Happy New Year everyone! It’s still January, so technically I think it still applies.
We took these photos at the beginning of December for our holiday cards and it was literally freezing outside. I think it was 20 degrees and we were so so cold. You can tell by Carter’s little chapped nose. Don’t worry we kept having him go to the car for warm ups after short spurts of taking pictures. It was not the easiest photo session because we had to wake him up from too long of a nap, get him dressed and then stick him in the car to drive about 30 minutes from our house, which made him really crabby. Plus, he was so upset that there were no animals on the “farm”. He no joke talked about it for six weeks after we took these photos. So notes to moms: be careful where you choose to take family photos! I had no idea this would be such an issue.
As I enter the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I wanted to share my must-haves for the expecting mama! These are items that are tried and true in my book. I highly recommend each and every one of them from my personal experience. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but when you have morning sickness, swollen feet and are experiencing weight gain it doesn’t always feel that way.
Of course you need a good prenatal vitamin, and belly oil to prevent stretch marks, but some of these items like the maternity PJ’s and nursing bra are items that I resisted buying during my first pregnancy for whatever silly reason and items that I have thoroughly enjoyed during my second pregnancy. I’ve focused on things that would make me feel comfortable and good during a process with an ever-changing body and rotating symptoms.
Here’s my top picks to get you through your 9 months of pregnancy! Because waiting for your little one to arrive is both the hardest and most beautiful thing.
I recently returned from the perfect girls’ weekend in Palm Springs, California. We went to celebrate my friend Ali’s bachelorette party and got our fill of sun, girl time and relaxation. Yet somehow I still came home feeling exhausted! (I think it may be due to that whole being 5 months pregnant thing.)
Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve actually created an outfit post or given you all a life update here on the blog and a lot has been going on in our world so I thought it was about time. This year has been especially busy for us with our kid-free trip to Australia (as seen in these posts from Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Hamilton Island), our big first floor renovation, and just the daily life of two working parents with a toddler.
Yet somehow I feel like 2019 will be even busier. If you follow my Instagram you already know that…
As a mother of a now two-year-old (how did that happen?!?), I wanted to share our favorite story books. The ones we read over and over and over again. These books are 100% Carter approved, Carter requested and mom likes the messages too!
Only you could keep me up at night, deprive me of so much sleep and still deserve smiles in the morning.
You alone could projectile vomit in my hair and have me feel bad for you, not myself.
Kissing anyone else’s feet, wouldn’t even be a consideration. Or picking their nose. Ick!
I wouldn’t cook for anyone else after they threw what I made on the floor.
You baby, are my exception.
Dear Sweet Boy,
I have loved you from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I’d been dreaming of you and wishing for you and when I found out you were coming, life changed forever.
I am overjoyed that you came into this world almost three weeks early because that means I have you in my life for those extra days. Time I will always cherish.
You have turned our world upside down, our nights into days, and have taught us patience and a love so deep it’s scary. You have installed a sense of awe in both me and your father. How in the world did we make a such a perfect little being?!
I am so very happy and proud to be your mommy. I promise that I will do my very best to make sure that you are healthy and happy all of your days. I vow to do everything in my power to make sure you are a gentleman, and that you’re respectful of others. I pledge to help you become your best self and to make sure you are capable of becoming the man you’d like to be.
Your daddy is a great man, and we are very lucky to have him. I hope that you inherit his charm, wit and laid back cool. Look up to him, he is someone to emulate. He will serve as a terrific role model and will be your very best bud.
You are so loved.
We had some maternity photos taken by the talented Jennifer Oman and boy am I happy we did. I’m so delighted with how they turned out as they will be pictures that we will cherish forever. (And we will never forget the swarms of mosquitos that ate us alive while we took these sweet photos!)
We continued our Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip from Big Sur, through Pismo Beach, to Santa Barbara and onto Santa Monica. Whenever possible we opted to drive along the coast even if it wasn’t the quickest route. Who else thinks that Google Maps needs a scenic route option!?
Scott and I are headed back to Cali-Cali! We’re taking a much-needed long weekend and driving down part of the California Coastal Highway for our baby-moon. We have a bunch of great stops scheduled and I’m so excited to get away for while to explore some different parts of The Golden State.
While we’re on the West Coast we’re going to be doing a little hiking, getting in some good beach time and stopping at lots of yummy places to eat.
See my selections for everything you need to pack for a drive down Highway 1!
1. Denim Maternity Shorts || 2. Striped Ruffle Sleeve Top (similar dress option)
3. Tortoise Sunglasses || 4. Wide-Brim Straw Hat
5. Studded Espadrilles (similar here & splurge pair here) || 6. Pink Maternity Tank Dress
7. New Balance Sneakers (also in gold and pink) || 8. Drawstring Linen Pants
9. Tassel Earrings (similar here and here) || 10. Printed One-Piece Swim Suit (similar here,
here & here) || 11. Zebra Caftan (similar here & here)