Five on Friday: Nesting & Summer Time



Nesting has hit.

– Each night I do one load of laundry – that’s one complete load. Washed, dried and put away. Every. Single. Night. How do we go through so many articles of clothing with just 3 people? But if I skip a night or two, I end up with a mountain of laundry. It’s has become my nightly routine to fold and put away clothes before going to bed.

– We completed our playroom aka transformed our formal dining room into Montessori inspired play area. A few weeks ago, I sweet talked the hubs into hanging 10 shelves and finally organized and put away all of our arts & craft materials. Now it’s a nice and toddler friendly area for BabyBird to wander into and play without much supervision.

– The backyard is in progress, I have a layout and design in mind and now I just need to find a crew to do the heavy labor and lifting to change the landscape. I’m hoping to get it all put together before this little one arrives so we have a fun outdoor space to play.



I have been Craig’s List/Garage Sale shopping a lot lately. I scored our double chariot bike trailer off of CL, a playhouse for outside and even found the matching play structure. Along with a big collection of Tonka trucks, bikes & ride on toys, picnic table, water table for outside and even some baby items for this little girl that’s kicking me non-stop each night.



Sometime in these last few weeks, BabyBird has slowed down in the eating department. I never force him to clean his plate at any meal, but lately he’s just been picking at things or not eating much at all. Guess we are in a lull in the growing phase. I’m trying not to stress too much about it, but he is a skinny dude already and it wouldn’t hurt for him to pack on a few pounds. But I know he’s healthy and is super active and this non-interest in food will pass.

He'll never turn down a froyo date or fruit

He’ll never turn down a froyo date or fruit



This summer has been amazingly fun and filled with so many activities and get togethers with friends. Somedays I have to slow down and remind myself that I’m also 31 weeks pregnant. But I also don’t want to miss out on any fun summer activities while it’s still just the 3 of us. Now that this kiddo is pretty much 2.5 years old, he can roll with our daily activities pretty well – we can have later lunches and naps and he is pretty flexible (to an extent) so I no longer feel chained to getting home by a certain time for naps.

Giving the stink eye to the splash fountain after meeting up with Daddy for a picnic lunch date of street tacos

Giving the stink eye to the splash fountain after meeting up with Daddy for street tacos on Pearl St. Mall



This kid and his Daddy have been going out on some epic biking adventures in these last few weeks. BabyBird totally rocks out in the chariot and they’ve explored all of the parks and have gone out on 20+ mile bike rides. They go out in the evenings when it’s cooler and he loves just to sit barefoot and hang out. Which gives me a break and time alone to make dinner or relax for a little bit before the bedtime routine. Plus this kid is pretty adorable.


Rockin’ the chariot

during a bike ride

Daddy: “You doing okay back there?”

BabyBird: “Yeeah” ::long pause:: “You doing okay up there, dada?”

Daddy: ::while pedaling:: “Yeah, bud I’m doing great”


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Five on Friday : This Week


Last weekend we spent an afternoon at a friend’s house for a get together and BabyBird had the best time running around and playing with his buddies that we’ve known since they were infants and now most of us are pregnant with #2. So it was a bunch of 2.5yr old toddlers running around and mommas with bumps.

And he may have also consumed a few brownies.




We went to the pool Saturday morning and he had a great time with Daddy going down the big slides and splashing around. He is such a water baby and completely fearless when it comes to the slides. They must have done the slides at least a dozen times in the 1.5 hour we were there.



Which then leads to…


Epic naps. Except before this lovely picture below of an completely passed out toddler, he had the mother of all tantrums in the car ride home from the pool. He insisted on listening to Adele (and asked in a whiny voice and we were trying to teach him to ask nicely but it just spiraled out of control) in the car – I usually let him pick the music and it’s either Adele, piano songs or his music class CD but he was just 1. exhausted and 2. stubborn as all hell on wanting to listen to Adele and was cranky the entire ride home. At first it was a bit amusing to see him so worked up and then it just kept going and going – for the full 20 minutes. Now this kid rarely cries or throws tantrums over things but I think the combination of being worn out at the pool did him in. This was probably the longest he has ever cried since sleep training days.



On Monday, BabyBird and I headed to Georgetown with our friends to ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. He had a blast and was so excited to get on the train but about half way through he was done sitting still on a train going 10mph (not kidding) but it was a really fun day. And this kid also tanked the whole day – we skipped his afternoon nap and he played for almost 3 hours at a park and barely ate lunch and only napped for about 30minutes on the car ride home and did it all in good spirits and no meltdowns. More on this next week along with some pretty goofy pictures.





Swim lessons have been going great this summer, we are only on our 5th lesson and he’s really catching on. In the beginning BabyBird was a bit hesitant on getting his face wet and didn’t want water in his eyes, but now he is getting a lot better. Most of our lessons have been private or with one other person (which have been awesome) and it’s held at a local swim school where not only do they teach him how to swim but also water safety and survival. The 30 minute swim lesson with momma in the pool is a workout for me, especially being 28+ weeks pregnant. Along with doing so well in swim lessons, BabyBird has also taken to wanting to shower in the evenings more and not wanting to take baths – because baths are for babies. Obviously. Can I just say it’s pretty adorable seeing this little guy standing in a shower washing himself?