4 TIPS FOR GOING BACK TO WORK AFTER BABY

As my maternity leave with Sadie officially comes to a close, I’m feeling all the feels! Sadie will soon be three months old (cue the  uncontrollable new mama tears!). I find myself counting down the minutes we have left in our little bubble before I head back to work because this time together has been priceless. Excited to share four ways I’m preparing for the transition back to work with you today as well as some of my favorite newborn photos of Sadie. We shot mostly lifestyle newborn photos with Naiya so this time around, we decided to switch it up with these sweet posed studio shots. Sadie has quite literally doubled in size since these photos were taken ten days after her birth. I’m grateful to have this moment frozen in time. 

NEW MAMA OF 2: LESSONS LEARNED

For the past 5.5 weeks since baby Sadie came into the world, I feel like I’ve been living in a new mama vortex. With nursing every 2-3 hours throughout the day and night and chasing after one of the most energetic toddlers in town, every day seems to morph into the next.  Even the second time around, the fourth trimester is such an exhausting blur! Today, I’m excited to share what I’ve learned so far as a mama to two, as well as some of our favorite photos we snapped of our family when we first came home from the hospital.  These photos make me melt and I can’t believe how much bigger Sadie has grown since we took them!

HOW TO SURVIVE ROAD TRIPS WITH YOUR TODDLER

After we had Naiya, we went from seeing our families a few times a year to so many times a year, it’s become increasingly difficult to keep track!  All of this extra family time has really upped our travel game recently–especially since Phil and I are both east coast transplants and we want to make sure we are able to visit everyone.  This weekend, we took a road trip from LA to Phoenix and back to see Phil’s family for a total of almost 6 hours each way.  In prepping for the trip, while I initially couldn’t help but picture a baby crying fest and anxiety overload, we lived to tell the tale! Today, I’m rounding up our favorites tips in case you have family road trips with your baby or toddler planned in the near future too. I should add that many of these tips were recommendations I received from readers on Instagram! A big thank you to those who helped us out–you guys are lifesavers!

15 MONTHS IN: MOM AND BABY STYLE

I can’t believe how quickly December is flying by and that Naiya is officially 15 months old!  She just made it through her first ear infection this week so we’ve been laying low.  For the girl who almost always sleeps on schedule, putting her to bed this week was a million times harder! I’d put her in her crib half asleep and she’d wake right up and cry her eyes out while she clinged to me for dear life.  Now that she’s on the mend, I’m excited to finally be able to sleep tonight without staring at the baby monitor every five minutes (new mamas, you know what I mean!). Sharing our latest outfit post with you today featuring one of my favorite skirts of the moment and the cutest hand-embroidered blue and white dress on Naiya. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a 15 month baby update too.