I can’t believe I’m getting this recap posted on a Monday! Things are getting much easier now that we’re exiting the 4th trimester and finally have this parenting thing down (KINDA.) I’m waiting for that regression everyone talks about but secretly hoping my child is one of the rare ones that doesn’t go through it. Hopeful thinking, right? Life has been super laid back lately, and I wish I had some exciting things to share with you, but just the go-to meals, gardening, and walks around the neighborhood. Because Bugs is so little, it’s hard to take him out for long periods, it’s 99+ degrees here, and when we have spare time, we like to catch up on laundry, house projects, and cleaning. When the weather cools down, we’ll be doing a lot more! I was excited to finish a gardening project I’ve longed to do for the past year. I will do a separate blog post and share all the photos, but I beautified the trees in our backyard last week. I was tired of the mulch getting everywhere since the dogs run around the trees, so I decided to build garden beds at the base, and I’m obsessed with how they turned out! It feels good to be doing yard work again. I love going out to deadhead the flowers with my coffee in the morning.
We still have plans to do a vegetable garden on the side of our house, but with the baby and my pregnancy, it’s on a bit of a hold. I’m hoping to start the building project next month.
The past few weeks have been filled with quick meals like wraps, salads, pancakes, eggs, salmon, roasted vegetables with chicken sausage, parfaits, smoothies, and protein oatmeal. We’ve also ordered from Ilios several times because they have the best chicken and rice plates.
One of our favorite meals from the week was roasted salmon with homemade pesto, jalapeno cream cheese, and dill on top! I think it would have been better in the air fryer, but it was still delicious! I will try to perfect this recipe and then share it. We did a spicy Thai salad kit on the side.
We wanted to get out of the house a few Saturdays ago, so we packed everything up and headed to the mall. When it’s 99 degrees outside, you get creative with activities. This was the first time putting on a dress and doing my hair since Easter!
I ordered an oat milk cappuccino from the Nordstrom cafe when we got there. I didn’t end up buying anything at the mall because I still need to lose my baby weight before spending money on clothes! I’m down 30lbs of the 50 and plan to work on the last 20 slowly and graciously. I’m not beating myself up, and I’m giving my body a year to get back to where it was (if it even will.) I don’t want to stress about dieting and working out during this time as a new parent. I want my focus to be on Bugs. Some things I’ve been doing that help are eating healthy but also treating myself, not counting any calories, walking in the mornings, and doing a postpartum workout video in the garage if I’m up for it at the end of the night. I think what helps is just being active during the day with housework, gardening, playing with Bugs, and stretching as much as I can. Gosh, I wish I had stretched more during my pregnancy! I feel so stiff after giving birth, and everything tightens up if I sit too long. Has anyone else had that happen to them?
And the best part of the day is just hanging out on the couch while Bugs sleeps. I know I should be practicing crib sleep when he naps, but I’m soaking in these cuddles while he’s young. Sometimes, I’ll slip on my AirPods and listen to a podcast while he sleeps.
We celebrated Tux’s one year with us! We cut him up his favorite meats and told him how much we loved him and how far he’s come! It’s crazy how much he’s changed since bringing him home; we love him so much! We try to go 1-2 miles every morning. We have to walk between the hours of 6 am, and 8 am because anytime after that, it gets so hot and humid. Leo does so well with the stroller, and I think the training we put him through a few years ago helped keep him in a heel and on my left side. Once it cools down, we’ll be doing our 3-mile walks every morning and maybe in the evenings. I had this salad on REPEAT last week! It’s amazing, and I blogged the recipe so you could try it. I love doing kale salads for meal prep.
And I still managed to fit four new crepe myrtle trees in the front seat.
I planted all perennials that way they’ll come back bigger and better next year. I used a multigrain wrap and stuffed it with the kale salad mixture, and it was amazing!
It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. I am obsessed with finishing our feeding sessions with a book. Bugs love to laugh at the pictures, especially the black and white ones. It’s also comforting for him to hear my voice, even if he has no idea what I’m saying. I try to do this at night and in the morning.
On Saturday, we did some more home projects and cleaning around the house. We painted the island back to white (it was black!), hung up frames in the upstairs hallway, and reorganized my office and pantry. Now, I need to get prints in the frames before they turn into permanent stock photo frames.
For dinner, I grilled jalapeno turkey burgers! I am going to post this recipe this week. They were amazing!
I’m finally back into my reading routine. Now that Bugs is sleeping 9-10 hours a night, I sneak in an hour to read after putting him to sleep. I also decided to get off my phone by 7 pm and switch to reading a few chapters instead of flipping through TikTok. I just started Meant to Be, and it’s super good so far.
It’s looking fuller each day! I know I’m obsessed, but I can’t help it. I think one day when I’m done with the blogging world, I will plant flowers for a living.
Bugs decided he hates sleeping in his crib, and I have to keep going upstairs every twenty minutes to soothe him during his naps, so I decided to start keeping him downstairs by me in the same sleep sack so he can get used to it. He’s used to sleeping in his Snoo, but this helps with the crib transition! Fortunately, he’s sleeping 2+ hours for his naps now. He’s slowly learning to self-soothe.
I know the blogs are not that entertaining as of late, but thanks for stopping by to read anyway! ♥️ xo Hope you have a great week!
Questions for you!
- How was your weekend?
- Have you read anything good lately?
- Are you guilty of leaving stock photos in frames?