Good Monday mornin’ to ya! How are you guys doing so far? All is well over here!
This weekend it rained non-stop in Charlotte. When we lived in Florida, rain was a daily occurrence in the summer but it usually just downpoured for an hour or so every afternoon and the rest of the day would be sunny. Well, in North Carolina, we’ve noticed that rain often means rain all day long, which puts a damper (<—pun intended because I’m a nerd) on any outdoor plans. Though the majority of our weekend was spent indoors, we made the most of the dreary weather and spent some quality time with friends at their apartment on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan, Chase and I paid a visit to Melissa and Jarian to meet their adorable four week old baby boy. If you stopped by PBF back in July, you may remember me blogging about their couples baby shower and even though they opted to be surprised by the sex of their baby, I was somehow absolutely convinced they were going to have a boy and I never get a “feeling” about that sort of thing. Now Ryan lovingly refers to our baby boys as “Bro Babies” and the two little guys got to meet in person for the first time on Saturday when we brought Melissa and Jarian a big lasagna for dinner.
It was so, so nice to hang out with Melissa and Jarian and talk with another couple who is going through exactly what we’re going through at exactly the same time. All of the joys, the struggles, the sleepless nights, the projectile pee… We had a lot to chat about and laugh about, that’s for sure!
Holding Melissa and Jarian’s four week old baby made me realize just how much Chase truly has grown and changed in his eight weeks of life. He’s almost double his birth weight and I joked that seeing him next to their little one made Chase look like a toddler! (And I love how he’s trying to nurse on Jarian in the above photo. Ha! That boy is always ready to eat!)
Since the evening “witching hour” is still going strong in our house, we tried to plan our visit around Chase’s nightly meltdown and made it home by 6 p.m. Chase was only mildly fussy on Saturday night (WOOHOO!) and we were all in bed and asleep by 9 p.m. YES!
On Sunday, Chase had us up by 6 a.m. and after some morning playtime with our little man, I headed out for an 8 a.m. Pure Barre workout. While Ryan watched Chase, I felt the burn in my booty and followed up class with a trip to the grocery store to pick up everything we needed for the week ahead. (I called Ryan from the grocery store to ask whether or not we had powdered sugar already for buttercream icing I hoped to make that afternoon and he had Chase answer the phone with a wailing cry. Oh the joys of an eight week old baby!)
Having a baby has significantly cut down on my desire to make mid-week grocery store runs and I’m doing my best to shop for nearly everything we need for the week on Sundays. This involves a lot more planning than I’ve ever done in the past and I’m surprisingly enjoying the meal planning process more than I anticipated.
Here’s a glimpse at our dinner menu for the week ahead:
- Monday: Grilled cheese with butternut squash soup and a side salad
- Tuesday: Pork tenderloin with sliced apples and roasted Brussels sprouts
- Wednesday: Breakfast sweet potatoes (Recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook) with fruit salad
- Thursday: Chicken sausage and spinach frittata with roasted potatoes
- Friday: Chicken fajitas (Recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook) with whole wheat tortillas and fruit salad
You may have noticed a few recipes from Juli Bauers’ Paleo Cookbook mentioned above and that’s because I am mildly obsessed with her new cookbook! Juli sent me a copy to check out and even though I personally do not follow a Paleo diet, I enjoy a lot of Paleo meals and her recipes are freaking amazing! I actually first tried one of her recipes when Brittany brought her spaghetti pie to our house after Chase was born and I could not get enough of it. When my mom was staying with us, we made a handful of recipes from her cookbook and loved them all. (Juli’s meatloaf and buffalo chicken casserole got rave reviews from us. Since we’re babies with spicy food in our house, we actually topped the buffalo chicken casserole with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to cut back some of the heat and loved it!)
When I got back from my grocery store run, Ryan headed to the gym and Chase and I danced around and played until he got sleepy and went down for a solid nap. I immediately went into hyper-productive mode and prepped some food for the week, cleaned the kitchen and baked a batch of pumpkin spice cupcakes while he was sleeping. Nap time = Go time! (And be on the lookout for the cupcake recipe this week!)
The rest of our Sunday was spent around the house, hanging out with our favorite little man and pup, working on the computer and cleaning. (I’m sending another bag of clothes to ThredUp and also ordered some of the cutest clothes for Chase from the site for the fall and winter months.)
I hope you guys had a lovely weekend and are entering the week feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! Thanks for stopping by!