FAVORITE SHOPS FOR BABY GIRL HEADBANDS

Los Angeles blogger, RELish By Arielle, wears a gray Chicwish maxi skirt

Since I was almost entirely bald for the first year of my life (before my #bighairdontcare came in), my mom would spend hours hand-making me bows.  Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because as soon as I learned Phil and I were having a baby girl, I couldn’t stop building up Naiya’s bow collection too.  Thankfully, I’ve found so many bows I love online, I don’t have to spend hours making them myself (because those of you who know me best know that I would totally do that!).  

SIX MONTHS INTO PARENTHOOD: LESSONS LEARNED

baby bling bow

Since Naiya was born on August 30th, 2017 and February had only 28 days, we’ve been celebrating her half birthday for a few days now like crazy proud first-time parents.  Six months into parenthood, we finally feel so much more like our old selves again.  From months 1-5, I wondered if this would ever happen.  We barely recognized ourselves from our epic lack of sleep and sheer exhaustion.  Thanks to sleep training over the past couple of weeks, though, we’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel; it’s pretty incredible.

OVERSIZED SLEEVES + BABY BOW

free people gone global sweatshirt

Wearing one of my favorite sweatshirts of the moment today with the prettiest oversized sleeves.  I paired it with deconstructed jeans (similar here), my favorite loafers and round sunnies. Naiya is rocking the sweetest pink bow along with a sweater we scooped up from Baby Gap. So excited to have made it through my first full week back to work after maternity leave! Every day is getting a bit easier and I’m feeling a lot more like my pre-baby self.  Of course I’m still missing Naiya like crazy all day but I feel like I’m starting to find my new normal and more of a routine. 

HOW TO ROCK GOING BACK TO WORK AFTER BABY

turbans for tots

Last week was my first week going back to work since having Naiya and it was so surreal. As excited as I was to actually get dressed, find my professional self again and have adult conversations that didn’t involve poop and spit-up, leaving Naiya was undoubtably hard.  Since Naiya and I had not been apart since she was born for more than a few hours at a time, saying goodbye to her for the whole day cold turkey felt like such a big step! I was mostly nervous because she still hadn’t learned how to take a bottle and I wasn’t sure if she would be able to eat the entire day without me there to nurse her (cue the new mom guilt and tears!).