Ugh, these cheeks. You guys, these cheeks get munched on all the livelong day because they are simply irresistible. This little chunk of love gets cuter and chunkier every single day, and at 8 weeks in that means he’s a whole lot of cute!
Last night he was so happy just kicking around in his diaper before bed that I just carried him around without any clothes on and I was so delighted to see his little rubberband wrists and chins for days! Chubby babies are the best, and while I don’t think he’ll ever be the Michelin-rolls kind of baby I’ll take all the chub I can get!
This past week has been really fun with our newest little guy. Lots of smiles, cooing, baby chuckles and finally the realization that the play mat isn’t a torture device. He’s still not loving tummy time, although he rocks it when he does it. The other day I put him on his tummy and walked around the other side of the couch to pick something up, and when I went back to check on him about 5 seconds later? He had rolled over from his front to his back. WHAT?! #overachiever
He’s actually kind of magically created a bedtime for himself this past week. Basically around 8pm he gets changed into his pajamas and given a bath (if it’s a bath day), and then I nurse him and he goes down til about 3:30 or 4:00am. It’s not something we pushed or really even tried to do, just followed his lead and figured he’s getting a decent chunk of sleep so mama gets some too!
Napping is a whole different story though. We roamed an outdoor mall here the last 3 days of the week last week because he was only sleeping well in his carseat. Going to the mall allowed him to sleep while I pushed the stroller, and gave Wes 90+ minutes to run around and climb and jump off of things. I guess we all won with that, although it would be nice to have him nap a little better at home. We get one good nap out of him a day at the house, and the rest are pretty short-lived. To be fair, though, our pediatrician did say that would likely happen. She said that typically a baby that sleeps well during the day will be up a lot at night, and babies who sleep well at night are cat-nappers during the day. That’s been 100% true for us pretty much his whole life thus far!
Wes continues to be a great big brother, and watching Nate with both of them makes my heart jump out of my chest. Not in a “let’s make more!” way (yet) but it’s just so amazing to see him in his roll as Daddy. I never doubted the fact that he would be a fantastic father, but the reality is so much sweeter than I ever dreamed of.
I’m doing pretty well this week. Catching up on a little sleep from time to time, working out consistently (I’ve been doing 30 minute Barre3 workouts and walking about 30-45 minutes a day with the boys), eating a little better. The moodiness is subsiding a little bit day by day, which I think is because of all the sleep/exercise/healthier eating, plus the fact that there’s another week of postpartum hormones decreasing.
This is super random, but something I’ve been toying around with: minimalism. I’ve always been one that would give stuff away if I hadn’t used it in 6 months or so, but lately it just feels like all the stuff has just been building and building and then exploded all over my life. The closet of clothes that I don’t like, the masses of toys that we have when Wes only plays with 3 of them, the boxes of stuff that we literally moved from Colorado 3 years ago and haven’t yet opened. All the swag from conferences and gifts from clients that are all duplicates in our kitchen, and then all the things we have to HOUSE the things. It just seems like life could maybe be a bit simpler if 3/4 of it disappeared! So I’ve kind of started weeding out clothes that I know I don’t like and won’t wear even when they fit again, and whenever there’s a spare moment of non-nursing, non-playing, non-cooking, non-working in my life I’m going to rent a truck and take all of it to donation centers. It’s gotta happen!
Question for y’all: what do you think of the minimalist movement? Anyone else feeling the way I feel? And if so, what are some good resources you’ve found? I’m all ears!