Drive Through Baby Sprinkle
On Friday, four of my close friends came together to throw a drive through diaper sprinkle for our littlest one and it was just so incredibly kind and thoughtful.
When my girlfriends brought up the idea of a baby sprinkle a while ago, I initially I said I wasn’t comfortable with any kind of large group gathering (inside or outside), restaurant dinner or “real” party amid a pandemic. I also fully recognize that this is our third baby and didn’t want anyone to feel obligated to get us a single thing. Still, my friends here are just so incredibly kind and persistent and suggested a drive through diaper sprinkle for our baby to help get us started with some of the “essentials” before our little one arrives which sounded really sweet.
They set it up for Friday around lunchtime and sent out evites telling guests to drive by my friend Lauren’s house anytime within a two-hour window. They had some snacks and drinks provided on Lauren’s porch and it all just meant so much to me. I know I majorly lucked out with the group of girlfriends I found when we moved to North Carolina six years ago and Friday only served as yet another reminder of how lucky I am to have the support of these women behind me. Also, how cute was the lemon theme!? They know I’ve been all about citrus this pregnancy and I thought it was such a creative theme. The decorations they put together blew me away! Those little lemon balloons though… So cute!
I didn’t do a great job of snapping many photos during the sprinkle (I always get so distracted which, to be honest, I think is a really GOOD thing) but I do have one post-sprinkle bump photo to share of me and our little one — 36 weeks! Ah!
Saturday morning we initially had plans to head out on our boat with friends but the weather changed all of that when rain and storms appeared on the forecast for the mid-morning through the rest of the day. We figured we should get out of the house while we could and ended up spending our morning on an adventure walk on a local greenway.
The boys brought their bug nets and we did a lot of catching and releasing of various little critters.
We made our way home before lunchtime and managed to only get a little wet during the light afternoon rain. I realize Saturday was only two days ago but my brain is a mush about what we did the rest of the day. Maybe it’s because we didn’t do much?
Though my energy level has been surprisingly high the past few weeks for being so late in my pregnancy, on Saturday afternoon I simply felt exhausted. We ended up laying low around the house for the rest of the evening and spent a lot of time lounging on our screened in porch while the boys played which was exactly what I needed. The boys also performed a lovely concert for us using our pots and pans and I caught up with some of my best friends from elementary school via a Zoom call which was so nice!
Rock ‘n’ roll!
Though our Saturday afternoon was fairly low key it wasn’t totally unproductive. Ryan and I took some time to tackle some household chores, take down some newborn baby items from the attic (clothes, the BEST nursing pillow, the same bassinet we used and loved for Ryder, etc.) and assembled another diaper cart for our little one to keep in our bedroom. Now I just need to stock it with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, swaddles, etc.!
Our evening concluded with some stove top popcorn after dinner (I’m kind of obsessed with popping popcorn in oil on the stove and seasoning it up like a champ right now) and then we crawled into bed as soon as the boys were down for the night. I began reading The Last Flight by Julie Clark and while I’m not too far into the novel, I am enjoying it so far.
Sunday I awoke with a LOT more energy which was very much welcomed! Another Sunday treat? The weather!!! The temperatures for the day didn’t eclipse 82 degrees which meant that for the first time in months we weren’t sweating our faces off during our outdoor adventures. It was DELIGHTFUL.
We took full advantage of a cooler morning and headed out to a local nature preserve for a family hike.
The boys were all about it and we had a great time meandering along a little out-and-back trail that took us to a small stream.
Once we made it back home, everyone still seemed to have a decent amount of energy and when Ryan suggested fishing to Chase, the rest of our morning plans were sealed! We packed up a little picnic lunch and the boys hopped in their Power Wheels Jeep and we headed to the local marina.
Chase caught a TON of fish (easily seven or eight!) and Ryder even reeled one in, too! We used hot dogs for bait (Ryan’s childhood fish bait go-to) and it worked like a charm.
(This is the fishing rod Chase uses. It’s been a great one for him to learn on because initially he would just practice casting over and over with the weighted fish at the end before he graduated to real hooks and bait.)
After lunch, we made our way home and Ryder took his nap while I tackled some blog-related to-dos on the computer and Ryan and Chase headed back out to pick up milkshakes and enjoy some one-on-one father-son time.
The rest of our Sunday included grilling in our backyard — we made Ryan’s go-to burger recipe — and all of the usual before-bed shenanigans that occur in our house on a nightly basis. Stories, bath time, some bounce house fun, Plasma Car mayhem… the works!
And now it’s time for me to sign off for the morning and get this Monday rollin’. Enjoy your week, my friends!