This little lady is so pampered thanks to @bloomingbath. Starting her off with an appetite for self-care nice and early, bien sur! #bloomingbath #bloomingbaby #BloomingbathLotus #viedeLilly #ad
#tbt to afternoon espresso that turns into afternoon wine in Burgundy... #thefrancophiles
I lived in these slip ons through pregnancy and now I'm finding they're the perfect #momshoes. Oh, they're also under $25. http://liketk.it/2spRD #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKshoecrush #LTKunder50 #ihavethisthingwithfloors
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. - Rajneesh This little light of mine made me a mama and I'll be forever grateful to her ✨photo: @dusoleilphoto #viedeLilly
Mamas, it's not easy to do things for yourself in the early days of motherhood (and after that, too, but I'm not there yet!) but it's so important for your mental health to keep taking care of yourself. In the midst of sleep deprivation, of constantly caring for my tiny human, of days alone in my house, I can't express what an indulgence it was to have @monicabadaconcihairge make me feel pretty and put together. Also nursing in my own home while getting my hair done? Necessary at this stage. Mamas, if you're in Philly or the D.C. metro area - do yourself a favor and treat yourself to @concihairge. You deserve it.
Twirling into being a three week old and looking pretty darn cute while doing it! Lilly Jules loves to coo, stares with wide eyes, hates having her arms swaddled, thinks 3am is party time, drinks about a zillion ounces of milk a day and purses her lips when she's focusing. She's a dynamic little lady and we are in love with getting to know her! #viedeLilly
Another local favorite for fresh pastries. The seasonal galette and danishes are life changing.
I look into this baby girl's eyes and feel so much sadness and guilt for the world that I brought her into at times. I pray for a better world for her - a world where hate has no voice in this country, where our president coherently condemns acts of domestic terrorism, where climate change is actively addressed, where threats of nuclear war aren't discussed 40 characters at a time, where minority voters aren't suppressed, where we welcome immigrants into our country with open arms, where we tear down the walls that divide us, where we refuse to leave behind the impoverished. I worry about what I will tell her when she asks the difficult questions. I hope by the time she asks I have better answers.
Stripes on stripes are a good look, non? Successfully survived our first real outing to the first of many brunches with baby Lilly! #viedeLilly
Kickin' off #Friyay with a visit with friends (yayyy contact with the outside world), delish takeout (I love when people bring us food!), and a very cute baby who will probably cluster feed through the whole thing (she has impeccable timing). Our new normal is starting to feel a lot less foreign and much more like home. ✨
It's an addiction. 🥐
Two weeks old today and ready to putt thanks to @hvcc1897! #viedeLilly
Some of my absolute favorite pretty pieces for Miss Lilly. Over the course of my pregnancy, I found so many gorgeous brands and artisans for babies that I can't wait to share with all of you. Here's a peek photographed by the lovely @dusoleilphoto!
Time for some honesty. The last couple days have been hard. Really, really hard. I don't know if it's the exhaustion catching up with me, hormones, my husband going back to work next week, or a combination of it all but I've been struggling. It's easy to see beautiful pictures and think that everything is lovely and blissful in life with a newborn, but the truth is nothing can prepare you for the beautiful, messy, sometimes dark early days of being a new mother. No one can show your heart the worry you'll feel when you repeatedly check that your baby is breathing because you tried a new type of swaddle, the thick, heavy head that true sleep deprivation brings when you've fed your baby for an hour at 3am and she won't go to sleep, the immobility from stitches that has you housebound. But at the same time nothing can prepare you for the love that fills your heart so much it actually feels like it's expanding, for seeing your partner nurture a tiny human while simultaneously taking over every domestic task in your home, for the feeling of your baby scanning your face over and over again trying to memorize you in awe. Looking into her eyes makes it all so worth it. But I sure am tired. Thinking of all my newborn mamas out there walking this journey with me. Thank goodness for the love and community of fellow mothers and those who support us. 💕photo: @dusoleilphoto #viedeLilly
When mama comes to town...we eat warm apricots and blackberries with fresh mint for dessert in bed while I feed little Lilly.
Feeding my baby for ten months of pregnancy and now embarking on what I hope is a long journey of breastfeeding has taught me so much already. It's definitely not always easy and it's truly a labor of love, especially at 3am! No matter how you feed your child, I truly believe that fed is best and we are all doing the very best we can. I hope I never encounter anyone who finds my breastfeeding publicly inappropriate but if they do, you can bet I'll come back with some very choice words for them. Breastfeeding is natural and the source of life for our sweet babies. Period. #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeedingawarenessmonth #WorldBreastfeedingWeek #viedeLilly
Making up for ten months of deprivation one poke bowl at a time. This relatively new Philly spot @redpokeexpress has been on my list and it's definitely living up to the hype!
C’est cela l’amour, tout donner, tout sacrifier sans espoir de retour. - Albert Camus 🌿 That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return. #viedeLilly
This new little life has me appreciating the simple beauty in life: a bowl of fresh peaches from my husband, clean pajamas, my daughter's milky cheeks after a long feed, a spray of rose water on my tired face. The sweetness of simplicity.
This dreamy maternity shoot is coming to le blog soon - just need to soak up some more newborn cuddles first! Merci for bearing with me while I take a little break to love on my sweet Lilly bébé. It's hard to believe I was in labor this time last week! Photo: @redfieldphoto