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My mother once told me you will latch on to a particular age and mentally cling to it. For her, the age was 37. As the baby in my family, I’ve been the one to age up. I haven’t had to witness younger siblings go through milestones I felt like I just went through. Jordan is the oldest, so I am experiencing this with his siblings.

But, back to aging.

I thought turning 30 would be more traumatic for me. 30 sounds finite, no? Now that I am 30, I feel great! Despite the loss of my ab muscles, I’m in better shape since having Phoenix. My age only emerges when I discuss cultural references with my co-workers.

“Who’s Dashboard Confessional?”

“Mulan is a classic Disney movie.”

My main area of focus right now is skin care.

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Weekend Links / / Day Dates

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Most days it feels as though Jordan and I are constantly juggling childcare. No joke, this week, we had four different sitters for four different days. Usually, our sitters are not for nights out together, BUT this week was a different story. Monday evening we went to see one of our favorite (maybe my favorite?) bands live, Phoenix! We last saw them in 2013.

While listening to their albums, you don’t immediately think they’d put on a high energy show, but they are amazing live. Funnily enough, we didn’t think of the name Phoenix (for our son) until we met another Phoenix in person.

Our time alone continued into Tuesday. Tuesday morning I scheduled a sitter so Jordan and I could have a work date! Shoutout to Kelsey who constantly sings the praises of day-dates. We had four hours and knocked a lot out, including invoicing for Jordan’s business and several photo sessions I needed. I hope to make these day-dates a regular occurrence.

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My First Mother’s Day

First Mother's Day

I never want Phoenix to feel like he “completes me.” My conversations with God (when we were trying to get pregnant) often were me confessing   my feeling that I wasn’t sure a childless life would be enough for me. A spouse or child will never fulfill anyone, but coming to that realization isn’t easy.

All of this plays into my first Mother’s Day.

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Weekend Links / / A First Mother’s Day

^ One more photo from Monday’s post.

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Life is full and busy and constantly evolving, but I’m enjoying my days as a family of three. A friend and her band was passing through Nashville on Tuesday. Instead of catching their show, I baby-sat her baby girl. I thought how this would have been impossible a few months ago. Okay, maybe not impossible, but Phoenix’s unpredictability and neediness made last-minute plans challenging.

I’m telling this story as an encouragement to any parents (or future parents) who have wonderful, but not laid-back babies. It gets easier!

In other news, we have officially become a zoo membership family. There aren’t a ton of places to take children in Nashville or at least places where you feel comfortable letting them run around without potentially migrating into the street. It’s a short 20 minute drive, so it’s perfect for a morning walk or playdate!

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Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee

Rainy Days Exploring Franklin Tennessee

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In my recent reader survey, more travel posts were mentioned as something you wanted. Specifically, travel related to Nashville! Jordan and I enjoy discovering new areas of town, but we also gravitate towards the familiar especially when we don’t have a lot of time.

If you come to visit (within my long list) I’ll suggest eating at one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Up, and spending a morning in downtown Franklin, TN.   Continue reading “Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee”

Weekend Links / / A Natural Guide to Being an Adult

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Weekend Links / / A Natural Guide to Being an Adult

^ Slightly out of focus, but I’m in love with his grin.

Jordan’s parents are here for a quick visit. They leave early Saturday morning, so we’re spending the day in Franklin, TN. Franklin is about 30 miles south of Nashville and is full of cute little restaurants and shops. Think southern Stars Hallow. Jordan and I both have been to Franklin separately many times, but we haven’t gone all as a family.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking a lot about being an adult. Okay, go with me for a minute. You know how when you are a kid you can’t wait to be an adult — to do what you want and when you want. Somewhere a long the line I forgot I am in control — not social media or social expectations. I don’t need to delete insert social media forum off my phone, I need to put the phone down and pick up a book. I want to read, but I’ve lied to myself that I don’t have the time.

Social media is one example. My house is more clean and I am crossing things off my to-do list. So, don’t forget the agency you have in your life.

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Currently / / May

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Baking | A granola recipe I shared years ago. To keep the recipe even more simple, I omit the dried fruit and use only oats and pecans (or whatever nuts I have on hand). One day I added honey and realized a honey/maple syrup combination creates a better chewy consistency.

Our go-to breakfast of late is yogurt or an acai bowl with granola and berries. Sometimes I add chia seeds on top for added crunch.

Listening (to) | Sylvan Esso and Feist’s new albums. I listen to so many podcasts I often forget to keep up with new music!

Loving | Family Sundays. It took months for Phoenix to get on a schedule, so I don’t jeopardize nap times often. Lately, we found skipping Phoenix’s second nap (once a week) to go to friend’s house or party doesn’t create meltdowns or bad habits for the week. Getting out of the house, all together, as a family helps to break up the monotony of the week.

Planting | We moved into a new build and landscaping was already put in, thankfully, because we don’t have the time for major gardening. I would like to pot a few herbs and place them on our front porch.

Remembering | May of last year when I looked like this!

China Town San Francisco

Jordan and I had arrived from our California trip with rejuvenated energy to prepare for Phoenix’s arrival in July. Time moves by slow and quick all at the same time. 😉

Linking with Anne and Nancy.

Weekend Links / / Productive Days

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^ We had a visitor (from my niece’s kindergarten class) with us this weekend.

Last weekend was really relaxing. Sunday was one of those rare days where Jordan and I both didn’t have to work. It was refreshing for us all! Due to work and coordinating childcare, we don’t often have full days off together. We shopped for items we needed for the house, enjoyed an impromptu playdate with friends, and capped the night with Chipotle and a movie. Marriage goals, guys.

I followed up our amazing Sunday with quite possibly the most productive parenting day on Monday. I went to the grocery store and meal prepped (two meals + snacks), wrote a blog post, ran a load of laundry and kept the house clean all before Phoenix went to bed at 6 pm. This was needed as the rest of the week was a whirlwind, which is why this post is late! I usually only work three days a week, but this week I worked an extra day.

We have a party to attend this afternoon, so I’m off to pick up a cheese plate!

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Phoenix at Nine Months

Phoenix at Nine Months an Update

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Nine months. How are we here already? Phoenix’s month eight update left off right before our five-hour road trip to St. Louis. This was Phoenix’s third road trip, but my first solo drive. How was it you ask? Well, Phoenix cried for most of the drive but we managed. Nap training has been a saving grace for us, but this always means Phoenix doesn’t nap on the go anymore.

Phoenix had his well-visit today so I have updated stats. He is 28 inches tall (40th percentile) and weighs 15.15 lbs (4th percentile). We love our petite little guy.

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Two Pieces of Advice on Coping with Infertility


As many of you know, it took Jordan and I nearly three years to get pregnant with Phoenix. Eventually — after tests upon tests — we discovered I wasn’t ovulating. Or at least I wasn’t ovulating regularly enough to get pregnant on my own.

It’s been awhile since I last wrote about infertility. Recently, I have received a lot of questions on how to manage the emotional ups and downs of infertility. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, I want to share two things that, if I had understood, would have helped me.

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