My Favorite Bathing Suit + A Few Summer Favorites

I don't know about you, but I struggle a bit to find the perfect swimsuit each summer. I'm 34 and a mama of 2 and I feel like I might be getting a little too old for a bikini but, on the other hand, a one piece just makes me feel old. Does that even make sense? I always try to find something that's cute, age appropriate and in a style that won't slip down ( or up or sideways) and show a little too much while a 4 year old is hanging off of me in a pool.
And lets not even get started on the fact that I had a baby 6 weeks ago and just got the go-ahead to start exercising again after my c-section or that my boobs have taken on their own zip code and require their own consideration when it comes to tops. I feel like I hit the perfect mama bathing suit jackpot a few weeks ago when I found  this this flyaway tankini top and bottoms. They're both really flattering, the pattern is super cute and the flowy top with the open back is way more fun than a regular 'ole tankini top. The cherry on top is that I found them for half price and the whole suit is under $65. I also love that the same pattern comes in a variety of tops styles so you can totally grab a second one to go with the bottoms and get a whole other look.

While I'm at it, I thought I would also share a few other of my summer favorites...like this beach radio, which I've had for going on 3 years and couldn't love more! It has a jack for your iPod so you can listen to your favorite playlist and not worry about water, sand or a crazy kid doing any damage. Plus the sound quality is really good for the size and price. Sadie and I use it year 'round and always take it outside with us when we head out to play in the summertime. I also recently picked up these sandals and these too...both are such a steal and I get so many compliments every time I wear them!

Do you guys have any current "mama approved" favorites for yourself? How about bathing suits...are you a one piece kinda gal or do you still rock a bikini? I'd love to hear!



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Lenni Pearl // One Month

Now that we've had several weeks with Miss Lenni, I thought it was time for her one month update! I'll just go right on ahead and sound like every other mama on the planet and say that I seriously cannot believe she's already over a month old. On one hand, it feels like just a few days ago that we were bringing her home from the hospital and on the other, it seems like she's been a part of our family forever. She's growing and changing so fast and I'm just here trying to soak it all in and wishing she could stay this tiny forever...
She's still spending most of her days eating and sleeping, although she's definitely awake and alert more and more each day. I'm breastfeeding her and it's been going really well...the first few weeks felt like a breeze compared to my experience with Sadie and, by the 2 week mark, we really seemed to find our groove. She's been a great eater from the get-go and I've been a lot more laid back this time around, just going with the flow and feeding her when she's hungry rather than keeping an eye on the clock and obsessing over how much she eats at each feeding. We started a nightly bath time routine (which she loves) and around 9pm, she's down for the night and sleeping great! For her entire first month she typically woke up around midnight to eat and then again at 3-4:00 am and then went back down until 7-8:00 am. Daytime naps vary from nice long stretches of sleep to shorter cat naps...mostly dependent on how loud her big sister is and whether or not said sister decides to intentionally wake her up because "she's just so cute!"

She LOVES to be held, especially by me. She'll sleep the entire day away if she's being held and her favorite place to be is snuggled up against my chest. We both love the Solly and I've been using it almost daily with her. She also loves her Dockatot and sleeps really great in it and (for whatever reason) really enjoys just laying on her back on the living room floor where she can look around and just hang out for short periods of time. She despises being in her car seat unless it's in the car and the car is moving and hates to feel the A/C blowing on her. Even if she's in a deep sleep, she usually grunts and grown anytime she feels it blowing on her...she likes to be cozy and warm at all times!

Stats from her 1 month checkup:

Weight: 9 pounds 15 ounces
Length: 23 inches

We moved her to size 1 diapers and as far as clothes, at 1 month newborn sizes were still fitting but starting to get a tad snug and 0-3 month was a little loose. If I remember correctly, Sadie was in newborn stuff until she was around 6 weeks old. So far she's keeping her dark hair and it's grown a bit longer and thicker, which is so fun because Sadie lost every piece of hers by 3-4 weeks and it took foreverrrrrr to grow back! Her eyes seem to be getting lighter and more blue and it's really looking like we've got another blue-eyed girl on our hands. Overall, she's a dreamy, breeze of a baby and we couldn't love her more! Everyone keeps telling me that she gives them baby fever and, honestly, she's given me baby fever from the get-go because she's just that sweet!
Happy one month, sweet Lenni Pearl. You're adored more than you know and each day we get to spend with you is a true blessing. We couldn't love you more!

Lenni's Newborn Photos

For Lenni's newborn photos, we did a mix of posed shots and a little lifestyle session at our house. Once again, Aubrey did an amazing job and captured our girl in the sweetest way. Looking back at these makes me realize how much (and how fast) she's already changing! Here are a few favorites of her posed shots...
I can't get enough of those cute little toes!
 
Back rolls!
It was so hard to narrow it down to a few to use for her birth announcements! We worked with Tiny Prints to create the sweetest announcements and I'll be getting those sent out this week. I know I keep saying it but I wish these days could last forever...the snugly newborn stage is my favorite!



Life Lately

We've been adjusting to a family of 4 over the past few weeks and absolutely loving it! It's no surprise that my phone and camera are quickly filling up with images from our days so I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites....

We're starting to settle into a bit of a routine and while things really are going great, I'm definitely busy and trying to ease my way back into shop stuff and the blog...which is hard when you just want to hold and snuggle a sweet baby all day! I can't believe how fast Lenni is growing and changing and find myself wishing she could just stay this little forever. I've got her 1 month update coming laster this week. Seriously, where is the time going?!  Sadie is adjusting well and is a great little helper, when she isn't waking her sister up from smothering her with hugs and kisses ;-) Seeing them together though really is just the sweetest thing ever. I have to say, I'm totally loving being a mama to 2 girls!

FOUR

My sweet Sadie turned 4 this week. Four! 
I can't believe how the years have flown by and how grown up my baby is. Now that she's a big sister and we have a tiny baby in the house, she seems to have grown up even more over the past month. She's my little sidekick and helper and although she gives me a run for my money every single day, it brings me so much joy to see the young lady she's turning into. She lights up the room everywhere she goes and people are drawn to her like a magnet...it really is something to see! She makes new friends everywhere she goes, loves to sing and dance and is becoming quite the little artist with her sketches and drawings. She's a girly girl who is obsessed with princess dresses, heels and all things sparkly but equal part tomboy who loves to throw on her overalls, play with her chickens and run around outside getting dirty and finding bugs. Her favorite color is purple, she's a total chocoholic and the most fiercely determined person I've ever met...a quality that I know will serve her well and help her do great things one day.

Since we had a big party for her 3rd birthday (that post can be found here), I decided to keep things simple this year and we took her out for a nice dinner and ice cream on her actual birthday and then had a little celebration at home the following day with presents and cake. She said she wanted a mermaid party and a strawberry cake, so I couldn't resist splurging on her fun little outfit from Carken Design and my mom made her a strawberry cake from scratch that she helped decorate. Her little bestie, Olivia, came over and they had a fun afternoon playing together. It was simple, sweet and perfect. 
Happy, happy birthday my Sadie girl! We love you so much!


Lenni's Birthday

Our sweet Lenni is just over 3 weeks old now and I wanted to share some photos from her birthday! My friend Aubrey spent the day with us and my OB let her come into the operating room with us for Lenni's delivery and then she stayed until Sadie came to meet her as well. These are seriously some of my all time favorite photos and something that I'll treasure forever...
  
 
 
I was so nervous going into delivery day this time, despite it being my second c-section and knowing what to expect but things could not have gone more smoothly or perfectly...it was such a special day in every way and our hearts are so, so full now that she's here...it still feels like a dream to be the mama of two sweet girls!

Hello, Lenni Pearl

Now that our sweet girl is over a week old, I thought it was time to officially introduce her here on the blog! Lenni Pearl joined our family on Monday, May 9th at 11:37am weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20.4 inches long.
She's completely perfect and we are totally in love!
My sweet friend Aubrey spent the day with us and photographed her birth as well as Sadie meeting her for the first time...I can't wait to share the images soon! Delivery couldn't have gone better and I'm feeling really great...I'm so blessed it seriously feels like a dream. Thank you all for the congrats and kind words on Instagram and Facebook!