Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend. I finished baby #2′s nursery over the weekend and am so in love with the finished room that I keep finding myself in there, just hanging out. So I thought I’d share a little peek (an official room tour post with source links for everything you see will come after baby is here) and celebrate with a giveaway from Lulu & Georgia, one of my favorite home decor brands and the maker of our nursery rug.
The photos (and my photography) don’t do this rug justice – it has such vibrant ombré shades of blue and it is so soft and cozy. Charlie likes to lay on it and says he is swimming in the ocean. It really pulls the ‘cali-cool nautical nursery’ together.
I’ve got so many goodies from Lulu & Georgia on my dream wish list (like this rug for my office). If you do too, today is your lucky day because we’re giving away $100 credit to Lulu & Georgia! Enter below through 8/1/14 and the winner will be announced in the entry box below on 8/2/14, so be sure to check back.
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*Don’t forget to read the instructions and terms and conditions carefully. Only one comment on this post will count towards an entry.
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.
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
Happy 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 for Kids
Modern Baby Gear & Gadgets
90′s Hip Hop Tees for Kiddos (one of my favorite posts ever!)
Babywearing Options from Newborn to Toddler
Summer 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.
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