LIFE LATELY

So this is how Camden feels about the fact that it is Monday and we have to go to work for the first time in six weeks today…

IMG_2154…he just can’t deal. I on the other hand am ECSTATIC! Human interaction! All day! Getting back into a regular routine! I legit feel like it’s the first day of school or I’m starting a new job or something, I’m a ball of nerves and excitement. I am SO (so so so so so) grateful that I can celebrate and be excited for this day knowing that I don’t have to drop my son off to be watched by someone other than myself. I’m tearing up just thinking about it. The owner of the business I work for told me last week “to do whatever I need to to work here and be a mom” and it was such an awesome reassurance that as weird and unconventional as it seems to take your newborn with you to work, it is my perfect reality and I have so much support there! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. To all you mamas whos heart’s are hurting as you drop your babies off with the people who will love them all day in your absence today, I see you, I think you are the strongest people in the world, and just want you to know I don’t take my situation for granted!

So that’s definitely the most exciting thing going on in our life right now, but let’s see what else we’ve been up to with a little iPhone photo dump!

IMG_2147my v-neck tee (only $6) | Camden’s onesie
A little Father’s Day selfie. Why does my son basically look like a teenager here?!

IMG_2124Percy and I LOVED the new season of OITNB! I loved that the first half was pretty lighthearted then the second half was more intense. And the last two episodes? WRECKED ME COMPLETELY.

IMG_2253When mama just needs some sunshine but it is WAY too hot for the baby to be outside… He legit loves to look out these doors into the yard and promptly fell asleep. Mom win.

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Saturday the bestie and I took the boys (I love being able to say that!!) to the children’s museum in our town. Camden was not all that impressed 😉 but her son loved it! I can’t wait for these boys to be best friends and way more outings with them!

IMG_2062My sister came in from Connecticut to meet Camden last week. We loved having her here so much!

IMG_2122Nursing thirst is no joke my friends. I honestly having been that much more hungry than normal but the thirst is real. SO I broke out my favorite Blogilates water bottle to keep me on track!

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Almost two years later and I finally got a picture in one of these Kate Spade frames we got for our wedding!

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Putting the finishing touches on the gallery wall in our living room. I loved how it turned out and will share the whole thing, soon!

IMG_2228More sister time! Our favorite pizza (Pangea for you local people!), Orange Leaf, and Father of the Bride Part Two – is there a better way to spend some girl time? I think not.

Happy Monday!

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Friday Favorites

imNop2O1Rit190cSkxXv_1-7069Oh Friday, you are bittersweet today as this is the last day of my maternity leave! Adapting to mom life for the past six weeks has been awesome, but I am so ready to get back out into the real world and start living our new normal for real. If there is such a thing once you have a kid! And also working out. I might take my running shoes to the OB with me on Tuesday and run back to work if she clears me to exercise. If you see a girl running down the expressway in the 2PM summer heat on Tuesday, holla at me!

Anyways, whatever you are doing on this fine Friday I hope you enjoy it and enjoy these Friday Favorites!

Reading
+ I immediately added almost every one of the books in this Style Me Pretty post to my summer reading list. This one looks especially intriguing!

+ Feeling super inspired by this modern farmhouse bathroom makeover to tackle decorating our second bathroom for real! Our master bath needs major attention too but will take so much more work that we just aren’t ready for.

+ Cooking for two people can be such a challenge. I always end up making too much which means we are more likely to over eat (boo) but these easy weeknight meals for two might work! Especially these lobster rolls. Holy yum.

Eating
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These cajun shrimp tacos with mango slaw get made once a week. Yum. 

+ Sometimes I can not get behind a warm dinner on such hot days. This caprese orzo salad is so yummy and perfect for those hot nights!

Shopping
What do we think of this dress? In theory, I love it. A maxi with pockets? Heck yes. But I’m skeptical.

A budget-friendly option of the House of Belonging wall art from Camden’s room that I shared in yesterday’s post. This quote gives me all the feels.

+ The door mat that sums up my thoughts all day, every day.

+ I’ve been on the hunt for two more “statement” (maybe mismatched is a better word?) chairs for our kitchen table. I thought I wanted a fabric with a fun pattern or color but I think I’m loving the idea of these. Thoughts?

+ I’ve been wearing this Old Navy swing dress for the last 5 weeks. So forgiving on the postpartum body.

In Case You Missed It
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Camden’s neutral navy and grey nursery

+ The newborn essentials you should add to your registry ASAP

+ Thoughts and pictures from month one with Camden

Have a great weekend, friends!

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CAMDEN’S NAVY & GREY NURSERY

Please tell me I am not the only one who’s nursery is the only fully decorated room in their house. The only full decorated room that also barely gets any use…I have been changing his diapers in here regularly this week, so that totally counts, right?

If you have been reading for a while, you might have seen this post where I laid out our plans for this room. I think it turned out pretty close to what we envisioned and I like it a lot! I do feel like it’s missing something when I look at these pictures, but I can’t put my finger on what it is. I feel like the stuff on the walls all needs to be rearranged or something. I don’t know, let me know you thoughts.

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking from here on out. All the sources are noted and linked at the bottom of the post!
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Dresser | Ikea (Similar)
Changing Pad | Target
Changing Pad Cover | Target
Humidifier | Amazon
Laundry Basket | Target
“Peter Pan” Wall Art | House of Belonging
Curtains | Pottery Barn Teen
Stool | Target (No Longer Available)
Chair | Target
Pillow | Target (No Longer Available)
“Camden” Wall Art | Gift
Book Shelves | Ikea
Crib | Ikea
Fitted Sheet | Pottery Barn Kids (No Longer Available)
Crib Skirt | Pottery Barn Kids
Abstract Wall Art | Hobby Lobby

Let me know what you think!

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NEWBORN ESSENTIALS

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Guys, I have so many friends that are pregnant. SO. MANY. I absolutely love that we are all going through this season of life together! It’s also crazy to me that sometimes I am the person that they are coming to for advice and questions about pregnancy and newborns! I don’t feel like I should really be qualified for this, but I guess I am now, HA!

I’ve gotten a few questions about what we’ve needed for Camden so far – you know, the things we’ve really needed/used, not what Babies R Us tells us we need! Now that we have five weeks of parenthood under our belts, and I feel like I can finally speak to this topic with a little bit of authority, here it is!

Diapering
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Pampers Swaddlers (Newborn Size) | My plan was to use Honest diapers from day one but our newborn had a different plan. As far as I know (meaning they don’t sell them at Target) Honest doesn’t make anything smaller than size one diapers and those were too big from him at first. These Swaddlers were awesome because they have a strip that turns blue when they are wet!

Honest Diapers (Size One) | Honest diapers get a lot of mixed reviews, especially for boys, but they have worked great for us for the last few weeks.

Honest Wipes | These wipes are HUGE which is awesome, but not very moist which is why…

Honest Soothing Bottom Wash | …I love this bottom wash! Just one spray and those super sticky, yucky diapers are more easier to manage.

Travel
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Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Carseat | We actually got the Chicco Bravo Travel System which is the car seat and stroller bundled together. I’ve only used the stroller myself once so I can’t really speak on that but I do love the car seat! Super light and easy to manage.

Chicco KeyFit 30 Base | An extra car seat base is a must if you are a multiple car house! Ain’t nobody got time for switch those back and forth.

MilkSnob Cover | This is a top three item FOR SURE! This is a car seat and nursing cover in one and I use it all day, every day. They have tons of cute patterns and are a pretty reasonable price.

Car Mirror | Because duh.

Sleep
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Rock n Play Sleeper | Our son has slept next to our bed in this Rock N Play since coming home from the hospital. It vibrates too which he LOVES.

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets | These are huge and super light weight, perfect for swaddling/covering summer babies.

Miracle Swaddler | Confession. I can not use regular blankets to swaddle. My husband is great at it but it just doesn’t work for me. If we didn’t have these Miracle Swaddlers he would never be swaddled by me! No way he’s getting out of this one.

Sleeping Gowns and Zip-up Sleepers | I really don’t know why PJs with buttons exist. It’s cruel. Gowns and zippers (for easy access) are the only way to go forever and ever, amen.

Entertainment
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SwingBoppy LoungerPlay Mat, and 4moms bounceRoo | For now, all of these are nice for short distractions. He’s napped maybe twice in the swing but other than that I just move him from one to the other all day long until he gets bored. Which is about every 15 minutes.

Sound Machine | I like this one because it’s small and portable so I can move it around with him, but any sound machine will do and is essential!

Other
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Solly Baby Wrap | Another top three item, for sure! I use our Solly Wrap every single day. Grocery shopping, church, movies (yep I really did it), making dinner/getting anything done around the house after 5 PM…this thing saves my life! I shove him in there and he is asleep in minutes. Every time. Without fail.

Honest Laundry Detergent and Honest Shampoo & Body Wash | Self explanatory, I think!

Soothie Pacifier | I really thought I wasn’t going to “let” my kids be pacifier kids. Then my week old son sucked on his hands all day every day and used my boobs as human pacifiers all night the second night we were home from the hospital and I changed my tune real quick. Pacifiers for the win.

Owlet Monitor | Surely you’ve heard about these by now but if not, the Owlet monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen level to alert you if your baby stops breathing. We LOVE it. It really brings us peace of mind during those long stretches of sleep because SIDS anxiety ain’t no joke, my friends. (And no they are not paying me to say that and they didn’t send it to me for free!) Technology is so cool, man.

You might have noticed there is nothing to do with breastfeeding on this list. We are breastfeeding but there is so much to go along with that, I’m making a whole post just for that! Hopefully it will be up next week, so stay tuned :)

What were your newborn essentials? Anything that didn’t make our list? I’d love to hear about them!

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CAMDEN | ONE MONTH

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Thursday marked one whole month with Camden in our live’s! On one hand I’m going to be totally cliche and say that I can not believe a month has passed (5 weeks today, actually) but on the other hand, it feels like he has always been a part of our life. He fits into our family perfectly. He is so chill when his can’t-stand-to-stay-in-the-house-all-day mom drags him around town, but he also loves to be at home, snuggled up in our bed or on the couch – just like his dad! This month has been a whirlwind of new experiences and feelings, but I have never loved anything more than my role as a mother.

Warning: the rest of this post is a random, jumbled mess of all my thoughts and things I want to remember from this month. It’s kind of a mess, sorry.

In all honesty, this first month has been way easier than I anticipated and prepared myself for – though admittedly I am a “prepare for the worst/worst case scenario” type of person. I fully expected major sleep deprivation, Nathan and I bickering at each other because we were so stressed out, and lots of trouble breastfeeding. None of that has been our experience. Camden has been a natural nurser (is that a word?) from his very first feeding and luckily my body has played right along as well. No one could believe how great we were both doing! One of the lactation consultants asked me if I was sure this was my first child…As if you could forget such a thing. With great eating, comes great sleeping and he went from me waking him up every three hours at night the first two weeks, to six hour sleeping stretches last week, and the last few nights have been eight hour stretches! I guess the next step is to move him out of our room and into the crib in his own, but then I’d have to read the instructions on how to set up/use the baby monitor so… Maybe, I’m just not ready. Next week 😉

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That being said, the first week of his life was not a walk in the park. The people who have done the whole “giving birth” thing before warned me about what happens to your hormones after birth and of course all the medical professionals talk about postpartum depression until they are blue in the face, but I can say with confidence I was NOT as prepared for that. I spent the first two nights the second week (after Nathan went back to work) feeling SO isolated (even though I had multiple groups of visitors every day) and as if I might actually lose my mind just thinking about the fact that I was expected to stay home (alone) to rest and heal for the next five-ish weeks. I cried all night long over the stupidest things those nights.

I also didn’t expect to be so scared. Not scared of my ability to care for him, but I felt so scared and completely helpless against SIDS. Like no matter what I did, or how diligent I was in making sure I followed all the “rules” for safe sleeping, he could still just die at any moment. Every time I looked at him it was if I was looking at him taking his last breath and I would just panic. I prayed constantly in those times that He would take away my sinful worry but as much as my heart knew that ultimately, Camden belongs to God, not Nathan and I, my head (and hormones) were not just not able to accept that. That second week I had to drive Camden out to our hospital for a weight check and it was the first time he had gone anywhere in my car and the first time I wasn’t able to sit next to him while he was in his car seat. I obsessively checked if he was breathing/ok the whole way there and by the time I pulled into the parking lot of the hospital I had worked myself into a full-blown panic attack. Thankfully, God chose that next moment to work in my heart and I realized very clearly that I was letting worry suck out every ounce of the joy that comes with motherhood and that was something I was not going to allow for one minute longer. That’s what the Enemy loves to do, guys. He sucks the joy out of our lives by telling us that God’s promises to us are not true and tries to get us to believe that we have some sort of control over our lives. So false. (Sorry for getting preachy there, but I know someone else out there needed to hear that!)

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He hasn’t been officially weighed lately, but two weeks ago he was already up to ten pounds and almost 22 inches, so I’m sure he is more than that, now! All of his newborn clothes are too small, but all of his 0-3 month stuff is still too big. Ahh, the struggle. He is also out of newborn diapers and is on to size ones.

He loves to nap belly-to-belly with anyone, but especially mom. We usually take a nap together this way around 3:00 every day. It’s the highlight of my day, no doubt.

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The boy can not get enough of his Solly Wrap. Life has become so much more enjoyable since that day I manned-up absolutely had to go to the grocery store and knew his car seat plus the groceries weren’t going to fit in the shopping cart. I shove him down in there and he is 100% asleep within just a few seconds. Church! Shopping! Eating! Cleaning out the dishwasher! Whatever. You can do it all! It’s actual magic!

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He has recently started to losing his hair in the front. Nathan has a complex about hair loss so he is kind of freaking out about it, but I’ve assured him it will grow back better than ever :)

Today marks the beginning of our last week of maternity leave! There’s just so much I wanted to do but then they put a new season of OITNB (Has anyone else started? I am LOVING it) AND the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix so…there go all of my productivity plans. In all honestly I’m actually really excited to be heading back to work and getting into a life routine again. But I also get to take my son to work with me so I’m sure I’d be singing a different tune if that wasn’t the case. I applaud all you mama’s that drop your kids off in someone else’s care all day long! That is such a hard thing to do, I know and I am so aware how amazing it is that I do not have to choose between my job and my family. I do not take it for granted!

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Is that enough cute baby picture to get you through your Monday? Have a great day, ya’ll!

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