Weekend Links / / Eleven Years

Weekend Links // Eleven Years

Honestly, I don’t know where the past week went. Phoenix turned 12 weeks on Wednesday (what?!) and it’s almost November. Life feels really full right now.¬†In many ways it’s all exciting things, but mothering a newborn makes everything a little more urgent. The decisions we make aren’t just for ourselves anymore!

Phoenix has been so vocal this week. I love hearing his little voice and wondering what he is trying to say. When he gets going Jordan and I can’t help but stop what we’re doing and respond to him.

I forgot to mention last Friday, because well I forgot, that it was Jordan and I’s eleven year dating anniversary! We’ve known each other for fifteen but became official on October 14th, 2005. I remember our first date so vividly — even down to what I was wearing! And now here we are, eleven years later, married with a baby. ūüėČ

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Taking San Francisco by Bus

Jordan¬†and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning¬†click here.

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We¬†still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

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Weekend Links / / Sleepy Date Nights

Nashville Fall Date Nights

Last Sunday, Jordan and I went on our first official date night. I say real because when we went to the Kanye West concert I had already put Phoenix to sleep. This time someone else put him to sleep! Successfully! We attended the Gilmore Guys live podcast recording, which was a blast. I look forward to future date nights but honestly it’s hard to muster up the energy to¬†stay awake long enough to watch a movie at home.

In other news, sleep or lack there of is on the brain. Phoenix is not a naturally sleepy baby. He has never slept through a daytime feeding and his naps are sporadic. Bedtime has always been smooth, though he is still up 3-4 times a night to eat. I believe part of this is because he is still small and needs the calories. He was only 10 lbs 12 oz at his two month appointment. He’s long and lean just like his dad!

My maternity leave is quickly coming to a close and I want to set Phoenix up for success. He is still too young for any serious sleep training, but this week I began experimenting with the pick-up-put-down method for daytime naps and he seems to respond well. And by well, I don’t mean he slept for two hours. I mean he slept even for a short time. I’m always curious how other’s deal with newborn sleep. Did your babies adhere to a schedule from the start?

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Dressing with Happiness

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Happiness Boutique Jewelry

I gained a total of 35 pounds during my pregnancy with Phoenix. Plus or minus five pounds, I have remained the same weight my entire adult life. So, it was interesting to watch the scale tip higher and higher with each passing month. I continued to wear maternity clothes for the first few weeks after delivery. Loose dresses allowed Phoenix easy nursing access and were gentle over my c-section scar.

There comes a day though when you don’t want to wear maternity clothes anymore! You want to start feeling more yourself.

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Weekend Links / / Luke’s Diner

Luke's Diner

I’m sitting on my bed with a swaddled baby next to me who is more interested in playing with my elbow than sleeping. Oh, illusive daytime sleep maybe one day you’ll actually happen.

To no surprise to any parents reading this, I am so tired! This was a long week. Phoenix is not a quiet baby. When he is uncomfortable he lets you know by crying a lot. Something set him off, which led to several days of a sad baby. He went to bed normally, so there wasn’t much to do besides ride it out.

In honor of the 16th anniversary of Gilmore Girls, on Wednesday, coffee shops around the country refashioned themselves into Luke’s Diner. The Nashville location was nearby, but the¬†line was extremely long (and I wasn’t going to wait two hours with a baby). I found out too late I could have avoided the line by going inside to pay for my coffee. Oh well!

It’s hard to believe Gilmore Girls premiered 16 years ago. I still remember watching the pilot in the privacy of my room. I didn’t think my parents would approve, but my mom walked in and¬†became hooked!

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Currently / / October

currently october

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Anne of Green Gables

Cheers-ing |¬†A few things: Fall and Phoenix’s first holiday season, the safe arrival of friend’s babies and¬†a development I’ll share very soon!

Organizing | My closet! I packed away my maternity clothes and weeded out the pieces that no longer fit or aren’t practical for my life anymore. Breastfeeding changes what I wear on a day-to-day basis.

Dreaming | What¬†Phoenix will be for Halloween. I’m not sure if I’ll buy a costume or piece meal one together. Originally, Jordan was flying out for work that evening but the dates moved! I’m excited to trick-or-treat with our friends again. I didn’t know it, but last year I was pregnant!

Buying |¬†New Jeans. My bones shifted during pregnancy¬†and even though I’ve lost most of the baby weight,¬†my hips are wider. During Levi’s sale, I ordered several and found the perfect pair of¬†jeans. The high rise offers the perfect coverage for breastfeeding!

Listening |¬†Podcasts, always and the new Bon Iver album. It’s delicious and perfect for a cozy fall evening.

Don’t forget to¬†join in with Anne’s currently challenge next month. I’m the co-host!

Linking with Anne and Jacqui.

Skin First with Glossier


My skin went through several rough patches in my twenties. I had your typical teenage acne but made it through pretty unscathed. Adult acne is a whole other beast! I tried everything: diet changes, oral and topical prescription strength medication, supplements and of course many skincare lines.

Some of the above worked for a limited amount of time but usually only on certain parts of my face. Eliminating dairy and gluten significantly helped with the acne on my forehead, but did nothing for my hormonal cystic acne.

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Weekend Links / / The Arrival of Fall

fall wedding

^ A grainy photo I love from last weekend.

Fall has arrived in Nashville and it’s glorious! After Phoenix’s first nap of the day, we always grab coffee. Usually on our way back he starts to fall asleep in the car. This week, instead of rushing home, I’ve taken a walk while he naps. I think Phoenix enjoys the chance to be outside as much I do.

I mentioned it briefly but Jordan and I went out without Phoenix for the first time on Saturday!¬†It was a strange feeling, being away from one another. Phoenix slept almost the entire time we were gone (about 4 hours!). He didn’t mind at all. ūüėČ

This weekend is the first in awhile that we don’t have any formal plans. I’m hoping to work on a few projects while Jordan hangs out with Phoenix. What are your plans?

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On Motherhood and Comparison


I’ve been thinking a lot about mothering in the age of social media. There are benefits to having a vast pool of practical advice and opinion available at the quick stroke¬†of the keyboard.

Even though there are helpful elements, I often¬†feel that too much information can be debilitating, especially when it leads to comparison. When my mother was raising my brothers and I in the 80s and 90s she didn’t have sleep-training websites¬†or smart phone apps. She relied on instinct and her pediatrician. She also didn’t worry about creating a¬†Pinterest worthy home.

While researching feeding and sleep schedules, I started to feel pressure. Pressure to magically have Phoenix assimilate into our lives without a fuss. And of course the pressure for him to sleep through the night. What happens when our babies don’t adhere to a certain philosophy? Have we failed? What happens when we don’t meet¬†societal expectations?

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Weekend Links / / The Dissolve

While some of you are mourning Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce, I’m mourning The Great British Bake Off’s¬†dissolve. Obviously, I’ll watch the¬†incumbent seasons but it won’t be the same without Mary Berry!

How was everyone’s week? Phoenix turned eight-weeks old on Wednesday, which completely baffles me. These last two weeks have been hard. Phoenix is engaged as ever, while also fussing¬†a lot. I know this is developmentally normal for his age, but it’s not easy seeing your baby upset.

Jordan and I have a fun weekend ahead. Tonight, the three of us are attending a¬†friend’s wedding, but tomorrow we’re leaving Phoenix behind for the Kanye West concert! I’m rather nervous to leave him, but I know he (okay, mostly me) will do just fine.

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