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September 3, 2016

Hey, baby! Blaire is going to be a big sis!

pregnancy announcement with toddler

I am so, so excited to finally share our exciting news! We are expecting baby no. 2! We are so excited/happy/nervous for Blaire to become a big sister. She talks about the baby every day… including telling us that the baby in her belly is making her tummy hurt. (Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to explain my “morning” sickness to her?! lol.) We have been praying for baby 2…

August 2, 2016

postpartum favorites

Postpartum is so different for everyone. As a new mama you are exhausted, sore, hormonal and it can all be so overwhelming. Recovering from my C Section was obviously very different than recovering from my VBAC. But these are my postpartum favorites from my VBACS / vaginal births. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 1|…

April 26, 2016

Why I’m Done Pretending to Care About a Clean House

laundry day

Just this last week I realized how many times I apologize to my friends. For having a messy house. For not having makeup on or my hair done in my off-time. For being dressed like a bum in comfy clothes. For… who even knows what else. I’m done apologizing. And I think you should stop, too. I think you should stop apologized for who you are and who you’re…

April 5, 2016

dear mom, on your baby's first day of daycare…

Blaire and Trista

There are few things harder than sending your baby to daycare for the first time. It’s heartbreaking. It’s terrifying. You want the best for your baby and up until now, you have been there every step of the way. Whether you are returning to work because you are truly passionate about your career,or you just need the money— those first few weeks, maybe months, away from your baby are tough. Here…

February 29, 2016

Life Lately

These last few weeks have been a blur. A blur of finishing up projects around the house, cleaning, shopping, planning and prepping for Blaire’s birthday parties. Now they’ve come and gone, and instead of running around like crazy people after Blaire’s bedtime, we can lounge on the couch eating Easter candy. Heaven. The weather here in Iowa has been crazy. Today it was 55. Tonight it’s supposed to snow.…

February 16, 2016

3 Ways Motherhood has Made Me a Better Person

Never in a million years did I think being a mom could redefine who I was. Never would I forget what my pre-mommy life was like. Yes, being a mom means I means I have to put someone else’s needs before your own. Yes, being a mom means I’m busier, more tired and more stressed than I have ever been in my life. But I’m also happier and more content than…

February 3, 2016

complete baby registry checklist

Sloane Newborn Photo

There are few things as intimidating as registering for your first baby. Or your second baby for that matter… so much can change in a few, short years! I spent hours and hours creating this FREE complete baby registry checklist. I am so, so excited to share it with you! I have divided it up into a few categories below to try to make it as simple as…

June 7, 2015

My Battle with Anxiety as a Mom

That’s right! I’m talking about a giant/enormous/consuming/crazy emotion I call Mom Anxiety. I never considered myself a worrier before becoming a mom. Did bad things happen in the world? Yes. Could something bad happen to me? Or to someone I love? Yes. Did it keep me up every night? Nope. Did I obsess over it every. single. day? Not really.  But it’s crazy, because the more I’ve learned about anxiety, the more…

February 15, 2015

Newborn Favorites

Blaire Newborn Picture

I have been going through all of my notes (Yes! I kept notes in my phone from every week since Blaire has been born) to get Blaire’s baby book up to date. Going back through these notes, I am rounding up all of our must-haves from my pre-blogging days. I’m so excited to share them with you! First up… I’m sharing our Newborn Baby Must-Haves. Obviously I have…