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Maternity & Postpartum Clothes :

Because mama loves all things Free People and flowy clothes, luckily, I had a lot of clothes that I could make work all the way until the end that were not maternity. But mostly, there was a lot that just didn't work after the first trimester. Clothes either just A) don't fit or B) don't fit your body right once you start carrying a melon around your midsection. 

 My advice to other pregnant women is exactly what people told me, don't wait forever to get maternity clothes. You do feel like it's a big expense when you are getting ready for a baby, but you feel more silly if you wait too long and then you only get a few months out of them! So if you're showing and your pants won't button, treat yo self.

It can be hard to find cute maternity clothes that aren't a fortune. It's torture to see these amazing maternity clothes but they're over priced for the amount of time you get to wear them. It is especially difficult if you don't live in big cities where they actually carry maternity clothes in store and you have to order online. But luckily you don't have to spend a fortune to get cute maternity style if you look in the right places! The best lines for me were ASOS maternity, Target, A Pea In The Pod, H&M, and surprisingly, Motherhood outlet. My advice is to order more than you think if you have to shop online (Asos was so hit or miss!) and then return what doesn't work. Things fit so differently when you're pregnant, so try it all on. 

I was in need of maternity clothes during fall / winter in the Northwest and then the last month we were in Southern CA during "winter." Needless to say I wore lots of jeans, sweaters, and dresses with tights. I also bought a TON of black and white! And obviously, a ton of Free People, just size up. Depending on when you are pregnant / where you live, you really need at least 2 - 3 pairs of good jeans or shorts, 2-3 leggings, a dozen or so maternity tops, and a bunch of dresses. Try to buy basic colors that all mix and match easily so you don't feel like you are wearing the same things over and over, or if you are, no one can tell! Even though honestly, at the end you are wearing the same thing over and over because that's all that fits.

 I am not a tight top person usually, but I loved wearing more fitted tops because they show that you are clearly pregnant! Which for the first couple months you just want to wear a sign around your neck that say, "I am pregnant and not normally shaped like this!" The best plain tops were from H&M and A Pea In The Pod, linked bellow. Also, try to buy non maternity tops that button / zip ; wear them unbuttoned with a tank or tee pregnant and then they're great for nursing postpartum. Cute sweaters, flannels, or button ups are great for nursing and forgiving on your postpartum belly after!

 I loved my belly best in skinny jeans and a tight plain top. My favorite jeans were AG ones from A Pea In The Pod. My mama took me shopping and bought me some clothes and a nice pair of jeans, and I am so glad because they lasted the longest and were so cute! I did find some jeans at H&M, hit or miss I swear, but I found these faded black ones that were amazing! Full disclosure though that they ripped like at 8 months or so, quality!   

Don't forget about maternity tights, if it's winter, you need them. They really does help your belly feel nice and supported, plus regular tights cut off your belly in the middle and it can actually hurt. And leggings are a must! Soft comfy ones for under things / at home and tight athletic ones for walks and working out. I bought high waisted Lululemon tights one size up and I was able to wear them until the end and postpartum. Worth it! Now 6 months postpartum, I am obsessed with my new smaller Lululemon tights that I will link bellow also. 

I am obsessed with these mom life sweats from Ezra + Eli. I follow them on Instagram & their stuff is so cute. 

Maxi skirts with a stretchy band, maxi dresses, and nightgowns are your friend. Super comfortable, easy to throw on, and you just feel pretty in them. I would size up and was always happy with non maternity dresses! High waisted skirts with stretch are adorable on your belly too! I love them paired with a tied top or a tank top tucked in. Perfect to show off the bump! Plus, postpartum, you will want lots of maxis to lounge at the house in, they are a lot nicer on your swollen belly after. Jeans (non maternity) are the enemy until like 8-10 weeks postpartum. I shoved myself in there at like 5 or 6 weeks and yeah they fit with serious muffin top, but my insides would literally hurt. Your body is still healing! So heed my warning and stick to maternity jeans or dresses postpartum. 

Oh, and lets not forget your main girls, go get yourself some new bras! I went up the most in cup size / band the first 10 weeks! Literally went up a full band size and almost 2 full cup sizes!!! Those puppies were large and in charge. I decided not to do nursing bra's like some mama's suggested to save on buying multiple bra's, but in retrospect, I totally could have, saving the $80 on bras I'm not wearing again until after I'm done breastfeeding. The main thing is that I had to switch to no underwire because the wire was actually bruising my ribs because of how high I was carrying Cove. So, get yourself some solid sports bras to help with those tender boobies and a nice underwire free bra. 

Also, shoes. My feet totally grow a half size, maybe a full size while pregnant. They went back, THANK GOD, but I had a hard time while pregnant. I stand for a living, so I've got to have supportive, comfy shoes. I rocked tennis shoes a lot. I am a bootie girl and it was hard to have very few boots that are comfy. So I bought some cute tennies and called it good, luckily that's in! And Birkenstocks = life.

I researched a ton, like all new moms, about the best clothes, bras, toys, etc... I really loved reading Mint Arrow's registry list. Corrine gives a serious list guys! So detailed and it was super helpful in making decisions. It's great because there are things you just don't have any idea on, things I had never thought of, or forgotten! What's the hardest about a lot of the bloggers that I love is that they have huge budgets or are given a lot of gear, so they have one of everything. Most of us only want one, maybe two strollers and we have to buy them! And the connectors. And the carseat. And so on! But either way, following blogging mama's helps a ton to see what everyone likes! Obviously I spent a lot of time on Pinterest as well, super easy to just get on and search for what you are looking for, you'll find lots of reviews and suggestions. I also emailed or text my mom friends, asking them for their advice, must have's, regrets, all that. Use your friends advice! We all have different preferences but their opinion makes it easier to not feel so confused when you look at 30 different strollers!

Hospital Clothes :

Here is where I packed well with what I had, but I do kind of wish I would've treated myself to a nice pair of jammies, night gown, and robe. Because I knew I was having a c-section, I wore maxi's or nightgowns while at the hospital and the first couple weeks. Any maxi or nightgown that has a built in bra is great, but needs to be easy to pull down for the crazy amount of nursing going on. I brought a couple different light weight sweaters and my big Barefoot Dreams robe; you need different weights because one minute you're shivering and the next you're sweating head to toe. You will want to change everyday, or at least I did, so pack at least 3-4 outfits. 

Go buy yourself some granny panties. I bought boyshorts from Target that I loved for the first 4-6 weeks. You don't wear your cute undies for a while, you need soft, stretchy, high rise undies. They gotta fit that lovely postpartum pad, HEY! Glamorous, I know. Comfort is the name of the game right here and boy shorts are cuter than bikini granny's though!

Bring slippers and flip flops. I was walking around my room barefoot even though I know that's gross, I just didn't care. But you do need them to walk around the hospital halls and when it's chilly. My body was so swollen not only at the end of pregnancy, but postpartum it was a JOKE. AN AWFUL AWFUL JOKE. I was so swollen from my surgery and I could feel myself swelling more each day of recovery! It was so horrible that one day I could feel the tops of my feet actually jiggle as I walked! Needless to say, I couldn't wear my flip flops home and I wore Josh's as documented in the photo above...humble pie people. But I was holding the cutest nugget ever, so priorities! 

BellyBandit!! I can only speak from my point of view with this product, but I think it's totally worth it. The hospital actually gives you a very soft version of the band and it feels so much better to have it on than not. It made me feel so much more secure and less afraid I might laugh too hard and my intestines would slide out, sorry for the visual. But I wore the Original Belly Bandit for the first couple weeks and then it became too big. I then went down to a small but in the Bamboo BellyBandit. The Bamboo is much softer and more comfortable for when you are sitting at home, nursing all the live long day. The original was stiffer but I didn't care I just wanted it to work! But I swear that thing helped me go back down faster and flatter, not to mention again that it made my incision and ab muscles feel much more supported.

Whole-y Mama :

Bare with me, I know this might get a little crunchy. I know, slowly but surely, I am getting even more earth mama everyday. Maybe it was Bellingham just feeding on the hippie side of me. Let's blame on Bham!

 I have been slowly becoming more aware of the importance not only of what we put in our bodies but what we put on our bodies, especially when you are carrying another life in you. We are all about foods to avoid while pregnant, but what about we put on our skin and absorb into our bodies and now theirs? As a beauty industry professional, this is huge to me!

This is a great time to become more aware of your beauty product's ingredients and house held items. All of a sudden you are thinking of what is being given to your baby from your body and / or what is touching their perfect, fresh skin. You can't help but want the best for this new, sweet little life! 

For me, first and foremost I switched to an organic, paraben and sulfate free, no harsh chemical body wash and lotion. I loved lathering up my belly and knowing he was getting the best. We first used Honest Company because I had always heard great things about their products, I am a huge fan. I registered for both Honest, Babyganics, and Burt's Bees. I prefer Honest or Burt's Bees out of the 3.

Cove has recently had sensitive skin on his face that causes him to breakout with a rash similar to baby acne. The doctor said if it continues he would consider it eczema, insert sad face here. He suggested that we switch to an all natural lotion and body wash, which until that moment I thought I was! I went home and looking at our bath products, none of it was a 100% natural. So I purchased the Tubby Todd starter pack and 4 days in, I am obsessed. His skin is starting to clear, it smells wonderful, and I am going to order the body wash and lotion for myself!  I wish I would've found out about this company sooner and purchased with them from the get go. Everything is a 100% natural, sulfate / paraben free, all packaging is BPA free, no animal testing...music to this mama's ears! Plus, I kid you not, it smells like what I imagine heaven must smell like. 

I also used all natural oils and balms for my belly to avoid stretch marks. Which, full disclosure, I almost did until about 38 weeks, but tiger stripes it is! I had some to start just from life and growing, so I am not surprised I got some, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try and prevent it. I also still slather on the balm and oils to help heal the marks and prevent ones in the future. My marks are soft and faded already so I really think it helps as much as it can!

Prenatal's are really important during this time as well, obviously, and finding one that has high folic acid and DHA in it are amazing for your babe. 

Careful when you are cleaning! It begins when you are pregnant, you can't stomach the smells of the chemicals to clean the house, then you can't physically bend over to clean. Or, you're like my friend who craved the smell of bleach all throughout her pregnancy! Pregnancy symptoms are so weird.

Yes, obviously, I still cleaned the toilet, shower, bathroom and kitchen floors until I gave birth. It was hard and it sucked, but hey, it's gotta happen. For me, I stopped using bleach, mainly for the smell that just filled our tiny house too much. Then I slowly started switching out some house hold cleaners for safer and more environmentally friendly options, again, mainly because I believe in that not for some proven study that it's unsafe for pregnant women. There's actually no studies showing it's unsafe for you to clean while pregnant, it's usually just a general rule of thumb to avoid the strong fumes and to make sure the area you are cleaning is well ventilated. I think those are suggestions because you get light headed easily when you are pregnant, I had to stop while cleaning and take short breaks because I would get light headed from bending over.

Switching to free & clear laundry detergent is a great idea too for little sensitive baby skin. They lay on pretty much everything from your clothes, to sheets, to blankets, so just switching the whole family over to the same detergent is a great idea. Except for work out gear, I will wash that crap with Tide :)

You're beautiful mama!

Feeling good about yourself pregnant and postpartum is so important! I am a big fan of whatever it takes to do that, go do it. Within reason of course. You know your budget, you know what you will realistically wear or do. But if a dress will perk you up, go buy yourself something pretty! Know that you are creating LIFE and give yourself a break.

Gaining weight was sooo much harder on me mentally than I thought it ever would be. I wanted to be pregnant so bad, I wanted the belly. What I did not want was the thighs, the butt, and the arm fat that came with it. No one does! I ate healthy and the amount that I normally do, but I let myself have some of my cravings. If my body was craving peanut butter and jelly with a glass of milk, we had it. If it was a donut, we had it. Probably why I gained just over 30 lbs though! I was nauseous and EXHAUSTED, making working out low on the list, which I hated and really beat myself up over. I tried to cut myself slack and tell myself everything I told friends about their pregnancy bodies. I never saw them the way I saw myself or would think one mean thing about them the way I thought about my body. I thought they were perfect (they were!) and I was just whaling out. The truth is, I truly think pregnancy is so incredibly beautiful, no matter what. I finally chose to believe that I was also part of that beauty. 

Surprisingly, I did love my pregnancy body! It was very weird to look down and see this big ol belly, but it also felt like what I was always meant to do. It felt so natural and entirely scifi at the same time! Being a mama is worth the stretch marks, the weight gain, the acid reflux, the humble pie of your clothes not fitting right...it really is all worth it. 

Both breastfeeding and walking daily with Cove really helped me loose all the weight and then some over the first couple months. Things slowly settled back into the new normal when I thought they never could. My scar is still raised and red, I tend to keloid scar so no big surprise. My linea nigra is still fading, my tummy is still softer than I wish it was, but I am actually delighted with how my body has bounced back post pregnancy. I do think I have a Mom Bod and that's ok, because I am a mom, my body did grow a human. And quite frankly, that makes me a badass. So, there's that!

I hope each of you ladies knows that you're gorgeous, whether you're a mom or not. Whether you are in perfect shape or you're taking fertility drugs that come with a nice hefty side effect of weight gain. Whether you have that weird postpartum body or you're 16 weeks pregnant looking like you had too much Chipotle. We are beautiful because we're all created in God's image, perfectly shaped and colored in, just as He designed us. All we have to do, is believe that. 

I believe it. 

xoxo

 

Shop my favorites

[ maternity clothes ]

jeans : AG Jeans skinny leg jean

 dresses : see Maternity Photos post for my favorite fancy dresses

tees : 3/4 sleeve A Pea In The Pod // elbow sleeve A Pea In The Pod // v-neck A Pea In The Pod

sweats : Ezra + Eli Mom Life Sweats

tights : Assests by Sara Blakely

leggings : pregnancy -  Splendid A Pea In The Pod / Lululemon 7/8 High Times Pant postpartum - Lululemon 7/8 Align Pant II

shoes : Uggs Blaney Tasseled High Top Sneaker / Birkenstocks Arizona Softbed

bras : Victoria's Secret wireless / Jessica Simpson nursing / Motherhood nursing 

[ hospital / postpartum ]

belly wrap : Belly Bandit Original / Belly Bandit Bamboo

undies : Gilligan & O'Malley Hipsters

[ whole-y mama ]

body wash : Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash / Burts Bees Calming Body Wash / Tubby Todd Body Wash

lotion : Honest Company Face & Body Lotion / Babyganics Body Lotion / Tubby Todd Body Lotion 

sunscreen : Sun Bum Sunscreen 

prenatals : Honest Company Prenatal Vitamin / Nature Made Prenatal + DHA // Postpartum I first took Nature Made Postnatal vitamins because I ran out and saw them at Target, I am not sure how they would be any different but I figured it couldn't hurt. I am now taking these Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal and love that they're organic. Side note: take prenatal's to help your hair grow and skin glow regardless if you're pregnant or not! They are amazing for you. 

belly balm : Burts Bees Mama Bee Butter / Tubby Todd 100% Natural Belly Balm / Mother's Special Blend All Natural Skin Toning Oil

laundry detergent : I switched to Kirkland's free & clear, but also love the Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent and I use Dreft Newborn for Cove's laundry specifically.

national breastfeeding month

Breastfeeding! I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed when I had a child someday, it had always felt very normal and natural to me. I assumed it would come naturally to me when Cove was in my arms. I said I would nurse for at least a year, since that is what experts say is the best for your baby. I was told it would hurt in the beginning but it would get easier and it was the most amazing bond (both true!). That was kind of all the thought I put into breastfeeding before I had baby in my arms.  I was entirely unprepared past those nice little thoughts right there.

Truth : Breastfeeding is entirely natural, but foreign to us as first time moms. Most of us have seen people breastfeed, but most of the time it was mamas that have been doing it for a while and are comfortable and confident in it. Most of us have not watched first time moms try to learn to help a baby latch for the first time. Totally different ball game! 

When Cove was first placed in my arms, besides our initial skin to skin in the OR, he started roosting right away trying to find my breast. I was like, "Josh, what's he doing?" and Josh looked at me and calmly said, "the nurse said you should start trying to nurse him." I kid you not I just looked at him, my mom and step mom and was like, "...I don't know how?!"

I didn't take a class, watch videos, even read on how to latch. I honestly was so focused on the rest of this whole birth and bring home a human thing that I was over looking something I felt so confident in! Like, "yeah duh I am breastfeeding... I have no idea how though." 

I just threw him on. It worked! For that day. The next day I was super tender, so I asked for the lactation nurse. She came in and watched and said I was doing good. Ok, so this pain was normal then! I could push through it. Even though I would swear that the colostrum was actually shards of glass I was shooting out my nipples. Next day, hurt so bad I was almost in tears and sweating. And the kid wanted to eat round the clock, of course. So new lactation nurse came in, same thing, doing it right! What the heck. My mom was sure it didn't hurt her that bad. I was sure it hurt more than my c-section incision. 

Fast forward to trying to push through this for the next 5-6 weeks. Cove was was always hungry (which is a newborn thing but now in retrospect, I think my poor latch left him always a little hungry) my nipples bled, I cried, I would tense up every feed so my back, neck and shoulders were super sore, and I for the first time could see why people quit. I was anxious every time I could tell he was hungry.  I watched YouTube videos and read countless articles. I finally found the number of a lady who was an in house lactation coach. Turns out she was an RN at the hospital where I had had Cove. Honestly,  if I had had her in the first place, I truly think I would've never had the problems I did. She came over twice to work with me and watch me latch Cove over and over. She was a saint! It's so true that once you have a baby you loose all sense of privacy, I was like, "grab my boob and show me lady!" Life saver!!

I truly enjoy and cherish breastfeeding. I am so thankful to have pushed through the pain, sought help, and stuck with it. I pumped a ton in the beginning to build up my supply for work and dates and what not! In the beginning I also thought I had a hard time producing enough for Cove, but it was really my latch, once we got it, the my cup runth over. I continued taking my prenatal, a supplement called Fennugreek, I tried Mother's Milk drops, I ate a lactation cookie everyday, drank an insane amount of water, and had steel cut oatmeal everyday. All of those helped and are healthy choices no matter what and I do think they all helped me have a great milk supply. Now I only take a prenatal and drink lots of water and have been able to maintain my supply for the 6 and a half months. 

Staying on top of a feeding and pumping schedule daily is really important for increasing your milk supply in general, but especially if you are going back to work soon and need to have some saved. I felt stress that I couldn't leave Cove, not that I wanted to really, but in the sense that I was his only life source. Having milk in the freezer lifted that weight off my shoulders that he could survive without me if I had to go to Target, or go to work for a couple hours, or God forbid, sleep more than 3 hours at a time. Plus Josh and my family love to bottle feed him and get that bond, I don't blame them! 

I pumped after each feeding for the first couple weeks. It was EXHAUSTING. I felt like a straight up dairy cow. I pretty much was! I eventually went down to pumping three times a day, after the first feeding, midday, and then before bed. I then went down to two, post first feed and before bed. And now just pump after his first feed or second if we get busy. I still manage to save the same amount only pumping once a day that I was saving when I pumped twice a day too, boobs are weird like that! They give you what you need. I am able to save an extra 8-10 oz a day on top of feeding him daily.

Pumping was also essential for me when I was dealing with a clogged milk duct. Pumping after a feeding if I still felt full, a warm compress and massaging in the shower with hot water on your chest saved me from getting mastitis several times!

One thing I was told by my lactation nurse was to not bottle feed at night if you are primarily breastfeeding. Your body actually produces the most milk at night I guess, so it can hurt your supply by having Dad bottle feed at night so you can sleep like I was. Sucks, I know. But I just decided it was worth being tired, and I actually timed it and the time we were up to get the bottle ready and feed him was the same or more than me just feeding him. So I know, trust me, there are desperate nights, do what you gotta do, but food for thought.

Breastfeeding can be inconvenient and time consuming. I have fed Cove doing pretty much everything. I have fed him in Target while walking around, I fed him getting my OB check up (FUN!), I have fed him in the car COUNTLESS times. I have pumped sitting on the toilet at work on a regular basis. I even fed Cove under the drape while I was getting my mom hair cut, #momlife. It just becomes less weird, less inconvenient and more of a moment, or 30, of slowing down to snuggle and nourish that babe. The way that kid looks up at me, places his little hands on my chest... I melt, whatever you want kid, you got it. It's the best. As inconvenient as nursing is at times, babies are inconvenient! I would have to stop and feed him regardless, it's actually way easier to whip your boob out and feed your kid than it is to get a bottle warmed up and ready! I know there are so many reasons not to, and I hold zero judgement whatever women choose to do, (honestly!!) all I can do is say the joy and blessing it has been to our family.

This past week a big ol prayer was answered. Huge! I had realized my milk bank had gotten a little out of control when I bought a deep freezer for my milk and it was full...we are talking 25 gallon bags full of bags of frozen milk. I prayed that God would present a family in need that I could share this gift with. I knew there was no way we could use all this milk before it spoiled. God answered! A family in Ventura just adopted a baby boy they were desperately wanting to breastfeed, in comes my milk freezer. I was so filled with joy to be able to send my liquid gold off to this newborn I will, most likely, never know. I had never even thought about sharing milk before becoming a mom. Although, I probably would have been freaked out by it. Now, I just don't see why that family should have to buy formula, or a pay a crazy amount for human milk, if I have a surplus. God answered my prayers and that mama's all in one and He is getting glory out of it. Go, God! 

So cheers to all you breastfeeding mamas out there! Cheers to you ladies that have fought the good fight and are nourishing those babes with boobs, one way or another, for 2 days or 2 years, you go girl. 

I hope that my story of nursing will encourage, inform, and help you laugh through the pain of breastfeeding. You are not alone in it, even when it is a middle of the night feeding, you are part of an army. An army of mamas! And there ain't no love like a mama's love. 

If you are feeling lonely in your journey, especially at night, I love following Lynzy & Co's #latenightnursingfeed on Instagram and on her blog. Join a mom Facebook group, or better yet, create one like I did with all of my friends. It will be the love, support and encouragement you need to help you laugh at milk stained dresses and spit up hair. 

Happy #nationalbreastfeedingweek and #nationalbreastfeedingmonth mamas! 

Bellow you can shop some of my favorite breastfeeding accessories that make nursing easier.

xoxo

nursing cover : Covered Goods Not only do I use this cover all the time but it's multi use, so we use it ALL the time as a carseat cover and now a highchair / grocery cart cover. We love this thing so much.

favorite bottle : Comotomo 8 oz bottle Cove has taken to these best, they are made to feel the most like a breast and super easy to clean.

pump bag : Fawn Design diaper bag A friend gave me an extra bag she had and I love it for traveling with my pump. My pump didn't come with a bag so this bag is the best for throwing everything in for work / travel. Super easy to wipe down when you get any milk on it!

nursing bra : Seamless Nursing Bra by Gilligan & O'Malley Just a super simple comfy bra from Target! Get at least two in black and white incase one is dirty. I sleep in or wear their nursing tanks under everything also! I live in my Motherhood sports bras on a daily basis.

nipple cream : Honest Co organic nipple balm I put this on after every single feeding the first couple months! I tried the Medela and the Lansinoh and this beat the crap out of those two in my opinion. I feel like Cove preferred it as well, the other two he would unlatch and smack his lips and make a weird face like he didn't like the taste or something. I am definitely interested in the Tubby Todd nipple balm as well for next time! 

breast pads : Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads I have to wear these everyday, all day. I did use the Lily Padz for a little while as well when my nips were super sensitive in the beginning. The Up and Up ones from Target and the Medela ones are ok, they were just bulky and didn't form as well to your breast. Also I heard these gel packs are amazing for sore nips too. 

 

ketchup.

Hey everyone! Back at blogging & trying to play ketchup. Or catchup, whatever. Here are some quick catchup snipits of our sweet little life over here in Camarillo, CA these days!

I work part time at Posh in Camarillo, slowly rebuilding my clientele here! I also still travel back to Clovis every 6-8 weeks for my loyal lovely clientele. It has been such a joy to be able to work when I want to, but still hard not to beat myself up when I am away from Cove. I completely see what mamas mean though when they say you need that time to yourself,  it makes you a better mom because of it. Sometimes I don't even know I need it and I get into the salon, and I'm like, "I feel more like myself already." I didn't even know I wasn't feeling like myself!! But being a hairdresser isn't just my job, it's my art. It's one of my passions! And I truly love getting that time with people. Though Cove is my number one job now days, hair will forever be my love!!

Follow along on my hair instagram, @lovelylooloveshair // Call or text me to set up an app today!!

Since I am predominantly a stay at home mommy, I am also gifted with a teeny bit of spare time that I get to invest into my blog! I am taking this time to focus on what I love to read, follow, and what I feel like me and my friends mainly talk about. I have been so thankful to have a group of mom friends that I stay in contact with over silly things like, "how to get your kid to poop" and to harder things like scheduling or sleeping. They have truly made motherhood not lonely! A lot of us are stay at home moms, but even if you work full time, motherhood can sometimes be lonely or isolating. My mama friends are all over the country, so having a mom group on Facebook has been a big blessing! We are each different, as are our kiddos, so parenting reflects that, but we can all learn so much from each other. Ultimately, I have found motherhood to be so deeply bonding and empowering as a woman.  #momsquad

photo by Becky Davis

photo by Becky Davis

Still on the hunt for a church down here but to be honest with the baby and travel and everything, we haven't been actively pursuing it either. I am starting to desperately crave a church family and getting Cove plugged into a good group of little buddies! Praying that we find our church home soon and that I have the energy and commitment to get my butt there :)

I'm reading the Power of the Praying Wife and holy crap, I am being wrecked. Has anyone else read this? Seriously, revolutionizing my prayer life for me, Josh and Cove. I recommend it to every single wifey out there!!

My next couple posts are in works, I am putting together my favorite baby gear and mama gear. I have had so much fun reading other blogs and talking with my friends about their gear, I decided to write my own post of recommendations. 

Here, you guys will find my life in posts, from being a new mom to being a wife. From being a Christian woman to how to style your hair and what stroller I use. A true lifestyle blog from me to you! 

I would love to hear form you & have you follow along!! All my contact info is bellow. 

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo