Life Lately Vol. 8

Spring is in full-force over here and we have been soaking up every minute of it! I’m doing a life lately post today because I have so many random pictures to share from our last few weeks. Still trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule but between work, Fletcher, hitting the gym, etc. it’s hard to sit down and blog at the end of the day, especially when I’ve been on the computer all day at work.

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My sister and I hit some garage sales a few weeks ago, and I found so many great things for Fletcher! Janie & Jack clothes that were new with tags on, Melissa & Doug toy cars, and tons of Fisher Price Little People playsets!

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We also scored an awesome playmat for his playroom!

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He just loves hanging out up there! He’s also been SO into books and toys lately, so that’s been fun to see him start to “play” and interact with things. He’s also recently found his voice and screeches / talks constantly — especially if we mimic the sounds he makes or read him books.

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Allie came to visit us a few weeks ago and it was so fun to have her meet Fletcher! She brought us lots of goodies and we spent the morning / afternoon catching up.

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I treated myself to a pedicure the other night to get these toes ready for flip flops, sandals, and wedges now that it’s nice outside!

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I recently tried this flavor of kombucha and I think I like it even more than my previous favorite, gingerade! Our local co-op has so many more flavors than the grocery store, so I usually pick up a new one each time I swing in there! They also have a pink lady basil one that sounds amazing — I’ll probably grab that one next time.

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Last weekend, Andy, Fletcher, and I headed to a local park to go for a walk. We swung by Starbucks on the way there for a little treat! It had been SO long since I’ve had a frappuccino and I went with the s’mores one!

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We walked about 3 miles and really enjoyed this park — it’s one that’s kind of off the beaten trail a bit and really feels like you’re out in the woods rather than in the suburbs!

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We’ve also been frequenting the arboretum — Fletcher and I met my auntie there a couple of weeks ago and things were just starting to bloom! We headed back there yesterday and all of the tulips were in their glory and I was living my best life strolling through the gardens with my boys and my favorite cherry almond latte from a local coffee shop!

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Fletcher and I went up to Robertson Ranch not too long ago to bring my mom a birthday gift.

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He’s always such a trooper on the long car rides — we stopped to pick up some ice cream on the way there and he had so much fun looking around the store as we walked around — it was so funny to see him take it all in!

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My parents gave him this little train set and he is obsessed with it! It’s so fun having a little boy that is into all things with wheels and sounds!

We’ve started collecting these Little People playsets for him and he loves looking at them and watching us act out stories with the people!

Alright, Fletcher just woke up from his nap so I’m going to go feed him before we head out for a walk!

Family Date Night

A couple weeks ago, we all headed out for a family date night! It was almost like going on a real date since Fletcher slept the majority of the time. :)

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It was way too gorgeous out to stay inside, so our first stop was to the arboretum for a walk!

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Not a lot was in bloom yet, but it was fun to walk around.

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Fletcher even woke up for a little bit of it and got to enjoy some of the scenery.

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We laughed when we saw this picture because we thought Fletcher looked like Casper the Ghost. :)

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Afterwards, we swung by Chick-Fil-A to grab dinner and then head home to watch our latest favorite show — The Enemy Within. Andy got me hooked on the show, 24, when we first started dating and this new show reminds me a lot of that one!

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My go-to’s at CFA are their southwest salad or the grilled cool wrap! They also have the BEST Oreo milkshakes!

Favorite item at CFA?
Favorite milkshake flavor?

Fletcher's First Easter

Last weekend, we celebrated Easter with Andy’s side of the family up at Fletcher’s cousins’ house!

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It was so fun to dress Fletcher in his little bunny slippers that our friend Jayme gave him! This little hooded cardigan is one of my favorite articles of clothing that he owns and I’m so sad that this was the last time he wore it! It’s now in a bin of his outgrown clothes on a shelf in our basement that we’ll save for baby #2.

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We ate lunch with the family and then Fletcher opened his Easter baskets — he received so many nice gifts from his aunties, uncles, cousins, and grandma!

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We took a few family photos and then we were on our way home!

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Andy suggested swinging by our favorite froyo shop on the way home and I’ll never say no to that!

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On Easter Sunday, some of my family came over for lunch! Fletcher sported his cute little bib that his Auntie and Uncle gave him!

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My mom made her famous chicken parmesan, along with some cheesy bread, and a few veggie sides. We made a replica of the classic Olive Garden salad, and raspberry lemon bars! I used the same recipe for our favorite cranberry bars and just added white chocolate chips, raspberries, and lemon zest instead of cranberries!

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My parents brought Fletcher a fun little Easter basket filled with all kinds of goodies like bubbles, a stuffed bunny, and a ton of books!

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We also snapped a few family photos of us to add to his baby book!

After lunch, we all went for a walk to the park where we sat outside for awhile to enjoy the gorgeous day. It was upper 70s and sunny and we kept saying how long it has been since we have had a beautiful Easter Sunday like this one.

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Once everyone left, we took Fletcher around the house to “look” for his Easter basket since we didn’t have time that morning.

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He loved opening his gifts with dad!

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We’ve started a tradition to get him a card for each holiday and Andy always chooses a great one for Fletcher!

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My mom used to always take flat lays of our gifts when we were little and I always loved looking back at previous years’ gifts so I’ve started doing this for Fletcher, too.

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Fletcher just entered Leap 4 (Wonder Weeks) and has been SO into books lately! He loves to hold them and try to turn the pages all by himself.

What did you do for Easter?
Favorite Easter candy?

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?