Urban Desert


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.


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


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

   D. Lillian  Photography /  dress  (similar) /  hat

 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).


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.