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    Getting Ready for a Second Baby

    second baby maternity photos | Jennifer Roper Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    If you don’t follow me on social media but have noticed a lack of posts lately, I should probably mention that I’m about ready to have a second baby in the next 2-4 weeks (feels like 2-4 days!) My second pregnancy has been the complete opposite of my first, aside from the fact that I’m bringing another baby boy into our family. My first pregnancy came so easy –  I felt great, worked as a lawyer full time, and blogged in my free time. This time has been so much harder. It was way harder to get pregnant, I was terribly sick for the first 18-20 weeks, had about 4 good weeks, and then have been sick and uncomfortable the rest of the time. Now I work as a blogger full time (though I can barely manage 2 posts a week) and a full time momma to a very active 3 year old. During my first pregnancy I wrote a blog for my unborn baby, sharing love letters and updates and funny stories along the way. Like a typical second child, this baby has gotten none of that. Sometimes I feel like he’s only heard me say “Boy, am I tired. I am so ready to be done.” And then I feel guilty for complaining and feeling that way.

    I am also anxious about adding another person to our family and changing our dynamic forever. I’m a little sad that it won’t just be us and Charlie, even though I’m super excited about meeting this new little guy too. I hope Charlie remembers at least a little bit about his first 3 1/2 years of life where it was just him, his daddy, and me. We spent so much time together, more than most families get. And I feel so lucky for that. I know it will be wonderful once the new baby is here and that I will love him as much as I love Charlie, but right now it is hard to think of anything but how the new baby will change things with my first baby. And then I feel guilty for feeling that way too.

    In the coming weeks I may post a little less. I may not respond to emails. And then I’ll share some guest posts from some sweet friends who have been kind enough to write something to help me take a little time off once baby is here. And I hope you’ll understand that I’m just one person, who is trying to balance being a momma with running a business alone, and also making a little time for my husband and myself. Actual balance is impossible, but if anything in that list is going to take a hit, it has to be this blog. And I hope you understand that I can’t feel guilty about that. Even though I do.

    And if you are curious as to what I’m up to during any silence on this blog, you can find me on instagram where I’ll still be posting as much as I can.

    I’d love to hear thoughts from my fellow parents on welcoming a second baby to the family. Any tips for preparing your older kiddo or on making that first introduction? Or about anything at all really – I’d love to hear what worked (or didn’t work) for you. Any encouragement and advice is welcomed :)

    Above photo is of me and my boys by Jennifer Roper Photography. Jennifer Roper is a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you would like to be considered for our guide, apply here.


    Ultimate Giveaway for Mom and Baby

    The Ultimate Goodies Giveaway for Mom & Baby | Oh Lovely Day

    Ok, so do y’all see all of that amazing stuff up there? Yes, I mean ALL OF THAT STUFF. I’m giving it all away to one lucky winner to celebrate baby #2 who is almost here, and that I hit 5000 followers on Instagram (well, almost…but I couldn’t wait to launch this giveaway any more!) So first, let’s talk about these prizes:  Read More »


    Family Friday Round-Up

    Family Friday Round-up | Summer Family Fun on Oh Lovely DayHappy Friday! It’s already felt like summer around here and we’ve been enjoying it (I’ve mostly been hot, but also trying to enjoy it). We have just over two months before we add another baby boy to the family, so we’ve been checking things off our family bucket list (#bucketlistbeforebaby over on instagram). I’m also losing steam and energy as I enter my third trimester – one day I was feeling great and then someone turned off the energy switch. Oh, and this bump is getting big y’all. So, what’s new with you :)

    It’s been a while since I shared my mom + baby posts with you, and I’ve done a lot that I think you might like, so here ya go:

    DIY Temporary Tattoos
    DIY Temporary Tattoos for Kids

    Modern Baby GearModern Baby Gear & Gadgets

    90's Hip Hop Tees90′s Hip Hop Tees for Kiddos (one of my favorite posts ever!)

    Baby Wearing OptionsBabywearing Options from Newborn to Toddler

    Summer Maternity Wardrobe StaplesSummer Maternity Wardrobe Staples

    Be sure to follow along on instagram for more mom, baby, pregnancy, and Charlie posts. And if you’re on the new Pipitt app, you can find me there as @ohlovelyday as well!

    Have a lovely weekend! Oh, and if you have any fun ideas to add to our #bucketlistbeforebaby (we’ve finished up our visits to Disneyland for a while, visited some new parks and museums, etc.) please share in the comments. I love hearing your ideas.

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    Stunning California Maternity Session

    California Maternity Session | CHARD photographer

    Continuing my celebration of mommas this week, I wanted to share this stunning California maternity session from CHARD photographer. There is just something so beautiful about a pregnant woman – the life growing inside of her just radiates. While we aren’t all lucky enough to look as fabulous while pregnant as Lindsay does here (hot momma alert!), I think every pregnant woman is extra gorgeous. And motherhood, while not always (or almost never) glamorous, is such a beautiful thing.  Read More »

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    Favorite Things for Littles Giveaway

    oh lovely day's favorite things for littles giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    Since my first baby celebration giveaway was such a hit, I wanted to do it again! So I gathered up more of my favorite things for babies and littles to share with you. This prize list is SO good, I almost can’t believe it. Unfortunately, this one is open to US residents only (sorry international readers!)

    1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blanket Set: I’ve been very vocal about my love of Aden + Anais and their perfect swaddle blankets. I’ve given them as shower gifts so many times and truly think they are the best blankets for swaddling little baby burritos: they wrap well and don’t overheat baby. Plus, they have the cutest patterns. A must-have on any baby registry. You’ll get your choice of any of their in-stock swaddle sets.

    2. Happy Baby Wrap: baby wearing is one of my favorite parts of the baby stage, and I’m excited to share that with you by giving you the Happy Baby wrap of your choice.

    3. 4Moms Mamaroo: I didn’t get to use one of these with Charlie and have heard SO many great things about it, so I’m not only thrilled to try one with baby #2, but I’m so happy to give you your choice of a 4Moms Mamaroo for your own little babe. This is such a big prize you guys!

    4. Scarf Bib & Teething Ring Set from Shop Alexandra Rose: who says bibs and baby teethers have to be ugly and outdated? These scarf bibs, burp cloths, and teethers are modern and fresh, in lots of great colors and patterns. You’ll win your choice of a scarf bib & teether set.

    5. Sugar Plum Lane Baby: you’ll get a legging and hat set from Sugar Plum Lane Baby. The prints in this shop are some of my absolute favorites and I have lots of items on my own wish list!

    6. Freshly Picked Moccasins: you get your choice of any in stock pair of moccs from Freshly Picked. If you follow me on instagram, you know how much I love these, and I’ve never even had a baby wear them yet! But I’ve given them as gifts and all of my momma friends love them because they are cute, stylish, and actually stay on baby’s feet. The quality is beyond.

    7. Wren & Rumor Swaddle & Burp Cloth Set: I’ve been coveting a blanket from Wren & Rumor for a while now (can a baby have too many blankets? I think not!) and am really loving the patterns in her shop. You’ll win a swaddle and burp cloth set.

    8. The Wishing Elephant Personalized Letter Cardigan: I love this take on the classic letterman’s jacket for littles! Win a personalized cardigan for your toddler in your choice of letter and color.

    9. Dewey Vest from Salvage Maria: I love this shop, which specializes in upcycling adult favorites for your kiddos. Turn an old concert tee into a raglan dress or onesie, or your grandfather’s sweater into a toddler cardigan. And this modern-day Maria Von Trapp has super cool ready-made boho wear too, like this faux leather fringe vest that one of you will win.

    10. Tribe is Alive: I’m a huge fan of the musical-themed tees in this shop. Win a $25 shop credit so you can get one of your choice for your little music lover.

    11. Little Hip Squeaks: Another fave of mine (and Charlie’s) is Little Hip Squeaks. I love the bold prints paired with the bright colors, and the rompers are my absolute favorite. You’ll win a $50 credit to pick your own favorites.

    12. Carly Megan Harem Pants: I don’t know what it is about harem pants that are so cute on babies and kids alike, but I’m absolutely obsessed with these from Carly Megan – and they are perfect for boys or girls! You’ll win a pair in choice of color and size.

    13. Savage Seeds Forest Critter: Baby and kiddo alike will love their own forest critter friend from Savage Seeds. Win your choice of critter from their shop.

    14. Little Adi + Co: One of the cutest things I’ve seen for babies in a long time are the bummy shorts from Little Adi + Co. They are perfect for showing off chubby little baby legs! And the winner will receive your choice of bummy shorts.

    This giveaway is valued at over $700 in products! Are you as excited about it as I am? Be sure to read the terms and conditions, enter below and spread the word. The winner will be picked on 5/5/14 and contacted via email.

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    •  Today had some highs and some lows. It was way way way too hot to be this pregnant and it turns out that all the pressure and pain I'm feeling is not this baby's head peeking out yet (if I could see down there I would swear he would be looking back up at me), as there is no dilation happening so far. Upside, I saw Dave Grohl at my OB's office (with his pregnant wife, obvs) and he said hi and gave me a sympathetic smile. I almost peed my pants (more than usual) as I seriously love Dave Grohl. Also, this pretty pretty @doielounge robe showed up at my door and I can wait to treat myself to wearing it post-baby. Presents make me happy. So I think presents and Dave Grohl beat the heat and sealed cervix. For today... Side note: if you want to DIY a sequin hanger of your own, I shared a DIY for it a while back. Just search DIY sequin hanger on the blog (link in profile). It, and said robe, are both perfect for wedding photos, bridesmaid gifts, etc.
       #tbt to baby Charlie, looking all cute and getting me excited for spit bubbles, razzing, and baby laughs all over again. And also to get me through the hottest day of the year at 9 months pregnant. Eff off heat!
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