A Full House 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.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco. I’m not completely sure what to think about you. On one hand, you are breathtakingly beautiful. From oceans to mountains to old Victorian homes, it al paints a serene picture. On the other hand, you are difficult to maneuver, expensive and your homeless population is widespread.

After visiting a large city, Jordan and I like to compare and contrast them with one another. So, while San Francisco loses points on the public transportation front, it does win in many other areas; especially with its historic landmarks. Those are worth seeing.

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Weekend Links / / Frosé Rosé

Whites Mercantile

Car seat Cover

My week was fairly low-key. I left the house with Phoenix by myself twice! The second time was far more successful. The trickiest part about leaving the house right now is assessing the window before Phoenix needs to eat again. It’s funny how a no-cry coffee run sets the tone for the rest of my day.

In other news, after a rather fussy Sunday, I spent the rest of the week working on keeping Phoenix’s wake time periods short. He consistently naps in the morning but as the day progresses, into the evening, it’s hit or miss. Tuesday evening we had a sad puppy but he ended up sleeping from 8pm – 1am, so we’re making progress.

What are your weekend plans? We haven’t brought Phoenix out much at night (mostly because we are exhausted and the Olympics!), but we have a house party to attend on Saturday. I’m hoping Phoenix will settle in his wrap. Wish us luck!

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The First Two Weeks of Newborn Life

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first two weeks newborn

Many friends told me the first two weeks of a baby’s life involve the biggest transition. As a parent you just have to resolutely march through them. I’m sure this is due to the combination of sleep deprivation, a mother’s own need to recover (and dad having to step in to pick up the extra slack while also working) and learning your baby’s preferences. Now that I’m in week three (so experienced here, HA!) I thought I’d share some thoughts on the first two weeks of newborn life.

Prior to Phoenix’s delivery, I read posts like this in hopes of gleaning tips. All babies personalities are different but there are developmental similarities.

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Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions

I wear makeup everyday, but my overall look is fairly minimal. When I wash my hair, I let it air dry and wear it down or up in a ponytail/topknot. I spend little-to-no time on my hair.

While my morning hair routine is quick, I can’t quite take as many shortcuts with my makeup. For me, if I look tired I feel tired. Even when I receive a full nights rest, my undereye circles are still deep purple. It’s simply my genetics. Mix dark circles with straight blonde eyelashes and you end up with tired looking eyes!

(This collaboration shows my eyes without any mascara.)

Despite my best efforts at trying mascara after mascara, achieving a bright-eyed look is always challenging. Especially with my blonde lashes, darker and thicker lashes instantly pulls me together! If only I could make the process easier. So, in the blurry postpartum days, eyelash extensions sounded ideal for me.

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Weekend Links / / Perfect Snugapuppy

Weekend Links Baby K'tan

Currently I’m sitting on our couch while baby Phoenix naps in his Snugapuppy bouncer. A friend loaned us their bouncer and in the last few days Phoenix has preferred to nap this way. Speaking of sleep (in addition to tracking his feedings) on Wednesday I started tracking naps. I figure by tracking, I’ll start to notice Phoenix’s own natural rhythm. For instance, his first sleep of the night is his longest stretch. The past few days he’s slept from 7pm-11pm. This is our best chance for sleep too!

We have friends in town this weekend. I’m excited to spend time outside of the house and for them to meet Phoenix! The hardest part of these past two weeks has been being (mostly) housebound. This was necessary, as I’m recovering from surgery, but I’m feeling the itch to explore. I’m hoping the humidity will begin to break soon so we can go on daily walks without melting!

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Third Trimester Musings

Third Trimester Pregnancy

Despite the discomfort that comes with growing a human, I really enjoyed being pregnant. Some seasons were easier than others but attempting to live moment to moment helped me move through the more challenging symptoms.

The third trimester of pregnancy begins on week 28 and lasts until your baby arrives! I entered my third trimester while on our California road trip. There was a distinctive shift (while walking around San Francisco) in my energy and endurance level as I transitioned into my third trimester. Our Baby was getting bigger and my body required more effort to move throughout the day.

“Your little one will get a whole lot larger in the third trimester, growing from about 2 1/2 pounds and 16 inches long in week 28 of pregnancy to between 6 and 9 pounds and 19 to 22 inches long in week 40.” — What to Expect

I didn’t have too many new symptoms arise in the third trimester, but let’s dive into my final trimester.

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Current Summer Obsessions

L'Oréal True Match foundation

Our needs change month-to-month and even more so as the seasons change. Each season brings with it its own unique personality and I find I become obsessed with specific products, clothing items and forms of entertainment as the weather shifts.

These are my summer obsessions for 2016!

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Weekend Links / / Music Video Car Trips

Fleurie Music Video Sparks

^ Jordan directing Fleurie’s music video, Sparks.

This weekend is shaping up to be a great one. My parents arrived last night AND the Olympics begin tonight! As of Saturday, we will have survived parenting a newborn at home for one week! In between feedings, diaper changes and doctors appointments Jordan and I tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Doing the small things that make you feel good are really important!

I also tried to steal time away to write Phoenix’s birth story and reflection on my c-section recovery. Those will be shared at a later date. If you have any questions regarding c-section recovery I’d love to be able to answer those in my post.

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Currently / / August

Currently August Phoenix David

As of today Phoenix is one week old! Jordan and I didn’t know the exact date our baby boy would arrive, we did know we’d have a baby by August. And well, we’ve arrived to August with a healthy baby. Life is good.

Currently, here is what August looks like.

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Weekend Links / / Lavender Baby Snuggles

Phoenix David

This round of Weekend Links is arriving just as the weekend is coming to a close. Jordan and I came home, from the hospital, with Phoenix yesterday around lunch time. I don’t want to jinx anything but our first night alone went well! I’ve always been able to easily fall back asleep so while my sleep was interrupted, I did sleep. Hopefully, that’ll continue. 😉

I’m excited to fill you in on details of Phoenix’s birth and first week but until then….

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