BABY UPDATE: 5.5 MONTHS

I blinked and Naiya is almost six months old. I’m truly not sure where the time went but I’m excited to share an update with you today.  I’ve been back at work for over a month now and it feels like our lives have become busier than ever. I started to find my new groove back at the office and it feels good to be diving into some exciting projects again.  That said, I can’t help but miss our little maternity leave bubble (more about that here).  The hardest part about being away from Naiya during the day is that I have total F.O.M.O.!  It’s hard to hear about all of the new things she’s learning to do while I’m away and sometimes when I come home from work at night, she looks a little bigger! That’s probably a crazy first time mom talking but I swear it’s true!

MATERNITY LEAVE: HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

If you’ve been following along for a while, you may know that I recently went back to work after maternity leave. I’ll forever look back at my leave as one of the most special times of my entire life.  Up until that point, I don’t think I had ever taken a breather from my fast-paced work environment and type-A personality.  Needless to say, it felt amazing.

PINK + CAMEL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I went full Cher from Clueless today in this all-pink ensemble with a beret on top (because ‘as if’). I’ve had a little beret obsession as of recently (more about that here) so naturally, I had to add this pink one to my collection in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I paired this beret with a light pink button-down dress and sparkly heels.  I layered a camel colored coat over it all with the prettiest vintage-inspired faux fur color.

5 MONTHS OF MOTHERHOOD: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ADORABLE

I woke up yesterday morning as a mom to a five month old! Where did the time go and how did Naiya get so big? Now I completely understand why parents always say they blink and they’re sending their kids off to college (cue the tears!). Naiya is weighing in at a whopping 15 pounds, 10 ounces and her chins and rolls are growing adorably by the day.  Just in time for her five month birthday, she learned to sit up unassisted last night! I came home from work and voila, she was able to support herself.  Phil and I can’t get enough.

HOW TO NAIL A MINIMALIST WORK UNIFORM

Since going back to work from maternity leave, I’ve been trying to come up with ways of getting out of the house quicker and more efficiently for work without looking completely disheveled. A couple of weeks in, I’m realizing it’s no easy feat! Aside from the sheer exhaustion I feel every morning after nursing the night away, I need to feed Naiya at least twice before running out the door in the AM. I also need to meal prep (sometimes with her in hand) since I’m still on a very strict elimination diet for her (no gluten, dairy, soy or nuts due to her allergies).  All in all, I’ve found that planning out a minimalist work “uniform” the night before work has been incredibly helpful. Sharing how you can nail one today too.