Good morning to YOU! I’m sitting down at the computer right now with a much-needed cup of coffee in front of me after some rough sleep over here lately thanks to this little guy…
I say my coffee is “much needed” and yet it is decaf… Ha! I switched to decaf during my pregnancy with Ryder and never looked back. I will now occasionally have a regular latte and really FEEL it when I do. I’ve always been super caffeine-sensitive so even if it’s a placebo effect, something about my decaf coffee makes me feel a little more alert. Or maybe it’s just happy? Coffee definitely makes me happy!
So what’s the deal with sleep right now? We’re smack-dab in the middle of the four month sleep regression and it’s hitting us HARD. To be honest, I didn’t really think we had good sleep to regress from since Rhett has never been the best sleeper… but apparently I took those occasional 4-hour stretches for granted. They’re gone and it’s a little brutal.
We went through this with both Chase and Ryder so I know it’s temporary and that’s definitely getting me through this phase right now. Rhett was wide awake from 1:30 – 4 a.m. yesterday and just wanted to party all night. Thankfully he’s not up crying and screaming (as long as we hold him) but I’m not exactly ready to slip into my party pants in the middle of the night so it makes for some long nights.
My plan is to eventually follow the gentle cry it out method when we transfer Rhett into a crib but I’m also wondering if any of you have tackled some kind of sleep training when your little one was still sleeping in YOUR room? Is this crazy? I’d looove improved sleep but I’m not ready for Rhett to be in his own room just yet.
Even though it felt like the middle of the night blended into the morning for me yesterday, my day technically began around 6:30 a.m. when Rhett was clearly ready to be awake for the day. I skipped the workout I had planned in favor of a little more sleep and know it was the right decision for me. This is definitely the least consistent I’ve been when it comes to postpartum exercise due, in large part,to the pandemic and the fact that I’m not currently comfortable going to the gym and using gym childcare. I miss my mid-morning workouts so, so much and am just not willing to sacrifice early morning sleep for super consistent workouts when sleep is so rough. I’ll get back to more consistent exercise eventually but right now my goal of three strength sessions a week feels right for me.
Thankfully I was able to get a nourishing breakfast on my plate yesterday morning thanks to a little meal prep I did over the weekend. Chopping veggies and cooking a large batch of quinoa made this plate an easy one to assemble before Chase and Ryder were up for the day.
Ryan got the big kids up and brought them downstairs before he had to head back into his makeshift home office in our bedroom. I immediately noticed some snazzy capris on Chase, courtesy of Ryan’s laundry sorting.
You never know where the 2 and 3T clothing will end up when Dad is in charge! Ha! Oh and Chase absolutely sported those kid capris all day long.
Since both Chase and Ryder are still out of school for the next two weeks, our day was wiiide open. We spent most of the morning around the house, eating breakfast, reading stories and trying unsuccessfully to get Rhett down for a nap longer than 30 minutes while Chase and Ryder played together. Eventually it was clear everyone needed to get outside, so I suited Rhett up in his way-too-cute teddy bear bunting suit and followed behind Chase and Ryder as they took turns driving their Power Wheels Jeep.
The big boys in their Jeep + Rhett in his baby carrier is currently my favorite way to get out and about with all three kiddos. We’ll also do bike rides now that Ryder has his own bike but Ryder is quickly becoming very speedy which makes it hard for me to haul hiney after them with Rhett strapped to my chest.
(Whoops! Sorry for not flipping down the forward-facing panel of your carrier for a hot second, Rhett. At least he seemed to love licking it. Ha!)
We ended up stopping more than a few times on our adventure so the boys could look for fish and throw rocks in the lake and also play at the park in our neighborhood before lunch. Ryan also met us at the park during a short lunch break which was a highlight of the early afternoon for sure!
Afternoon + Evening
By the time we made it back to our house, everyone was hungry, so I whipped up lunches for all of us and we dug in!
My lunch looked like a quinoa grain bowl with chicken, sliced grape tomatoes, wilted spinach and arugula and goat cheese tossed in a creamy balsamic dressing. Yum!
Ryder went down for his nap soon after lunch and then it was Rhett’s turn. Rhett had a great afternoon nap the day before (2.5 hours!) so I had high hopes for another good one but he got the last laugh and only snoozed for 45 minutes before he was over it. Let’s just say my grand plans to work during the boys’ simultaneous nap yesterday went out the window. At least I had a second to respond to some emails and dive into some deliciously frothy hot chocolate before Rhett was up again!
The rest of the afternoon passed by in a blur of kid fun with the boys, a little laundry and some dinner prep. Thankfully assembling dinner last night was nice and simple since we had our latest Blue Apron meal on the menu.
It was delicious! We made Harmonic Pan-Roasted Chicken and Honey Mustard paired with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Collared Greens using the step-by-step Blue Apron recipe card. The recipe coupled with the fresh ingredients delivered to our doorstep made the whole process of making this dish a breeze! It tasted like elevated comfort food on a plate and we were all about it.
We were excited to receive this delivery from Blue Apron as part of a limited time offering created to celebrate the release of Disney and Pixar’s Soul. The movie is currently streaming on Disney+ and Blue Apron created a handful of meals to celebrate the new movie! If you’d like to try out the remaining meal (a salmon dish that looks amazing), you can still order it through Friday of this week!
As longtime blog readers know, we’ve been Blue Apron fans in our house for years and the family-friendly meals we’ve received to celebrate Disney and Pixar’s Soul have all been easy to make and incredibly tasty. (Easy to make is key for me in this phase of life!) I personally appreciate the fact that the meals have all been well-rounded and include a decent amount of veggies since I’m always looking for new ways to prepare vegetables that taste unique and delicious! (I loved the addition of apple to the collards in last night’s dinner so much!) Also, our boys love “helping” in the kitchen all the time and were all about pulling their cooking stand up to the counter and helping me make this recipe. Chase, in particular, loved holding the recipe card and pointing out the next step for us to do together since the recipe photos made it easy for him to follow even though he’s not reading just yet!
After dinner, we spent some time putting all of our Christmas decorations up in the attic. They’ve been sitting in the hallway in boxes for several days and only driving me slightly crazy so it felt good to get everything out of eyesight until next year… though I am admittedly already missing our Christmas trees! The boys also had fun splashing around in the bath tub before we got everyone settled in their pajamas for some family story time before bed.
Eventually all of the boys were sound asleep and Ryan and I an hour or so to ourselves before bed. We definitely are not night owls to begin with and Rhett’s sleep regression makes it all the more crucial for us to get into bed as early as possible if we want to be functioning humans the next day. Sometimes the sleep I get from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. is my most solid sleep of the night so I need it!
Before bed, Ryan and I chatted for a bit and then read our books until our eyes could no longer stay open. I recently finished The Vanishing Half and LOVED it and just began reading This Time Next Year, a lighter novel that reads a bit like a cheesy but cute chick flick. Have you guys read anything good recently? I am in the mood to read a suspenseful thriller that’s not too freaky once I’m done with my current book. Any recommendations?
Aaand now it’s time for me to sign off for the day and morph back into mom mode. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!!