A LOOK BACK: NAIYA’S FIRST YEAR

oshkosh baby girl dress from Target

And just like that, Phil and I are the proud parents of a one-year-old! The first time I held Naiya exactly one year ago last night (#imnotcryingyourecrying), my nurse handed her over to me and told me to savor the moment because I’d blink and the next year would fly by.  While I assumed that time would go quickly, in the insanely sleep-deprived, over-the-top stressful first few weeks of Naiya’s life, I never could have imagined just how quickly.  When she was first born, I often wanted to speed up time so that we could find our new normal. Now here we are, exactly one year later (at 11:40pm last night!) and I only wish we could go back to that first moment with Naiya to do it all over again.

HOW TO TURN STRESS INTO POSITIVE ENERGY

Experts say that if you think of fear and worry as raw energy, you can actually learn to redirect it toward a more productive use. Since I’ve noticed myself becoming increasingly stressed trying to balance it all as a full-time working mom, I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently.  Likewise, if you’re looking for a way to channel your stress into something positive, this post is for you.

THE ONE THING THAT’S MADE ME HAPPIER THIS YEAR

Finding time for yourself when you’re a full-time working mom is so much harder than I ever could have imagined.  A few months into going back to work after maternity leave, I often feel like I’m running on fumes and a little too much caffeine.  I’ve realized that almost all my time at home and at the office feels like it’s devoted to others.  This is usually completely fine and doable–until every few weeks, it hits me.  

FIVE PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO

My hubby and I bought our first home right before Naiya was born. While we couldn’t be happier, the only downside is that my commute to work ended up doubling.  There’s only so much music you can listen to for an hour-and-a-half each way and so many people you can call. When I went back to work after maternity leave, it was clear that I needed to find something that would keep me occupied during my super long drives.  After asking everyone around me their favorite audiobooks and podcasts, I started downloading right away like it was my job.  I’ve now become completely obsessed.  Rounding up my favorites you need to know about  today as well as details on behind my outfit of the day.