It’s a GIRL!

Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA. The last five weeks have been a combination of absolute love and pure exhaustion. It’s crazy around here (whoa, two under two) but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, without further adieu, I’m thrilled to announce the birth of our sweet baby girl, Coco. Born 11 days late, on May 21, 2015 at 7:12am. Weighing 7lbs 5oz and 19.5″ long. She came out with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck a few times and a broken collarbone but she’s one tough cookie and already on the mend. Coco is a sweet, easy, happy baby.

Big brother is in love (most of the time) and we’re adjusting as a family of four. Life is so, so sweet.

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may: life lately + giveaway


As of today, there's no baby. And I'm okay with that. I'm still feeling good - except at night when I'm exhausted - and I'm enjoying every "extra" day with Mr. President. There were a few second-tier items on the #bucketlistbeforebaby that I wasn't sure we'd be able to check-off but thanks to a few extra days, we're still out & about. Checking out the city. Riding the metro. Drinking milkshakes. And hanging out. I love it! baby: Mr. President was born at 41 weeks, and I'm at 40 weeks 4 … [Read More...]

post – mother’s day giveaway


I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing post-Mother’s Day giveaway. I love For Two Fitness maternity gear and wore it throughout both pregnancies! For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the new mom or mom-to-be.  Details + Enter: This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some … [Read More...]

just us two


To my sweet babe Abe, I hope you know how much I love you. I hope you know that you are my angel, my darling, my star. I love you more than the mountains, more than the stars, more than the fireflies lighting up jars. To the moon and back. You are my sunshine. 18 months ago YOU changed my life. To think that I knew what "love" was before I met you... Becoming a mom, your mom, is the greatest blessing life can give me. Thank you for changing my life. Watching you grow is an … [Read More...]

#bucketlistbeforebaby : completed


Mr. President and I had so much fun checking adventures off of our #bucketlistbeforebaby. I loved spending the extra, quality time with Abe and it was such a gift to see the excitement on his face when we'd try something new. He is so much fun to be around and I'm so thankful to be his mom. Here's a recap of our adventures: 1) Lunch date (3) - because we love to eat and we have to eat 2) Donuts date - because donuts before 9am are always a good idea 3) Milkshake date - because who … [Read More...]

reveal: big boy bedroom


I went back and forth on what to do for Mr. President's room when the baby came. Because we didn't know what we were having before LJ was born, his nursery was gender neutral. I loved it and it felt like his room. So I kept trying to decide what to do... Since we don't know sex of Baby #2, it made sense to convert the guest room to Mr. President's new room and keep the nursery as-is. But that felt hard and sad, so I waited until I had a change of heart. Thankfully, I did. LJ loves his "big boy … [Read More...]

slowing down


Getting bigger, it's a funny yet beautiful thing. One day I can run 4 miles, pregnant and pushing a stroller - and the next day, it's a real struggle. At 37.5 weeks pregnant, I'm officially slowing down.  Let me first start by saying how thankful I am that I can still run, especially this far along. I know plenty of women who can't run or stop running early in the pregnancy - and even though I'm slow and sometimes have to walk, it's a blessing that my body (and bladder!) can handle the … [Read More...]

life lately + giveaway


It’s officially spring and that means warmer weather, sunshine, and afternoons at the park. Mr. President and I couldn’t be happier. Life is busy but wonderful! Here’s a sneak peek of {life lately} 37 Weeks That’s right, I’m about to have a baby. With the exception of being tired (but who isn’t?!), I feel great! After a mini-scare, the baby is growing and right-on-track for where he/she should be. I’m thankful! LJ is getting excited about the baby and takes every opportunity he can to … [Read More...]

Bucket List before Baby


Mom Confession: I'm so excited for baby #2 and can't wait to meet him or her - but part of me is really mourning the loss of "just the two of us", as in Mr. President & me. I know all of that will change the second I meet my sweet baby and get a whiff of that delicious newborn scent but until then, I can't help but cry when I think about how things are (drastically) going to change in +/-30 days. That's why I'm hoping to spend these precious moments with Mr. President, exploring & … [Read More...]

Chicken Quinoa Stew


One of the ways I love & serve my community is by making meals for families with new babies. It's an opportunity for me to love my friends, my church community, or a new mom that I don't even know. I've enjoyed creating and trying new recipes - and then saving some for our family too (bonus!). One of my favorites has been Chicken Quinoa Stew. This recipe is so delicious and so easy, and the only thing you have to chop are the sweet potatoes. Throw everything into the crockpot and you have … [Read More...]

differences between first & second pregnancies: running edition


I've been running most of my life, so I didn't want to stop when I became pregnant. But running with #2 has proven to be much different than running with #1. I quickly realized no two pregnancies are the same and priorities tend to shift from pre-baby to post-baby. Running when pregnant with Mr. President was a lot easier - from a time, weather, and physical (I wasn't sleep deprived) standpoint - but I've made a commitment (to myself, my family, and baby #2) to run when I can. Time I wish … [Read More...]