Currently | April 2017

Somehow April is already here. This year is flying by and the last month since Baby H arrived has been the fastest of my entire life! Wow! These days I spend basically all day caring for my sweet boy and right now he’s taking a cat nap on my chest. I read some friends blogs and it reminded of what today was so I grabbed my phone and typed up this post because I’ve missed this link-up so much! I hope you’ll enjoy this little update and please excuse the fact that everything revolves around the baby now, but my entire life is wrapped around this little human and his schedule, so naturally he has to show up in what I’m currently doing ;). I’m still hoping to write his birth story soon, but until then enjoy this post about what I’m currently up to! 


ACCOMPLISHING | Nourishing a human. Friends, when you are breastfeeding it’s near impossible to accomplish anything in the first few months. This kid eats constantly and the past few days he’s been prepping for a growth spurt which means even more eating than normal. I’m literally putting in full time hours breastfeeding. Some days I don’t get off the couch. Feed, change diaper, sleep. It’s all we do. But today we found out Baby H gained THIRTY OUNCES in the last 17 days, so I guess the feeding is paying off. I do dream of when I can get some other things accomplished though, until then thank the Lord for an amazing husband who is picking up my slack! 

FEELING | Great! Minus the sleep deprivation of course.  It’s been a month since my c-section and while I’m not 100% back to normal, things are so much better than I thought they would be. Most of the time I completely forget I had major abdominal surgery a month ago. I know everyone’s experiences are so very different but I’m very thankful for my experience overall. 

NEEDING | to start packing. We are going to West Virginia this weekend for a very quick visit so Baby H can meet some of his great-grandparents and so we can introduce our sweet boy to the mountain state we call home. I’ve obviously never traveled with a baby before and I’m trying to avoid overpacking too much. Also knowing how long it takes me to get anything done these days and that I have to pack for two people this time I know I need to start packing ASAP if I want to be ready to go this weekend! Any tips for packing for a baby or traveling with baby? 

PRACTICING | patience. While I’m absolutely adoring this cuddly newborn baby stage, I do sometimes struggle with wanting to be able to get things done, go places, and get some sleep. Motherhood is definitely teaching me patience. For now I will keep practicing patience and work on savoring all of these moments when all my baby boy wants is to be in my arms. 

PINNING | Home decor ideas. Sitting in the living room nearly 24/7 has me very tired of the little decorating we’ve done since moving and with spring here I’m in the mood to spruce things up a bit. I also still have a few pieces of winter decor out that desperately needs to go. I’m specifically looking at budget home decor ideas as a one income family with a new baby we don’t have much money to spare. Hopefully I can update a few little things on the cheap soon! Check out my Pinterest here

Thanks to Anne and Jess for hosting this great link-up.

Currently | January 2017

I figured the only way to start 2017 was by joining in with one of my favorite link-ups. Check below to see what I’m up to currently! Thanks to Anne and Jessica for hosting this great link-up.

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GATHERING | All of the baby things! Baby H will be making his arrival in less than THREE MONTHS and we are definitely gathering more baby things. I would say you can spot a little baby something in almost each room of our home at this point. I have a feeling after our baby shower in less than a month it will be a full on baby explosion in this apartment and I don’t think I could be any happier about that!

MAKING | A plan! Some pretty big life changes have happened recently and will continue to happen over the coming months. My days look a little different than they have in the past and I have a lot to accomplish before the biggest life change of all happens in March. So I’m looking around, writing down plenty of lists and making a plan for how I will be attacking it all.

SIPPING | Water! I got an awesome RTIC stainless steel tumbler for Christmas and it’s definitely helping me get more water in my system. I’ll admit I don’t love drinking water, but it’s nice to be able to just sip on an ice cold water all day.

FOLLOWING | All the mommy blogs and Instagram accounts. I’ve always loved following these types of blogs/accounts but now as I look at this being my life pretty soon I enjoy it even more. My favorites? A few sweet mommas who’s due dates are very close to mine. I love following along with their journey’s too!

RESOLVING | To embrace all of the beautiful, hard, messy things life throws at me. More on this soon.

Currently | July

Is it already July? Seriously. Agh. I can’t keep up. Can’t let this month slip by without doing my favorite post. Read on to see what I’m up to this month, ya know, apart from moving and all.

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TOASTING | Husband’s new job. I know I mentioned we are moving, but little was said about Husband’s new job. We got pretty frustrated and discouraged while we waited and searched for his first post grad job. With each new possibility that arose, my heart would commit, and before I knew it I had our entire future planned in my mind. This resulted in a lot of heartache and crushed plans. When this job came along, it wasn’t even something we were majorly considering. Things moved so quickly I didn’t even have time to think and dream and plan. Then there we were, accepting a job and making the decision to move. This job is something Husband has dreamed of for so long and he is so excited to get started and grow in this company. It’s exciting & unexpected, but very obviously God’s plan.

GOING | to really miss West Virginia. Expect me to write on this more soon. Really been feeling the things we are going to be saying goodbye to here. Just because the future is so exciting, doesn’t change the hurt of the things we are leaving.

SMELLING | White Peach Mango wax bars. Husband picked this scent out at the store a few weeks ago and I’ve loved heating this in my Scentsy recently. It’s such a delicious & summery scent!

WEARING | Clothes? I never know what to put for this one. Guys, I work from home and don’t go many places. My wardrobe is not very exciting. I have been digging a few simple maxi dresses I got this summer and I feel like I’ve been living in those. They are super comfy and can be dressed up or down which is a definite win in my book!

WISHLISTING | Everything possible for my dream home. While I’m not exactly moving into my dream home, we are moving into a new apartment with more decorating possibilities. Even more so I will be living near a handful of new to-me stores that will bring lots of fun. My wishlist is about a mile long right now. If you check out my Pinterest, you will get a little bit of an idea of the things I’m wishing for.

Thanks so much to Anne over at In Residence and Jenna at Gold & Bloom for hosting such a lovely link-up!

Currently | June

It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? It’s easy to say May was one of the craziest months of my life. In all the hard, wonderful, emotional ways it could be.

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For a quick recap: The month began with my 22nd birthday on May 4th. This was also the same day that Husband took his last finals of his undergrad college career. May 7th quickly arrived and Husband graduated from college! To celebrate we went out to lunch with our families and then got away for the night. This mainly consisted of sleeping in and ordering pizza at 11pm. The following weekend I kicked Husband out so I could host my sister’s bachelorette party weekend. This consisted of a few close friends, too much food, a few inappropriate games, and very little sleep. It was a blast though, and most important of all – my sister had a great time. I worked the next few days and tried to pull everything together before leaving town to finish details for my sister’s wedding and to get her hitched! Two weekends ago she said “I Do” as the peak event of the month. The following Sunday I watched my cousin graduate high school. Then this past weekend I got a little more time with my out of state sisters/best friends.

But now, it’s June! Which means it’s time to do my favorite monthly post which I have missed quite a bit. I’m thankful for the slow return to normal, for at least the time being. See what I’m currently up to below!

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PLANNING | Absolutely nothing! Okay, well… maybe I have a few things in the works. If you know me, you know I love to plan things! However the first 5 months of 2016 were full of planning and I’m taking a break for a week or two. I’m sure I’ll be back to scheming and planning very soon.

ENJOYING | being mostly responsibility free for a little while. We had originally assumed we would jump straight into moving after my sister’s wedding, but we are still in limbo as we wait to see what our next path holds. I know this seems like the same thing as the first item, but it is amazing to truly have nothing other than work and very basic household responsibilities on our plate. This is the first time in over 2 years that husband hasn’t been taking classes, and I’ve stepped away from most of my responsibilities for the time being. It’s nice to take some time and breathe!

BUYING | Groceries! This may seem like a boring thing, but it’s nice having time to cook again. We probably made less than 10 meals at home throughout May and I was really beginning to miss the kitchen, cooking, meal planning, and groceries. I promise that my weekly post – The Deans Eat – will be back soon!

CRAVING | some quality me time. Now that things are slowing down and Husband and I aren’t strangers anymore, I really feel the need to spend some time focusing on me and the things that are important to me. Reading, blogging, journaling, etc.

PINNING | At home work-out ideas. Having a desk job from home is not good for the physical side of things and I really need to be active more regularly. I’ve been pinning some various ideas and things to inspire me to get moving. Also some healthy snack ideas! You can see what I’ve been up to over on Pinterest right HERE.

Now for a few extra prompts inspired by Leigh Kramer’s link-up What I’m Into…

TV | Husband and I are currently watching through Scrubs on Netflix. It’s light and funny but I’m definitely feeling the need to mix in something with a little more depth and drama.

READS | Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury. My Aunt loaned me her copy when she finished and then I saw that it was June’s book club book at my church so I figured now was as good a time as ever to read it!

MUSIC | Hamilton Soundtrack, always and forever. It might be mainstream, but it’s a-maz-ing. Seriously.

PODCASTS | While my first podcast love will always belong to Sorta Awesome, I have finally made the dive into the land of The Popcast. Knox and Jamie bring me so much joy and embarrassment  as I have to Google things they are discussing every single episode (hi-i’m so out of the loop). I especially loved episode 141 where they interviewed their moms!

THING I LOVE | Cookout! I couldn’t decide if I should talk about this or not, but considering I also posted about grocery shopping and healthy choices, I figured why the heck not. We just had Cookout open here this past month. It has been a cheap, delicious, God-send in the May craziness and we have eaten there far too much. Husband and I can get more food than should be consumed for right around $10 and then choose from 40+ flavors of heavenly milkshakes?! Someone send help. But seriously, it takes strength to avoid going there all the time.

Thanks so much to Anne over at In Residence and Jenna at Gold & Bloom for hosting such a lovely link-up! I’m also adding in some new fun and linking up with What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer.

Currently | March

March? What? It’s not possible. I mean I know that February is a short month, but still. This is ridiculous. My birthday and then Husband’s graduation are just over 2 months away. 2016 is already flying by! I’m feeling a little more on top of things these days, so I’m actually posting my currently post right when I’m supposed to! Aren’t you proud of me? It’s the little things folks. photo-1432821596592-e2c18b78144f

WISHING | That the warm weather would stick around. The weather keeps teasing us and it’s getting old. We keep having a few days of gorgeous weather which get’s everyone excited for spring and then? Snow. Because what other sort of weather should we be experiencing in March? It’s supposed to be cold and snowy the next few days, but it looks like next week might officially break us free from this pattern! *knocks on wood* Hopefully I didn’t just curse us. Hurry up warm weather!

CRAVING | Some quality people time. I’m an introvert who loves alone time, but I have a bad habit of not going out ever and I end up going weeks without quality time with other humans (Other than Husband of course!). I really need to remedy this as soon as possible and maybe just maybe I can convince myself to get out there more often.

GOING | to get my clean on. (Ha, see what I mean? I rarely go anywhere exciting.) The next few days will be busy tackling a cleaning to-do list and trying to figure out how to get the cleaning under control. Seriously, please tell me how to manage the cleaning because almost 3 years in, I still don’t have a system that works. Am I missing something? Is there some magic solution I’m not aware of? SEND HELP!

WEARING | Ummmm, sweat pants? Seriously, every time I have to answer what I’m wearing I feel a little ashamed. This is the reality of work from home wife life. I sit in front of a computer in a room with the door shut 8+ hours of the day. My apartment is freezing, so what else am I supposed to wear? I also never go anywhere exciting, so I don’t even have any fancy exciting clothes to tell you about. All the fashion bloggers are going to come after me with their pitchforks stilettos. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace. Oh well. Hopefully this stay at home all-day-every-day stage doesn’t last forever. HOWEVER I do have one blog worthy thing to report on. I picked up these adorable earrings at Altar’d State this weekend for $4! I’ve been wearing them non-stop since then. Such great everyday pieces. Earrings

LEARNING | More & more about birth. Nope, not pregnant – just working on my doula studies. I’ve mentioned this many times in the past, but if I’m being honest, studying has been on the back burner for far too long. With Husband busy with school and work, I’ve been working full time and taking care of the apartment and other responsibilities (with Husband’s help of course!), taking time for myself and studying something I love just didn’t seem important. Thankfully after talking with some important people in my life, and a meltdown or two I realized taking time to pursue something I love is in fact worth the time and effort. It feels good to be taking some “me time” again that isn’t just vegging and watching Netflix.

 

Thanks so much to Anne over at In Residence and Jenna at Gold & Bloom for hosting such a lovely link-up!