One year ago, Phil and I were on our babymoon in Japan. What a difference a year makes! Now, we’re dreaming of a day when we’ll be able to safely leave our homes, let alone travel. After all, COVID-19 has hit us all like a ton of bricks. Since I’ve been dreaming of traveling a lot recently, sharing some more unpublished photos with you today which we snapped in Kyoto’s beautiful Bamboo Forest (I recently shared more Japan shots here).
Naiya has officially fallen in love with her baby sister, Sadie. The only problem? Sometimes, she loves her TOO much. Naiya has a tendency of leaning into Sadie to give her big hugs and kisses but within seconds, she ends up getting too aggressive. I end up having to watch Sadie like a hawk because even though she doesn’t know her own strength, I know Naiya could accidentally hurt Sadie. Naiya loves going in for her face and head (cue the new mama heart palpitations!). Figuring out how to get through to Naiya in a constructive way has been a big learning curve for us but we’re getting closer! For other mamas and mamas-to-be in the same boat, I’m rounding up a few ways we’ve been combatting sibling rivalry that have worked for us so far.
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.
At almost 8-months old, Naiya has two teeth that have completely grown in on the bottom. Her smile is now the cutest thing ever (but then again we know we’re completely biased!). Since she’s continuing to teethe away (more Naiya updates here), we’re always on a quest for toys that will keep her as comfortable as possible. Rounding up three of our favorite must-have teething toys today in case you’re in the market for some too. In our house, we can never have too many!
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.