Phoenix at Twelve Months

Phoenix at Twelve Months

And just like that, Phoenix is one! Phoenix started walking the day after he turned eleven months. For the first week or two he took one-to-three steps at a time before deciding he’d rather crawl, but everyday he gains more balance and control.

His crawl is hilarious. He crawls on his feet, so I’m actually sad to see him crawl less. If you watch my Instastories you’ve most likely seen it in action. Around the time he started walking, he walked into a new leap according to the Wonder Weeks app. That app has been a saving grace over this past year. The change in this current leap has been particularly noticeable. He flipped the separation anxiety switch overnight and has been extra fussy!

Handoffs with baby-sitters are sad, but thankfully when Jordan and I aren’t around he finds someone else to cling too. Out of sight, out of mind.

Phoenix at Twelve Months

Phoenix takes two naps a day (usually three hours total). He was beginning to sleep through the night (12-13 hrs), but last week he started waking up once again. I hope he goes back to sleeping through the night because it was such a game changer. Two-three nights a week I get home from work at 10:45/11, so the nights he doesn’t get up I actually feel rested.

Phoenix is still breastfeeding. My desire is to continue breastfeeding Phoenix throughout the next year. I’m not ready to end the relationship and I don’t believe Phoenix is either. We did have a couple rough days earlier this month. I thought maybe Phoenix was weaning. He started biting again, but I think it was related to this developmental leap or possibly teething. For reference he nurses five-seven times a day and when I am at work, he doesn’t drink much from his bottles.

Phoenix is constantly babbling. We now know when he says “nananana” he’s referring to bananas, but also food in general. This boy loves his bananas! Fits and tantrums are also beginning. For now I find it funny, but I know that’ll change. 😉

And now for a few more cute photos of my kid!

Phoenix at Twelve Months

Phoenix at Twelve Months

^ the tipsy baby walk is my favorite.

Phoenix at Twelve Months

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Weekend Links / / No Gelato, Birthday Baby

Weekend Links / / No Gelato, Baby

Hey, friends. How was your week? Sunday night my best friend, Lauren, and I saw Tig Notaro live. Tig is one of my favorite comedians (maybe my favorite?). If you are unfamiliar with Tig’s varies comedy specials begin with this clip on Conan. It’s the reason Jordan and I are fans. One note on comedy shows, it’s weird how early they get out! Her set was done in an hour. I kept thinking, wait, no encore?

Phoenix turned one yesterday! I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into cohesive words except that he’s the best (and most exhausting) part of my life. His birthday was quite relaxing. Phoenix and I met up with Jordan at Wilder Études. We wanted to take Phoenix to the nearby Legato Gelato once Jordan’s meetings were over. Phoenix didn’t quite know what to think of the gelato, but that simply means more for me! P.S. their vegan chocolate gelato is decadent and creamy.

It’s so hot in Nashville right now. It’s the kind of oppressive heat where even if you have access to a pool you don’t want to be outside in it. I suppose every summer (around Phoenix’s birthday) I’ll be reminded of how swollen my feet were while pregnant! 😉

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Chicago Explorer Style

Chicago Explorer Style | PinkBlush Maternity

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Right before leaving for our week in ChicagoI was eagerly awaiting several packages. One of those packages included this beautiful blue choker neck cutout dress from PinkBlush Maternity.  

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Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part ONE

Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part ONE

Jordan and I decided to visit our families in Chicago around Phoenix’s first birthday months ago. Chicago comes alive in the summer, which is why it’s our favorite time of the year to visit! I thought it’d be nice for Jordan and I to get away for a night, but I didn’t know if it’d actually work out. Thankfully, Phoenix started sleeping through the night a few weeks before, so I felt pretty confident we could make it happen!

Keep reading to see how we spent our twenty-four hours in Chicago!

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Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away and Almost One

Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away

We’re back from Chicago in one piece! Jordan and I walked into our house Wednesday afternoon and declared, “Maybe we should fly home for Thanksgiving.” HAHA. All in all (minus the relentless crying in the car) Phoenix did great. We were all over the place and while we did our best to keep some semblance of his usual schedule, it wasn’t a normal week.

Phoenix bonded with family and Jordan and I stole away for a night. Our night deserves its own separate post, but if you have the chance (whether that’s utilizing family or soliciting a friend to spend the night at your house) go away for a night. Phoenix didn’t sleep well the night before we left, but he slept through the night like a champ.

My mother-in-law hosted a small birthday lunch for Phoenix. Phoenix’s favorite food is bananas, so my mom made her banana cake and he loved it.

Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away

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Exploring Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine

Cincinnati | Over-The-Rhine

A few weeks ago Jordan, Phoenix, and I spent a long weekend in Cincinnati. Cincinnati holds a special place in our hearts. When we were dating, Jordan and I visited Cincinnati several times a year and still manage to go back every couple of years. Usually, Mount Adams is the Cincinnati neighborhood we explore but this time we stayed in Over-The-Rhine.

This part of town is experiencing a major revitalization (you can visually see where you it still needs work) and is now home to lots of fun little shops and restaurants.

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Weekend Links / / Family Trip

Weekend Links / / Family Trip

It’s Wednesday night and I’m currently sitting on the bed in a dark hotel room. Phoenix is snoozing away in his pack n’play and Jordan is out finding ice cream. It’s been a long day! We left for Jordan’s grandparent’s house this morning at 4:45. The car doesn’t soothe Phoenix, so we’re still finding the optimal time to leave. Phoenix fell back a sleep for a little bit, but he still fussed the majority of the trip. Thankfully, he bounces back once he’s out and about!

As you are reading this (on Saturday) I am peacefully watching Wimbledon at my parent’s house. We left Jordan’s grandparent’s house Wednesday night and drove to Davenport, IA where we saw my grandpa and two uncles. Phoenix had a terrible nights sleep Thursday night. He was up for 90 minutes in the middle of the night completely restless. It was rough, but the goal was to see all the grandparents not necessarily to get a good nights sleep!

We are staying put for a few days — celebrating Jordan’s youngest sister who graduated high school and Phoenix’s first birthday!

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Eleven Months | Smoothie Face

Eleven Months | Smoothie Face

Phoenix and Jordan shared a blueberry smoothie on July 4th. We snapped several photos most of which I didn’t intend to share, but I couldn’t resist. I loved Phoenix instantly, but my obsession for him grows with each passing day. His toothy grin. The way his hair curls when it’s wet. His babbling and even the little tantrums (get back to me in a few years on that one!). I miss him more now than I did when I first went back to work when he was 16 weeks old. Did you find that to be true?

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Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

How was your 4th of July? Jordan, Phoenix and I came home Monday from Cincinnati. We were still recovering, so we didn’t do much of anything on the 4th. It was kind of nice! Phoenix and the car are not friends (he screams off and on for hours on road trips), so we needed a rest day. Jordan and I ate veggie burgers, sweet potato fries and salad for dinner and rented Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. We love Harry Potter but I wouldn’t recommend this film — it wasn’t very good.

I was worried the fireworks blowing off in our neighborhood would wake Phoenix, but he slept through like a champ.

On a completely unrelated note let’s discuss skin for a minute. I deal with acne, but my skin is normally not sensitive to the products I use. Until now! Two different products (a foundation and moisturizer) clogged my pores and now I’m reeling with intense breakouts. One item was from the drugstore, but the other was a “natural” product. I’m sticking with my favorite Glossier moisturizer from now on! (this referral link gives you 20% off)

What is your favorite mask for deep cleaning clogged pores?

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Currently / / July

Currently / / July

Documenting | I am in the very early stages of creating a photo book for Phoenix’s first year. We’re using Artifact Uprising. They have a lot of options and we like the quality of the end product. I’m also thinking of creating one specifically for my pregnancy.

Accomplishing | At the end of July I’ll have a one-year-old. I feel like this year is the biggest achievement of my life! The first year of parenthood is a rollercoaster. I plan on sharing my many reflections soon.

Enjoying | Simple veggie sandwiches for lunch. Introducing foods to Phoenix feels like a full-time job, so instead of over thinking what I should have for lunch I’m eating sandwiches. I slather hummus and guacamole and pile on lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. It’s really satisfying.

Reading | The Royal We. It had been on my to-read least for a while now! It’s the perfect summer read. I heard Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman own the rights and are writing a screenplay. It would make a great movie.

Does anyone know of historical fiction books that take place in the prairie? I recently listened to an NPR podcast on the Donner party and I’d like to read more from that time period. It doesn’t seem to be a very common setting compared with WWI and WWII.

Spending | More time reading, organizing, purging, cooking, and exploring with Phoenix. Phoenix is in a busy stage and I’m trying to do my best to keep up with him while also resting. I recently went through my bathroom and purged old toiletries.

Linking with Anne and Stephanie.