Saturday morning kicked off on a MUCH better note than I was anticipating. On Friday night, right before bed, I told Ryan we were beginning night one of sleep training for Rhett. I’ve been up with him three times a night for months and months and since he recently achieved the “I can put my paci back in my own mouth” milestone, it was go-time. I know talking about baby sleep isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so I am planning to share a lot more about what we’re doing for sleep training in an upcoming Rhett update, so stay tuned if that is of interest.
Long story short: Rhett blew me away and I am officially seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Please oh please let this last!!
Once everyone was up for the day, our family spent the morning around the house, playing, cooking, eating breakfast and working out. I got my garage workout in (a Burn Boot Camp leg workout) when Rhett went down for his first nap of the day while Ryan hung out with the big kids.
By the time my workout was done and I was showered and ready for the day, Rhett was awake and the temperatures outside warmed up enough that we decided it wasn’t too frigid and bundled up for a morning walk with Sadie. Well it was part walk, part drive, since Chase and Ryder wanted to take turns driving their Power Wheels Jeep.
Rhett periodically got a buddy next to him in the stroller when someone wanted a snack break, but I don’t think he noticed.
After a pit-stop at the park, we arrived back home and dug into lunch before Rhett was ready for his nap. Ryan had a big garage clean out project on his to-do list and I wanted to go through some of my clothes and the boys’ things to donate or take to consignment. It wasn’t a glamourous afternoon but it was a productive one and Chase and Ryder seemed thoroughly entertained hunting for worms in our yard and playing with some of the garage toys Ryan uncovered after months in hiding.
Some last-minute plans on Saturday evening took us out to Inizio, a new pizza place that recently opened in our area. We met up our friends Carrie and Nick and their two kids (some of our boys’ best friends) and ate our pizzas outside on the lawn area behind the restaurant. For any locals, you should definitely put Inizio’s on your must-try list. The pizza was SO good and the closest thing to our beloved Alino’s we’ve found. (Alino’s is our favorite local spot but it’s a bit of a drive for us.)
Post-pizza, we were feelin’ ice cream (shocker, I know) and met up with my father-in-law in Birkdale Village for ice cream.
Of course some lawn races with Ryan had to happen!
Birkdale Village has turf in the middle of the square and something about turf always makes our boys want to race and run their little hearts out.
We ended up arriving home past the kids’ bedtime so we did an express bed time routine and did our best to get everyone to sleep at a reasonable time.
Sunday morning began much like Saturday! We had another decent night of sleep training with Rhett (hooray!) and Ryder cracked me up when he wanted to “help” me when I needed to pump in the morning after missing our usual nighttime feedings.
Ryder is the cutest little guy lately because if he ever sees me doing basically anything at the kitchen counter, he sprints for his cooking stand and says, “I will help you, Mom! You need help! I am Helper Man!” Even though his “help” means tasks take at least twice as long, seeing him get so into the jobs I give him and seems so proud of his efforts is just the sweetest.
In the late morning on Sunday, our family divided up because Ryan was called in to play in a soccer game again. (He just started as an alternate for a team in a men’s league and I am getting the sneaking suspicion he will be needed a lot more often than not.) Ryan’s dad kindly offered to take the big boys along to watch Ryan play since the fields are located near a park. Unfortunately the fields were also 45 minutes away and the drive plus the game and the drive home didn’t sound overly appealing to me with a baby in the mix so Rhett and I opted to stay home. It was admittedly really nice to have some quite time to work during Rhett’s nap on Sunday and I was grateful for a little bit of time to myself, too. I even started watching Bridgerton while I spent some time going through my emails and updating two old recipe blog posts. I know I’m behind the times with that show but better late than never!
Eventually everyone was back home in the mid-afternoon and we grilled out since I had some chicken marinating in the fridge and the boys wanted burgers. After an early dinner we did bath time followed by family movie night with popcorn on the stovetop! The best!
Our weekend concluded with early bedtimes for everyone and then Ryan and I read until we could no longer keep our eyes open. I’m about halfway through The Masterpiece, another Fiona Davis novel, and really enjoying it a lot so far.
Aaand now it’s time for me to sign off and get this Monday rollin’! I hope you all have a great week!