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!

Sleep Training with Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit

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After Walker's 4 month checkup, the pediatrician gave us the green light to start sleep training him. I was SO nervous to embark on this next step because it meant a lot of big changes--like moving him to the nursery in his crib *cue tears*--but the thing I was most nervous about was the transition out of a swaddle. Up until just a couple of weeks ago, it was necessary to wrap him up tight and rock him to sleep before gently placing him in the Rock n Play and carefully tip-toeing out of the room.

I first heard of the Magic Sleepsuit back while I was pregnant. A lot of my seasoned mama friends swore by it and it instantly popped into my head when Joel and I started to discuss our sleep training method. It arrived on my doorstep and I giggled as I tore open the package--it looked like a little marshmallow suit and I KNEW Walker was going to look adorably ridiculous in it.

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The suit was developed by a pediatric physical therapist after experimenting with ways to get her own baby to sleep. It's made out of soft, breathable layers of cotton and polyfil and is designed to muffle the moro (startle) reflex and provide just enough security and comfort to promote restful sleep (for both baby and parents!) It's basically a hug for your baby that soothes them and lasts all night!

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The first night I put Walker in the suit he slept 7 hours straight(!) He has NEVER slept that long of a stretch or through the night so I was immediately impressed, but still a little skeptical since he still fussed/cried as we worked through the Sleep Wave. The next night we put him in the suit with just his diaper on (he runs hot) at 9pm and he INSTANTLY fell asleep. Like, I'm talking I kissed him goodnight, shut the door and by the time I made it downstairs and turned on the monitor he was OUT. I looked at Joel and was like HOOOOLYYYY SHIT. He didn't wake again until 2:45am for a night feeding and then back down again until morning at 6am. I will say that I think he's still trying to figure out a "wake up" schedule because we've been putting him down at 9pm every night and he has woken up at 6/7/8 and 9am haha. Pick one, (preferably 8am) kid! He's also been going down for naps in the suit which have also gotten increasingly better than they were pre-sleepsuit.

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It's only been a couple of weeks but I think it's safe to say--IT WORKS. I am eternally grateful to Maureen and the rest of the Magic Sleepsuit team. They have been so incredibly helpful and personally invested throughout this process. I called them after the second day to express my concerns about how much Walker sweats in the suit, which was when they advised me to go ahead and try letting him sleep in just his diaper with it. They answered all of my questions and addressed my concern with in-depth knowledge I trust coming from another parent who has gone through my same experiences with sleep training.

Once he can start to roll over in the suit is when they recommend retiring it, but until then, I am going to relish and enjoy these restful nights! If you're interested in trying the sleepsuit yourself, I'm hosting a giveaway today over on my Instagram or if you simply can't wait and you need it now (I don't blame you) you can get 15% off the sleepsuit of your choice by entering LF15 at checkout.


Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit is a company that I’ve had the honor to partner with in exchange for a product review. Thoughts & opinions on this product are my own. I 100% stand behind the quality & use of this product, unless otherwise noted above.

Walker / 5 Months

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It's crazy how much can change in just one month's time. I was reading over last month's post and I talked a lot about the struggles we were having with Walker's sleep schedule. I can't even believe I'm typing this but as of a couple weeks, he is officially sleep trained (stay tuned for more on that process on Friday's post)!

I think the biggest lesson I've learned as a mom this month is that babies truly are such smart little creatures of habit and sometimes it's my own apprehensions that get in the way of progress. For example, I was SO worried Walker would have a hard time learning how to go to sleep in unswaddled and in his own crib and kept putting off sleep training, but honestly after just two rough nights of protest (him) and tears (me), he just got the hang of it and now he pretty much falls asleep as soon as he's put down in there. I realize this is subject to change without notice so we're getting all the welcome extra winks we can over here!

He is still refusing to roll over but I'm pretty persistent with tummy time so I know it's coming. I keep telling myself it's taking a while because he's such a chunk -- 17lbs was his last weigh-in at his 4 months wellness check; the doctor said he is the size of a 7mo old! Whoaaa. No wonder my lower back feels like it's constantly on fire. He is 79th percentile for weight and NINETY EIGHTH for height -- he's already 2 and a half feet long and his projected to be at least 6' as an adult (crazy how they can measure that now). I honestly don't know how we made such a solid child.

I'm excited to introduce solids to him in a couple of weeks! I'm partnering with a really great organic baby food company which I'll share more about next month, but I'm really looking forward to getting him started on some actual foods! I can't believe we're already at this stage. Also, not looking forward to what food is going to do to his poops hahaha.

Things he loves this month: babbling/squeaking to anyone who will listen, going for walks in the stroller, playing burrito baby (a game they made up) with dad<3, reaching up and grabbing toys/faces, sitting up and balancing himself to stay upright, facing forward when being held so he can look at ALL THE THINGS, when you blow on him, playing patty cake and laughing after a particularly loud fart.

Walker / 4 Months

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Here I am again, getting to his 4-month write-up halfway to his fifth month haha #momoftheyear I feel like this month has been the craziest (will probably say that every month now). He's learning and GROWING SO much. His next checkup is on Monday and I'm lightweight scared to find out how much more he actually weighs. Any guesses?? I say at least 18lbs, not even kidding. It's not even that he is so much "fat" but he's just so...solid?

He is so close to rolling over from his tummy onto his back and I whip my phone out to record every time I think he's finally about to tip all the way over, but no dice. I mean I can't really blame him with his big ol' noggin' that probably takes up half his body weight. He's grabbing at e v e r y t h i n g including my hair (ouch), face (*melts*) and feet. He LOVES to suck on his toes. Joke's on you, kid -- your toe jam struggle is REAL.

It's so fun to see bits and pieces of his own personality shine through now. He definitely likes to let me know when he's had enough of anything -- milk, tummy time, my singing (hahaha). He stops and makes this face where he furrows his brow and stares at me like, "are you serious, mom?"

Every month there's something new that makes me think, "Well I wish someone would have told me that" and this month it's more of -- you guessed it -- sleep-related stuff. Walker is almost 5 months and still takes sometimes five naps a day and sleeps swaddled. He just officially outgrew the Rock n Play and we're moving his crib into our room ASAP and starting to sleep train soon. I'm sure we're in for a few rough weeks but I'm hoping he transitions smoothly (plz pray 4 us).

More things he loves: playtime with dad (its my favorite watching them), the Hungry Caterpillar book we read every night before bed, taking a shower with mom (SO much easier than a sink bath. I just wear a t-shirt so he doesn't slip around), playing patty-cake and listening to Raffi (still).

I love this sweet boy of mine and I look forward to month 5 which everyone says is one of the best of the first year!

Friday Favorites

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O N E / Now that I'm a WAHM my biggest focus this year is to be wayyy better at my finances. This article is just what I needed to jumpstart that mindset.

T W O / One of my favorite blogging ladies has her own line of furniture at Target now and I'm OBSESSED!

T H R E E / A few cute thangs on my wishlist: this henley top / these pink trainers / this scallop sports bra and this cardi.

F O U R / Wanna get away? My friend Ashlee has some great tips on taking a solo retreat. Ps; stay tuned for a related announcement VERY soon...

F I V E / Really digging this DIY all-purpose rose beauty balm. Sounds so amazing!