in other rooms such as reading books in Fletcher’s nursery, taking naps in his swing in the living room, working in the office instead of on my laptop on the couch / bed, and doing tummy time in the loft. Moving from room to room definitely helps to switch things up a bit not just for me, but also for him! He seems to enjoy the change of scenery.

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Also, baby-wearing is something I never thought I’d really get into, but it has been a lifesaver for getting things done around the house! Fletcher loves being cuddled close to me and usually takes a solid nap whenever I put him in the wrap. It’s so nice because it allows me to easily vacuum, make lunch, or even walk on the treadmill. My sister has been SO generous in sharing a ton of her baby gear with us and this wrap was one of the items!

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Fitness / Nutrition / Body
I was pleasantly surprised to see how my body has adjusted post-pregnancy. My belly shrunk down really quickly — probably within the first three weeks, and it was crazy to see myself drop 20 pounds in the first week alone (newsflash — that weight was Fletcher, the placenta, amniotic fluid, and SO much water retention). I still have a little ways to go to get back to my usual self, but I’m confident that I will get there since I’m eating my normal diet and staying active.

I’ve also been surprised to find how much grace I’ve had for myself during this transition period. It also still blows my mind that my body grew and sustained him and now provides his nutrition for him effortlessly.

I’ve been back to the gym for the past few weeks and before that I was running and walking on our treadmill at home. In terms of nutrition, I eat my regular diet which consists of lots of fresh fruits and veggies, fats such as avocado, nuts, peanut / almond butter, coconut oil, etc. and proteins such as eggs, protein powder, greek yogurt, etc.

Things that Surprised Me
I was surprised to realize how hard it is for me to accept help from others, even during a time of need. One of our neighbors gave us a ton of preemie and newborn baby boy clothes and although I was really excited for these, I also felt a little weird about accepting them since they literally gave them to us. The same goes for people that have dropped off meals — we are so thankful for them, but I always feel so odd accepting help, I don’t know why!

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Another thing that has surprised me is just how seamlessly Fletcher has fit into our lives. Sure, there’s a lot more tasks to do each day and we’re on a feeding schedule, but he’s so cheery and laid back — making it easy to go about our usual schedules with the fun addition of a little boy joining us!

If you’re a mom, what was the adjustment period like for you?
What’s one of your favorite things about being a parent?

March 2019 Goals

I’m a little behind on posting about these for the month, but I’m going to roll with it since I’ve had these goals written down since last month and have already started making progress on them!

February Goals Check-In:
Click here for the original post!

1. Set Up a Family Calendar
Done! We started utilizing iCal for our family calendar and so far, it is working really well for us. I love that we both can view the calendar on our iPhones, iPad, and Macs! I still use my Simplified Planner as well, but love the digital iCal for easy calendar sharing between Andy and I.

2. Fill in Baby Book
I have the majority of the birth / one month pages done! I ordered a huge stack of photos last week so I’ll be sure to add those to his baby book once they arrive.

3. Establish and Commit to a New Fitness Routine
Done! This feels SO good to be back into my routine — not just physically, but also mentally! I’ve been strength training 3 days per week and using my treadmill throughout the week. I’m really enjoying being back in the gym but am also looking forward to many walks / runs outside once it warms up!

4. Pedicure + Haircut
Done! Both felt amazing and I’ll probably get another trim before I go back to work next month so that my locks are nice and fresh!

5. Set a Tentative Cleaning Schedule
Ha! This definitely didn’t happen especially since Fletcher dropped one of his naps starting at 6 weeks.

6. Organize Photos
I started on this one and then felt kind of overwhelmed by how many photos I had on my iPhone. I’m hoping to sit down and power through this on a Saturday afternoon this month or next.

March 2019 Goals:

1. Introduce Bottles
I’d love to introduce these so that once I go back to work, it’s one less transition for Fletcher to adjust to.

2. Schedule a Dental Cleaning
I was supposed to go in October but ended up canceling it due to being afraid of another latex reaction. I’m going to call around and find a latex-free office and schedule a cleaning so that it’s one less appointment for me to schedule around once I’m back at work.

3. Enjoy Maternity Leave
I’ve got a month and a half left and I’d like to really soak up this special time when it’s just Fletcher and I at home!

4. Look into Infant CPR Class
I’d love to have Andy and I complete a class on this in the next month or so!

5. Get Back into Blogging Routine
Like anything, whenever I fall out of my routine it’s always tricky to get back into the swing of it! I took some time off the last few weeks but have really missed blogging! I’m hoping to get back to my regular posting within the next week or so!

What’s something you’d like to accomplish this month?
What’s one thing you love about the month of March?

Life Lately Vol. 6

I definitely didn’t intend to take this long of a break from this little space — I was feeling uninspired a couple weeks ago and then the week after that was so full, so the blog got pushed to the backburner! I’m popping in today to share what we’ve been up to lately!

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Fletcher has been so alert lately now that he is getting a little older and it’s been so fun to really see his little personality come to life!

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My sister invited me to attend a parenting class at church with her and we both really enjoyed it! It’s a series that continues for the next few weeks so we plan to bring the guys next time!

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Fletcher had his first trip to Target last week when we swung by the store to grab a few things — he was smiling, so I think it’s safe to say that he liked it!

I wound up with three clogged ducts in the past week and a half and was surprised by how much they can kick you out of commission. Each time one would clear up, another one would pop up and it was super annoying since it makes it really painful to move my upper body and hold Fletcher!

Speaking of Fletcher, poor little buddy came down with a stomach bug that same week and we felt so bad for him! He just wasn’t himself and wanted to be held 24/7 since he wasn’t feeling well. We brought him in to the pediatrician’s office and got the all-clear that it was nothing more than a virus or bug that he was fighting. He’s back to his usual happy self now, and it is such a relief! It’s so hard to see your baby not feeling well!

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I keep checking the forecast to see if there are any signs of us flipping over to spring weather but so far, no luck! I’m really hoping we get some warm, sunny days towards the end of the month so that we can hit a few Parade of Homes! It has been so bitterly cold lately — here’s to hoping that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. ;)

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We have the best neighbors ever and one of them snagged me two boxes of my favorite Girl Scout cookies! We popped them in the freezer (aka the best way to eat any cookie / candy / treat) and polished off both boxes between the two of us in record time!

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Ever since Fletcher was born, we’ve been hanging out in our master bedroom since the bassinet and whatnot is already up there but the other night I decided to move down to the living room for a change of scenery and oh my goodness, it was a game changer! I have no idea why I have been only living in one room for the past month and a half but since moving down here, it has literally been like a breath of fresh air. We have his Mamaroo swing down here and so I’ll use that as a spot to set him down as I make lunch or need to get something done. Otherwise, I tend to hold him most of the day because snuggles with a tiny baby are just the best and I know that this is what I’ll miss most about this newborn stage!

Alright, I’m off to catch a nap while he is still sleeping! :)