TYSA DESIGNS

Tysa Frida Frock / Nomah Project Hat

Tysa Designs has been a favorite of mine for years.  I remember being pregnant with Cru 3 years ago, I lived in a few of her maxi dresses. They are definitely not maternity dresses and I’ve worn them long after, but their flowy maxi’s do lend themselves nicely to a big ‘ol belly!  This babe has been cooking for 37 weeks now and to say I am ready is an understatement!  Not really in the sense that I have everything prepared…but just that my body feels like it could give birth any minute now.  The last 4 weeks are quite a treat aren’t they!?  haha.  I am still working and trying to wrap up projects at Rylee & Cru before she arrives so I can take a few weeks off after she arrives.  But I am trying not to set too many expectations for myself…as everyone has been sure to tell me how hard it is having 3  kids, and especially having 3 kids and working.  I know it will all work out in one way or another…..I will just have to take it one day at a time.  I’m hoping she and I will both be feeling healthy and strong and ready to take on the challenge.  Wish me luck :)

One perk of having an auto immune condition is that I get to see her cute little face in ultrasounds more often than most.  I got to see her a few days ago and they said everything was looking great.  Weighing about 6 pounds and seemingly very healthy.  Considering all of my own personal health issues over the last two years, I am so grateful my body has been able to stay relatively strong throughout this pregnancy and give her all the nutrients she needs to thrive.  I’ve put on a lot more weight this time around (even though I’ve actually eaten less and probably healthier this pregnancy) but someone decided to remind me of that the other day which made me feel pretty crummy.  “Oh wow, you’ve gained some weight haven’t you!?” was the exact phrase he used.  I laughed and said yes but in my head all the bad thoughts started creeping in.  I got in my car and some tears welled up in my eyes….but I quickly pulled myself out of that self loathing state and instead reminded myself that I am growing a human and how incredible my body is to even be able to do that.  I’ll take all the extra butt dimples if it means I get a healthy beautiful babe at the end of all of this. Some people say the most stupid things to pregnant women don’t they!?  Oy…when will men learn ;) Anyway…doing my best to stay positive these last couple of weeks! I can’t wait to meet her!!


THE PERFECT SUMMER TOTE

Patunia Pickle Botton Tote  /  Ingrid and Isobel Dress  /  Tassle Sandals 

Give me all the woven baskets! This one by Petunia Pickle Bottom just launched and it’s my favorite of them all.  Designed to be a versatile, multi-purpose bag, it doubles as a diaper bag with it’s interior woven pockets, wipes case, changing pad, and leather stroller straps!  It packs up perfectly for travels with tots, or packs down for relaxing days at the beach.  Custom-designed & hand-woven by Certified Fair Trade makers in Africa.  And if you are pregnant and on the hunt for quality maternity wear, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out Ingrid and Isobel!  I have been living in this off-the shoulder dress (in both Navy & Black).  It’s made of the most comfy stretch jersey and I know I’ll be wearing this long after the baby arrives too (so nursing friendly!) Below are some of my favorite Ingrid and Isobel maternity pieces I own and love…

Photos by Jackie Wonders


33 weeks

Dress by Sisters of Nature

Well time has certainly slowed down these last few weeks!  I guess that always happens at the end…I’m just so ready to meet this little person I’ve been carrying around for so long.  But here we are at 33 weeks and that much closer to meeting this baby girl….(who sadly still does not have a name…but we are getting close!) haha.  Sam and I have been (very slowly) putting together the nursery for her the last few months and I’m just crossing my fingers we can get it finished before she arrives.  Because I know good and well that nothing will happen after she comes home with us and we are thrown into that infant stage again where a successful day means actually getting out of my pajama’s and remembering to eat breakfast.  So for now, I am trying my best to enjoy my sleep and check things off the to-do list and spend as much time as I can with my two “big” kids!  Which has made me somewhat of an emotional mess lately.  Time just goes by so quickly and here I am ready to send my first born to kindergarten.  It feels like just yesterday we were bringing Ry home from the hospital!  It’s been almost three years since we’ve had an infant in our house and I seem to have forgotten what I actually need for a newborn!  Question for the new mamas: what are the latest “must-have’s”!?  What couldn’t you live without those first six months?  If you have any suggestions or tips or products you’ve loved,  I’d love to hear about them!

Photos by Jackie Wonders


Nuna SUITED collection

Fathers day is coming up on Sunday and I wanted to share this beautiful new collection of baby gear by Nuna!  I’ve used Nuna products for years now and I am always so impressed with their quality and durability.  This collection is called the SUITED Collection and it’s geared more toward dads and has a really handsome, tailored, masculine feel to it. From hand-sewn leather-look accents to elegantly placed stitch lines, each piece of the SUITED collection boasts meticulous attention to detail on every element.  The fabric is a dark charcoal two-toned tweed that feels stylish and classic at the same time.  This collection includes the MIXX2 stroller + bassinet, the PIPA infant carseat (that adapts to the MIXX2 stroller base), the SENA aire cot which is amazing for traveling, and the LEAF cruv….a swaying lounger perfect for baby.  It basically checks off every major infant gear need for a new mom…and especially dad!  Can’t wait to use these pieces for the new babe come August!

Speaking of dad’s, I probably don’t tell him enough, but Sam is the backbone of this family and I can’t imagine going through this journey without him.  One of my favorite things is watching him be a dad to these 2 (soon to be 3!) kids.  I have never once felt alone or like I was carrying the weight in this parenting gig.  We are a team.  Sam is hands on, all the time…he always has been….constantly thinking of ways to serve us.  I thank God everyday for the husband and father he is.  Like any other couple, we have our ups and downs and disagreements on how to handle certain situations with our kids, but at the end of the day he’s got my back and I’ve got his and together we are doing the best we can to raise happy and kind little humans.  Happy (almost) Father’s day to you Sam…and to my own dad who set the bar pretty dang high of what a good father should look like.  And to all the other amazing dads out there and the moms who are playing both roles!