Hi everyone!!! How are you enjoying this fall? Let me tell ya, mine is night and day from last year. I
was so sick in my first trimester, I don’t really remember enjoying it- I just remember one long wave of nausea & cuddles with Moose (I did enjoy that part). This year I am living for it allll. When we returned from Michigan on
, we unpacked and ordered in some September 5th Piada for lunch since I hadn’t restocked on groceries yet. I finally enrolled as a Piada member, which I should have done a loong time ago considering how much we order from there. I went for the build-your-own bowl with all kinds of yums and a side of the apple cider vinaigrette and vegan harissa.
I had my first book club meet-up! The book we read was September 6th The Last Mrs. Parrish which I included in a recent Friday Faves. We all brought a different snack, so I made a cheese board with various cheeses (including a couple vegan ones so I could indulge), hummus, chocolate covered cherries from Michigan, salami and a side of pretzels and crackers.
It was so much fun!! After Quinn was born, DJ and I talked about how important it is to take time to prioritize our hobbies and friends because we realized how quickly those could fall by the wayside. Monthly book club, a weekend run and a monthly brunch with a friend are my “things” for now and DJ tries to get out golfing whenever he can and tries to meet up with friends here and there too. It feels really good supporting each other in making these things a priority.
, we went out for a morning walk with Mr. Moose on a new trail. The trail was a little noisy being right next to the highway, so we probably won’t frequent it, but it is convenient if we ever just need to get a quick walk in with him. September 7th
I grabbed a Cafe Au Lait from September 8th, Nervous Dog and worked on modules for work at the hospital.
When I picked up Quinn from daycare, she surprisingly still had some energy so we did a bit of tummy time before a long nap.
, she had her four month appt. We went on a walk on a trail on the way to the peds office to get some fresh air to start the day. September 9th
I was sorta dreading the appt. with the next round of vaccines, but it went well enough. This round she seemed a bit fussier/more uncomfortable than the last, so it was lots of carrier naps and cuddles. On top of that she was teething a lot that day. My girl :(. The nurse did give a great tip to put frozen breast milk in one of those
fruit strainers to help with teething & Quinn loved that!
That afternoon we were low on groceries, so I was forced to get creative. I threw together this Lavash wrap with sardines, mixed greens, tomato and mustard. It sounds kinda gross, but it was so satisfying.
Aaand it was around this week my hair started falling out in droves. That postpartum hair loss hit hard and fast. No fun!
That weekend was a nice, chill weekend with walks on new trails, watching football (or enjoying the white noise of it in my case), getting the house in order & quality time all together.
Quinn has been so eager to sit up and stand. She loves when we hold her up like this! I feel like sometimes she thinks, “this baby stuff is for the birds!”. She just wants to moveee <3.
I’ve been on a pizza kick lately, but good dairy-free/soy-free pizza can be hard to find. I tried the meatless lovers from Daiya that weekend, and it was definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried!
The back to back shifts are exhausting for Quinn since we get up so early to get her to daycare. But she handled these long days like a champ and seemed to have so much fun with the activities over those couple of days! She has had pretty consecutive colds since starting daycare (which sucks), but I try to see the bright side that she’s building immunity. I also learn a lot from her teachers and implement a lot of the activities they do at home. September 12th & 13th.
, we went on a nice morning walk. As we trotted along, I admired the yellow blooms on the side of the trail. The next day when I returned they were gone, so I was probably just admiring some weeds, hah. I know September 14th nothing about flowers.
That day, Quinn was soaking up just chillin’ and kicking this little ball on her playmat. We Facetimed with my Aunt Terry, and she just dribbled the ball the whole time. Maybe future soccer player?
Also my baby has turned into a crab. She’s been pinching me like crazy lately lol. I just think, “girllll I gave you life, why must you hurt me like that?!”.
One of the activities I stole from daycare was putting water in different containers. I improvised and put them at different temperatures so she could feel a warmer bowl with water and one with cooler water. This girl loves water. I’ll take her to sinks in the house and she gets the biggest kick out of turning the faucet and running her hands under it.
Aaaand my first dive into embracing fall on
– September 17th this candle 🙂 .
, I had plans to meet with a friend for brunch, but unfortunately, they fell through last minute. I was so looking forward to brunchy food, so I decided to make my own at home. I took a little extra care making a veggie omelette with vegan jalapeno havarti cheese and a side of Dave’s bread with raspberry Crofter’s jam. I added a dollop of hummus on top for kicks. September 18th
Quinn was just stunned to see I was wearing
a. real clothes, b. makeup and c. no baseball cap.
We made the most of the time I was going to go to brunch and instead DJ linked his computer up to the TV, and we planned and dreamed up some weekend trips for next year & one family vacation. We are so excited to travel all around with Quinn!
Moose really relished that chill weekend energy. In a world of nervous dogs, be a chill Moose.
I stopped into Nervous Dog Cafe for a cafe au lait. I also finally signed up for their reward system. 54987 cafe au laits later… September 19th,
my mom and Pete arrived in town!! My mom hadn’t seen Quinn since May- can you believe it?! September 21st
I worked the day they got in town, so to keep things easy, I ordered in for all of us. Can you guess from where?
Ding ding if you guessed Piada, you guessed right.
My mom and Pete unpacked while Quinn napped in my carrier, then we all caught up while enjoying our meals. We go to bed fairly early (730/8ish), so the evening was short, but thankfully we had more to come!
Every morning, I put Quinn in her bouncer in the kitchen while I make breakfast. She seemed especially chipper this morning of
I think she was looking forward to a morning with her Grammy and Grampy! the 22nd;
While letting Moose out, I witnessed this gorgeous sunrise. We are in that time of year where the sunrises and sunsets are just spectacular.
We then headed to the trail for a walk. I realized once we got to the trail that I forgot my carrier, and girly girl never makes it through the whole walk just in the stroller anymore. My mom offered to just sit with Quinn while I zipped home- so I went back with Moose, grabbed my carrier and then we drove back to the trail.
When I pulled back in, Quinn was all cozied sleeping on my mom’s chest on the park bench. It was so sweet. Ok, time to get on with this walk!
It was gloomy with ominous clouds looming, but I just love that kind of weather.
We had a wonderful walk and only had to dodge one little drizzle. We also had really interesting conversation. My mom and I love the podcast
Cultish and reflected on some recent episodes. The rest of the day was just lotsa playing and spending time with Quinn <3.
How cute is she with her Grammy and Grampy?!
Quinn has been rolling over from stomach to back for quite some time, but this week I was really working on getting her to go back to stomach. My mom was watching her while I went out on a run, and caught her first time rolling back to stomach on camera! We were sooo proud! You can see how proud of herself she was too 🙂
That evening I made air fryer shrimp tacos for everyone with all the fixin’s. We got your cilatro, we got your lime, we got your fajita veggies. I made ones with vegan cheese for my mom and me and ones with queso fresco for the guys.
Quinn was a trooper through the whole dinner! By the end of it though, she was over it and ready to go to sleep.
While we went to start the bedtime routine, my mom and Pete so kindly cleaned up dinner and the entire kitchen (and listen, I’m working on it, but I have a bad habit of using every single dish we own while making dinner). Having them around is amazing for their presence alone, butttt it’s also so nice when I wake up to the dishes done and put away, the counters cleaned, and then Pete walks around with his magical fixer-upper powers and repairs everything needing repaired.
, while I worked, my mom and Pete watched Quinn <3. My mom sent pics of Quinn through the day- I have only ever dressed her first thing in the morning, so it was adorable seeing what my mom chose! September 23rd
P.S. Quinn is loving
this exersaucer from my friend Rachel!
Quinn had a lot of visitors that day! First up was our family friend, Mary :).
In the afternoon, her Gigi and Aunt Renee stopped by, and then in the evening, more family friends stopped by before going out to dinner with my mom and Pete.
My mom did say she seemed maybe a bit under the weather with how much she was sleeping. I was really grateful she was home with my mom instead of daycare that day.
I’ll wrap it up here before recapping the rest of the weekend :).
Questions for you:
Do you make a mess when cooking or are you fairly neat? (AKA does anyone else use every single pan/bowl in the kitchen?).
What’s your go-to quick dinner?