It has been a while since writing a recap blog. The last time I left off, I was pregnant, and now I’m sitting here with a baby sound asleep on my chest. I used to be able to write these blogs in a few hours, but today, it’s taken me almost the entire day. Bugs (the nickname we have somehow started calling him, along with “bug bug” and “buggy”) wakes up every hour or two needing a feeding, a diaper change, entertainment, and then a lot of soothing to get him back down to sleep. I’m absolutely in love with him, and every moment is worth it. It’s true when people say, “they grow up so fast.” He looks like a new person every day.
Because it’s been a while, I didn’t know where to jump in. I figured I’d give a little recap of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks (in no particular order), and next week I’ll be able to keep everything more organized since I’ll be somewhat caught up. I still have a lot of blogs to catch up on, including the nursery blog that will go live this week!
I keep adding to the list of blog posts I need to write. I’m working on a post about how I managed to get our family on a consistent schedule. Since we brought Bugs home, I’ve worked on getting him to have the same time feedings, bathtime, naps, tummy time, walks, and more. Sticking to the routine has made everything much easier around here. I’ve had so many questions on Instagram asking about how I can get up early in the morning for walks, and it’s honestly the schedule! He sleeps at the same time each night, from 8 pm to 1 am and 2 am to 5:30 am. Once we finish his morning routine, we head out the door with Leo for our walk. The first few weeks were much more challenging since I was waking up with him every one to two hours, but now it’s smooth sailing, which I know will change as he gets older and sleep regression kicks in. I’ll make a blog soon about our schedule and the apps I’ve been using to help.
We did our first restaurant outing this weekend, and it was a success. It took us a few attempts to leave the house, but we made it out with a sleeping baby. We tried out the new Ilios Crafted Greek restaurant down the road from us, and it was delicious. The owners were so nice and friendly. I had the Ilios salad with chicken, and it was phenomenal. We also split the baklava, one of my favorite desserts, which was incredible. I’m going to pick up ingredients tomorrow to make homemade baklava.
Kyle’s mom visited us a few weeks ago, and it was so fun to have her here with her new grandson! We took a short trip to the local farmers market to grab coffee at Humble cup and walk around since it was gorgeous outside.
I was running out of shows to watch in the middle of the night when I was up with Bugs, so I decided to start watching The Real Housewives of Dallas. I wanted to have it on for background noise, but I got completely hooked. I’ve been watching it all week and cannot get enough. This was the first Real Housewives series I’ve watched, and now I feel like I will have to start another! You’ll have to let me know which RH to watch next.
My mom made homemade banana bread and brought it over for breakfast, which was delicious! I love her joining us on our walks; seeing her with her grandson is so special. She’s so in love with him! Once he gets a little older and the weather cools down, we’ll take him to all the fun spots! Is it crazy that I’ve already been thinking about his Halloween costume? The first Halloween is a big deal, and he’ll be six months.
It has blown my mind how amazing the dogs are with their new brother. Not going to lie; I was a little nervous about Leo. He’s high energy and super clingy to me. However, I should have known better because he changed a lot during my pregnancy. He no longer jumped up on me and was super gentle. Now, he likes to hang out with us, but he keeps his distance and is delicate. If Bugs starts to cry, Leo will try to alert me, or he’ll lay near his Snoo to protect him. Tux does a little bit of that as well. He loves coming up and sniffing him, and he’ll start to cry if Bugs begins to cry. He’s so interested in him and has even made his way into our loft area, which was a first. Kyle still walks Tux every morning to keep him on his routine, and Leo comes with me and the stroller. It’s been a very smooth transition.
We had our very first pool day at my parent’s house! He loves baths and will fall asleep in them but was not so fond of the pool. He didn’t like the cold water, so I held him while hanging out under the umbrella, and he eventually got used to the water on his legs. I purchased baby swim shoes next time to see if they would help him ease into the cold water. It will be so fun once he gets older and loves going to the pool. I feel I’ll have to take him daily, which I’m OK with.
Baby Sunglasses // Sun Hat // Baby Swimsuit // Pool Float // Swim Diapers // Swim Shoes
Since returning from the hospital, I’ve only been craving my pre-pregnancy diet. I want all the salads, grilled salmon, chicken, roasted vegetables, smoothies, and fruit! When I was pregnant, none of that sounded good, and if you even mentioned those foods in my first trimester, it triggered my sickness. I’m happy to be back on the healthy eating routine again because it makes me feel much better. There’s no way I’d have the energy to take care of a newborn if I ate the way I did while pregnant. I still have about 25-30 pounds to lose (I gained 50 lbs while pregnant!), but I’m giving my body time to heal and letting the weight hopefully come off with a healthy amount of exercise and a good diet this year. There’s no rush to get back to my pre-pregnancy size, but I’m doing a little something each day to get me there slowly. Right now, I only care about taking care of my sweet baby boy! I love my one-on-one time with the pups in the morning!
Leo has loved the 6 am walks. We can’t do it anytime after that because it gets too hot! We got lucky last week because it hovered around 64-degrees in the mornings. We usually do about two miles before the sun comes up. Sometimes I’ll drop them off at home and finish a solo mile. Kyle and I decided to take little Bug Bug to the pool on Sunday morning. It was so nice out, and we had the entire pool to ourselves. I mean, who goes to the pool at 7 am on a Sunday? He was cute in his little swim outfit, but he still hated cold water. I don’t blame him because I didn’t want to get in the chilly water there, either.
He enjoyed taking a nap in the pool chair with me instead. I finally had salmon for the first time in nine months. That was the one food I could not reintroduce into my pregnancy diet after the first trimester. It just made me so sick thinking about it. Now, I love it again! I always cook it in the air fryer, make the roasted vegetables in the oven, and toss a salad together for a side.
Anytime my mom stops over for a walk, I always make us lunch or breakfast, and we sit around playing with Bugs. Surprisingly, he loves tummy time, which most babies do not. He has great head control and can already keep his head up. The pediatrician was amazed at his control. I try to do tummy time with him twice a day, and he prefers to be on his stomach when he’s sleeping on me.
I’ve been making turkey or chicken sandwiches a lot lately. I use the Daves Killer Bread with protein, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, mustard, and avocados.
I’m back and loving my protein oats! I make these with 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of water, one scoop of protein powder, one cup of blueberries, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. The directions for this are on my Tiktok. It’s so filling and delicious. Sometimes, I make this for dinner.
Some of the ladies on my street got together for dinner on Friday night, and I decided to join them. I figured getting out of the house for a bit was a good idea. Even though I had a blast, I missed my little Bug the entire time.
We had dinner at Tony’s Cantina Mexican Grill in Rock Hill, which was amazing!
I try to spend some time with Leo and Tux since Kyle has taken over their responsibility this past month. Leo loved his pool time, so I set up the chairs and watched him fetch balls in and out of the pool for a few hours. He could do this all day, and it’s an excellent exercise for him. Tux is afraid of the pool, but he constantly surprises us, so maybe one day he’ll join Leo. He used to confine himself to his bed in the living room, but now he’s running and lying all over the house. I love to see it!
One of my favorite smoothies lately has a frozen banana, almond milk, ice, unsweetened cocoa powder, and peanut butter! I love having it after my walks.
We have been going to the grocery store once a week and cooking at home a lot! We make dinner around 4:45 pm and start the bedtime routine around 6 pm. Little Bug is usually asleep by 8 pm, and then I go to bed as soon as he does to ensure I’m also getting sleep. I thought the schedule would be tough to follow, but now I look forward to the organized routine. The first few weeks when everything was chaotic were tough since I was recovering while getting little sleep. During the first month, Kyle made all the meals, but now that we have an established schedule, I can cook my favorites again. I missed cooking!
Bathtime is his FAVORITE. I bathe him every other day, and he goes into a trance. He is obsessed. I had a postpartum cart (I’ll blog about that later!) that I turned into a bathtime cart. It has all his bath cloths, toys, hair brushes, water thermometer, cleansing products, and towels. It’s nice to have because as soon as I do his laundry, I fold them and put them on the cart. These bibs I bought on Amazon have also been incredible for bottle feeding. They save me from doing multiple loads of laundry and are easy to snap on. I also use face wipes to keep his face clean and rash-free.
Bathtub // Turtle Bath Cushion // Bandana Bibs // Turtle Thermometer// Cart // Hair Brush // Bath Toys // Bath Towels
He LOVES this outdoor lounger. I bought it to hang out with him while watering the flowers. When it’s nice and cool in the mornings, I sit outside with him while drinking my coffee. Leo loves to watch over to make sure he stays safe! The material on this lounger remains nice and cool. I bought a mosquito stroller net to place on top, just in case it’s a buggy day.
Every morning, Kyle brings my coffee upstairs with a muffin while I’m feeding Bugs. I wake up around 5 am, so I’m always super hungry and need coffee before heading out on my walk. These blender muffins have been so amazing! I make a weekly batch each Sunday and use my chocolate chip blender bar recipe. I add them to a greased, non-stick muffin pan.
I had the clear from the doctor to move forward with light exercise, so I finally started my 3-mile walks again! Of course, it’s during the hottest time of the year. I made sure to keep up with walking while pregnant, but it will take a long time to get back to my original pace and mileage. My joints and muscles feel like they haven’t been used in years, and I’m so stiff after walking. I plan to start hot yoga here soon to help with my flexibility and strength.
I’m excited to get back into blogging, even if it takes a while to write these! ♥️ I plan to work on editing the nursery photos today and will have that blog up this week. xo xo
Questions for you!
- What are you most looking forward to this week?
- Are there any types of blogs you’d like to see from me?
- I’m looking for some new dinner ideas. What have you been cooking up lately?