I planned on sharing our maternity photos before Sadie was born but since the past weeks have been such a blur, excited to finally share now! Better late than never! Naiya, Phil and myself had so much fun snapping these a few weeks back while we dreamed about what our family of four would be like. Throughout the shoot, I remember feeling like I was about to pop and wondered how much longer Sadie could possibly stay in my belly. She was clearly running out of room in there and I couldn’t wait for her to come out! Looking back at these photos now, though, dare I say I actually already miss the bump?! I had such a tough pregnancy where I was very sick and threw up every day and yet I still look back at this time missing it! Am I crazy?
I can’t believe our Prague trip is coming to an end. I wish our family could continue to travel for at least a few more weeks but of course we have to go back to the real world. Traveling for the first time abroad with Naiya has been exhausting but also so special. I’ve been very aware of the fact that Naiya will only be this young once so I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in (the travel fussiness, dirty diapers at the most inopportune times and all!). Overall, she really has been a dream and we feel extremely lucky! Sharing a few outfit photos we snapped before we left for our trip last week featuring white “dad sneakers” and the cutest little pink dress and blue romper on Naiya.
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.
This was my first mommy-daughter weekend entirely on my own since Naiya was born. Phil was out of town on a business trip and it was the first time we didn’t plan for family or friends to come and help us out. Let’s face it: 8-months in, it was time for me to bite the bullet! I’m lucky I made it this far. That said, I was completely anxious that I wouldn’t be able to juggle it all without Phil.
Have you ever thought about what success means to you? Have you ever really taken the time to break it down? My husband was one of the first people to ask me these questions. I’ll never forget sitting on one of our first dates at a complete loss for words, unable to articulate my answer or even wrap my head around it. I realized in that moment that I couldn’t fully define success and it make me totally uncomfortable. I had been chasing the word “success” since I could remember but I realized that I had never fully honed in on whether it included attaining a certain dream, hitting a particular salary, etc. While success is still an ever-changing definition for me, now that I’m a mom, I want to open up about how it’s shaping my daily life. In addition to today’s outfit post, I’m rounding up some tips in terms of how to reshape your view of success too (especially if you’re a perfectionist like me).