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Happy Thursday! We are over here savoring the last moments of Summer and getting excited for all things Fall with our little guy. As excited as I am for pumpkin everything and sweaters, our first Summer with Preston was so much fun, and I am sad it's almost over! Here's a little look at life lately in our neck of the woods. 

Preston and I flew home to Texas two weekends ago to celebrate my sweet nephew's first birthday. Give me all the Texas weekends! I never want them to end. Here's a shot of me and my beautiful mom before the party started.


I love my mom for a million reasons, but one is for how much she loves her grandbabies. I call her the baby whisperer. Preston loves his Grammy!


A rare moment when both babies are sleeping at the same time? Two happy mamas right there. Fun fact: motherhood is a team sport until one of the monitors starts making sounds. At that point, you pray it's her kid that's woken up and not yours. It's every man for himself when it comes to the napping game! ;)


If this isn't the definition of chaos, I don't know what is. I looked over, and my sister was literally wearing a bucket on her head. #motherhood


Preston wanted to "help" walk his sister pup. Jenny was less than impressed, per the usual.


I got such a kick out of this. I am a huge clutter freak. I hate clutter, and if there is an extra glass, shoes, anything laying around, I'll put it away as soon as I see it. Parker was charging something on the baker's rack in our kitchen, and he knew as soon as I saw it I would move it, so he wrote me a note so I wouldn't touch it. I did wait until it was charged but then snapped a picture after I moved it. I am not a big cleaner, but I will never have clutter lying around if I can help it!



I posted Monday about our new version of date night, and we have been loving it. A glass of wine, music playing in the background, and dinner on the grill... it's the best!


Sweet Jenny... she is such a trooper. Every once in a while, she will look at me as if to say "So we are seriously keeping him??". Yes Jenny, we are seriously keeping him. ;)


That's life lately!


Post Baby Date Nights

Having babies is a huge lifestyle change (duh), and as wonderful as every second of being a parent is, we would be lying if we said we didn't miss our weekly date nights or sleeping as late as we wanted to on a Saturday. Sleeping in, what's that??

While sleeping in may be a thing of the past, we have managed to create the new version of "date night", and it's been so good for us. I lay Preston down to sleep in the early evening, and as soon as I do, it's date night. This doesn't happen every night- Parker may have to work late, I may meet the girls for dinner, etc- but when it does happen, it ends up being some of our favorite hours of the week. 


We pick out some delicious meat for Parker to grill, I whip up a few sides, and we pour a glass of wine from our boxed wine (keeping it classy over here). We turn on some easy listening music and snack on an appetizer while we talk about our day and cook our meal. We don't get on our phones, and we don't turn the TV on. It is pure bliss!



The hardest part for Parker when we had baby Preston was giving up our independence, flexibility, and the loss of date night. That all just comes with the territory of having a newborn, but the minute we put our baby on a schedule and he went to bed early, Parker and I suddenly had something to look forward to. We got "us time" back. I've said a few times on this blog that Parker and I struggled a lot with coparenting in the beginning, and I want to go more in detail on that in another post because I think it's something a lot of new parents can relate to. I can see now that a lot of that struggling was just because we didn't have any time as a couple anymore. One of the best things we've done for our marriage is put our sweet baby to bed early and turn the evenings into intentional, couple time. 

Another reason we are savoring this time is because we know, like everything, this is a season, and we won't get these "date nights in" much longer. Once Preston starts eating table food consistently, we will eat dinner together as a family, and he will stay up a little later. That will be so much fun, but we aren't rushing it. For now, we are loving time alone just the two of us and savoring this short, sweet season we are in. 

Date night doesn't have to be a 5 star restaurant and a night on the town. If you're new parents, put that precious baby to bed, cook something fun together, pour a glass of wine, and voila... date night. :)

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