Hayes’s Newborn Photoshoot // Why you should book with our photographer!

Y’all, every time I look at these sweet photos I can’t help but cry.
I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to get professional newborn photos done or if I was just going to save money and try to take some myself.
I’m sure all of you are aware that getting professional photos is always an investment, but y’all…
These photos…I can’t even explain how special they are to me.
Hayes already looks so different, I can’t believe how fast he’s growing.

I am so unbelievably happy we did these when he was just 4 days old!
I will cherish these sweet photos forever.

{Photographer: Lentille Photography}
{Hair & Makeup: Be Spoken Beauty}

















Why should you book with our photographer?! Well, first off – just look at these photos!!!
Allison goes above and beyond to make it an incredible experience for your family and makes it so EASY for us mamas, I talk about a lot of the little details that make your experience with her stress free and unique in {THIS} blog post.

One of the best parts is that she shares a studio with THE best hair & make up artist in Houston!
Bridgette is phenomenal, I had so much fun chatting with her while she was turning my hot mess self into a masterpiece. Click {HERE} to head to her website. She actually works with photographers all over Houston and books weddings every weekend!
She is definitely YOUR girl for any hair or makeup needs!

Okay so speaking of special little details, 30 days before your shoot you’ll receive the sweetest little package and a list of last minute reminders to make sure everything goes smoothly the day of!
How adorable is this?!

A little detail & creativity really does go a LONG way,
This is how Allison delivers her digital files to her clients!!
Honestly, could not be any cuter!

If you’ve been on the hunt for a maternity/newborn/family photographer make sure you RUN
to her website and book with her ASAP! I truly cannot say enough great things about our experience with her and we will definitely continue working with her for all of our future photoshoots!
Make sure you let me know if you end up booking a session with her!!
Have a great weekend babes!

How I manage to get any sleep as a new mama

Okay so I totally struggled with what to title this post because we aren’t exactly on a “schedule” yet,
more like a night time routine that happens often, but not always lol

We are officially parents of an ALMOST 1 month old… WHAT?!? So crazy to me.
Our pediatrician told us at our last appointment that there’s really no reason to try and get Hayes on a strict schedule yet, he’s still so little and is kind of going to be doing what he wants when he wants, so right now I just nurse him when he’s hungry, and let him sleep when he’s sleeping.
However, I have been trying to keep him awake a little more during the day time so that he understands day from night a little better!

Alright, here we go…
As a new mama it is SO hard to start a schedule… you’re in survival mode, you’re exhausted,
and honestly, the last thing you want is to be following a timeline or a schedule…
So, unlike most people, I’ve been pretty chill about the whole schedule thing.
Will I regret this later? maybe? maybe not? Who knows.
But this is what’s been working for us right now!!

So we currently bathe Hayes twice a week, we’ve designated Tuesdays and Fridays as our bath days!
Newborns have super sensitive skin and they really don’t get dirty, so if you bathe them
too often it can cause their skin to majorly dry out and start peeling.
Kyle gets home from work around 5:30/6 and we typically go on a little family walk.
On Tuesdays and Fridays (bath nights) we try to give Hayes his bath around 7:30!
After his bath we put coconut oil all over his little body as a lotion/moisturizer,
and then we “prep the house” for bed – This step is SUPER important.
My sweet friend Jamie filled me in on this and I’m SO thankful she did….
So babies are VERY easily overstimulated.
So at night time, we make sure to dim all the lights in the house, make sure the TV isn’t too loud and keep things as calm and “night time” like as possible.

So in order for me to get a couple hours of uninterrupted sleep, I nurse Hayes and go to bed around 8 or 9.
Kyle stays up with him and they hang out in the living room and if he happens to get hungry again Kyle will give him a bottle of my breastmilk so I can rest.
At first I was really nervous to give Hayes a bottle, I was so worried that giving him a bottle would make him not want to breastfeed, BUT after a week of pretty much NO sleep whatsoever, you’ll do anything lol
And good news, he still prefers his mama!

So when I go to bed around 8 or 9, this is when my “main sleep” happens. I know Hayes is being cared for by his daddy and I don’t have to feed him anytime soon since he’ll be getting a bottle and I can finally relax.
This sleep stretch can be anywhere from 1-4 hours.
Those 4 hour nights are extremely rare but goodness they’re incredible and make me feel like I can conquer the world! Those 1 hour nights are TOUGH and are when Hayes is cluster feeding or can only be soothed by his mama.

Around 11 or 12 they’ll both come to bed and Hayes is typically ready to eat again,
so i’ll nurse him, change his diaper and then mama night shift begins!
Every night is different, Hayes typically wakes up about every 2 hours to eat, and I’ll feed him, burp him and change him.
Occasionally he’ll want to eat every hour and those nights are longggggg and tough, life with a newborn is just really unpredictable!
I stay in bed when I nurse him and Kyle is usually able to sleep through it, which is good!

I’m sure I’ll get some questions about this so I’ll go ahead and answer!!
Yes, Hayes sleeps in bed with us and No, I never thought/planned we would be co sleeping.
He sleeps right in between us in his Dock A Tot and I love having him close by, for right now.
He’s still my tiny little newborn and I totally get separation anxiety when I can’t see or hear him.
Although I LOVE having Hayes right next to me, Kyle and I are definitely missing going to bed together and sleeping next to each other, so I’m not sure how long this “routine” and co sleeping thing are going to last.
BUT for right now, it’s what works for us!

I also want to share a few things that I think really help Hayes sleep at night!
Kyle and I have always had the TV on at night when we fall asleep but ladies and gentlemen,
that is now a thing of the past.
I started to notice pretty quickly that the flashing lights from the TV were keeping Hayes awake
and it was amazing how quickly he would settle down once the TV was off!
Another thing that I think is a total miracle worker is “shushing”,
I’m pretty sure they make actual devices that do this but we use Kyle’s work phone and just
youtube “8-10 hours of baby shushing” and it really does soothe Hayes, and honestly it soothes us too! lol

I always have a pacifier close by as well, sometimes Hayes will take it and sometimes he won’t,
but those nights that he does take it, it’s a life saver!
We’ve also been using some Essential Oils for bed time, diffusing and also applying to Hayes’s little feet.
Let me know if y’all are interested in knowing more about which oils we’ve been using.

I know a lot of you were hoping for some kind of routine or daily schedule post,
but that’s just not our reality right now. I hope this was at least somewhat helpful though!!
To all you mamas reading this, IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!!!

Postpartum + What to wear the first few weeks after having a baby

Just like pregnancy…postpartum/recovery has it’s own lovely symptoms!
Although I tore in two places my recovery really hasn’t been TOO bad,
and I really am so dang thankful for that.
Of course it also helps having a ridiculously cute newborn to keep your mind off the pain.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about postpartum recovery because it really is SO different for everyone, but I am going to share a couple things I wasn’t prepared for!
I think most of us are prepared to be uncomfortable after having a baby,
whether you deliver vaginally, c section, drugs or 100% natural…recovery is recovery!
And the fact that all of us carry and deliver a baby and then manage to stay awake all hours of the night and take care of that baby while recovering from giving birth is PRETTY DANG AMAZING if you ask me!
So, please know that you’re a superhero mama, and you’re doing great!

One thing I do HIGHLY recommend, is getting yourself a donut to sit on if you have your baby vaginally.
I didn’t get one until about my 4th day postpartum but once I had it, it was life changing.

Okay, so some things I wasn’t prepared for…
Contractions while breastfeeding, this happens because your uterus is shrinking back to it’s normal size, and yes, they are painful…reminded me of really bad period cramps.
I remember when I was still in the hospital they asked me if I had been having any, and I hadn’t.
They said a lot of times first time moms don’t feel them, which is so weird to me.
BUT a day later and the contractions were very much THERE.
Thankfully it only happened a few times and for a few days, but they were NO fun.

Once we got home my hormones were a complete MESS.
One minute I was freezing and the next I was sweating profusely…
trying to figure out what to wear was SO annoying because my body temperature would go from one extreme to another within a matter of minutes.
Probably the most annoying thing I’ve experienced has been terrible night sweats….
Holy crap y’all, I didn’t even know this amount of sweat could come out of one human being.
I would wake up and be completely drenched from head to toe, and would literally
have to get out of bed and wipe myself down as if I just took a shower…
My bed and blanket and clothes, just EVERYTHING would be soaking wet.
(which also means more laundry…ugh)
Thankfully the night sweats have calmed down a bit, but sheesh they were INTENSE
the first week or so.
Not everyone gets them…but hey, it’s always good to mentally prepare yourself.

This is going to be like wayyyyyy TMI but…your first poop will be absolutely terrifying, and that’s okay.
Your doctor should prescribe you stool softeners which definitely helps,
If you’re going to forget to take any of your medications DO NOT let it be this one.
I think the thought of having your first poop is a lot scarier than actually having your first poop,
I promise it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be.
YOU GOT THIS.

Whatever you do, don’t be like me and take a peek downstairs with a hand mirror.
I made the mistake of doing this a few days postpartum and immediately regretted it.
Why did I do it? because I’m a sleep deprived lunatic, that’s why.
Just let yourself heal and know that even if it seems like you will never be or look the same,
well you’re probably right….
hahahah I’m totally kidding, things will go back to normal – at least that’s what people tell me.

Okay enough postpartum weirdness talk, let’s get down to the fun stuff!
I get so many questions on what to wear once you get home…
granny panties and a nursing bra…THAT’S WHAT.
Totally kidding, kind of. 
Every now and then I feel like it’s somewhat necessary to put on clothing, and when that happens I want it to be something extra comfortable and something that I’ll feel good in.
So today I’m sharing what I’ve been wearing these first few weeks after delivery!

If you’re breastfeeding, you need to get yourself some good nursing bras, I know I’ve shared my favorite bras with y’all multiple times already…BUT I also want to share this super cute lace option!
When you’re wearing loose tops all the time, it’s likely that your bra is going to be showing,
Get yourself one of these super cute lace nursing bralettes for when you’re going to be in public or have guests over!

As far as bottoms go, I still wear my favorite pregnancy leggings! (will link them below) Oh and JOGGERS.
Joggers are great because they’re usually a little looser around your crotch/butt,
and you’re probably either wearing a diaper or some kind of XL pad that you really don’t want to be showing off… Leggings are also great and comfy, just wear a longer shirt to hide the bulkiness going on.
Here are a few of my personal favorites, I share a bigger list of options {HERE}

So remember how I said you’ll most likely be sweating one second and then freezing the next?!
Most of the time I find myself just wearing a nursing bra to bed and I’ll have a super comfy sweater/cardigan right next to my bed that I can throw on if I get cold or when I have to get up to change Hayes’s diaper!
Here are some of my favorite cozy cardigans!

I’ve saved the best and most important for last, postpartum TOPS.
Here are some of my absolute favorite options! Some of these I own, and some are super similar to items that I own and some are currently in my shopping cart! I think having a good amount of comfortable tops to wear postpartum is super important. I could easily wear the same joggers every single day, but I like having a clean and comfortable top to throw on, and it just makes me feel a little better about myself.

Alright guys, that’s it for today!

My top picks from the Abercrombie SALE

Happy Friday y’all!

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Gosh, weekends have a whole new meaning now that I’m a mama!!
I’m sososo excited for Kyle to be home with us these next two days.

Abercrombie is currently having an AWESOME sale so I wanted to share my favorite items with y’all!
They have a ton of super cute items for ridiculously good prices.
Sharing my favorites below!
I’m also sharing those adorable denim shorts that I had on in my stories the other day,
they aren’t on sale but they are PERFECT and I had a lot of you asking me about them, so I figured I might as well share them as well!

It’s been kind of crazy watching my body slowly shrink back to normal.
I have never been more proud of my body than I was when I was pregnant,
but gosh every day I’m just so in awe at what our bodies can do!
Ladies, be SO proud of your bodies and what you are capable of!
It still blows my mind every single day that I carried and birthed this sweet baby boy,
and now my body is even producing food for him every single day…
Like, what?! SO crazy.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed my picks from the Abercrombie sale!!
I’m so excited to be able to shop and NOT have to buy maternity clothing,
I think I’m most excited about getting to wear skirts this Summer,
creating an outfit with a cute skirt is probably my FAV!

Hope all of you have the best weekend!!

Items I couldn’t live without as a new mama & what I’ve learned during our first week home

Goodness gracious, how is my baby 11 days old already?!


Time is seriously flying, and although this newborn stage is SO incredibly tough…
It’s also the absolute sweetest, and I’m doing my best to soak up every single snuggle I can while he’s so teeny tiny. I feel like we just brought him home yesterday, but I also feel like he’s always been here with us!

I’ve had a lot of you asking me to share what it was really like when I arrived to the Hospital, and then of course what the first few nights at home are like. I’m still debating on whether or not I want to go into detail about what happens when you arrive at the hospital, just because every hospital and staff are SO different.
BUT today I AM going to share how our first few nights at home went and what I’ve learned so far!

It seems like every day Kyle and I learn something new, and I kind of love it.
It’s been a lot of work, but SO much fun figuring things out together!

We left the hospital Monday evening.
I cried the entire drive, I couldn’t believe we were headed home with OUR baby.
I was so happy and so emotional and totally still in disbelief that I just birthed a child haha

We ended up getting home around 8:00PM and I remember Kyle setting Hayes in his swing,
and we sat down to eat dinner and we were both just like….
“Wait, what???? There’s a baby right over  there!!! THIS IS SO WEIRD”

We’ve sat at that table a million times to eat dinner together but this time was SO different.
We felt super weird sitting there and not having him in one of our arms…
But hey, new parents gotta eat!!

The first night was a tad stressful and a complete learning experience.
We have the Halo bassinet right by our bed where we have been picturing Hayes sleeping for months now. I have seriously been SO excited about this bassinet!

Well, we started getting ready for bed and all the sudden realized we managed to leave the hospital with no earthly idea how to swaddle a baby…
I was too sore and exhausted to even attempt it the first night,
and Kyle kept trying and trying but Hayes would always manage to free himself.
After googling like crazy and searching YouTube for videos on how the hell to swaddle a baby at 2AM,
Kyle finally managed to get Hayes swaddled and we all took a deep breath and laid him in the bassinet.

For some reason he kept rolling around and it was really stressing us out. I kept remembering everyone saying that he needs to be on his back and thinking about all of these horror stories of babies who accidentally roll over and suffocate themselves…We tried all night long to get him not to roll but nothing was working..We couldn’t figure out if it was the bassinet, or the way he was swaddled or what!

Fast forward a day or two later when our velcro swaddle from TheOllieWorld arrived in the mail!!
This swaddle is a complete game changer and SO easy, especially for new parents!
There are tons of velcro swaddles out there but this one has definitely been a favorite of ours.
It’s made with a special material that helps reduce the risk of overheating, has a custom fit to meet the needs and size of each little one, AND the best part – the tie at the bottom makes diaper changing in the middle of the night a breeze!
And I mean…look how stinkin’ cute he looks in it!!!

They have tons of different colors and if you use THIS link you can get 10% off!!
Bubba is SO content when he’s in his Ollie swaddle and we HIGHLY recommend them.
There’s no way he’s getting his arms out of there, I’m never worried that it’s going to slide up and cover his mouth/nose, and it takes just a few seconds to put on! Seriously, gold.

My second MUST HAVE, major life saving item is the Dock A Tot.
I went back and forth for the longest time whether or not we really needed this item.
I ended up deciding that we didn’t and would save our money, but then had a change of heart last minute,
Like literally the week before he was born I decided NOPE, I think I need one of these.
And y’all i’m telling you, that was the Lord having my back, because the Dock A Tot is the only way I am able to get anything done during the day and the only way we get sleep at night!
Hayes is absolutely obsessed with being in there and I love knowing he’s happy and safe.
Since the bassinet didn’t really work for us, Hayes has been sleeping in his Dock A Tot on the bed with us.
I never thought I would’ve wanted him in the bed with us, but I LOVE having him so close to me.
I sleep so much better at night knowing he’s safe and happy in his Dock A Tot, and I can hear and see him and all I have to do is lift my head to check on him.

One thing that completely blows my mind is that I’ve been able to shower every single morning,
even after Kyle went back to work and it was just me!
We wake up, put on a clean diaper, eat, burp, and then I lay him in his Dock A Tot 
on the bathroom floor where I can see him from the shower and he just hangs out like a champ in there.
If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’re aware that he’s in this thing ALL the time,
because the majority of pictures I share of him, he’s inside of it!
Here’s a little proof below:



So the Dock A Tot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.
They have two different sizes available!
We have the Deluxe, which is for babies 0-8 months and there is also a Grand which is for 9-36 months!
The Dock A Tot is seriously this kids happy place.
Get $10 off when you use {THIS} link to order yours!!

Another item we realized was completely necessary… sleepers with fold over mittens attached.
Regular socks and mittens sure are cute, but y’all they are a total pain in the ass.
They do not stay on whatsoever, when they fall off it takes forever to find them because they’re so teeny,
oh and if you have a dog he/she will eat them…SO sleepers with fold over mittens are a MUST.
I’ll link a few for y’all below!

As far as diaper changing goes, ALWAYS change babys diaper before nursing him/her!
I learned super quickly that if Hayes has a dirty diaper he will not latch and it is SUPER frustrating,
because it’s like he wants too and is trying too, but he’s just uncomfortable and won’t.
Make sure baby is clean downstairs before attempting to breastfeed!
Also, get yourself some of {THESE} changing pad liners, you will be so thankful for them,
especially if you have a boy, because…pee…everywhere.

I’m sure I’ll remember some other things as soon as I post this but I’m pretty sure these are the main things we swear by!
If I think of anything else or discover another item that is life changing like the ones I’ve shared above,
I’ll be sure to let y’all know!!

Hope y’all found this post helpful! So excited for all of you soon to be mamas!!!