Joseph James: 2 Month Update

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Joseph James, somehow it has only been 2 months since you were born yet it feels like you’ve been here forever. At your 2 month well visit you were 11 pounds 6 ounces and 22 inches long. I can’t believe how fast you are growing! You LOVE to eat and are eating 4 1/2 ounces every 3 hours during the day and going from 5-6 hours at night! You were Christened this past Sunday (February 19, 2017) and were so good. We think you’re the most handsome thing we’ve ever seen! You are the sweetest baby, you love to give us big smiles and are cooing all the time. You love when we talk to you and Amelia is usually the first to indulge and gives you lots of kisses! You don’t love tummy time but don’t hate it either, same with baths, but you love the swing. You really are such an easy going baby and its lucky because your sister is pretty demanding 😉 We love you so, so much baby boy. Though I don’t want you to grow up any time soon, I feel lucky to be the one who guides you on your way. I hope you’re always a mama’s boy!

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❤Britt

Olive for Now & Later

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So I know I’ve told you guys how I’ve seriously jumped on the athleisure bandwagon lately but I’m close to being obsessive about it. Over the past couple of months I’ve hardly looked at anything other than clothes that fit into this category. Don’t get me wrong, I still love floral dresses and am dreaming of pretty pastel spring clothes but in reality, I just don’t have anywhere to wear them. It doesn’t make much sense to me to wear nice clothes every day that are more likely than not going to be spit up on or have some sort of food wiped on them.
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On another note, I LOVE these sneakers… so much so that I’m seriously considering getting another pair. I should also mention that in spite of all these “workout clothes,” I still haven’t actually worked out since getting the go ahead to do so about two weeks ago (I did do crunches one night but that didn’t last long!). And I’m really loving all things olive green right now. Green is my favorite color so it’s not unusual for me to be crushing on a particular shade but olive is a great transitional color for spring! You can wear it now with your darker colors for winter but it also looks really great with pastels for spring! Think olive and blush or sky blue to really make an impact!
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leggings: Nordstrom, sweater: Nordstrom, coat: Asos, sneakers: Nike, necklace: Made By Mary c/o

If there are any other mamas out there managing a toddler and a baby and have figured out the work/life balance or have any tips for time management, please share! I know this stage of life where my babies are still babies will pass all too quickly so I’m by no means wishing it away, but I definitely need to get better at carving out some time for myself whether it’s to get dressed in the morning, work on the blog, or get in a work out!

❤Britt

Sorel Boots & Snow

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I got these Sorel snow boots for Christmas and I think it’s safe to say I’m in love. I’d been meaning to invest in a pair of snow boots for years (yes, years) as up until now I’d been using my Hunter boots as snow boots and while they’re amazing in their own right (and totally worth the investment), they’re not insulated and don’t keep your feet warm in the snow (like at all). These boots are insulated really well so your feet stay warm, comfortable to walk in, structured, and cute so you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality! I love the faux fur detail at the top!
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Also, these leggings are the best I’ve ever tried. I have them in two colors now and want to buy a third but can’t decide whether to get the regular length or this length. In case you hadn’t already noticed, I’ve been really into athleisure lately (it fits, its cute, and its forgiving!) and so these leggings have quite literally been my “going out” pants. I hope I don’t jinx myself but they also don’t pill like my other workout pants of a similar material have- I have a pair of Under Armour leggings that I’ve had for about two years and they’ve pilled enough that my Mom told me I need new ones!
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leggings: Nordstrom, tee: Free People, cardigan: Nordstrom, coat: Coach (old, similar), boots: Sorel (also love this color), scarf: Free People, sunglasses: Illesteva, lips: Nars lip pencil in Red Square

Happy Tuesday, guys! I hope you all had a great weekend and a productive Monday 🙂 We celebrated Amelia’s second birthday with a small party on Saturday and were out and about most of the day on Sunday visiting with family and then a Superbowl party.

❤Britt

Joseph James: A Birth Story

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On the morning of December 17th, 2016, we woke up much later than normal. My mom had kept Amelia overnight because we went out to dinner the night before so we didn’t wake up until well after 7am. When I went to get out of bed around 8 am, I noticed something strange and ran to the bathroom. My water broke, again! I was 38 weeks to the day- exactly when my water broke with Amelia (read Amelia’s birth story here)! I called to Joe that my water broke and that we should probably head to the hospital and then called the doctor. I was more anxious than I thought I would be, and was also really sad about not being able to see Amelia before we left, but I tried to calm down and pack some last minute things so we could head out the door as we had at least a half hour drive to the hospital. We face timed Amelia in the car (I’m pretty sure I cried through the whole call and for a bit afterwards) and we were there before I knew it.
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Once we arrived at the hospital, got admitted and hooked up to the monitors, I had to get an IV almost immediately. Because I had tested positive for Strep B, I had to get started on antibiotics and was to get a dose every four hours until I had the baby so as to avoid it passing to him during the birthing process (turns out I was able to get 3 doses before he arrived- they like to get at least 2 in). I was still feeling pretty anxious and the IV honestly bothered me more than the actual epidural (I don’t like IVs anyway but this one was in my arm rather than my hand and it bothered me every time I moved- they actually took it out as soon as I moved out of Labor & Delivery and over to the maternity suites instead of leaving it in for the usual 24 hours because it was so inconvenient and, at this point, bruised), but once that was in I felt a little better. I was having really mild contractions but they were really irregular and I could hardly feel them so they started me on Pitocin pretty quickly, too. My doctor kept telling us that we would be having the baby by nighttime and I really didn’t believe him for a while, since I was in labor with Amelia for 22 hours, but they kept upping the Pitocin and I progressed pretty steadily and next thing I knew I was 5 cm dilated! I honestly still wasn’t in too much pain at this time, like only mildly uncomfortable, but I decided to call for the epidural then mostly because I was nervous that I’d miss my window of opportunity and not be able to get it if I progressed too quickly after that (I didn’t, but was glad once it was over and I felt so much more relaxed after so was happy I got it). I didn’t feel any more contractions once I got it and was pretty comfortable for the time being. I don’t think we slept at all because it was midday but luckily things were mostly uneventful. At one point I had to lay on my side for a while because they noticed the baby’s heartbeat was dropping a bit (nothing serious) and I, of course, was my typical nervous and anxious self, but things resolved on their own and we were ready to push soon after that. I knew because I started to feel an enormous amount of pressure, to the point that I thought the epidural stopped working, but I don’t think it lasted long before they got my doctor and told me we could start pushing. I remember asking how long they thought I’d have to push for because I wasn’t sure how long I could last (I know, the drama!) but he was out within 10 minutes! Having a baby is so surreal. Literally the whole time I was pushing, even though I’d done it before, I kept thinking that there was no way I could push out this baby. How amazing our bodies are! What an empowering, incredible, humbling, awe-inspiring, and beautiful experience. I couldn’t believe it was so quick (with Amelia, I pushed for 2 hours!)! They laid him immediately on my chest and I remember looking at Joe in disbelief that he was ours! He was perfect and we spent the next hour or so just cuddling him and talking about how lucky we were to have two beautiful babies (and that the NICU team wasn’t called in this time!).

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Joseph James Monroe IV was born at 7:42 pm, 6 pounds 4 ounces, and 19 1/4 inches (also exactly how long Amelia was!)! Welcome to the world, sweet baby! We are all over the moon in love with you!

❤Britt

January Wish List

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thermal tee, lip balm, joggers, tote, pink sneakers, hoodie, blue sneakers, leggings

My wish list this month consists mostly of athleisure items… which I only started to love recently but now I’m obsessed! I’ve been wanting to get dressed out of my typical pajamas and sweats but found that I don’t have a whole lot of “comfortable clothes” or workout clothes, even, that are actually cute and make me feel somewhat put together (I’ve been building my collection of these leggings because I think they’re the best!). I literally only have tee shirts and old American Eagle sweatshirts or my college sweatshirt- luckily I got these sneakers for Christmas! Next on my list is an easy tinted lip balm for every day and some casual and comfortable tops. What about you?

❤Britt

Blue to Gray

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If I’m being honest, as excited as I was to get back to my regular wardrobe and not have to worry about what fits over my baby bump, I’ve had somewhat of a difficult time getting back into the swing of things. Not only did I forget that even once the bump is gone clothes don’t fit the same (even though I’ve lost most of the baby weight, not everything fits & a lot of things definitely don’t look the way they used to- I know this will come in time, but still…), but I’m also looking at my wardrobe in a new light. Whereas I thought I would feel like I had so much to wear after the baby, I actually feel like I don’t have anything now! Part of this is because my style has changed quite a bit over the last few years- I used to dress in a lot of color and prints and I’ve been tending more towards neutrals or more classic pieces so a lot of what I have now feels old or out of style to me (time to do another closet/dresser clean out!).
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As refreshing as a wardrobe clean out is, especially for the New Year, it’s also scary (too dramatic? seriously, though!) getting rid of things that you’ve had for so long. I’m the queen of “I’ll wear this again someday” or “maybe it will come back in style (everything does!)” and “maybe this will fit better the next time I try it on.” Moreover, a lot of the pieces that I don’t wear anymore are actually really nice, they’re just not really “me” anymore.
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jeans: American Eagle (old), turtleneck: Nordstrom, top: J.Crew (similar), coat: Nordstrom, flats: Chinese Laundry, sunglasses: Ray-Ban, lips: Bobbi Brown in crushed plum

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle (almost end, even) of January! There are so many things that I want to accomplish this year, including getting back to a regular posting schedule, but I’m still just trying to find some balance over here. Plus, I’m really soaking up as much of this newborn stage as I can. This morning I was up at 5 to feed Joseph (he slept for 5 hours last night!) and was planning to get some work done starting around 6 but ended up just cuddling him until 6:45! There’s nothing better and I’ve decided to cut myself a break- they’re not little for long! Speaking of which, how is Amelia going to be two in two weeks?!

Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks for stopping by!

❤Britt

Joseph James: One Month Update

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Joseph James, today you are one month old. I already don’t remember our lives without you. You are the sweetest baby and you love to be cuddled (you especially love sleeping on our chests). You LOVE to eat and start fussing about 2 hours and 45 minutes almost to the minute after your last feed and you get really mad if we’re running a few minutes behind schedule (usually because of your sister). You also love when we talk to you and I love how you look right at us now. Your sister loves to give you kisses and you don’t seem to mind, even though she isn’t always the most gentle. You hate diaper changes and being or getting undressed- you don’t like to be cold so bath time isn’t your favorite yet either. You love your pacifier and I have to make sure you keep mittens on you at all times because otherwise you really scratch up your face! As we should have expected after your sister, the pediatrician wasn’t enough for you either and we’ve already had two trips to Urology at CHOP (you’re doing great now, though)! You were 8 pounds 7 ounces, with your clothes on and your diaper- so you’re probably actually closer to a little over 8 now, last week when we took you to the doctor (Amelia wasn’t even close to 8 pounds until she was 2 months old!) and some of your newborn clothes are already starting to be a bit small! You’re sleeping pretty well, giving us at least one 3 or 4 hour stretch at night (when you don’t have gas) and really are mild tempered- we’re hoping you’re the calm to your sister’s wild!
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I’ve been feeling guilty because I don’t get to cuddle you as much as I’d like because Amelia has been pretty demanding of my attention lately but you’re a good sport about it and enjoy sitting in the swing while we play.

You are very, very loved baby boy. I thank God every night for this little family of ours and for giving us the perfect addition. You were just what we needed, sweet baby. We all love you so!

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“Three things you cannot recover in life: the moment after it’s missed, the word after it’s spoken, and the time after it’s wasted.”

In case you needed a little mid-week inspiration, I saw this quote earlier in the week and sent it to Joe (I don’t know who said it which is why it’s not cited). It’s tough having two babes under two (especially in the winter during flu season) and we’ve been adjusting the best we can but when I read this, it really resonated with me. We waste so much time worrying about silly things or complaining about things we should really be grateful for and I want to really be conscious of that… because life is short and tomorrow is never promised… so I want to make sure I’m really present NOW and that I’m making the best of everything I can.

❤Britt

Happy & Cold

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This was my last outfit shoot before Baby Joseph made his debut! I already don’t remember being that big! It’s crazy how almost immediately after baby is born you feel like yourself again and almost entirely forget about the huge bump that was your stomach for almost 10 months.
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These leggings have been on repeat lately (I also have them in green). They’re super comfortable and make me feel more put together than sweats or yoga pants. Also, they’re very opaque and sometimes I feel like they can pass for actual pants which is always a win in my book!
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on Britt: cardigan: Nordstrom (on sale!), tee: Old Navy, leggings: Nordstrom (my favorite!), boots: Hunter (I want a pair of high gloss Hunters next- LOVE the red and black but the mint and pink are really cute, too!), hat: Gap (last year), necklace: Made By Mary c/o
on Amelia: coat: Target, bows: Free Babes c/o

Happy Tuesday! It’s been kind of crazy over here lately! I feel like I’m either feeding someone, changing a diaper, or playing with toddler toys at any given time of the day. With Joe back to work, it’s definitely been a struggle to figure out how to get anything done- Amelia has been fighting her naps (she only takes one but usually it’s a good two hours) and I really need to get better at time management. Any tips?! Nighttime used to be my “me time” (I typically would try to get some items on my to do list crossed off during her naps & blog or do whatever else- like spend some time with Joe- after she was asleep but I don’t have as much time now) but I’ve been trying to be in bed by 9 or 9:30 which doesn’t leave me much time at night anymore. I know I’ll get there- we’re all just still adjusting to our new normal- which is pretty darn amazing and if it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not! I count my blessings Every. Single. Night!

❤Britt

Dressing the Bump… in a Dress

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First, yay for not being pregnant anymore and for being able to consider my entire wardrobe when getting dressed! Second, if I had to pick one thing to wear while being pregnant, it would definitely be a dress and in particular, a body-con dress (which is funny because this is not typically my style when I’m not pregnant). This dress is NOT maternity but I love it because it fit my bump so well and I know it will work for my post-pregnancy body, too, which is always a win in my book. I did go a size up from what I normally wear but the dress is fitted enough that I don’t think it will matter too much post-pregnancy.
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I added over the knee boots and tights for a dressier look here but I will definitely be pairing this dress with flats and even my Converse for more casual looks. Add heels and some statement jewelry to really dress it up for a night out! You really can’t go wrong with this dress (or something similar).
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dress: Nordstrom, cardigan: Madewell, boots: Vince Camuto, lips: Bobbi Brown in crushed plum

I hope you all had a happy and safe New Year! I’ve been taking a little break from the blog (but I’m still doing my best to keep up with my Instagram!) since Joseph was born, mostly because time has been extremely limited (I apparently wasn’t prepared for this at all!) and in the last 2 weeks I’ve only gotten changed out of my pajamas or sweats like 3 times. So, thanks so much for following along thus far and I hope you’ll bear with me as I try to figure out how to balance my time and adjust to our new normal!

“Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.”

❤Britt

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

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bluetooth speaker, watch, watch box, vest, beanie, sunglasses, boots, sweater

So, I guess I didn’t realize how much I like the color black until I was making this gift guide! For bigger ticket items and basics, I usually tend towards neutrals so that they can be worn or used with anything so maybe that’s why this gift guide looks so monotone… anyway, most of these items come in more colors for those of you who tend towards brighter colors! This bluetooth speaker is waterproof for up to 5 minutes and is perfectly portable! Perfect for that person that you have no idea what to give!

Don’t miss my Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody and for the Girl Who Has Everything!

Sorry I’ve been so absent over here! If you follow along on Instagram, you know that we had our little boy on Saturday (exactly two weeks early!) and have been enjoying all the newborn cuddles we can while trying to figure out life with two (ahhh!!) kids! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and thank you so, so much for following along on my little space here. I appreciate it more than you know!

❤Britt

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