Monday night was rooough around here on the baby sleep front. We’ve been in a much better place with Rhett’s sleep since February but this just goes to show baby sleep ebbs and flows. Thankfully last night things were quite a bit better. Rhett woke up twice and needed soothing/nursing at midnight and at 4 a.m. but I was able to go right back to sleep which was a relief after being up for so many hours in the night on Monday.
Rhett cried a bit around 5:15 a.m. but quickly found his pacifier and went back to sleep. I surprised myself by feeling rather alert this morning and figured I should take full advantage of my morning energy and get a workout in for the first time this week before the boys were up for the day.
I joined Ryan in the garage and streamed a Burn Boot Camp strength workout before leashing Sadie up for a quick one mile run/walk.
Sadie is a Florida girl through and through and often gives us the side-eye if we try to take her on a walk before the sun is up when it’s freezing outside in the winter but it was already 60 degrees at 6 a.m. this morning so she was all about it! And I loved the little bit of one-on-one time with my girl!
I arrived home and heard Rhett stirring on his monitor so I took a speedy shower and then made Chase’s preschool lunch before heading into Rhett’s room to get him up and get some breakfast in his belly. Breakfast 1.0 looked like breastmilk and breakfast 2.0 looked like broccoli for Rhett!
He was only this happy when he was allowed to hold his own spoon and gum all over it. Mr. Independent!
I ate my breakfast as Rhett made a mess of his and dug into a bowl of oat bran mixed with cottage cheese, Kokada coconut spread and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds for some crunch.
Chase and Ryder joined us downstairs once they were dressed and, after breakfast, we read two stories and then played for a bit before it was time to head out for preschool drop off.
I took my latte to go which has become a habit of mine lately since I know I’ll be able to drink it and won’t be interrupted. Whatever works!
And speaking of coffee on the go, I am on a mission to find the perfect coffee travel mug and I’m hoping one of you out there might be able to point me in the right direction. I’m looking for a to-go coffee mug with the following features:
- Fits in a cupholder
- Has a handle
- Has a ceramic interior
- Has a non-breakable (ideally stainless steel) exterior that isn’t hot to touch when filled with hot coffee
Does this exist? Or is it some kind of coffee mug unicorn?
I have YETI and Swig travel mugs and like and use them both but I also kind of feel like something about the stainless steel interior changes the flavor of my lattes a tiny bit. Am I insane?! My friend Lauren and I have talked about this at length and both often end up bringing ceramic mugs in our car because of this very reason but they don’t keep our coffee hot long enough. Oh the dilemma! Please tell me one of you out there has discovered the coffee cup of my dreams already and can tell me where to find it!
Okay, back to our day…
By the time we made it home, Rhett was ready for his morning nap and I took advantage of some quality time with Ryder. As a mom of three, I find myself acutely aware of any one-on-one time I get with any of my kids and Ryan and I always talk about how much we love uninterrupted time with each of our boys because we always feel like we notice something new and amazing about them and whatever new phase of life they’re in. Ryder and I read some books (his current favorite is Go Dog. Go!), played with blocks and cars and he “helped” me make smoothies for both of us and then Rhett was up and ready to join in the fun again.
I checked the clock and realized we had enough time to made a quick run to the grocery store for some essentials before preschool pickup, so we high-tailed it to ALDI where Ryder loved being in charge of Rhett’s car seat stroller. (I’m tellin’ ya, the Doona is the BEST. Chase and Ryder love pushing it when the handle is on the lowest setting.)
Ryder got a handful of sweet compliments from some adults in the store who praised him for being a good big brother to which he replied, “I’m 2. Chase is 5.” Because ya know clearly they cared about the age of his older brother who wasn’t even with us. Haha! There’s something about a toddler and the way their mind works that melts me and amuses me to no end.
Before we left, Ryder also took his job of filling our green bags with our groceries very seriously and 5 hours (okay, 30 minutes) later, we were ready to head back home.
After a quick turnaround, we found ourselves at preschool pickup again and then made our way to a local park with friends from Chase’s class.
Rhett hung in there like a champ for a while but eventually it was clear he wasn’t going to nap in the baby carrier. We headed home and I nursed him and put him down before making snack plates for the boys and heating up a veggie burger and stirring it into a Daily Harvest bowl for my lunch.
I’m now eating a late lunch and blogging on our front porch while Chase and Ryder are digging for worms. I think we are officially entering that time of year where I find myself commenting on how much I love the weather every 2.5 seconds. With temperatures in the upper 60s/low 70s, I just want to live outside so that’s our plan for the rest of the day until dinnertime.
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, my friends!
The price is obscene, but I recently got the Ember mug as a gift and it is life changing. Especially for mom’s. It keeps your coffee at your desired temp for over 2 hours. It is my new go to gift for mom’s with newborns.
McKenzie Taets says
I am so glad I’m not the only one that thinks the stainless steel travel mugs change the flavor. I gave up on looking for a travel mug because I figured one that would actually keep my drink warm & also not change the flavor didn’t exist. Please do a follow-up post if you get recommendations!
Michelle Music says
Now, I haven’t tried them out, but this company pops up all the time on the ads on my phone.
The cups are super cute! Ceramic interior, silicone exterior. Can’t say for sure if they’d fit in the cupholder.
Okay those look great!!! Just need a handle — haha! But that still looks like it might be worth trying. Thank you!
Same mug quest. We should all get together and create one 😊. Best I’ve been able to do is strap a rubber holder and lid on a mug (still not great for warmth. I’ll check out the Ember mug also.
Actually, this just popped up (ceramic coated to not compromise taste. I’ll have to try it (it’s not cheap but maybe worth it – $39): https://www.baristalab.com/collections/etc/products/best-ceramic-travel-mug-for-coffee
Asobu Ultimate Stainless Steel Ceramic Inner Coating Insulated Mug (White) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07PK5T5QX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_2EAM1BYCY4WK1VPMQH7X?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I was coming here to suggest the same thing! 😀
I’d love to hear a follow up about the coffee mugs. ☕️
I’m with you on all the requirements. However I’m not sure how a mug with a handle would ever fit into a cup holder? Would the handle need to be placed higher on the mug?
You and your friend should create this mug and go on Shark Tank!
jodi l Hubner says
No handle but good
“I’m 2. Chase is 5.”” OMG…. how adorable. 🙂
Search this on Amazon: Topadorn Tall Ceramic Travel Mug
It’s ceramic on the outside but might be as close as you can get!
This seems to check your boxes… even says fits in cup holder
Julie, been reading you since 2012, and not sure that I can really help but, my current travel mug has a Kansas Jayhawks logo and is made by Thermos. Here’s the point: it has a handle that is open at the bottom, making it easy to hang off the BACK of my hand so I can grip something else! Love ya!
Wish I could help on the coffee mug front- I use a Yeti but it doesn’t have a handle! Also what is the little Chicco seat that Rhett is sitting in at the table?
This one looks like it might work!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WF6BBV4?pf_rd_r=M7N74CECSB3NRJ0ARJ0W&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8&pd_rd_r=fccbb041-d4fd-4383-8766-bab54f19c803&pd_rd_w=B3xwk&pd_rd_wg=ejtXr&ref_=pd_gw_unk
I just ordered this on amazon! Seems like it has all the specs you’re looking for: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085FXBLFL?psc=1&smid=A3KIKKEIGFFXY&ref_=chk_typ_imgToDp
This seems like a good one to try: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Stainless-Ceramic-Coating-Insulated/dp/B07PGWR75Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&keywords=ceramic+insulated+mug&qid=1595219151&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=thecoolerbox-20&linkId=65608810abc2389dfe4c64503da1167d&language=en_US
you forgot one characteristic: leak proof! this is a must for me. Im currently using Timolino and its the only one that has proved to be leak proof