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Time for another mini style post! It’s finally starting to cool down here in San Diego and I’m so excited for this fall season! We’re scheduled to get our backyard redone in the next couple weeks, just in time for bonfires, s’mores and hosting holiday parties. ;) Emma is crawling ALL over the place and starting to pull herself up which means we’re gonna start putting shoes on her(!!). I’m noticing lately that I really prefer one piece outfits for her, they’re just so much easier to work with. Especially now that she is constantly twisting and turning when we try to change her diaper. I normally gravitate towards black/white/grey for both my wardrobe and hers but this season I’m going to implement some color! I love those little overalls and that cute pull over sweatshirt. I just ordered them and I can’t wait to dress her up. We’re heading to the pumpkin patch this week or next(I haven’t decided yet) which is so crazy to me, I can’t believe we’re in October already.

Happy Monday! x

We just got back from Hawaii and I’m so swamped with emails, work and unpacking. I can’t wait to share all of the photos we took while we were in Maui! We had plans of posting a video of our travels but sadly we lost ALL of the footage due to a software update and I’m so upset. Like so upset I might have teared up a bit. But at least I’ll have photos to share with you all! In the meantime, I thought I’d post a round up of some links I’m loving this week!

→ Loved this post on the rise of picture perfect motherhood through instagram.

Dear husband: When I forget to see you…

This podcast episode with the founder of Create & Cultivate. I love the TSC podcast I think you all will, too!

→ Loved Molly’s thoughts on how to survive the first three months(the 4th trimester) after having a baby.

→ I am so pumped fall is here. I just snagged this sweatshirt for Emma to wear.

→ Great tips on how to nurture your mama-crew!

→ The last 8 months after having a baby have been rough so I’m so excited to get back into taking care of myself and cooking at home. Loved Mara’s Trader Joe’s staples!

Happy Friday! x

Last week my friend Jane and I ventured up to Los Angeles with our babies to check out the Museum of Ice Cream. It’s exactly what it sounds like, an entire museum about ice cream. It was a pretty incredible experience. Ice cream and treats in each room, bright colors and giant gummy bears. It’s like seeing all your childhood dreams come to life! Jane has a 6 week old baby girl Goldie, who is so precious (I know Emma is only 7 months old but I’m already missing that newborn phase!) and she pretty much slept through all the fun but we still had a blast!

Emma was not a fan of the pool of sprinkles ;)

Tickets are all sold out but I’d definitely sign up for their email list to be notified when tickets go on sale again. It was so fun to check out. :)

My nursing journey has been pretty easy with Emma and I’m so grateful. I had a bit of a rough start; two months before having her I got a swollen milk duct(those hurt soooo bad), I had a brief stint with mastitis, my nipples felt like knives were cutting them every time Emma would nurse and let’s not even talk about engorged boobs. It was rough in the beginning but after Emma and I got in our groove things were smooth sailing. I love the bonding I get to have with her and that I can nourish her completely with just my body. Womens bodies are truly an incredible thing.

With that being said I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to nurse her for a certain amount of time. She’s 7 months now, she’s eating purees and soft foods and with work and life in general, I haven’t had a ton of time to pump milk for our nanny and even for Aaron if I want to go run errands. It’s been an ongoing battle of I’m exhausted I would really love to go to bed right now but ughh I have to pump! Not everyday is like that but it’s so time consuming!

One of my best friends got married this month and leading up to the wedding came a lot of festivities. One of which was a bachelorette weekend in Napa. Although this mama totally needed it, I was reluctant to go because Emma was only 5 months old and I had never been away from her but another reason being how in the hell will I pump enough milk to be gone a whole weekend? The pressure I put on myself was unreal. Between having to pump for the nanny during the week and trying to save up to be gone for 3 days, I was so stressed. On top of that, I had major anxiety about traveling with 25+ bags of milk on a flight alone with Emma. It ended up being completely fine, I was able to save up enough milk but holy cow!(literally)

Fast forward to the wedding weekend. I discovered last minute that I’d have to be gone from Emma for two days and I didn’t have any milk saved up. I tried pumping nonstop. I pumped in the mornings and in the evenings. I drank a ton of water, I ate a ton of those lactation bars. It just wasn’t enough time for me to save up what I needed to be gone from her. I ended up buying formula and immediately felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I had put so much pressure on myself to make sure that I had enough breastmilk saved up that I completely turned a blind eye to what was right in front of me. Emma ended up drinking the formula just fine and I was able to be there for my best friends big day, worry free.

It’s been a couple weeks since the wedding and we’re still using formula at least once or twice a day. I’m still breast feeding but the pressure of having to pump frequently and build up a constant stash of milk is gone. And you know what? I’m a lot happier as a mom because of it. Once I stopped letting that constant stress of how much milk I had in the freezer or what other people would think take over, I was able to be open to other options for us. I really can’t say enough things about letting things go as a parent. I went into this journey with an expectation of how things would go and as time went on I started to realize that I was just making things harder on myself when it really didn’t need to be. I struggle with this a ton and I’m sure I’ll have even more hurdles to get over as she gets older. But this is our journey and what’s working for us in this stage of life. x