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Things are great around here and I want to check in on this Friday evening.

We are about to be inundated with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden. We just finished a month straight of zucchini and rainbow chard. We know now that Andrew is pretty dang good at gardening and he plans to add three additional raised beds for next year!

Simon has started rice cereal and purees! Having all that baby food made is fantastic.

I have a kitchen item to recommend. I ordered this eco non-stick pan after seeing someone on IG stories (look for a blog post about stories soon) using it.

It's amazing! Best nonstick pan I've ever had.

We took advantage of all the cherries on sale and I've eaten my weight in them this week.

I have an audience during yoga now. HA!

I've been able to practice way more than I thought I would, but there are times he wakes up before I'm finished. He loves to sit and watch while chewing on various items. We have most definitely entered the "I think it's his teeth" phase. No teeth yet, but major drooling and gumming.

I will savor this brief period before he's mobile.

Playpen -- you will be my best friend.

 

BTW, THIS PHOTO IS THE BEST!

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School starts back next week for Georgetown. It is a little sad to think I will not be there. Bittersweet for sure. So happy with what I'm doing now and wouldn't trade it, but I did love that job. 

Felt it especially while browsing the children's section at Carmichael's last week. Needless to say, I love buying books for Simon, but also can't help but think "I should get this for the library!" or how much a certain student would love a particular book. 

I've already been texting with the new librarian (she's awesome!) about volunteering once a week for a little bit. Help is always needed for kindergarten that's for sure. 

I apologize for the incoherent rambling of this post.

And finally, a photo of Reuben and my enormous coleus. You can't even see the pots!

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hi there

Sorry it's been awhile! Trip to Asheville was immediately followed by a couple busy days of teaching and getting things back together.

We had a good time -- Simon was such a great little traveler. We ate everything, which you already know if you follow me on IG. I was posting to stories a ton-- anyone else having so much fun with IG stories? 

Simon put up with being hauled all over Asheville and never even grumbled. He was fairly wrecked on Sunday though...as you can see in this photo. Poor dear!

We are excited to head back to AVL in September to buy our Sticks table. I can't believe I might have one in just a few months! As silly as it sounds, it's a major bucket list item for me. Crazy.

In other news, I finished a book (!), have been obsessed with HAIM's new album, gleefully following the insanity of Trump Jr, and eating lots of zucchini....Andrew's garden is exploding!

 

 

life lately

Simon is two months old today. Crazy!

He's doing fabulous - we've really hit our stride enjoying long walks in the stroller, eating lunch with Andrew at work one day a week, and constantly visiting with grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins.

He's also already sleeping through the night...he loves his crib and loves going to bed?!? Is this normal?! Whatever, I'll take it.

I'm not excited about his two month doctor appointment on Friday...first shots! Ugh, I am dreading it, but he'll fine...surely...ha ha

Lots of great stuff happening right now so I thought I'd throw in a weekly report...

WATCH

So much! Better Call Saul and Fargo both started back and are as good as ever. Silicon Valley started last night, which we'll watch tonight along with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The Handmaid's Tale starts this week on Hulu, which I'm super excited about...it might be a little too timely right now, but I'm still watching. I watched the series finale of GIRLS and hated it...haha. So glad that show is over!

LISTEN

Again...so much. New albums everywhere! But honestly, is there anything else but Lady Gaga's new single, The Cure? No. It's all there is right now.

I've also fully committed to listening to both episodes of Pod Save America per week. I love their frank attitude, but supported with major insider knowledge. 

DO

We are gearing up for summer/spring gardening. Have I mentioned yet that I'm embracing yardwork this year? I am doing flower pots again this year, but we also have installed twelve wrought iron hooks on the house for hanging flower baskets...a lot to water, but I WILL do it...I WILL!

Oh and last week we went to see Bernie Sanders in Louisville. He says everything you want to hear and is so awesome...inspiring and also incredibly depressing because he's not in charge and the Orange Windsock baby-president is.

Trump's latest insanity from last night is baffling...bragging that he got higher ratings than 9/11 coverage on television....disgusting. He's disgusting and I am still in despair at what is happening in this country in case you're wondering.

MOVE

I've been back at it for about two weeks now and it gets easier every day. In addition to yoga practice, I'm walking with the stroller (making myself attack hills around town), dancing my butt off in the studio (no shame, flailing for 45 minutes results in some serious sweat!), and on Saturday Kayla and I tried out the new indoor cycling studio in Louisville, Cyclebar. Tons of fun, I hope to go again this coming weekend.

READ

Enjoying the ridiculous wine memoir, Cork Dork, from Bianca Bosker. The wine world is so weird. 

one month old

How?! When!? WHAT?!

Simon is a month old today. It seems like he was born yesterday and a year ago all at the same time.

We're getting the hang of this thing more and more every day. He is quite the guy.

QUICK TAKEAWAYS AFTER A MONTH...

the lack of sleep is not as bad as everyone says it is

the hormone crash following birth is worse than anyone says it is

breastfeeding was not worth it for me

the Bagel boys loud barking has little to no effect on him...thank god

my house has never been cleaner and laundry has never been this caught up.

obsessive freezer cooking is beyond worth it -- we are still eating well from my stash

didn't know it was possible, but I love Andrew about 10x more than I did a month ago

ESSENTIAL BABY ITEMS

Like almost everyone says, you don't need half of what you think, but there have been a few things that I wouldn't want to be without...

1) HALO Sleep Sack Swaddle

Not only is this ridiculously fun to say over and over, it also works wonders for swaddling at night. The velcro flaps are, in essence, a straightjacket for your baby. Keeps him tightly swaddled, which he likes, and you don't have to worry about blanket coming undone and suffocating baby. WIN!

2) Ubbi wipes dispenser with weighted plate

Pure frustration = desperately trying to get wipes out of their plastic pack with one hand and accidentally pulling out half the pack, which means you have to shove them all back in and then the next time you need one...look out! This dispenser is great --- I thought it unnecessary before S was born so I didn't buy it, but quickly realized it was much needed. 

3) Marpac DOHM All Natural White Noise sound machine

 We have used this at night only, every night, starting the first night home from the hospital. Simon is also a great sleeper at night. Of course he still wakes up 2-3 times for feedings, but he goes right back to sleep and stays asleep for at least 3 hours. Do we know if the sound machine is responsible? No, but we're not willing to find out. It's been great!

4) Fisher-Price Rock-n-Play

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone says you got to have this and they are right. It's super handy.

5) A serious hand lotion, I'm using Aveda Hand Relief

It's winter. I'm washing my hands after every diaper change and a bunch of other times a day. To say that my hands have been dry would be a gross understatement.

And honestly...that's all I can think of that has been truly necessary (other than diapers, wipes, and food obviously...ha). You don't need much...at all!

Of course, I also recommend healthy amounts of chocolate, wine, lasagna, beer, and soup. 

some recommendations

I'm not used to being stuck inside the house, unable to bop around, do yoga, etc.

The past couple weeks have been full of watching and listening and here are some recommendations:

A new documentary series on Netflix, Abstract: The Art of Design.

Each episode profiles a different artist and how they work including the head of design for Nike footwear, Fiat Chrysler, illustrators, and interior designers. Really good.


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Only upside of Trump's presidency? Late night is good again. I've also been catching up with Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee via YouTube. They're killing it.


Big Little Lies on HBO.

Great cast and the set design is worth watching. Not sure I care about the story at all at this point (3 episodes in) and I don't understand the casting of Shailene Woodley, but it's a high brow soap and perfect for binging.


If you're not into blogging or internet stuff, this may not be the one for you, but I've been loving it!


Grand Designs on Netflix.

Andrew got hooked on this show years ago and it has finally made its way to Netflix. Incredible houses and some crazy characters.