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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Reading Challenge | Book Five

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A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

“You’re ready to marry someone, I figure, if you’re willing to go into debt with him.”

It’s time to discuss the fifth book in my reading challenge! I chose Molly Wizenberg’s first memoir, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table for the book I’ve been meaning to read. Initially, I was reading from a loaned copy but within the first 15 pages I realized I wanted to own it. My flight to California for our road trip, was a few days away, so I quickly purchased a used copy on Amazon and shipped it to where Jordan was staying!

Molly is a two-time author, food blogger at Orangette, (circa 2004!), and podcaster. During the summer of 2014, I read Delancey, Molly’s second book. Delancey follows the opening of Molly and her husband’s pizza parlor in Seattle. But let’s not digress, we’re here to chat about A Homemade Life.

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Weekend Links / / Skipped a Weekend

Perfect Weekend

I unintentionally skipped posting a Weekend Links last Friday. My week was rather taxing and is just now on the up-swing. Phoenix was fussy and irritable (I blame the six-week growth spurt/developmental leap) and to top it all off I had a three-day sinus headache. Of course not everyday was difficult. We had a great weekend visiting with friends — both in town and out-of-town guests!

My six-week follow-up postpartum appointment was last week and my doctor gave me the all-clear to lift more than 10 pounds. And to work out. HAHA. Who has time for working out? I carry a baby around all day that must count for something. 😉

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Phoenix David | A Birth Story 

Birth Story Phoenix David

While pregnant, I wasn’t sure I would share the birth story of Phoenix. I wanted to allow myself privacy if necessary as the postpartum emotional state isn’t predictable. Phoenix’s birth involved a couple twists and turns but overall I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

This story is a little long, so let’s get comfortable!

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This is 30

Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday. I am 30 years old. It feels odd typing that sentence out. I thought I would have something profound to say about entering a new decade. But honestly, Phoenix turning six weeks today is far more interesting!

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Currently / / September

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Currently September

September is birthday month in the Short household! September should bring cooler temperatures, the beginnings of Holiday season preparations and new beginnings. I’m not in school anymore, but I still think about the year according to the school calendar. Anyone else?

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Weekend Links / / Labor Day

Labor Day

Jordan and I had quite the week. I look forward to filling you in on the Short happenings in the coming weeks! In other news, my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary is on Sunday. F O U R T Y Y E A R S! And they still like each other. That is an accomplishment! I still remember creating their 25th wedding anniversary gift.

What are your plans for this long Labor Day weekend? It’s supposed to only be in the 80s, so I’d like to spend time outdoors, clean our apartment and maybe get my nails done. #newmomgoals

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The Mill in San Francisco

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.


After our time admiring the Painted Ladies, Jordan and I needed a coffee (i.e. bathroom) break. After performing a quick Google search, I found plenty of coffee shops the next block over. We settled on the Mill in San Francisco which is part bakery, part coffee shop and completely adorable.

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On Being One Month Old

newborn one month

Last Saturday, my baby turned one month old. I stare at Phoenix daily and recognize how much he’s grown while reminding myself he’s still my little baby. He’ll always be my baby. On the eve of him turning one month, I thought about the baggage an entire month used to carry. When trying to conceive, for nearly three years, hope and pain continued to cycle through each month.

Now months are filled with milestones, both big and small!

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Weekend Links / / Gables and Plantations

Belle Meade Plantation

My oldest brother and his family were in town visiting Phoenix this week. It was special to see my nieces fawn all over Phoenix. They are eight and six and loved holding him and pushing his stroller. It’s great having out-of-town visitors because it gives Jordan and I an excuse to explore more of our city. We ate at many of our favorites: Fenwick’s 300, Burger UpMartin’s and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for dessert. One morning we toured Belle Meade Plantation, which Jordan and I had wanted to visit for some time. I plan on sharing photos from our tour in a separate post as the grounds are beautiful!

Phoenix held up fairly well throughout our excursions. It’s still in the 90s and humid, so maintaining a comfortable temperature was the challenge! I’m realizing that staying in with a baby is easier but I gain more confidence the more I go out. Everyday I’ve become stronger, which makes running errands alone attainable.

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