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Things I’m Loving Lately: Nursing-Friendly Sports Bras and more!

Hey guys! Coming at you with some randomness on this beautiful Friday. I’m sure some of you are gearing up for holiday weekend adventures – safe travels and enjoy! And now, here are some things I’m loving lately.

1) Riese turning 6 months old yesterday!

WOW, time flies. As I wrote on Instagram, I alternate between crying because she’s growing up too quickly and already not our tiny little baby anymore… and delighting in watching her change. It’s amazing to see her learn new skills and mannerisms – I swear she changes every single day!

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2) Deck dinners!

Now that it’s still light out when Matt and I eat dinner (usually around 8 after getting Riese to bed), we’ve been enjoying eating out on our deck. So nice to enjoy some fresh air – it makes the evening feel more special to be outdoors! We’re actually having friends over for a BBQ on the deck tonight – can’t wait.

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3) My flour free protein pancake!

I was really obsessed with this for awhile but got out of the habit of making it once Riese arrived because it takes about 10 minutes to make on the stove. Well, it’s back in action! I sometimes do a microwave variation but it’s not nearly as good as the stovetop classic. Yummm.

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4) Nursing-friendly sports bras.

I have tried a few variations of nursing-friendly sports bras and finally found two I really like: this one is great for running/higher impact (it’s not technically a nursing bra but the velcro adjustable straps can be undone – perfect for nursing), and this one is amazing for yoga/walking/hiking/anything lower impact because it’s really comfy and cozy.

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5) This baby chair. I bought this baby play chair after my friend Janae wrote about it on her blog and Riese really likes it. :) Seems to help work on her core strength, too!

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And now, a random question: what time of day do you guys usually read my blog posts? I’ve always made it a priority to publish new blog posts sometime in the morning, but I’m wondering if that matters or not. Do you like when bloggers you follow publish posts in the morning, or does it not really matter to you? I’m not sure I’ll be changing anything either way, but just curious!

Speaking of posting – it will be a bit sporadic next week! Our nanny will be out of town so I’m going to use it as an opportunity to take most of the week off from blog work and AnneTheRD client meetings and enjoy some extra special time with my little one. I’ve been looking forward to this week for months… I’m so excited to take Riese to story time at the library, to bring her to lunch at my grandmother’s retirement community so she can meet everyone there, and to have some fun outdoorsy adventures with her, too, if the weather allows! And of course it will be nice to get some extra cuddles, too. :) I’m planning to pop in with posts a couple times (I’ll probably do some work in the evenings once Matt is home, or maybe have my mom come over for a couple hours so I can get caught up one of the afternoons), but we’ll see. Either way, have a great long weekend! Today is National Wine Day… don’t forget to celebrate. ;)

I will leave you with a couple random things from around the web:

  • If you’re a fellow blogger looking for tips and best practices for how to partner with brands, check out the Wellevation HQ Facebook group. It’s free and has a lot of great brand partnership insights and info!
  • If you want to experience some wanderlust and travel vicariously, check out The Year Away blog – it’s written by a blog reader of mine and her husband who are, as the blog name indicates, spending a whole year traveling. Leah is documenting their adventures on the blog and I’ve been really enjoying following along!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing those sports bras – i am really STRUGGLING finding some that are supportive enough post partum. Who knew!?

  2. 3

    Hmmmm I usually read it whenever the email comes out – so late morning/mid-afternoon. It’s a nice break to my workday :).

    Have fun with Riese next week and hello National Wine Day. Thinking I will definitely need to participate in that!

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    Beth R. says:

    What if you make a big batch of pancakes ahead of time and freeze them?

    • 6

      I’ve thought about that, but it’s hard to batch cook because I have to make them in a pan that just fits one (a bigger pan makes them kind of fall apart)… they are kind of high maintenance lol.

  4. 7

    I usually read late morning or lunch time!

  5. 8

    I usually read your posts at lunch, since I’ve noticed they tend to come out in the mid/late morning! I like that timing :)

    Have a good weekend!

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    Laura Swanson says:

    I usually read them at lunch, a nice break during work!

  7. 10
    Melissa says:

    I usually read in the afternoon at work.

  8. 11

    What a sweetheart!! Enjoy this time, it goes so quickly…we sent our oldest away to college this year 😢. I usually read your blog early afternoon. Love it! Keep up the great work!

  9. 13

    While those seats are so great to pop baby into (total lifesaver!) They aren’t really used to strengthen their core. Instead it’s reccomended to put baby in a seated position and support them with your body or hands. Not being critical at all, just wanted you to be aware! http://mamaot.com/beware-the-baby-bumbo-seat/

    • 14

      Good to know, thanks! We do a ton of holding/supporting her while she’s seated, too, so that’s good to know that those efforts are helpful for core strength!

  10. 15
    Roadrunner says:

    Love the picture of Riese at six months and in the chair. And, on time I read your blog — often late in the day when catching up!

  11. 16

    I’m a first thing in the morning with coffee gal!

    Also, that sports bra looks so similar to the Brooks fiona and juno bras!

  12. 18

    Thanks so much for the tip for the facebook group! Sounds super helpful. Enjoy next week!

  13. 20

    How old was Reise when you started getting her to bed before 8:00pm? I have a 6 week old and we typically get her down around 10:30 since she’s still eating pretty often, but I’m looking forward to those earlier bedtimes…

    • 21

      I’m trying to remember… It’s relatively recent. I think around 4 months was when we moved bedtime up? Basically when she was seeming fussy but not hungry earlier in the evening. We slowly moved it up a little every day though – so you could try that in a month or so and see how it goes! Every baby is different!

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      Kristin says:

      I know you are not asking me, but I have an 11 month old and remembering wondering the same thing and anticipating a set bed time. I think every baby is different but at some point my daughter just started to kind of make her own schedule and then from there I just tried to stick with it as best as possible. This happened for us around 9 months. I tried a few times before to “put” her on a schedule and it was always a fail mostly because I didn’t like forcing her to eat or sleep when not hungry or tired and I cannot let her cry for long!!! It will happen though….

  14. 23

    I normally like to read/catch up with blogs in the early morning (between 6:30-7am) before I go to work. I like to have the time in the morning to read blogs for leisure before I have to rush off in the mooring. So I personally prefer morning post, but that is just my opinion!

  15. 24

    I love to read first thing in the morning to ease into my day😊 Enjoy your week!!

  16. 25

    I read blogs at breakfast time so I like it when bloggers post at 6 am :)

  17. 27
    Emily J says:

    Hey Anne! I typically read at lunch time.

  18. 28

    So cute!! :D :D :D Happy 6 months to Riese!!

  19. 29

    Hi Anne! I usually read blog posts first thing in the morning.

  20. 30

    I usually read in the morning! Enjoy your week with Riese!

  21. 31

    Has Riese tried any solids yet??

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