NAIYA’S 18 MONTH UPDATE

Naiya is officially 18-months (going on 18) today and I’m sitting here wondering where our baby went! When Naiya was first born, every parent I knew told me to savor every stage because it flies by so quickly.  Now,  I’m the mama telling every pregnant mom I know the exact same thing because it really is impossible to imagine until you’re in it. Our mini is truly non-stop these days and I’m excited to share the latest and greatest Naiya photos and updates with you below. As you scroll through, keep in mind that almost all of Naiya’s giant smiles were from listening to ‘Baby Shark’ (for a change) on my phone. What is it about that song?! The rest of her smiles were from me jumping around like a crazy mama trying to keep that smile going. Either way, her face is priceless!

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!

EMBROIDERED AND COZY CARDIGAN

Blogger RELish by Arielle sips green tea in her fave cardigan.
Sipping green tea in my new fave cardigan

This zip-up cardigan was the first thing I bought on my first hour-long shopping trip with a friend after having Naiya. I had been going through major shopping withdrawal (not to mention I’d been going completely stir-crazy stuck at home for so many weeks!) as I continued to heal from my c-section. We popped into Free People because it was the closest clothing store to my house and I so badly wanted to be able to shop but also get back to feed Naiya quickly. 

HOW TO TIE A BABY WRAP

Since giving birth Naiya back in August, I’ve become such  big fan of  “wearing” her that I wanted to dedicate today’s post to my love for baby wrapping. Over the past few weeks, this has completely changed my life because it’s given me the freedom to move around the house and get things done while Phil is working. I love that it also helps me to put Naiya to sleep safely while still allowing her to stay close to me.

FALL MINIMALIST

Just over seven weeks into parenthood, we are doing our very best to settle into a routine. That said, it’s very hard to nail one down because whenever we think we’ve found one, Naiya switches everything up and surprises us big time. I guess she’s helping us to learn our first big lesson in parenthood–new babies are almost always unpredictable so you have to go with the flow! This is not easy for type-A planners like us but we’re getting more used to it and she’s teaching us so much along the way.