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 truly 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.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR A MATERNITY SHOOT

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?

DAD SNEAKERS + BABY MOCCASINS

Los Angeles Blogger, RELish By Arielle pairs a red moto jacket with dad sneakers

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. 

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 SURVIVE YOUR FIRST WEEKEND ALONE WITH BABY

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.