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?

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! :)

Fletcher's First Valentine's Day

Yesterday was Fletcher’s first Valentine’s Day and his very first holiday celebration!

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We usually go out to dinner each Valentine’s Day evening, but since we had an appointment that night, we decided to have an at-home celebration with the three of us.

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Our first stop was a trip to the dentist yesterday morning and then we swung by Starbucks so I could grab a latte before heading home. I added a pump of cherry and a pump of vanilla syrup to my latte for a little something different and it was so delicious!

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Once we got home, I fed Fletcher and he ended up spitting up all over his new Valentine’s Day outfit but I was so proud of him for keeping it clean while we were out and about! I tossed it in the laundry so that it would be clean when we headed out later that afternoon and then we spent the rest of the morning playing and reading books before he took a nap.

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He’s been super alert lately and has started to follow objects and people with his eyes, which has been so fun to experience!

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After more feeds, naps, and diaper changes, we snapped a few pics and then headed out the door to meet Andy at Fletcher’s pediatrician’s office for his one month well visit.

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He’s definitely not a fan of getting into his car seat, but once the car starts moving, he’s happy as a clam and then usually falls asleep within minutes.

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We were happy to hear that Fletcher went from 6lb 2oz at his last appointment to 7lb 13oz! Way to go, buddy! :)

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After his appointment, we all headed home where we ate dinner and then opened cards and gifts from each other.

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Andy and I also split this little dessert and it was the perfect ending to our Valentine’s Day!

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?
Favorite dessert?

A Snowy Day at Home (Day in the Life)

Last week, we had a few more days of crazy weather except this time instead of negative temps, we were hit with tons of snow! We stayed cozied up inside since it was coming down so hard! I recapped our day at home together to share in this post — I’m planning to do more of these now that Fletcher is here since posts like these are so fun to look back on and see what our life was like during a particular season.

So, our day really began at 3:15am when we woke Fletcher up for a feeding, but since everyone was looking a little rough during those wee hours of the night, we’ll skip that part and start with when we woke up at 6:30am instead! Fletcher ate again, Andy left for work, and then we headed downstairs so I could make breakfast before going back upstairs to pump for a bit.

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Fletcher hung out on his blanket while I made breakfast, which was my usual shake since that’s the easiest way to eat something while pumping and occupying a baby. However, I did just get this little gem and it has made my life a MILLION times easier since now I can work on my laptop, read, or eat while pumping.

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My mornings always seem to fly by between feeding him, pumping, tidying up, showering, etc. and so I usually make my shakes pretty filling since it’s usually not until 1 or 2pm that I have time to make a lunch for myself.

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Once we get back upstairs, Fletcher fusses for a bit at first, so I play this track from my Calm app and it almost always helps him fall asleep. Once he is asleep, I read and sip my coffee while pumping.

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Afterwards, I head downstairs and throw a load of laundry in. My sister and her little family visited the other day and brought him these adorable pants so I wanted to wash them so we could add them to his outfit rotation! Also, how cute are those whale washcloths that she gave us, too?!

After awhile, Fletcher wakes up and I feed, burp, and change him — he absolutely hates getting his diaper changed so theres usually a lot of protesting involved but he is calm as soon as we are done! It’s so funny because as soon as I lay him on the changing mat, he immediately starts fussing because he knows what is coming next!

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His new crib mattress arrived the day before, so I put his sheet on it and then we tested it out. This outfit lasted all of 7 minutes before his diaper leaked through and it was time for a wardrobe change.

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A fresh diaper and outfit feels so good!

We hang out and play upstairs for awhile — he’s been really alert and interested in looking at his toys lately and it’s been so fun to see this side of him come to life! The first two weeks, he really just slept and ate so it’s been fun to see more of his personality come out as he gets a little bigger each week.

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He ends up taking a little cat nap so I use this time to unload the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen a bit.

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Since he is still sleeping once I get back upstairs, I take advantage of this time to pack up my maternity clothes along with a few other things from our master closet to take down to the basement.

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He wakes up shortly after and we look outside at the snow coming down — he got a little startled by how bright it was out there!

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After another feeding, we head downstairs and Fletcher hangs out in his swing while I make myself some lunch. I gave him a little mohawk to see what it would look like — it usually doesn’t last long since I don’t use gel or anything yet but I think it’s cute!

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Snacky plates are my go-to these days since they’re easy to eat here and there while taking care of him. It’s usually just a mish mash of whatever we have in the fridge on that particular day but I always try to prioritize a variety of food groups so that my nutrition is balanced.

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I got to sit down and eat this lunch in one sitting on this day since he was super content in his swing — I read for a bit while eating and then brought him upstairs to change his diaper after grabbing two of these energy bites from the fridge.

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Fletcher almost always takes a long afternoon nap, which is so nice since it gives me a chance to work out and get a few things done! I swaddle him and decide to have him sleep in his crib to see how he does in there (he usually sleeps in a bassinet in our bedroom).

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Before placing him in his crib, I walk around upstairs and bounce him a little to help him fall asleep. It’s always a delicate balance of knowing when they’re asleep enough to be transferred to a new location — one minute too early and he wakes up!

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He did so well in there! I rigged up the baby monitor so that I could keep an eye on him while working out and it was so slick to be able to watch him while going for a run. This was my first day back to running (at 3 weeks postpartum), so I took it slow to start but was surprised at how good I felt and how easily running came back to me! I think not having a pregnant belly just made it SO much easier to run again.

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He was still sleeping when I finished, so I grabbed a quick snack and then hopped in the shower and to get ready for the day.

This is hit or miss most days — sometimes I can shower and do my hair / makeup before he wakes up from a nap while other days getting ready is done in 15 minute increments throughout the day due to feeding, napping, changing, etc. Normally I like to shower in the mornings before he wakes up, but I knew I’d be working out during the afternoon so I decided to wait. Eventually I’ll switch my workouts to the mornings but we’re not there yet due to being up in the night with feedings.

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Shortly after I finish getting ready, I hear him start to make little noises from his room so I take him out of his crib, feed him, and then change his diaper. Then we rock in his recliner and read books until Andy gets home — he doesn’t understand the concept of books yet but I think he likes having us read to him because he gets to listen to our familiar voices. :)

Once Andy arrives home, he usually spends time with Fletcher while I prep some dinner for us and then we eat while Fletcher takes another nap. Andy and I usually watch a show or hang out while he is sleeping and then Fletcher eats again and we start his bedtime routine before calling it a night! Sometimes Andy and I will take a nap in the evening before bed just because those middle of the night wake up calls come around so quickly!

Have you had a lot of snow days this season?
What time do you usually wake up each day?

Refreshed

On Saturday morning, I drove down the street to pick up my sister so that we could head to the local library book sale together.

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We both ended up finding a ton of books and walked out with a huge stack to add our our home libraries. The last time we attended this sale was in July and I didn’t know if our baby was a boy or girl yet, so it was definitely a lot more fun this time around since I could grab a bunch of little boy books to add to his shelf. I also found two cute little Easter books that I plan to put in his Easter basket this year!

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After the sale, we ran to Target to do a few returns and shop around for a bit. My sister wanted to look at the nail polish on our way out and I came across this pretty color and loved the name of it, which was “birthday girl”! I’m definitely adding this one to my wishlist!

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Then we went out for frozen yogurt as a little treat! This little cup of deliciousness hit the spot even though it was freezing outside! Now that I think about it, my sister and I went out for froyo last year when it was freezing out as well — winter weather doesn’t keep us away! :)

We sat at the yogurt shop and chatted for quite a while and it was SO nice to be out of the house and catching up with my sister! I think I’ve been experiencing a little bit of cabin fever with these cold weather and snowy days that we’ve been having.

Our next stop was the mall so I could make a return at Nordstrom (I swear, I never used to have a lot of returns / exchanges until I had a baby) and purchase some new eyeliner since mine is almost all out. I tried out a new one since my old favorite was discontinued and after trying it yesterday afternoon, I really liked it!

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While at the mall, we also swung by a few other stores so I could pick up a few Valentine gifts for Andy and then we were on our way! Also, did you know that if you spend $10 at Godiva, you are then able to choose one free truffle per month? I do this almost every year and it’s always a fun little treat to pop in for a chocolate whenever I’m at the mall.

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We swung by Chick-Fil-A on the way home because I had a CFA reward for a free salad so I wanted to cash that in and also pick up a sandwich meal for Andy since he was at home with Fletcher. I went with their southwest salad paired with a chili lime dressing and it was SO good! I’ll definitely be ordering this again soon!

Upon arriving home, I was more than ready to snuggle my little baby since I had been gone for awhile! I fed Fletcher while watching New Amsterdam, which is my newest show to binge-watch! I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I’m four episodes in and loving it so much!

While I was chatting with Andy later that evening, I was telling him that my day of random errands and froyo with Andrea left me feeling SO refreshed! It wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary since it involved a lot of returns and random shopping, but it was just what my spirit needed!

P.S. I’m linking up with Biana and Lindsay today!

What makes you feel refreshed?
Favorite eyeliner?