Hello my friends! Friday, woohoo! Let’s kick off the almost weekend with some Friday faves/things I’m loving lately. What are you loving lately? Play along in the comments!
On Tuesday night, it was snowing, but Matt and I decided to channel spring and have tacos for dinner! Riese was more interested in the light fixture than Matt’s beautiful avocado presentation, but we will forgive her.
3 for me, 4 for him! I could eat tacos all day everyday. Toppings included chopped spinach, grated cheese, sauteed peppers and onions, and ground turkey cooked in Mexican seasonings (cumin, chili powder, etc.). Mmmmm
Reading is one of my favorite forms of self care, but in the early days after having Riese I found I never had time to read. I usually do most of my reading in bed right before going to sleep, and love that time to unwind, but for a few months I was so tired I didn’t want to stay up a minute longer than I had to. Now that Riese is sleeping better and therefore we are sleeping better, I wanted to start reading in bed again, but she sleeps in a bassinet in our room right next to my side of the bed where the lamp is, and I didn’t want to turn it on and wake her up. So, I finally got smart a couple weeks ago and bought myself a little clip-on book light so I can read in bed without a big, bright light waking Riese up. Hooray! So nice to unwind with a good book in bed again, even if it’s only for a few minutes!
Another thing I’ve done recently is instead of mindlessly scrolling through my phone while pumping, I’ve started reading a book to make the whole experience feel more like refreshing “me-time”.
Pumping is not super fun, but having a good book to read and approaching it more as some time to decompress rather than something to rush through has helped a lot with making it more enjoyable. It’s all about the mentality/how you approach things in life, right? I pump twice per day now – once in the evening right before I go to bed (usually around 9 p.m…. #oldlady), and once in the morning after the first feed of the day (usually anytime between 4 and 6 a.m.). The morning one is really not my fave, because I’d way rather go right back to sleep after feeding Riese, but Riese still can’t get quite enough food from me in the evenings and as a result I don’t produce as much in the evenings now, so Matt and I have been giving her a top off bottle of breast milk before she goes to sleep. I don’t get much milk from the before bed/evening pump session, but I figure it’s good to keep doing so my evening supply doesn’t totally tank. Usually between the pre-bed pump and the morning pump I can get about 4 ounces total, and then we give her that milk in the evening before bed. Unfortunately I’m not usually able to save any extra milk so my freezer stash is not exactly crushing it (I think I have about 7 bags in there right now… argh), but it’s working for now. Trying my best to keep up! Any tips for increasing milk supply?! I’m nervous that since she’s still not a very efficient eater my supply is going to continue to go down…
Anyway! Question – what entertaining/light books are you reading right now that you’d recommend? Nothing that is going to make me cry, please… I feel like my emotions are still a bit more intense than normal so I don’t need anything that is going to make me really weepy! (While we’re talking about books, I have a blog post all about my all-time favorite books if you’re looking for some new stuff to read!) Right now I’m reading “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Philippa Gregory – it’s not as good as her other books (like “The Other Boleyn Girl” – SO GOOD) but it’s entertaining enough for now.
3) These amazing Pittsburgh-themed limited edition Brooks Launch 5 shoes!
My friends at Brooks gifted both me and Matt a pair since they know Matt is from Pittsburgh, and he LOVES them! Brooks created these shoes in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods in honor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Marathon; Matt and I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon together back in 2014 (along with my brother as well), so it’s fun to have these as a bit of a memento. The tongue of the shoe is actually the fabric of a Terrible Towel – so cool right?! And the inside has a beautiful bridges silhouette. Love! If you’re interested, here’s the women’s version and the men’s version on the DICK’S site.
Everything still feels so tight postpartum and stretching out feels amazing, especially on my tight hips and stiff back from all the baby carrying/snuggling/feeding. Chelsea and I checked out a new-to-us spot early this morning – Georgetown Yoga via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $40 off) and both loved it. Small but beautiful, cozy studio and we liked the instructor, too. Felt really good to start the day with some zen!
As usual, I will leave you guys with some interesting posts and yummy sounding recipes from around the web. Have a great weekend!
- 10 Frequently Asked Prenatal Yoga Questions – helpful post for my expecting mama readers! I could have used this last year 🙂
- Why You Should Serve Family-Style Meals – interesting post from a fellow RD and mom on why letting kids serve themselves can have a positive impact on what and how much they eat!
- Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole – yummmmm
- 3 Ingredient Tahini Protein Balls – intrigued by these! I’ve never used tahini in snack balls before
- DIY Shower Steamers with Essential Oils – I’m relaxed just reading this (also, they are so pretty – would make a great gift)
- Instant Pot Chicken Recipes – great round up!
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