The First Few Days

These first few days with our little guy have been so sweet as we get to know each other, figure out our new routine, and take care of him.

IMG_3583.jpg

The whole thing still feels surreal — especially when we left the hospital with a cute little baby in a car seat!

IMG_6555.jpg

Each day we fall a little more in love with him (and also become a little more sleep deprived, ha ha!). Our days are filled with newborn cuddles, reading books to him, feeding, changing diapers, and learning his preferences.

IMG_3764.jpg

We also do a LOT more laundry — one of the first few days at home we forgot to cover him while we were changing a diaper and I kid you not, there was a stream two feet straight up in the air!

IMG_3774.jpg

Not much is getting done around these parts other than taking care of him and that’s totally okay. I think there’s something wonderful in having a new baby as it teaches you to really slow down and enjoy the little things.

IMG_3838.jpg

On that note, Andy had to run out the other night for an errand and so I had a little picnic on our bedroom floor so that I could keep Fletcher company as he relaxed before bed. It’s little moments like these that just make my heart so happy.

IMG_3722.jpg

He loves to sleep on our chests, go for car rides, hang out in his monkey seat, and listen to the music that his Lambie plays.

IMG_3826.jpg

We quickly discovered that he really does not enjoy diaper and outfit changes mainly because our hands are always SO cold!

He’s a little peanut so a lot of his newborn clothes and diapers are a touch too big but we have so much fun choosing his outfits each morning! My little niece asked my sister what Fletcher would wear now that he is “out of Lolo’s tummy” so I sent her a pic of his outfit of the day. Upon seeing the photo, Becca commented “His pants are so big! Are they Andy’s?” hahaha. She also asked if there was any leftover cake from Fletcher’s birthday. The things that little kids say just crack me up.

IMG_3591.jpg

I’ve been surprised to discover that he’s actually a really good sleeper right now (definitely anticipating this changing in the near future though!). He really doesn’t fuss when we put him down and he only wakes up a few times on his own in the night. Right now he’s eating every two-ish hours in the day and every three hours through the night. Andy’s been home on paternity leave and it has been so helpful to have him here as we figure everything out as a new little family of three!

IMG_3629.jpg

We take what feels like a million pictures of him each day and as I was looking back at the photos from when we first brought him home, I feel like I can already see so many changes just one week later! He has definitely filled out a little more — especially in his cheeks and hands which is great because it means that feeding is going well, but it has also made me realize how we really need to take each day as it comes and truly cherish it because babies / kids grow up so fast!

IMG_3685.jpg

I know there’s a lot of postpartum hormones a-flowing right now but the other night I picked him up and realized that his umbilical stump had fallen off which immediately made me cry because “he’s getting too big too fast” hahaha.

IMG_6479.jpg

Fletcher had his first bath in the hospital and we’ll probably give him another one tonight because his hair is getting so greasy from me petting it all day long, hahaha.

IMG_3648.jpg

As far as outings go, he’s been to his pediatrician twice — once for his newborn visit and again for a lactation consult as well as a trip to the chiropractor for his very first adjustment. I know that people have different views on taking their baby / children to the chiropractor but this is something that is important to us and will be a regular part of his life as he continues to grow.

IMG_3822 (1).jpg

Also, on the way home from the chiro, I caught a blurry pic of his little smile (which, let’s be honest was probably gas) and it just made me so happy! I love this little boy so much!

I’ll cover this more in-depth in his birth story or a postpartum post, but my recovery has been so easy compared to what I was anticipating. I’m such a go-go-go person, so sticking with parts of our usual routine has helped me to feel most like myself even with all of these changes going on. For example, showering and getting dressed / applying makeup, eating healthy meals, and taking naps have been key factors in our household running as smoothly as possible.

I’ve also been surprised to see how easily a baby has fit into our daily life — for example, when the chiro called yesterday morning at 8am to let us know that they had an opening for us at 9:45am and Andy and I were able to both eat breakfast, feed Fletcher, shower, and get his diaper changed and an outfit on while still arriving at the appointment on time. Not too shabby for first time parents! ;)

IMG_3721.jpg

And lest you think we have this whole parenting thing all figured out, guess again. Our master bathroom counter currently looks like this and some days we both look like zombies due to being up 3 or 4 times each night for feedings / diaper changes / soothing him back to sleep.

IMG_6556.jpg

It’s still just so crazy that he’s finally here and that this little boy is ours! We just love everything about him!

Let me know if you guys are interested in some sort of postpartum / 4th trimester post!
If so, what are some questions about that topic that you’d like me to cover?

Fletcher James is Here!

This week, our lives changed in the best way possible as we welcomed our son into the world!

IMG_3663.JPG

We couldn’t be more in love with our little guy! Birth story + more details to come!

Simplicity Challenge Week 2 Recap

Today I’m recapping week 2 of the Simplicity Challenge! Click here for my recap of week 1!

Start the habit of throwing a small load of laundry in every morning.
We used to do laundry once per week since we shared the laundry room in our rental with the girl that lived below us. It was awful — laundry days (Sundays) always took up the whole day and I felt like we had to stay close to home so that we could constantly be flipping our loads all day. Plus, I’m super particular about my clothes and hang up most of my shirts and pants so it takes even longer. Ever since we moved into our new house this past summer, I’ve been doing a load of laundry probably every other day and it has made such a difference! It’s far less overwhelming to wash, dry or hang, fold, and put away one load per day verses 4-5 loads.

Set a recurring alarm for every weekday. If you’re letting your kids wake you, set it for one hour earlier.
Ha! My kid will most likely be waking me every morning (and all throughout the night) for at least the next three months. I’ll solidify a better schedule once he has a better eat / sleep schedule down and for when I go back to work in the spring.

Go put gas in your car today. While you’re there, clean out your car. Throw trash away.
I did a clean-out of my vehicle because we recently met with a local officer for a car seat installation safety check. I tend to keep my vehicle fairly tidy — however, it’s a little trickier in the winter months because they put so much salt and sand down on the streets and sidewalks. I typically detail my vehicle each spring once all the snow is gone and then once again in the fall before winter sets in. I’ve found that keeping my vehicle and our home as tidy as possible instills a more peaceful mindset for my days so I try to abide by this as much as possible.

Buy a few birthday cards. Keep them on hand for birthdays that pop up that you’re not prepared for.
I skipped this challenge because I prefer to give cards that are catered towards that specific person as opposed to a generic one. A lot of times I’ll even skip giving a card and instead just get them a little extra something in their birthday gift.

Put your number on the Do Not Call list. Visit donotcall.gov or call 1.888.382.1222.
Skipped this one as well because I don’t really receive sales calls.

Do something with all those precious photos and videos on your phone. Print. Back up. Store.
Everything has been backed up on two different hard drives to be extra safe! Once little dude arrives, I plan to place an order of mini prints from this site so that I can start adding them to his baby book!

Dump out your purse. Throw away trash. Create a little bag of essentials. Make your bag work for you.
I don’t really use a purse these days — I have a tote bag that I use whenever I’m going to be out and about for the day, a backpack for commuting to work (way easier to carry my lunch, planner, laptop, etc.), and now I’ll be using my new diaper bag! Whenever Andy and I go out, I always use this little zippered clutch (mine is leopard print but this one is similar!) that he gave me for Christmas last year — it’s the perfect size for my phone, a lip color, and my cards.

What type of bag do you carry?
How often do you fill up your vehicle with gas?
It’s probably once every two weeks for me!

10 Random Facts About Me Vol. 15

For previous posts in this series, click here!

d - 1.jpg

1. I recently realized how superstitious I am about certain things. Not your typical “don’t want under a ladder” or “don’t open an umbrella in the house”, but more so things like telling people things before they happen and I even waited to open our newborn package of diapers until after he was born.

2. Along with being weird about foods stored / heated in plastic, anything that has fake sugar or is “low-fat” also freaks me out. I’ll take the calories over the aspartame any day!

3. I spent my 21st birthday recovering from my wisdom teeth removal surgery and Andy was on a random trip to Egypt during this time (we were newly dating). It definitely wasn’t ideal, but I was getting kicked off my parent’s insurance once I turned 21 and so when I was at the orthodontist a few days before my 21st birthday for a retainer check, he recommended doing the surgery that week so that it would still be covered by insurance. I was freaked out to get this surgery done, but it was WAY easier than I thought — same with my appendectomy that I had a few years ago.

4. I’m a huge advocate of therapy / counseling and think everyone should see a psychologist regularly.

5. Anytime I wake up from anesthesia, I always cry and I have no idea why! It’s seriously the strangest thing and I’m always so confused as to why I do this.

6. This will be covered in a blog post soon, but once I had a health issue where I couldn’t eat or drink anything without severe pain for 2.5 years. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through; however, it did give me a new perspective on life.

7. I can’t sleep with my hair down — it has to be pulled up (which right now it can only go into a half-pony because I’m rocking the bob).

8. When I find myself in a season of feeling stressed, it is more helpful for me to take a few days off than to take a vacation. I love traveling and going on vacation, but I feel like most of the time I don’t return home refreshed — I’m wondering if this is because I tend to do too many activities (site-seeing, hiking, being on the go, etc. while traveling)?

9. Here’s a list of foods I never tried until I was an adult: dates, avocados (still mourning this fact!), salmon, eggplant, arugula, brussel sprouts, jicama, kale, kalamata olives, kombucha, and spaghetti squash — they are now some of my favorites.

10. I will always believe in the Oxford Comma.

What’s a random fact about you?
Do we have any of the quirks above in common?

Friday No. 30

I’m linking up today to share some highlights from our week!

1. The other day, I started binge-watching this show and it is SO good! I listened to the podcast last year, but I must say that I think I like the show better! I’ve been watching episodes during my treadmill workouts and the time flies by so quickly because of this!

IMG_3313.jpg

2. I’ve always loved children’s books (and hope to illustrate one some day!), but shopping for books is even more fun now that we are expecting a little one! You guys know I love anything seasonal, so taking a peek at the Valentine books the other night while we were out was a must! We purchased these shelves for his nursery and are looking forward to curating a collection of books that are special to him and our family. We recently ordered this baby Pantone book for him since both of us are designers and we are so excited to read it to him!

3. I ordered a couple pairs of these earrings before Christmas and they have easily become my new favorites! Kilee is my go-to gal for hair inspiration and this shop that she runs with her husband is full of so many cute, lightweight styles! I love statement earrings but don’t like the weight that they add to my ears — these are a win-win situation! I ordered the onyx pair and the signature champagne pair. I’ll most likely add a colored pair to my collection sometime this spring, too — I’m anxious to see what they release around Valentine’s Day!

IMG_3390.jpg

4. I ran into Target the other day to make a couple returns from an online order and decided to walk around to browse for a bit before heading out. I came across this shimmer version of my favorite Easter candies and as I was making my way towards the checkout lanes, this mini Essie gift set caught my eye — it was marked down 70% as part of their Christmas clearance, and for $2.99, I couldn’t pass it up especially since I needed a true white polish! I tried out this color upon arriving home and I am loving this shimmery rose gold color especially now that Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

5. I’ve been trying to take advantage of being productive during this time before baby arrives and have been whipping up a bunch of stuff to put in the freezer for easy meals. I made a huge batch of cinnamon apple oatmeal in the crockpot the other night and it made our house smell so good! I just toss a bunch of old fashioned oats, diced apples, cinnamon, almond milk, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar and butter into the crock pot for 4 hours on high and it’s so easy! I divided it up into individual servings and popped those in the freezer for easy breakfasts on busy mornings.

IMG_3401.jpg

6. I’m still on my crazy smoothie kick and I’m also happy to report that I actually enjoy eating dates now. My friend Gina brought a tub of them into work last year and as much as I wanted to like them, they just weren’t for me. Well, I tried them again recently since the nutritional stats are so beneficial for labor and after a few days of them, they grew on me! Most days I pop them into a smoothie (unsweetened almond milk, part of a frozen banana, dates, spinach, ice, and cacao powder) but they’re not so bad on their own, either!

IMG_3379.jpg

7. I’m off to my post due-date OB appointment this morning to see where we are at with baby (I’m 40w2d) and to talk about options if he doesn’t decide to make an appearance in the next few days (Ah, it feels crazy to even type that out — that we will have a little baby boy literally ANY day now!) I keep telling him “today is a good day for a birthday, little dude!” but he doesn’t seem to think so yet, ha ha).

IMG_3361.jpg

8. While I’m out this morning, I’m hoping to pop into Caribou to pick up a few of the mugs and tumblers that I designed! My cousin texted me a pic the other day of this little tumbler that I illustrated and handlettered — it’s been so fun to see these popping up in the world!

9. We’re hopefully going to squeeze in another date night this evening so I’m looking forward to that as well — I might see if I can convince Andy that we need to go out for dessert as one last hoorah before baby! ;)

What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Do you prefer studs or larger statement earrings?