While my mom stayed to help us out with Chase for a while after his birth (<—AMAZING), my dad met him the first weekend after he was born but hasn’t seen him since he was under 6 pounds. So much has changed since then both from a mental and physical development standpoint. (Physically Chase is nearly four pounds heavier and two inches longer!)
My dad agreed that Chase is more alert and seems to like to interact much more than he did when we first brought him home from the hospital. Back then his prerogative was simply eating and sleeping! Now he’s a fan of playtime and likes to spend hours kicking, wiggling, bouncing and staring. It was such a treat to hear my dad talk to him and see his relationship with Chase continue to grow.
Though we, yet again, spent most of our weekend around the house, it was great to have company to hang out with who were completely content to soak up time with Chase. My mom prepared a delicious pork tenderloin for dinner on Friday night and the weather was nice enough for us to dine outside.
(The above picture was actually taken a few weeks ago, but I love it and don’t think I ever shared it on the blog.)
Saturday morning started before dawn for me when Chase decided he was up for the morning at 5:30 a.m. (Friday night was also a bit rough for sleep.) Eventually the rest of the gang awoke and I had some help with Chase while I escaped into the kitchen to make breakfast. I whipped up my chicken sausage and spinach frittata for everyone to enjoy with a side of fresh-from-the-oven biscuits.
After breakfast, we spent most of the morning discussing our upcoming vacation plans before lunch and an early afternoon walk around the neighborhood. During our walk, we came upon an adorable French bulldog that escaped from a neighbor’s fenced-in backyard. He was the sweetest pup and gave us lots of kisses before we were able to locate his owners’ house.
Once we were back at the house, I prepared a quick snack mix to share to satisfy a raging sweet tooth.
It wasn’t exactly healthy, but it was tasty!
My dad then had to catch a 6 p.m. flight back to Jacksonville to make it home in time for an early morning bike race on Sunday (my mom stayed behind to hang out for a while longer) and while it was sad to see him go, knowing we’ll all be together for our mountain vacation in a month made saying goodbye a little easier.
And now I must give a quick shout out to my dad who completed his first century race on Sunday! I can’t believe he rode 100 miles!
I am so impressed and very, very proud of him.
Our Saturday night plans may seem pretty lame to some, but I was proud of us because Ryan and I took Chase out of the house together for our first super-short family grocery store run.
We headed to The Fresh Market right after Chase finished nursing, hopeful that he would sleep for most of our adventure. We lucked out and he slept the entire time which was a blessing and helped build our confidence a bit for future outings.
Our Sunday was fantastic due, in large part, to the gorgeous weather! We had a high of 75 degrees in Charlotte and the sun was shining brilliantly for most of the day. My mom volunteered to babysit Chase in the morning so Ryan and I could work out right after we woke up, so I took full advantage of her sweet offer and took an 8 a.m. Pure Barre class.
I grabbed a green juice from the new Clean Juice store located next door to my Pure Barre studio before heading home to eat breakfast and join Ryan, Sadie and Chase on a four-mile walk.
By the time we made it home, our stomachs told us it was time for lunch, so we ate with my mom while watching the Panthers/Jaguars game. We spent the rest of our Sunday hanging out at home and tackling chores around the house before making a quick trip to HomeGoods (I am hoping to revamp our dining room!) and ordering pizza for dinner.
I hope you guys had a good weekend and are enjoying your Monday so far! Thanks for checking in!
P.S. Thank you for your sweet words and well wishes regarding Sadie’s surgery today. I will keep you guys updated and appreciate you thinking of our sweet girl this morning!