A little self reflection as I head back to cubicle land






Outfit Details:
Button Down: J.Crew
Sweater: Nordstrom {similar}
Leggings: ASOS
Boots: Hunter
Bag: Chanel
Necklace: Baublebar

Photo Credits: Roxana B Photography

I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely LOVE the newborn stage, I never thought I would say this, but I do.  With my first child, I was stressed out, didn’t produce enough milk, always left him hungry and fussy.  No one in the house got very much sleep.  Therefore when I was pregnant with baby #2, I was scared, terrified of reliving the newborn stage again. BUT, with our baby girl, the newborn stage has been a dream. I don’t know if it’s because she is well fed and the happiest baby ever or because we have experience, but maybe a combination of both. 12 weeks has passed by with our baby girl and it’s back to work I go.  These first 6 weeks where I was on house arrest lockdown were difficult, yet awesome because I was catered to by my parents and husband as my body recovered. The next 5 weeks we were figuring out our new life as a family of four and even though we had some struggles, we got a system down that worked. And then this past week, my husband’s parents came to help us out and we are figuring out a new normal as I head back to work.

These past few weeks, the days went like this… wake up at 8AM to say goodbye to Austin, go back to sleep with Vivian until we wake up around 10AM and feed her. Eat a late breakfast, sit on the couch and watch Shark Tank, feed her again. Change her clothes and take her daily outfit pictures. Open the millions of packages that are left on my doorstep from Instagram giveaway wins, ALT Summit goodies and holiday gifts. Eat lunch, then get one task done out of my ever growing to-do list during Vivian’s afternoon nap. Maybe run an errand or two like returning packages at the post office or going for a Starbucks run. Then the boys come home, dinner is eaten, Vivian and Austin both get baths and bedtime routine ensues and doesn’t end until 10:30PM. Then it’s finally ME time, where I edit pictures and blog until 1AM??  But now, as I go back to work, there will be no sleeping in, no TV watching, no time for Vivian’s daily pictures.  But being a working mother is a choice that we’ve made for our financial sanity (we own two mortgages in Missouri and are currently renting our house in Utah) and because we think that sending our kids to daycare would be fun for them in terms of learning and playing with other kids (although Vivian will be watched by grandparents for a few months longer).

So bare with me as I find a new normal, this blog may have to take a backseat as family and work are always #1 and #2.  🙂


  1. Marta
    December 7, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    Love this look on you, that’s an amazing necklace!! Good luck with going back to work, I also just went back on Friday after an extended mat. leave. It’s definitely going to take time to adjust and learn how to balance it all, I know what you mean about the blog maybe needing to take a backseat.

  2. December 8, 2014 / 3:57 am

    Best of luck with going back to work. You look gorgeous!

  3. jillian
    December 8, 2014 / 8:58 am

    good luck mama! i know you’ll make it work. xo jillian P.S. I love that shark tank is part of your routine…that show is the best!

  4. December 8, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Looking stunning! I love your lip shade 🙂

  5. verykristine
    December 8, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Good luck!! I’m sharing your sentiments right now. Heading back to work next week… although I’m pretty blessed to be able to work remotely from home.

  6. December 10, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    as overwhelming as the newborn stage was, i realized those were the easiest times…when all baby did was sleep and eat. once they become mobile, once they become independent, as they enter teen years, i often found myself wishing they were little again!

    you seem to have a great support system! good luck transitioning back to work 🙂

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