Walker / 7 + 8 Months

Between my freelance business ramping up, planning for MTHR and life with a baby in general -- the last month has been crazy busy for us. I hardly had time to shower regularly let alone write in this blog, which is why I'm coming at you today with Walker's 7 AND 8-month post rolled into one. #momlife

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I know I say this every month but this has been my favorite age so far. He's just so animated and personable now. He has learned how to throw tantrums though, which I find both annoying and hilarious. He'll arch his body backward and kick his legs--full cartoon style. He mainly does this during diaper changes and I'm just like, come on dude, please don't kick me while I'm cleaning poop out of your thigh rolls.

It's also a thing right now where he thinks I am the most comical person in the world. I literally can say "HEY!" and he goes into hysterical laughter. Joel is mad that Walker doesn't know HE'S the actual funny one (which is true) but I'm gonna take what I can get because I just know this kid's first word is going to be "dada." He loooooves Joel and legit looks for him all over the house when he's at work. Sad but also sweet. They play music together and it's 100% my favorite thing to watch them do together. If you follow me on IG, watch my "j + w" Story highlight for some peeks.

He is still absolutely loving food. He much prefers what we're eating to his own baby food which is great but also sucks that I have to share my food now. He's totally mastered the pincer grasp and has graduated to fistfuls of whatever he's eating, going into his mouth. His favorites are bananas and chicken. On Tuesdays, we go and visit Joel at work and I order a plain chicken breast for Walker and a salad for me and we both are happy campers. He still only has his two bottom teeth but has been teething for what feels like eleventy billion years now so I think the tops are coming soon. Once he has teeth on both top and bottom I think I will be less paranoid about him choking to death on chunks of food.

He is now sitting up like a pro and rolling all over the place. If a toy is out of reach he will lean forward and roll onto his tummy to try and get it so I'm thinking he will be crawling soon. The thought of having to babyproof our entire house is daunting but I'm also eager for him to be a bit more mobile so he can follow me around the house instead of screaming when I'm 2 feet out of view. We got him one of those Joovy walkers (Walker in a walker, ha) but he seems to think it's his old door jumper and literally hops around to move instead of you know, walk. Hahah.

I honestly can't believe we're already here, at 8 months. I feel like I get more emotional the older he gets. Before I know it, we'll be planning his first birthday and I know I'm just going to be a hot mess. Thank god for waterproof mascara, right?

Urban Desert

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When your friend who also happens to be an AMAZING photographer offers to take some mommy + me photos at the cactus garden near your house at Capitol Park -- you say yes. Duh.

I legit cried when she sent these to me. Sometimes my heart can't contain all the love I have for this perfect boy of mine so it overflows out of my eyes.

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Photos by: Tina Swain Photography (get $50 off when you book your session off my referral!)
Jacket custom calligraphy by: Brooke Averill

Walker / 6 Months

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Somehow, our sweet boy is already half a year old today. I don't know which is more impressive--the fact that I've been able to keep him alive this long or that I've survived motherhood for six months hahah.

I think it was around this time where everyone said we'd settle into our new routine as parents and get used to our new normal. They were right--it's few and far between now where I feel completely panicked and overwhelmed like I did in those early newborn days. I know my son, and he isn't just this babbling, foreign creature anymore. I can tell what cries mean what, I'm able to decipher his moods better and pick up on all of his fun, ever-developing personality traits--I think that's my favorite part, so far. He is SO expressive, it cracks me up.

We've reached quite a few new milestones this month, including two(!) bottom teeth that came in quick succession, plus him being able to pretty much sit up on his own (although he still does have a few timberrrrr moments that catch him by surprise). We also started him on solids and he absolutely loves food, with the exception of split peas and spinach. He LOVES sweet potatoes. He still has not mastered the art of picking up food and putting it in his mouth aka baby led weaning. I've put a few puffs and bits of food on his high chair tray and he'll either smash it around with his hands or stare at it and then at me like, "soooo are you going to put this stuff in my mouth or?" I'm going to start weaning him off the breast completely, which is lightweight devastating because I know I will miss that special time with him. I bawled my eyes out after Joel and I talked about it, but honestly, I know it will be better for our family this way, in the long run. I'm really nervous about how its all going to play out because of his sudden and firm aversion to taking a bottle (STILL) but as so many others and our pediatrician alike have said, if he is hungry he WILL eat. I just feel pretty alone in this dilemma because I've yet to hear from anyone who has gone through this--if you're out there, let me know! I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you might have to get this guy to drink a bottle. I've tried every single kind of bottle brand, different nipple sizes/formulas, a sippy cup...the list goes on. He hates it all. Ugh.

Another thing he is still refusing is rolling over. He's only ever done it twice and absolutely despises tummy time. We still force him to do it every day of course, and I've heard about babies who skip rolling and go right to crawling so maybe that will be us? I know every baby is different but it's still pretty nerve-wracking as a FTM to feel like your kid isn't doing the same things as *everyone* else.

On a more positive note, he's still sleeping pretty good and has even started sleeping through the night! We've still got him in the sleepsuit because why ruin a good thing, amirite? If he's still not rolling over by next month (which is when you're supposed to stop using the suit) I'll just take it away anyway and put him in PJ's/a sleep sack.

I signed us up to try a Stroller Strides class in our area and I'm really excited to see how we like it. I like the fact that I can get a workout in, meet other moms and socialize Walker with other babes, all at once. I'm scheduled to attend next week so I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. Any other Fit4Mom members out there?

Friday Favorites

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 D. Lillian Photography / dress (similar) / hat

Happy Friday, bb's! I'm switching up the formatting to these posts to be less structured into sections and just get right to the good stuff in single sentences with links. Enjoy and TGIF! xx


This piece on how sometimes motherhood can feel really lonely legit made me cry. So real, raw, and true.

Download this super cute free font.

Are you a mom who loves writing and has been itching to get published? Coffee & Crumbs is open for submissions! Ps; you can read my piece for them right here if you missed it.

I am always on the hunt for quick + easy recipes to whip up since I'm still breastfeeding and get hungry super easily so these BBQ chicken bowls sound like they'll do the trick!

We read to Walker every night and he LOVES books. I'm always on the hunt for "pretty" books to add to his library which is why I'm stoked Molly just did a post about all of her baby book recs.

Interesting read on the psychological effects of room colors.

I just finished reading The Woman in Cabin 10 and loved it! What should I read next?

Italian grandpa dedicates the rest of his life to operating the world's first electricity-free amusement park. So dope!

Life, Lately

For someone who used to blog EVERY day, for years, it's so crazy to think of how Instagram has essentially replaced it. Don't get me wrong, I love sharing my life in little squares over there, but ever since the much-hated algorithm change, it's hard to keep up with the people + accounts I love. I do miss the organic community that came with a medium like blogging. What do you think? Do you still blog or do you think blogging is just dead?

I for one, am still a believer haha. And so in an effort to update this space more regularly, I thought I'd share a little about what's going on in our neck of the woods over here where I can elaborate a bit more (lord knows my IG captions are long enough, sometimes).

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After Walker is in bed, Stitch Fix hours are logged and freelance has been completed for the day, the rest of my focus then turns to my latest endeavor: MTHR Collective. What started as a half-brained idea my friend-turned-business partner Danielle and I had has now become a reality! The retreat has already garnered so much response which we are SO grateful for and excited about. We can't wait to meet you all this Fall!

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Did I mention Danielle is the most amazing photographer?! She took these portraits of me the other day for MTHR and I super love how they turned out. She is a wizard.

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Joel works most nights and since Valentine's Day was no exception we had to celebrate a few days later. We dropped Walker off at my mom's and headed to the movies to catch an early showing of the new Star Wars before it left theatres (I miss seeing movies the week they come out). We loaded up on popcorn, candy and since our local theatre now serves alcohol you know I ordered a glass of wine. It was just my luck however that the bottle of the kind I ordered was empty and it took them so long to find a manager to come replace it. Three days later and Joel is still making fun of me about it. Did you watch The Last Jedi? We both really liked it but agreed it was wayyyy too long and there were definitely scenes they could have cut to shorten it.

After the movie, we picked up our very tired bubba and headed home to put him to bed and then we continued our date night by popping the bottle of fancy vintage Port Joel got me for V-day. I had picked up some macarons and chocolate from my favorite local chocolatier earlier in the day to pair with it and it was HEAVEN. The sweet tooth I acquired during pregnancy is still alive and well, it seems.

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And because no post is complete, without these sweet face -- here's a snap of my chunky monkey. He is getting sooo big!