July 11, 2014

1 month.

On July 8th sweet little Jack celebrated his 1 month birthday. Part of me can't believe that it has already been a month and the other part of me can't believe that it has only been that long...life before him seems so long ago. It amazes me how much they change in a month...in a week and even in a day.

Bath time isn't fun and is full of tears.
Snuggling in his favorite towel afterward makes everything okay.

Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show is our favorite "lullaby" 
and is often on repeat in the car and house. 

Mr. Giraffe and Mr. Monkey are our favorite animals and can keep us entertained for minutes. 

He snores when he sleeps and snorts when he cries.

He loves to kick his legs and stretch out his arms, but strongly dislikes tummy time.

His hair...well, his hair is out of control and there isn't anything we can do about it.

July 9, 2014

being a mother.

I have been a mother for 1 month now and no one could have ever prepared me for what motherhood is really like. The unconditional love, the overwhelming joy, the never-ending worry...emotions that take over your entire mind and body within seconds of having your little one placed in your arms.

I knew being a mother would be wonderful and fulfilling, it was something I always looked forward to. You go through 9 months of dreaming about your child, wondering what he will look like...will he have daddy's height and mommy's eyes (that was my wish), wondering what taking care of a baby will really be like (is it like taking care of our golden retriever?!), and listening to friend's baby stories while counting down the days until you have some of your own to tell.

Now here I am sitting with my precious baby boy sound asleep next to me and each of those emotions I mentioned above running through me every minute of every day. Things that used to be so important to me all of a sudden don't seem so important. My "to do" list now consists of only 2 items...take a shower and eat breakfast before 11 am. And if the rest of my day doesn't involve getting the dishes or laundry done, that's okay, because it means I spent time rocking my little one to sleep, singing songs to him, making silly faces to see him smile and just watching him while he sleeps because I don't want to miss the adorable faces he makes when dreaming or the big stretches when he is about to wake up.

Being a mother forced me to prioritize my life, to take a step back and not feel so anxious or upset when things aren't in order or clean. I have learned to laugh at things that I never thought I would find funny. I realized that you have to take life day by day because "schedule" is no longer in our vocabulary (at least for now). I try to live in the moment because from what I hear these moments go by way too fast. I will be a mother for the rest of my life and although I am only one month in and know that there will be both happy and trying times ahead, I can confidently say this is the best and most important job that I will ever have.

There was an article in the Huffington Post about lessons learned in the first year of being a mother and one of them was "You will never feel so vulnerable, so in love, so part of life...or sleepy". There is no truer statement.

February 3, 2014

beauty essentials.

Everyone has their particular daily beauty routine. For some it may consist of a lot of products and for others it may be something simple - a cleanser here, a little moisturizer there - all depending on your skin type. I am one of those people who has extra sensitive skin. I have to be careful that my cleansers and moisturizers aren't too "heavy" or else I will have the dreaded breakout.

It took me a while to narrow down my favorite beauty products, but I think I finally figured out what works best for me and my skin. All of the products I use have an extremely light feel to them and I don't feel like I have a layer of product sitting on my face after application, which is very important to me. I only recently added the last 2 products by Tata Harper to my daily routine since I became pregnant {thanks to a great gift from my soon to be sister-in-law}, which have really made a difference especially since I noticed that my skin has become extra finicking during pregnancy. Now that I have my daily beauty products figured out I am happy to share them with you…they may or may not work for your skin type, but here are my favorites….

PM: L'OCCITANE Ultra-Gentle Cleansing Milk {hands down the best cleanser I have used}

PM: A few spritzes of Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence followed by Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum {these are a dream and make my face feel so fresh after applying}

And of course for those occasional breakouts Clinique has the answer for me. 

I use the Spot Healing Gel morning and night. Since it is clear gel I put it on before applying my makeup for the day. I use the Emergency Gel-Lotion Intensif at night. 

What are your favorite products that you use in your daily beauty routine? I'd love to know! 

images by Simply Significant. all opinions are my own. 
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