Friday, January 29, 2021

*DINNER* Meal Plan with Me: 1/30 - 2/5

This is an exciting post for me for a couple reasons! Let's start with the basics - I love food. Also, I love to plan out healthy + delicious meals for my family. Enough said? Yeah, I think so.

My baby is officially 8 weeks old and I'm starting to get to the point of my postpartum season where I feel a natural desire to start shifting my focus to taking care of my family AND MYSELF, again. Planning out healthy dinners is one of the ways that I do that for us all. (I mean, my family wasn't complaining during that one week when we had a stack of take-out pizza boxes in the burn pile but, my body wasn't too happy with it.)

If you're looking to start fresh in February, take this post as a reminder that now is the perfect time to work on a meal plan for the first week of the new month coming our way on Monday! Here's a look into our dinner meal plan to help you out with some ideas for your own.

Saturday, Jan 30th: Take-Out! Bang Bang Wings + Salad

Sunday, Jan 31st: Lasagna Soup

Monday, Feb 1st: Creamy Salmon + Broccoli + Penne

Tuesday, Feb 2nd: Slow Mexi Chicken + Rice

Wednesday, Feb 3rd: Spaghetti Squash + Meatballs + Rolls

Thursday, Feb 4th: Pizza Night w/ Cauliflower Wings

Friday, Feb 5th: Leftovers / Burrito Bowls

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I'm going to try to start working back up to my regular schedule of posting on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. Since I spent most of last year being pregnant and then welcomed baby #2 into our family, I haven't been on that regular posting schedule in quite a while. For those of you who have hung in there with me over this past year of irregular posting, you are the real MVP's and I love you and your support. Thank you!

See you back here on Monday! That's a promise.

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Newborn and a Kindergartener

Happy Monday, everyone! I'm posting a little later in the day than usual but, such is life with a newborn and Kindergartener! I just love saying that - "a newborn and a Kindergartener". This is such a special season we're in and I feel so, so blessed! And tired... I feel tired, too.

This week I am working on a "Day in the Life" post to share what a typical day is looking like around here with... a newborn and a Kindergartener. Yep, I said it again. That's the last time for this post, I promise.

Right now, it is 2:15pm on a Monday. Delaney is taking a nap in her crib right now. We try to get at least one nap in her crib during the day, working up to an eventual full-time transition. Piper is with me in my room, "chilling with mom" (on her tablet) as I type this post up real quick.

I don't have all that much to say today but I still wanted to get a post out there because I am trying to be a little more consistent with my blogging. I use to be committed to blogging three times each week (Monday's, Wednesday's, Friday's) and I'm hoping to work back up to that, soon! 

Blogging is a form of self-care for me and these days I am trying to prioritize more achievable self-care practices, considering the season I'm in (you know, being a mom of a... okay I promised I wouldn't say it again).

In case you missed any recent posts, I'm going to link them below.

Baby #2 C-Section Birth Vlog | First Days at Home with a Newborn + Kindergartener

Delaney at 6 Weeks

Delaney Jane: One Month

My posts have been very baby heavy lately because, well, I just had a baby. Also because I haven't been too focused on healthy living as much as just surviving lately. However, I am starting to think about how I will be trying to maintain my weight in the next month as I'm weening out of breastfeeding Delaney. When I stopped breastfeeding Piper, I noticed my weight increased significantly and rather quickly. I think it was partially because I was use to eating all those extra breastfeeding calories and my body didn't quite need them anymore. I am going to miss those extra calories, which have been consumed mostly in the form of an extra slice or two of pizza and trail mix these past few weeks.

In February, I will be working on being more mindful of what I'm eating and will be setting some initial goals in the right direction as far as all that goes. We'll call them "postpartum baby steps" and I'll share them with you soon!

If there's anything in particular you hope to see here as I begin blogging more consistently, please let me know in a comment below! Thanks for stopping by today and see you back here soon!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Baby #2 C-Section Birth Vlog | First Days at Home with a Newborn + Kindergartener

This was so fun to document and create. I hope you enjoy this short video of memories from our first days in the hospital and at home with baby #2.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Delaney at 6 Weeks

Our second daughter, baby Laney, is 6 weeks old! For some reason this 6 week mark has come as more of a shock than when we hit 1 month. I think it’s because we’re already over her first leap in development now (we use The Wonder Weeks app) and she truly has grown, both in size and personality. She just started smiling at us this past week and I believe the entire family would agree it’s the best thing in the world right now.

Since I just shared Delaney’s one month update, there isn’t too much new to share from baby world, except for her current “schedule”. We’re finally beginning to notice a rhythm in our days and nights. It’s very similar to the rhythm we found with Piper at the same age.

Feeding Schedule

(times shift forward or behind by a couple hours each day)

5:30 am

8:30 am

10:30 am

12:30 pm

3:30pm

5:30 pm

7:30 pm

10:30 pm

2:30 am

5:30 am

We are super blessed to have already had a few nights where Delaney has given us up to 5/6 hours of sleep. Generally though, we get around 3 - 4 hour intervals of sleep from her throughout the night. Now, it only we can get our 5 year old on the same page. Most of the time, our newborn is sleeping better than our 5 year old. Poor kiddo. Nightmares are the worst, but being a parent to these girls is the best.

As for me at 6 weeks postpartum, I am feeling pretty good! I am still breastfeeding, mostly in the form of pumping these days. Ever since Nick went back to work, I have been pumping in the mornings and evenings. Bottle feeding a mixture of breast milk and formula has been working really well for all of us!

I was excited to be officially cleared for exercise with no restrictions, however, I plan to just take it easy for a while longer. I’m not in any rush to “get back to where I was” prior to pregnancy just yet. Instead, I am going to spend the rest of this month just eating intuitively, stretching daily and trying to get a walk or two in each week when weather permits. 

Honestly, it is still sometimes hard to fit in breakfast or lunch for myself when Nick is at work and I’m juggling both kids + remote learning for Piper. There are many days when I can only manage to scarf down multiple handfuls of trail mix and call it lunch, or grab a granola bar and call it breakfast (like this morning). 

We are still in survival mode in some ways, and I’m totally embracing this season for what it is. We know all too well that it won’t be like this forever. Just ask my 5 year old who is turning 6 this week! Oh, my heart. Part of me wishes they could just stay little forever but I know God has great plans for these girls. I am so blessed and honored to be their mom.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Delaney Jane: One Month

Delaney Jane. Laney Bear. Laneysaurus. Our baby is one month old! (Actually, she's a little over 5 weeks now.) Delaney makes us laugh with her dinosaur noises and baby squeaks. She loves car rides, warm baths and cooing at her big sister. Our hearts are full and our family feels complete with her here.




This first month with Delaney has been such a blessing! I wish I could describe the love we all have for her. Even more so, I wish you could personally witness Piper's love for her. It's such a pure, sisterly love. It's a kind of love that can't be explained easily, and it started from the very first moment Piper saw her.


Just yesterday, during an ordinary day, Piper told me "this has been the best year ever because this year we got a baby". This really took me by surprise because that means despite all of the sacrifice this year brought Piper (because of the pandemic), she still believes (at 5 years old) this is the "best year ever" because this was the year we were blessed with Delaney. She's not wrong! I just can't believe how wise Piper is already to value such a thing over all the sacrifices that we've had to make; being in isolation, remote learning from home, etc. I am so glad she understands how much of a blessing our family is to one another.


Whenever Piper hears us start talking to Delaney, she stops whatever she is doing and runs over asking, "does she have her eyes open?!" She loves to pinch her cheeks and call her pretty. She takes great pride in being a big sister. She fawns over how smart "her baby" is, and thanks God for making Delaney healthy and strong. Piper is the first person Delaney began cooing at, and Piper is still the one who can get the most coos out of her. I love watching Piper grow into her role of "big sister" every day. It's such a privilege to witness as a mother.


The first few weeks home from the hospital passed in a beautiful, sleepy blur. I remember feeling so content and complete when we first returned home from the hospital. Nick was home with us for the first three weeks, which made the transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4 quite seamless.






Due to my stair restriction, Nick and I spent the first couple weeks sleeping downstairs. I slept in a recliner because it was easiest for me as I recovered from my c-section, and Nick slept on the couch. Having the living room decorated for Christmas definitely helped keep things feeling so peaceful and relaxing, all hours of the day and night. When I would nurse Delaney (which seemed nearly constantly during the first couple weeks) I would play worship music and praise God for all He's done. I was keenly aware that those first couple weeks would fly by and so I made sure to breathe it all in and soak it up as much as I could.



Delaney had a couple weekly weight checks at the pediatrician's office until she regained her birth weight. Since we've remained isolated to protect our little ones from COVID during this season, the doctor appointments were our big adventure those first couple weeks!


Exactly one week postpartum, we had some really nice weather and so we went out for our first walk. I only walked for a short distance and then stood by the truck, enjoying the fresh air while watching Nick and Piper scoot around the parking lot. We've been blessed to have a relatively mild winter so far. We've been out for a handful of walks, now.



During Delaney's first bath we found out that she really enjoys bath time and we're so happy for that! Both of our girls love the water and their "tubby time".



Delaney is such a sweet addition to our family. We have all enjoyed this first month with her, and I think she enjoys being with us, too. 

Some of Delaney's favorite things in life are:
- bath time
- car rides
- listening to and watching her sister
- cooing (brand new skill!)
- walking around in dad's arms at 2am
- laying on moms chest anytime of day
- listening to the shower and blow dryer
- being swaddled (for the most part)

Some things that Delaney is not so fond of include:
- stopping at red lights while in the car
- the witching hour(s) in the evening
- getting dried off after bath time
- laying flat on her back
- tummy time
- gas pains



The timing of Delaney's arrival couldn't have been more perfect for us. It was so wonderful to have Nick home for the month of December, up through Christmas. We got to include Delaney in to all of our Christmas prep, including baking cookies! Having a newborn at Christmas time is a unique treasure. I couldn't stop thinking about Mary and Jesus. Advent was a little more personal for me this year with a newborn in my arms. It was truly special.









This first month has gone by fast but, I feel good in knowing that I have been fully present in these moments with my family. I know all too well how fast these seasons pass and so, I cherish the time we have with Delaney, just the way she is right now, all the more.





Here are some other photos we snapped with my phone this first month with Delaney.




















I will cherish these memories, always.