Life has been interesting as of late. Beautiful. Exhausting. And interesting. I never know what to expect in the day-to-day. We are working on getting a little routine going, but with a volatile toddler and a newborn, there's only so much one can do to get them on a schedule. Aside from a trip to the Chick-fil-A drive-through, I have not left the house with both children on my own. Until yesterday, that is. When I had to do Mother's Morning Out drop-off and pick-up on my own. Just getting Caleb, Vivian and I out the door before 9 am was a challenge. But we managed it without incident, and Caleb was actually fed, clothed, and on time to school. I carted Vivian along in her pj's in her carrier, and held my sweet boy's little hand as we walked into the building. No problem. But pick up? A whole different ballgame, friends. I went from a sweet high to a crushing low in oh, 2.5 seconds. On the way to Caleb's classroom, a mom from another class stopped me to tell me how good I looked for having just given birth. It was such an unexpected compliment, and from someone who I hadn't met before. It really warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face (especially since I feel like such a hot mess lately). Said smile was quickly replaced with tears just a few minutes later when Caleb decided to throw a total tantrum and tried to run away from me at pick-up. His teacher caught him for me, as I couldn't exactly tear down the hall after him with a heavy infant carrier on my arm. I took his hand to try to walk outside, and he proceeded to throw himself onto his tummy on the floor in the front desk area, and attempt to army crawl away from me while crying and screaming. I was absolutely mortified, as he's NEVER done this before. And, of course, it was in the middle of peak pick-up time, so there were parents and children everywhere watching the debacle. I had no other choice but to awkwardly scoop all 30+ pounds of him up in my left arm, with my right arm feeling like it was going to snap off from the weight of Vivian's carrier, and trudge outside. I carried him all the way to the car, and then, as I buckled him in, I burst into tears. Just one of those moments. High to low, indeed.
2. Recent Purchases
So, I always like to update you all when I purchase items that I talk about here on the blog. That way, you all know what ended up being a good investment...And what didn't turn out quite as good as I'd hoped. Here's my thoughts on a few recent purchases:
This shirt. I loved the detailing - eyelet is my absolute favorite material for warm weather - and thought it would pair well with a variety of bottoms for a host of spring and summer events. What I didn't love? The boxy, unflattering shape. Sadly, this is going back.
These wedges. The price is great. They are comfy. And can be worn with anything. Love. I bought them in black and am seriously considering stocking up on the navy version as well.
While in the store snagging the wedges mentioned above, I came across these mint tennies. Swoon. I may or may not already have a whole bunch of outfits planned specifically around these cute things.
This eyebrow powder. Which I mentioned a while back. I finally grabbed one, and my eyebrows have been thanking me ever since. If you are in the market for a product that will make your eyebrows look amazing, look no further. Check out the reviews - there's a reason people love this stuff. There are a variety of shades, and it's on sale right now at Nordstrom. Win.
3. Protecting Your Photos
I think we've all seen the scary articles talking about what can happen when you don't take measures to protect your photos on the internet. With a newborn at home, the baby role playing stuff scares me the most right now (search babyrp on IG and you'll see what I am talking about). I do not have a public IG account, and while I know that makes it harder for blog following, I plan to keep my account private for now. Especially in light of everything I've been reading lately. There are additional measures you can take to protect your photos - like watermarking, for example. There is also an html code that you can paste into a widget in your blog that prevents your photos from being copied and pasted- so people can't pull pictures from your blog and save them to their own hard drives. If you're interested in having that code for your blog, email me or comment below and I will happily send it to you. I've implemented it on my own blog. It's rather long, so I didn't want to put the whole thing on this main part of my blog.
4. Getting Caught Up
I know this probably goes without saying, but life with a newborn and a toddler can be a bit, well, hectic. I am so far behind with correspondence related to the blog, I don't think I'll ever catch up. Please know that if you have left me a sweet comment, emailed, or texted me in the last week or two, and have not gotten a response, it is not personal. I just don't think that, at this point, I will ever be able respond to each and every one individually. Your well-wishes have meant the absolute world to our little family over the last 13 days since Vivian arrived. And I will be doing my best from this point forward to respond as usual. Wish me luck!
5. My People
Some of my favorite shots from this past week. Oh, how I love these people. So lucky to get to do life with them:)