• Our First Father’s Day {Weekend Recap}

    June 16, 2014

    Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, especially Mal, who has taken to fatherhood with flying colors this past week. He’s been a total rockstar with taking care of our little family lately, and I am so appreciative. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without him!

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    I had planned a big ol’ Father’s Day breakfast to celebrate my wonderful and amazing husband, but, unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned. Since we got home from the hospital on Wednesday, I’ve only gotten about 4-5 hours of sleep per night every 24 hours, (I’ve been tracking the hours via my new Jawbone UP24 – one of my “push presents” from Mal), so he kindly offered to let me sleep through the morning. He’s averaging a decent amount of sleep (not a lot but more than me), so he was totally happy to take over the baby stuff while I snoozed. What a guy, right?

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    Even though I really appreciated Mal’s nice gesture, I have to admit, I felt kind of bad about it because he didn’t really have a relaxing Father’s Day. He actually ended up cooking ME breakfast and then doing a bunch of chores around the house while I slept.

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    He even put together both of our strollers! (Side note: I seriously can’t wait for walks together as a family! So pumped.)

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    When I told Mal how badly I felt about his lame-o Father’s Day celebration (I bought him a card and small gift), he reminded me that we’re a team and that we both need to be semi-rested/functioning parents to properly care for baby Q. I know he’s right, but I still wish things had went differently on his first Father’s Day. No matter what, I am definitely going to make it up to him!

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    Our weekend also included a ton of visitors to see baby Q. Just about everyone who stopped by brought us some sort of delicious food, so our fridge is totally stocked now. Oh my goodness, I can’t even explain how much food our family and friends brought us. Seriously, it’s SO MUCH! I have no idea how we are going to eat it all (we’ll be freezing a bunch of it), but I am so thankful that we have such amazing people in our life.

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    And, finally, our weekend included a special birthday celebration for our first born (fur child). Murphy turned 5 years old on Saturday (Flag Day), and, of course, we celebrated appropriately. (At least I got that celebration right!)

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    The best pug birthday present ever: A huge-ass bone.

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    Health News & Views

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    Dove Men+Care Father’s Day Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Dove Men+Care Father’s Day giveaway! Here is your winner:

    Nicole F

    My husband is a stay at home dad. He takes a very active role in teaching my kids many many things.

    Congrats, Nicole! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize!

    Question of the Day

    How’d you celebrate Father’s Day?

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    { 13 comments… read them below or add one }

    Rachel June 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    What little angel! He is so so so so cute. And he looks so perfectly settled on Mal right there.

    Also, I am in love with my new Jawbone UP24 also!


    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves June 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    You’ve got a keeper there! Happy {belated} first Father’s Day to Mal!


    Anna @ That DAMM Runner June 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    So happy for you guys! What a great husband you have there!! My dad is actually in town, so I got to go to breakfast with my dad and brothers. Then he spent the rest of the day washing MY car, and cleaning my BROTHERS’ house. He literally can’t stop getting stuff done, haha. That is how he chose to spend Father’s Day. That’s my dad for you.


    Jody - Fit at 56 June 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    So sweet!!!! I am sure hubby did not mind!!! Murphy is handling it OK??? 😉


    Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat June 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Don’t be hard on yourself you have just had a baby. you have given the best gift in the world a healthy mum and child. Enjoy it all as it will be over in a flash.


    Katherine Baker June 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

    you guys are looking so great as a little family! best wishes to you all.


    Amy @ fun being mum June 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Tina and Mal, welcome to mother/fatherhood!! Tina, i really feel for you as i know exactly how you feel. It’s all part and parcel of being a mom, you will start feeling guilty about everything now baby Q has arrived, it’s just one of those things so don’t beat yourself up about Mal’s Father’s Day, you have given him the best Father’s day by growing and giving birth to the most gorgeous little boy, be kind to yourself hun. The most important thing in the next couple of weeks is that you get as much rest as you can, when you can. There will be ups, there will be downs but you’ll look back and smile. I can’t wait to read how you are all going to evolve as a family, it’s the most amazing thing ever xxx


    Lydia June 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Quinn is absolutely beautiful. Congrats to you, Mal and Murphy!


    Katy @ HaveYouHurd June 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t it crazy how with a newborn there really is no “night” and “day”…only 24 hour time lapses haha.

    Keep up the team work!


    Tina June 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Haha! Mal and I keep saying it’s like we’re living one long day!


    Ilana June 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Congrats again! I feel ya! We have been on asleep learning curve with our one month old Baby boy. Keep up the good work!


    Shelly June 19, 2014 at 1:41 am

    It was my hubby’s first dads da. We relaxed, and I cooked a bunch of foods for him (at his request). Don’t feel bad, spoil him next year :)


    Jill June 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    You gave Mal the gift that enabled him to become a father – I would say that was the ultimate score in the gift giving department!! :-)


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