Weekend Recap

Friday

I love low key days. They make our routine a lot less stressful. The morning started off with some protein pancakes and Olivia Pope (yay for catching up on all my recorded shows!) followed by an ab workout and a walk to the nearby shopping center to just browse. PS: So proud of myself for not buying anything. I’m getting so good at that.

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I’m really loving our Bob stroller- it’s so much more sturdy and makes for a smoother ride over some bumpy patches. At least, that’s what I’m guessing because Wes seems to nap so much better on our morning walks in this stroller! Only downside is that the parent console is a bit smaller on this one, so I can’t fit my Sodastream bottle in the cupholder. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

We hung out with the pups when we got back instead of heading to the mall and potentially buying stupid things. I really need to save more money. Except, I’ll probably head to the store this afternoon and pick up some more Ben an Jerry’s since they’re 2/$10. Priorities.

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Lunch was my impromptu take on this Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad. Mine included a roasted apple, sweet potato, some leftover broccoli, walnuts and muenster cheese. The chipotle dressing was ON POINT and was a great contrast with the sweet potato and apple. TRY IT!

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It was such a nice day out, that I decided to take Wes on another walk. I had to circle the block a few extra times since he was still sleeping, but it was then cut short when some douchehole neighbor decided to slam his trashcan around just as we were walking by. Insert wide awake and potentially grumpy/stunned looking baby here.

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We rounded out the night eating leftovers and catching up on Amazing Race.

Saturday

After breakfast and my workout, Wes and I bundled up for our morning walk. It was so nice out! He ended up sleeping for the entire hour, and I got some good ‘thinking’ time. That, and I got in my 10k steps by 10am.

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Wes and I headed to the Y for our weekly pool class while Tyler set up the smoker for RIBS.

Afterwards, I made a batch of Cookies and Cream Cake Mix Cookie Bars. I need to stop baking. There are way too many sweets on my kitchen counter. Not the worst problem to have, but still. Does anyone want to come over and help finish these off? Bring wine or beer and I’ll unlock the front door.

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We had friends over for dinner and attempted to watch Pixels in 3D before calling it quits and heading to bed. Make sure you try smoked ribs if you’ve never had them. The flavor is out of this world. I’m still burping smoke.

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Sunday

Just like how I have pancakes every Friday, I like to have my BAE on Sunday. SO TASTY.

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And I indulged in a cuppa joe. Also: SO TASTY. I’m trying to stay off the coff, but I think a splurge every couple of weeks or so is worth it. I’m guessing my coffee consumption will drastically increase once I go back to work. Sigh.

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I took the pups out for a walk during Wes’s afternoon nap and it is HOT out. HELLLLLLLLOOOOOO this is Canada…since when is it warm in October?!!  No complaints. This California native cannot stand anything below 70 deg-rahs (degrees*).

SAD NEWS—-> Tyler sold our mamaroo and I am bawling my eyes out because I cannot part with any baby things. Tyler said it’s better to get rid of the electronic things while they’ll still sell and we can always buy another one for our next kiddo. (Phew, so he acknowledges that we are gonna have another. I’ve decided I love babies. Especially my own.)

Anyways…because it was so nice out, we decided to go for another walk. All of us! I don’t think that’s ever happened? ALERT: Tyler was away from the TV on a football Sunday. WINNINGphoto 1-118

 We had leftovers for dinner and I think I’m about to die of fullness. Uneventful evening other than a hungry, grunty baby and a lot of laundry. Exciting!

How was your weekend?

{Eats}…From the Week

Not much to recap here since it’s really only covering Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so I thought I’d share some of the dinners we’ve enjoyed this week! There might be a few pictures of Wes in there, too. Can’t help it.

Tuesday: We had burgers on the grill of the smoker and some fries made in the actifry. Holy moly does charcoal give burgers the BEST flavor!

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Tyler made my plate since I was feeding Wes and he gave me enough ketchup and mustard to last infinity. So I stole some of his burger 🙂

Wednesday: I made Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats. They were so good! I ate mine way too fast and had a bit of a tummy ache.

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We met up with Leigh and Amelia earlier in the day to walk along the river. Wes tried out his Bob stroller and you can tell it was a hit.

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Wes contemplated eating Sophie.

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Thursday: I made Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta. It was pretty good in the flavor category, but the consistency was a little dry. I kept adding additional chicken broth, but it didn’t help much. And of course I had to add some veggies, because #healthfreak (<—-HAHAHAHAHA yeah right).

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I also made a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for two reasons: 1) because I was in the mood to bake, and 2) because it’s friggin dessert.

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GO MAKE THESE NOW.

Wes ate his rattle.

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Now it’s time for a no-pants weekend! Wes already got a head start. (Who am I kidding, every weekend is no-pants weekend. Make that every DAY. Every damn day.)

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What’s the best thing you ate this week?

Wesley Arlo- 6 Months

I don’t know what’s scarier..that I’ve had a CHILD for half a year or that I have to go back to work in 6 months. Oy. Searching for childcare is no easy task and the cost of it? WOOF. It would probably be cheaper to pay to have my parents move here and help out.

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So, 6 months! What’s been going on? Well, LOTS. I feel like Wes has turned into a little person and less and less like a baby. He is obsessed with grabbing his feet and flailing about. Now I get why they call that pose happy baby in yoga. He also has his hands in his mouth 24/7. And when it’s not his hands, it’s whatever he can get his hands on.

He’s started to try to sit up, he’s rolled over, and he can reach with both arms to grab for things.

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Most major development? He is no longer in his infant car seat. This makes me ferociously sad, but he seems to love it! And he has had no problem facing outward in his strollers when we go for walks. If anything, he naps more!

We started Wes on solids too. Last month, I introduced rice cereal into his bottle at night then gradually started making it thicker like actual cereal, then buying a lot of stage 1 and stage 2 squeeze packs that he now gobbles up like a champ. His favorite was the pear/spinach/peas combo. Who would have thought?! That’s my kid. He also got some local peaches and apples pureed while we were back home in NY. With that, comes weirder diapers. It’s kind of hilarious.

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He is OBSESSED with his jumperoo. I think he spends a cumulative 3 hours each day in that thing. He loves to rotate from activity to activity and just jump. Jump. JUMP. A lot of the time, he jumps himself to sleep! It’s also a nice distraction for him when I want to get my workout in during the day.

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With his increase in activity, he’s more regulated in his napping which is a GOD SEND. Usually one at 9ish, 1ish and 4ish. Usually. I cannot tell you how much more I get done around the house now, it’s insane. For the first time ever, I actually showered while he napped. That has never happened because I was so paranoid he’d wake up from the noise of the shower (our house is small, y’all).

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We had a few instances in New York when he would wake up at 3/4am and would require a feed, but other than that he has slept through the night from 7:30pm-6:30am.

Wes now knows his name and will respond when called. He is also a lot better at following sounds and looking around and really focusing on things.

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I swear he loves the dogs. Mostly Reggie, even though Reggie still gives zero craps about him. Layla is ALWAYS wherever Wes is. He’s started to grab for them and at first I was all AHHHH DOG HAIR IN HIS MOUTH. But then I realized it’s a lost cause. Especially when I find dog hair in his diapers. Whatever.

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He’s still got that stupid eczema on his neck which I’m constantly slathering with cream. I feel really bad for him, but he doesn’t seem to mind at all.

He has a gorilla face that I think is the funniest thing ever. He usually makes it when he’s super concentrating (not to be confused with poop face) or when he gets so excited about something.

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He is still a super jolly kid and I’m just WAITING for the photos to reflect that. We had his 6 month check up this morning and he was all smiles with the doctor. FYI: weight is 20.5 lbs, 27 inches and an 18 inch head (for all the smarts). Right after his doc appointment, we headed over to the health center for his 6 month vaccine where he was again all smiles and only made one cry as the needle went in. I swear all doctors and nurses love him to pieces.

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…and we go through about a zillionty bibs every day because the boy’s a drooler! No teeth yet though.

He has a loud voice and loves to babble all the time. Especially if you put a burp cloth up to his mouth, he will yell so you can repeatedly pat his mouth with it to make it sound funny.

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Hopefully I didn’t forget anything! #mombrain

In case you missed it, here’s his past updates:

Three Things Thursday

1. I got back into the habit of falling asleep to watching Netflix on my phone in bed each night. (does that not sound like the worst sentence ever?! pff) Well anyways, it works because it’s taken me four nights and I’m still only 8 minutes into One Fine Day. That’s about 2 minutes a night and BOOM, I’m asleep. PS: I love watching old rom coms because flip phones? HAHAHA

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2. I have been loving my workouts lately. I feel so proud of myself for really giving it my all. Most of my workouts are from Beachbody (21 day fix, 21 day fix extreme, insanity, t25) but there’s also some spin in there and LOTS of walking every day. LOTS. The Beachbody is great because they are quick and effective workouts that I can do without really having to think. Something that really comes in handy when my brain is already fried from having a baby in the house.

So guess what? I just weighed myself the other day and I’m 20lbs less than what I was pre-pregnancy. But the weight all came off from one place: my butt. No joke. All my clothes fit the exact same except for the hiney-region. (I attribute about 90% of it from breastfeeding and the other 10% from lack of binge eating/drinking as in pre-baby days. Or maybe it’s the other way around.) It’s kind of gross because my butt looks like how someones belly looks like after losing a TON of weight. It’s also pretty gross that there was an extra 20 lbs back there. But it makes me laugh because that just shows how big my butt actually was. Ok, I’m going to stop saying butt now. Butt.

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3. I’m craving girl time like WHOA. I miss hanging with friends! Especially when it involves wine and not talking about baby-related things (although I am guilty of somehow always bringing the conversation back to Wes). I find that I am in such a better mindset when I get a couple of free hours to just be me. And what better way to be me than to do it with friends? Unless I’m getting a mani/pedi or massage, then that is definitely better.

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What’s your favorite old rom com?

What’s your favorite thing to do with friends?

Winesday Wednesday 10/14/15

JUST when I thought I had exhausted my pumpkin beer for the year…

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Tyler picked up a bottle of this stuff for me..

Pumpkin-Patch

From the website: 

STYLE: Specialty Ale FOOD PAIRING: Dessert, Pork
TASTING NOTES: We made this beer with our own hops, barley and pumpkins.
15 INGREDIENTS: Rogue Farms Dream Pumpkins; Rogue Farms Dare, Risk, Carafa II & Crystal Wheat Malts; Rogue Farms Independent Hops; Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Vanilla, Ginger & Nutmeg; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
From Patch to Batch. Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters.
750ml Bottle & Draft / 14° Plato / 6.1% ABV / 25 IBU / 75 AA / 25° L
I was a bit skeptical of this beer because I didn’t so much care for their voodoo doughnut bacon maple ale, but this one was a complete (and GREAT) surprise! It first tastes like a typical pumpkin ale, but has a subtle spicy finish that is so smooth you could slap it. I really loved it.
I raved about it so much that Tyler went back to the beer store for me the next day. I thought he picked up another of the same (just in case it was gone sooner rather than later) but he picked up yet ANOTHER winner:
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From the website:
Every fall we produce our pumpkin ale, brewed with 60 kg of pumpkin as well as molasses, demerara sugar, crushed cinnamon sticks, pureed ginger, and crushed whole cloves and whole nutmeg – and oats for body. The result is pretty much pumpkin coloured, and very smooth and creamy. Close your eyes at the nose and you think there is a slice of pie on a plate in front of you, but when you fill your mouth the perception is more like pumpkin cheesecake, full of delicious flavour and mouthfeel.
To me, it had the same spectacular quality as the Rogue beer, just with a slightly happier finish. I’m not a hops person, but this has just the right amount of balance that I’d drink it again. And again. I think I’ll need to go back and get more of both before the fall beer season is over!!!
What are you drinking this week?