Fletcher James: Two Months

Height + Weight: 

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


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.



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.



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.



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.


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. :)


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!


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


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.

Fletcher's First Valentine's Day

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


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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?

Fletcher James: One Month

Fletcher James is already one month old! Part of me is a little sad about this, but I’m mostly really excited because as he gets older, he can do more and go on adventures with us.


I’m really making it a priority to savor this season and to really live in the moment so although his teeny tiny newborn days are already behind us, I’m loving our sweet time together with our little one month old!

I’m not sure if I’ll do these updates every month since a lot of this is already in his baby book, but for now we’ll roll with it. This monthly template was inspired by the one that one of my favorite bloggers uses for her kids. If you aren’t following her, be sure to check out her blog — she is the cutest, most intentional mama and I find her relationship with her husband and kids so inspiring!


Height + Weight:
He is 21 inches long and 7lb 13oz as of 2/14! Little guy has been packing on the pounds since birth!


Clothes + Diapers:
Fletcher is just starting to fit into his newborn clothes which has been so fun now that things are fitting him well! In the first few weeks, we had to roll a lot of his sleeves up and fold down the waistband of his pants in order to get them to fit. We had a few preemie onesies and those seemed to fit the best since he was just over 6 pounds when we brought him home! As for diapers, we used the newborn size this month, but looking back, I think it would have been a lot easier to buy a preemie pack or two since we had to fold down the waistband of the diapers for a few weeks in order to get them to fit! He’s a little peanut but he is growing so fast!


He’s a great little sleeper and that has honestly made having a newborn so much easier than we were anticipating. The majority of the time, we can put him in his bassinet awake and he will fall asleep on his own — once in awhile he struggles to soothe himself to sleep and it’s usually because his swaddle isn’t tight enough. If he’s swaddled even slightly too loose, he will grunt, wiggle, and cry until his arms are free and won’t give up until he has his hands in his mouth and is happily sucking on his fingers.

I’ve just started doing the whole “babywearing” thing mainly so I can walk on the treadmill in the mornings and he loves being in the baby wrap so, so much! He’s usually out like a light within minutes of me putting him in there and he will sleep in there for a good two hours or so while I go for a walk and then eat lunch. I swear, his best naps are in that wrap! He takes several naps throughout the day — some are little catnaps while others are a couple of hours.


We’re still playing around in this area since he’s still so little, but our day usually is a constant stream of eat, burp, change diaper, play, nap, repeat.


Sleeping on our chests, bouncing, having us sing to him, the hairdryer (this is our magic trick for getting him to stop crying — it literally works within seconds every single time!), reading books, listening to his lambie that plays music, his Pooh bear rattle, car rides, snuggling, getting his hair combed, sitting in his monkey chair, being wrapped up with his blankets.


Being picked up with cold hands, diaper changes, baths, being hungry, being overly tired, having lotion applied.


He can scoot around almost 360 degrees in a circle when he’s laying on the floor and he almost rolled over from his back to his tummy the other day! I couldn’t believe it since he is so young, but he was determined to reach a toy that he had accidentally batted away from him. He’s also started to cry real tears (when they’re a brand new baby, no tears come out!) and his neck is getting stronger every day!

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Special Memories:
I’ve started a little tradition with him where we have an “adventure chat” before bed. I’ll lay with him on our bed and talk about all the things we are going to do together as he gets older — I started this one a whim one night and thought it was so funny how he looks me in the eyes and listens SO intently, so we’ve kept up the routine.


Pediatrician, chiropractor, Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A drive throughs (haha), pediatric dentist, and a visit with the OB that delivered him.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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).


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!


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.


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.


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?

Fletcher's Birth Story Q&A

Below are some of the questions that others have asked in regards to labor / delivery / newborn life! I love reading these types of posts from new mamas so I thought I’d share my answers! Click here to read Fletcher’s birth story if you’re interested!

How long did it take for him to arrive?
From first contraction to final push, it was just over 17 hours.  

Did you choose to have an epidural?
I really wanted to get the full experience of child birth before choosing whether or not I wanted pain meds. I opted for an epidural once I was dilated to an 8 (and 14.5 hours into my 17 hour labor) due to my body shaking uncontrollably from the pain. 

Where were you when you went into labor?
Laying in bed at 3am  which was a-okay with me because one of my biggest concerns was going into labor early and being at work downtown! I was so thankful that I was close to the hospital!


What does it feel like to be a momma?
I’ll cover this more in my postpartum post, but I’m so surprised at how natural this transition has been. It has been so rewarding — especially when your baby is crying and he stops as soon as you pick him up (cue the heart eyes emoji). I’m also SO excited to start taking him on little adventures — even just going to Starbucks and grabbing a sandwich from Chick-Fil-A the other day was so fun knowing that my little sidekick was in the backseat. We will start taking him out more once it warms up outside (the high for tomorrow is -16 degrees!) and once he is a little older since he is still building up his immunity right now.

What were your emotions throughout the day?
Mainly excitement that something was finally happening after waiting for so long and the thought of getting to meet our son! There was also some fear of the unknown around the whole birthing process but I feel like my mind and body adapted as I transitioned through the stages of labor.

How did the first few days at home with him go?
The day after we got home from the hospital was a little rough mainly due to lack of sleep. I also felt like I was overly concerned about everything — making sure he was breathing, eating, and pooping enough, etc. Fletcher also woke up that first morning at home looking awfully yellow from the jaundice and I was so worried about that! Luckily, our pediatrician was able to get us in that afternoon so that helped put my worries aside when she didn’t seem too concerned about the bilirubin levels. Now that he’s been with us for over two weeks, I’m feeling a lot more relaxed about a lot of things (but will admit I’m still a spazz about some things). 

How do you balance being productive and having a newborn?
I’m a huge believer in routines and systems so having those established before we came home from the hospital was definitely a beneficial factor in things running smoothly. For example, we still are staying on top of laundry, dishes, groceries, etc. even with a newborn — this helps things feel less overwhelming. Clutter stresses me out so much so putting in a little effort each day in terms of tidying up has made a huge different in keeping our house feeling calm.

I also have been using his nap times to power through and get things done — even if it’s just tidying up a bit or taking some time for self care. I also use the time in the evenings when Andy is home to do something for myself — for example, we will all hang out as a family, but then when Andy is spending some time holding Fletcher, I’ll take a quick bath and paint my nails or something. It’s little things like this that honestly help me so much because it not only helps me feel refreshed, but it also taps into who I was before I became a mom, if that makes sense. I think it’s so important to continue to have hobbies, plans, an identity, etc. even after having a baby.

What surprised you most through his birth and first few days? 
I was honestly surprised at how naturally labor / delivery came — I swear, your body and instincts just take over. I was not, however, expecting how challenging having your milk come in would be though. Dealing with engorgement for a few days definitely caught me off guard and honestly was one of the most uncomfortable things. It is SO much better now but I was texting my momma friends like crazy those first few days with a million questions about how to get some relief!

What did you use out of your hospital bag?
Like most first-time moms, I way overpacked! I really only used my nursing tank, makeup + shower gear, flip flops for the shower, toiletries (mouthwash, toothbrush, lip balm, dry shampoo, etc.), phone charger, Gatorade, and some fruit that I brought from home. This honestly surprised me so much because I’m definitely one of those people that enjoys the comforts of home whenever I travel but I think with all of the emotions and things going on, I really didn’t care about much other than spending time with Andy and Fletcher during our hospital stay. The only thing that Andy had to run home and grab was my breast pump which wasn’t necessary, but I wanted to do a run through with our lactation consultant before heading home and trying to figure it out on my own (while being super sleep deprived).

Can you share a day in the life as a newborn parent?
I’ll probably do a whole post about this once we get into a better routine (this is my goal for this week!) You can catch a glimpse of our first few days at home in this post along with Fletcher’s first day with just me in this recap!


How is it going with Andy back at work?
It’s going well! Fletcher is a really laid back little dude and really doesn’t cry unless we are wiping his butt (he shrieks at the top of his lungs and it sounds like he is screaming “no! no! no!” over and over again) or if he is really hungry. The key for me has been to keep enough of my hobbies and routines (self-care and household) — this has kept me feeling like myself and keeps our house running smoothly. Taking care of Fletcher is so rewarding so right now it doesn’t really feel like work at all — I just love him so much! Even things like changing his diaper or dressing him in an outfit for the day has been so fun since we have anticipated having him home with us for so long.


Do you have a routine, if so how did you develop it?
This is my goal for this week! I started using my treadmill the week after he was born (my doctor said I could continue doing whatever fitness activities I was doing at 9 month pregnant) so I really want to build in a set time for that throughout the week so that I can prioritize my healthy habits once I am totally cleared for normal workouts (strength training, etc.) next month. I also want to start utilizing some of his nap times for getting things done and also creating margins to take a nap if I need it. He almost always takes a long (3 hour) afternoon nap so I have a feeling this will be my window of opportunity each day. 


What has your mental and physical recovery looked like?
This will be covered more in the postpartum post but it has honestly gone better than I could have ever anticipated. I feel like I didn’t realize how unlike myself I felt towards the last part of pregnancy until after he was born and then with that new mix of hormones, I realized how much more like myself I felt, if that makes sense. Also, getting out of the house really helps a lot too — I haven’t done a ton, but doing a Costco run, going to an appointment by myself, grabbing a smoothie, and going to my Mom’s Life (MOPS) group has made a huge difference after being cooped up inside most days.

What helped you during labor? (Breathing techniques, massage, walking, oils, epidural or other drugs, etc.)
Breathing techniques, viewing each contraction as one step closer to meeting our baby (and taking each wave of pain one at a time), squeezing Andy’s hand, and having the nurse talk me through the really hard contractions. Also, God bless the anesthesiologists of the world and the invention of the epidural because everything was a piece of cake once that was in my system. ;) Now that I have experienced the raw pains of child birth and realized that 100% natural child birth is not for me (or really a priority of mine), I will be getting an epidural much earlier on with my next labor / delivery.

How long did you push for?
Less than one hour! My doctor said this had a lot to do with my fitness levels which is something I’ll definitely prioritize again for my next pregnancy / delivery.

How did you choose his name?
When we found out we were pregnant, we had a girl name chosen within the first few months but felt stuck when it came to boy names. We started talking about names more often once we found out that we were having a boy and we both really liked the name Fletcher since it was unique but still easy to spell and pronounce (this was important to us since our last name is a tricky one). We went back and forth on whether or not Fletcher should be his first name or his middle name (but then go by his middle name, if that makes sense), but ultimately decided on it being his first name since we loved it so much.

We also submitted the paperwork for his birth certificate at the last minute before leaving the hospital because we decided to change his middle name once he was born. James is a family name on both sides and we liked that it was a strong name that seemed to suit him well. This name was also Andy’s grandpa’s name and we felt that it was fitting since he raised Andy’s dad to be such a great man — this is our special way of honoring his dad that recently passed away.


Overall, how things are going with a new baby? Feeding, sleeping, etc.
We are really lucky because Fletcher is pretty laid back (so far). He goes to sleep fairly easily, takes a nice long nap each afternoon and usually a decent one in the morning as well. He generally sleeps through the night until we wake him up to eat, which is really nice! Breastfeeding was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning but thanks to his pediatrician who is also a lactation consultant, we are making some good progress in this area and he is eating like a champ! I’m both breastfeeding and pumping to build up a freezer supply for once I go back to work but we will wait to introduce bottles (and a pacifier) to avoid nipple confusion / preference.

Let me know if you have any other questions!