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The Secret to Finding Mom Friends You Actually Want to Hang Out With

“I see you have created a tiny human. I, too, have done this.” – Me trying to make mom friends

^^But in reality, this is SO true.

As a mom, and a first time mom at that, you live in this freaky little world where you openly talk about blow outs and spit up, yet you don’t realize it until either one of two things happen: 1. your friends without kids look at you mildly horrified or 2. you have a woman shake their head any you know they’re thinking “YASSSSS, I get you.”

Also, being a first time mom can be intimidating because you compare yourself to other moms. They appear to have their ish together. More than once I’ve sent my daughter to daycare in her pajamas, questioning if they were the same pajamas she wore the day before. More than once I’ve forgotten diapers when we were out, only to realize it during the worst possible situations.

And guess what, it won’t be my last. And guess what, the sweetest response from some of my newest friends have me “me too.” This parenting thing is the best thing to ever happen to me, but also the hardest. You can read all of the books, but nothing will prepare you for the first time you and your baby go out solo, and the hormones are rushing, and you can’t get the car seat out of the base, so you just start crying. Nothing will prepare you for the first blow out that literally goes through the entire car seat.

One of my sweetest friends started out as the photographer we wanted to use for our announcement photos. She asked what the photo shoot was for, and we were at the point where we were hesitate to announce, but I knew I couldn’t just say “uhhh, a photo shoot where a baby balloon might show up in a picture.” As soon as I told her, I she revealed her precious news to me as well and our friendship has just grown since. One of the best parts about having mom friends is getting to talk about your babies. Lets be honest, *most* of us don’t want friends to go out with and leave our kids with babysitters, we want friends we can have baby play dates, we want talk about our babies and share the most mildly gross but hilariously stories, and we want to talk about mom things.

The same friend ^^ also just created a mom group where we’re setting play dates to all hang out and meet other moms. I truly can’t wait for our first meet up! If you’re in Houston, let me know! If you’re not and you have the time, I encourage you to start a group. You never know who you’ll meet and how they’ll affect your life!

So the next time you see a mom, whether at day care, at church, or just a Target that’s been in your situation, just go over and say “me too.” She’s not the only one dropping balls. We are all dropping balls all over the place. And we’re picking them up together.

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Motherhood: Month 7

Another month has come and gone. Seriously, time has been FLYING by. I knew people said this, but until it’s your child, it’s hard to truly comprehend. We are at the stage where she thinks EVERYTHING is hers and NEEDS to go in her mouth. She also likes grabbing everything…especially dinner plates and glasses…that fall all over the floor. Ava is now *basically* crawling…like she’s not 100% but she gets on her knees and flops down on her belly, but ultimately, she gets where she is trying to go. She has also mastered moving from crawling to sitting position and still loves when we clap and say “yay, Ava!”

Ava also LOVES to talk. She’s not saying any words yet, but she can carry on a conversation like no ones business. It’s the cutest thing because she’ll wake up and we’ll know because we just hear her talking and laughing in her pack-n-play.

A few stats from her doctor’s appointment last week: She is 15 lbs, in 6-9 month clothes, 3-6 month shoes, and and her two top teeth are just breaking through. Some of our favorite stores for her are: Carters, Old Navy, and Target.

Here are a few photos from over the month 🙂

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Splurge, Save, Steal

Happy Friday! Cheers to the freaking weekend. What are y’alls plans?

I like doing these because everyone has their own budget and are willing to splurge on certain things and not on others. These dupes are too good either way! Now, don’t get me wrong, I do splurge on items that I call investment pieces, but sometimes, that is not necessary because the steal option is so good! Take a peek at what I found!

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Spring Favorites: For Baby Girls

Hi Friends!

What a week it has been! Do you ever feel like you need a few days off after coming back from a trip to get your life together? Bc that is totally how I feel right now. Over the weekend, Ava didn’t seem like her normal self, and let me just say, the mom instinct is REAL. I took her to the doctor on Monday and turns out, she had pink eye in both eyes and an ear infection…#daycareprobs. No one tells you that seeing your child sick hurts you more than they are probably hurting. We spent all day Tuesday snuggling, which I didn’t mind one bit. All of this to say, I’m a little behind, but my job before anything is being the best mom I can be, so just bear with me while I get my life back in order 🙂

There are SO MANY cute outfits out right now and I’m here to round up from a few of our favorite stores. Today I’m starting with H&M and Nordstrom. One of the questions I get most frequently is how I pair items for Ava into outfits. I’m a BIG believer of buying items that can easily be restyled again and again.

Below each look book, I’ve also included a few other items from each store that I’m currently loving!

H&M

Nordstrom

Tomorrow I’ll be adding on Old Navy and Gap, so come back and check it out 🙂

Also, if there a a store you’d like me to post about, let me know and I’ll round up my favs.