I don’t know about you, but my iphone tends to fill to the capacity at least once a week if I don’t do a photo dump to my computer because I tend to over document our outings, activities, and silly moments throughout the day with my little ones (you know when you look through your phone and you see 50 photos of the same moment with just slight differences to them so you could basically make a flip book, but you can’t delete any of them because of they are all slightly different…you know what I’m talking about, right?). I have so many images of the boys that I probably will never be able to go back and look through them all in this lifetime, but the images of myself with the boys tend to be styled photoshoots or family photo ops, rather than candid, real moments. And those are the images I will truly miss looking back on.
Those special moments between me and the boys that we share throughout the day, that certain twirl Holden does with his hair while he’s thinking, that look of delight when baby Gray finds his toes, that special time I always share with the boys before bedtime under the Christmas lights hanging on Holden’s bed when the world is still and quiet – all of those intimate, significant, routine moments, the ones I want to engrain in my memory forever because I know that while they are a part of my everyday now, they will soon change into something completely different as the boys grow up and although I will have resolved to never forget, I know that these everyday moments will fade from my memory (because lets be honest, I can’t even remember where I put the keys two seconds after turning off the car). Those are the moments I want documented.
Well, that’s where Jessica Davis came in. Jessica Davis is a crazy talented photographer based out of Solana Beach who just recently started the Honest Hours project and we were lucky enough to be one of her first clients for the project. The Honest Hours project documents the daily life of a family from sun up to sun down and all of the familiar moments in between which means that Jessica followed us around with a camera for an entire day, from the time the boys woke up around 8 AM, until the time they went to sleep around 8 PM. We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for the day as I wanted to document exactly what my daily routine with the boys is like at this time in our lives. I didn’t want this photoshoot to be the perfect family shoot, I wanted it to be the real us as we are now.
So without further ado, here is part one of our day with Jessica…
^^^Waking up and reading our favorite book in bed.
^^^The hair twirl when he was thinking..He used to do this ALL of the time and now he doesn’t anymore
^^^Playtime after waking up almost always involves cars and trucks.
^^^Holden’s favorite breakfast is pancakes. Not really an everyday thing, but he asked for them this morning.
^^^Holden likes to cook. This chef outfit of his hangs on his wooden play kitchen and he always wears it when he is cooking.
^^^Packing our picnic for the outing today. Wearing Gray because this happy baby of mine was teething for the first time ever and did not want to be put down on this day. I was like of all days, not today Gray…but he was happy if I wore him so that’s how today went.
^^^A little art before we leave because this kid is always drawing or painting.
^^^Getting ready to leave for the day.
^^^Fletcher Cove…our most favorite way to spend the day.
These photos are one of the most beautiful gifts that anyone could have ever given me. To have this time in our lives captured on film is worth it’s weight in gold. Both the boys have already grown and changed so much since the photoshoot which was only a couple of months ago, and I already love going back to those photos and saying to myself, I remember when he used to do that.
The only thing that could have made it better would be to have Mr. B in the images with us. We had planned the photoshoot for a day during the week and Mr. B was supposed to stay home from work that day. Unfortunately, something came up at the office and he had to jet off to LA that morning so we had to carry on without him. But this is our reality, I am home with the boys by myself as a stay-at-home mom while my husband goes to work and unless it is a weekend, this is what a day in our life looks like right now. But you know what that means…that we will just have to do another one that we plan for the weekend
If I can be completely honest, I am not really a big foodie person. I am one of those eat to live people and not a live to eat person. I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years and went vegan about 6 months ago when I discovered baby Gray had some sensitivity to lactose in my breastmilk. Although I know that there are numerous options for vegetarians and vegans when it comes to meals, I tend to eat the same meals day in and day out and find it hard to break out of my routine. So when Blue Apron reached out to me about trying out their meal delivery service, I jumped at the chance to try something new!
Blue Apron is a service that delivers fresh ingredients in a refrigerated box right to your doorstep, all packaged in the right amounts for the recipes to make three different meals.
The fresh ingredients are accompanied by recipe cards that contain 6 simple steps for making your meal. They are simple to follow which is important when you’re cooking-challenged like myself (ha!) Holden is really into cooking right now (he gets it from his Daddy) so he took the lead on this one (with our direction and supervision of course).
Mr. B goes out of town for a few days almost every single week and when it’s just me and the boys I find it almost impossible to look up a new recipe, go to the store to purchase all of the ingredients (especially because you almost always have to buy 10 new spices and sauces that you don’t already own and will probably never use again), and then prepare and cook everything while watching my boys at the end of a long day. Blue Apron delivers all of the ingredients already pre-measured which means nothing goes to waste and makes the preparation simple.
Blue Apron made my life so much easier for the week and made meal-time run quickly and smoothly. There was no “what are we having for dinner tonight?” question or last minute trips to the grocery store. The recipes were simple enough to follow (just ask Holden), the meals were easy to make, and the food was delicious. We even saved the recipe cards so that we can remake the meals on our own in the future.
The convenience of having fresh ingredients, pre-measured, and then dropped at your doorstep made the entire experience feel like the luxury of going out to eat, but without missing out on the fun that goes along with preparing and cooking a meal together.
So if you’re stuck in a rut with your meal routine or you just want a break from meal planning and grocery shopping for the week, check out Blue Apron. I promise, you will not be disappointed. You can also check out the Blue Apron cookbook here to try out a few of the recipes on your own!
This post is in partnership with Blue Apron. Go check them out! You will be thanking me 😉
With a new baby in the house, we seem to be celebrating something new every single day.
He is sitting up all by himself!
He rolled all the way across the room to get to his toy!
He ate the entire bowl of avocado!
He said Mama!
Big or small, every single new thing that a baby does seems to be celebration. It’s our job as mothers to acknowledge their growth and their accomplishments regardless of how miniscule. We are the cheerleaders for our children as they eat food for the first time, start sitting up by themselves, begin to crawl, build a block tower that doesn’t topple over, hop on one foot, learn to read. We becomes experts in celebrating those ordinary, everyday moments.
We become such masters at teaching and celebrating their growth, that often we find ourselves celebrating moments themselves. The pitter patter of little feet down the hall, the toothy grin from across the room, the tinkle of late afternoon giggles lingering in the air, that milky baby scent that envelopes you the elaborate conversations before lights out, the tiny hand that runs across your chest while you nurse in the dark and silence. We find joy in these seemingly mundane moments, etching these memories onto our hearts until they become a part of our soul.
And while we take the time to recognize and revere each passing moment in time with our children, as adults, we celebrate so little of our lives.
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, promotions.
We wait until those big moments to stop and recognize our growth, sometimes even having to remind ourselves with giant X on the calendar. So why is it that we closely watch and celebrate each time our babies show a sign of growth, but as mothers we have yet to acknowledge growth in ourselves. Moments of selflessness, remaining patient despite being at the end of your rope, and being that nurturing person your child needs even when you feel like you want your own mother at that moment. These moments of selflessness, patience, and nurturing that happen day in and day out as a mother. These are the moments we should be celebrating for ourselves.
Let’s remember to celebrate those ordinary, everyday moments not just for our children, but for ourselves as mothers, for each other as mothers as well.
I love every single aspect of pregnancy. If I could live in an eternal state of pregnancy, I just might do it because there is truly nothing that can compare to that feeling of carrying your child safe and soundly inside of your belly. And while there are so many wonderful parts of pregnancy, I think that one of every expectant mama’s favorite aspects is prepping and planning for the arrival of that sweet baby into this world because once nesting fever sets in, there is no stopping us.
I consider registering for your baby one of the last big steps before your delivery and an event that is always filled with excitement and anxiousness. When I registered for my baby shower for my boys, there were so many pieces that I wanted to add that didn’t come from one of the big box stores that offered baby registries. I found unique products and favorite items at local boutiques and Etsy shops that I wasn’t able to include in my registry. Not to mention the help and services that are vital for a new mother’s sanity like a meal train, babysitting, and help with laundry. So I was ecstatic when I found BabyList, an amazing baby registry that I felt all expectant mothers should know about.
BabyList is a universal baby registry that let’s you add anything from any store to one registry. You can even add things not sold in stores, like help and favors from friends (think a home-cooked meal or a cleaning service). When you add products to your registry, BabyList automatically finds and adds the various online stores that product is currently available for purchase to give your friends and family options. And the fact that you can add items on the go using your phone (with iPhone and Android app) is really cool too.
So if you’re currently expecting a baby, all you have to do is head to babyli.st or download the BabyList app and get to shopping!
(This post was in partnership with BabyList. Thank you so much for supporting my partners who I wholeheartedly believe in.)
I knew the second it happened. It was the moment I had been waiting for my entire life, but had consistently escaped me regardless of how hard I chased it; the moment I became me.
The days, weeks, and 9 months leading up to that moment consisted of a slow and steady transformation of my body. It was a gradual metamorphosis that I was prepared for, but that instantaneous transformation was what took me by complete surprise.
A cry shattered the silence that had suddenly engulfed the room just moments prior. As time seemed to stand still, I felt myself look down on this moment from above as everything played out in slow motion in front of me. The doctor at the foot of the bed with arms outstretched, the look on my husband’s face and the glaring whiteness of his knuckles as his hand grasped mine, the feeling of my body tightening and tensing uncontrollably as if it had a mind of its own. And then his tiny, wet body was placed into my arms and time began again…yet this time everything was drastically different.
In that exact moment I suddenly became everything I was always supposed to be, their mother.
I was finally here and I was me.
Because by them entering my life, I have truly found myself.
I no longer worried about what people thought of me. I no longer felt the need to do things that I didn’t want to do just to please other people. I no longer felt like I was searching for my purpose in life. I was me and I was completely satisfied with that because I was everything that they needed me to be.
There’s a sense of calm, a sense of confidence, and a sense of pure, unadulterated happiness that comes in knowing exactly who you are. It’s in my two boys that I found my best self and now that I’ve found it, I’m going to hold on to it for dear life.