(P.S. Chase turned 14 months old yesterday!)
Here’s our predicament: Chase will still take a phenomenal morning nap (often nearly two hours) from 10 a.m. to noon but then basically refuses to nap in the afternoon with the exception of three or four days in the past two weeks. He’s SO cranky and exhausted by the end of the day (and so am I!). I tried pushing his morning nap back to 11:30 a.m. this week and he woke up after about 90 minutes and was still totally zonked and ready for bed at 6 p.m. (<— 60-90 minutes before his usual bed time). HELP meeeee! I don’t know what to do and I just feel defeated. I cannot seem to get anything done at home right now and I feel like I’m living in the middle of a toddler guessing game all day long.
Chase has never been the best nighttime sleeper but our boy has always been a pretty stellar napper, so this is completely flipping our routine upside down. I feel bad because I cannot seem to figure out what he needs/wants right now and I hate to see him so fussy and exhausted at the end of the day. I welcome any advice you guys may have if you’ve been there before and come out successfully on the other side!
Okay, clearly Chase’s naps are on the top of my mind right now, but rather than write a bazillion more words about baby sleep battles, let’s focus on the good and dive into your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post! Below you will find a short list of things that made me smile this week and I’d love to hear about the little things you’re loving this week in the comments section of this post. Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Easy Cherry Tomato Olive Oil Pasta Sauce with Shrimp and Tortellini
On Monday night, I made the most delicious tortellini dinner with an olive oil cherry tomato sauce we absolutely loved! It was so easy to throw together and while I initially shared the recipe on Instagram and Facebook, I wanted to share it here as well just in case social media isn’t your thing!
To make the sauce, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic, 2 cups cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly. Add 1 cup chopped asparagus, 1 cup chopped fresh basil and more salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 8 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst. Add 1 cup of fresh spinach and 1 pound cooked shrimp (peeled and deveined). Pour in cooked tortellini and toss to coat!
- “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel
You know those songs that instantly put you in the best mood and make you break out in song whenever you hear them? “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel is one of those songs for me.
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I’m so inspired by you
That hasn’t happened for the longest time
LOVE IT. I’ve recently been digging through old CDs to play in my car and this song popped up as I left the house to meet up with some girlfriends for drinks on Wednesday night. I ended up playing it three times in a row! So catchy and fun to belt out!
After I fell in love with my fun holiday phone case last December, I knew I wanted a festive phone case to last me through the autumn months this year. My pumpkin case arrived earlier this week and every time I just love the extra fall flare! Bring on pumpkin everrrrything!
- Latest Thrive Market Order
I know I’ve mentioned my love for Thrive Market on the blog a couple of times before, but I wanted to highlight my most recent order because I found my favorite dissolvable collagen for $4 cheaper on the Thrive Market website than what I usually pay on Amazon. Since I know a bunch of you are on the collagen-lovin’ bandwagon with me, I thought it might be of interest! Thrive Market is the best!
This popcorn was an impulse buy at Target last week and it was a total homerun! Ryan and I will often split a bag of microwave popcorn on the couch when we watch movies together and Quinn microwave popcorn caught my eye because it claimed to take “all the weird out of microwave popcorn” and remove the traditional chemical and plastic-coated microwave popcorn bag and the hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors found in traditional microwave popcorn. Making our first bag of Quinn popcorn was actually kind of cool! I popped the popcorn and then added small packets of oil and butter and sea salt for flavoring and it was AWESOME. Ryan and I both said the popcorn had more of an artisanal taste or a farmer’s market feel and it was wonderful. I cannot wait to try the other flavors!
- Friday Flashbacks
60-Minute Boot Camp Workout (Complete each station in the below workout for three minutes before moving onto the next. You will likely finish all of the exercises in each station before three minutes are up, so simply repeat the exercises over and over again until three minutes are over.)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?