Pictures by Sadie Beaudoin. Smash cake by Cups and cakes shop

Brighton Reese! My bitty baby girl is a 1 year old! This year has honestly been the best year of my entire life. Motherhood has surpassed every expectation I ever could have dreamed up, Brighton just spoils us with her genuine goodness. She is a blessing in human form and I can never express how much gratitude that I have to my creator for making her ours. She just makes me SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!!! I have never loved anything or anyone like I love her, it's such a new and intense love that I never knew existed inside of me.

She is officially 1!! Obviously I think she is a genius and she impresses me everyday with the new things she learns and picks up. I've been working on baby sign language with her to help us communicate better together and she is picking it up so well, it makes me so proud to see her learn and to see her so proud of herself for learning haha. Here are some fun things about her first year:

Bath, splash pad, water, mom, dad, other kids, holding my hands to walk, obsessed with baby songs on youtube, black beans, veggies, sweet potatoes, rolling/crawling/moving in general, music

Facial expressions, coughs, laughs

So if I hold her hands to walk, she hates when I put her down because she wants to walk forever! Hasn't shown interest in walking solo yet but it's a work in progress. Literal baby steps haaaaaa. Also hates purees, sitting still, diaper changes (because it requires sitting still)

Hi, bye, more, no, and all done

Mama, Dada, baby jabber, tries to copy certain things if I say "say ____"

Her first year was full of so much fun, so many new adventures, and a lot of learning on both of our ends. I thought I would be more sad that she is a year old. I thought I was supposed to lock myself in my room with ice cream and look at all her newborn pictures and sob but I didn't. I obviously want her to stay small and to stay little, but watching her grow and learn new things is something I love even more! I know I can't keep her little and I know she won't always need me for every little thing. I just try to soak up every single minute with her and savor these times as much as possible. I love that I get to carry her everywhere because she can't walk, I love teaching her new things, I love watching her eyes light up whenever she sees something she hasn't seen before, I love getting to nurse her and feel so needed. I love every little thing about her! Jason and I love you, baby girl!!!


A little secret

Hey!! You guys, Brighton is almost a year old!! Everyone was right when they said time flies when you have kids. I feel like yesterday she could barely move her head up and down and today she is climbing the stairs and dumping the clean laundry all over the ground. As much as I love her little self, I am still so excited for her future and to see her grow and learn as the years continue to pass. Today I want to bring out my crunchy side a little bit.

You guys don't know this but... I am a pretty natural mama. Not to the extreme by any means, but I do as much as I can like making my own baby wipes, I used an Amber teething necklace, and I breastfeed. My birth did not go to plan like AT all. I had planned a completely unmedicated birth, wrote up a birth plan, and did a ton of research on how to achieve my goal. My plans came crashing down when my doctor pushed induction. I declined as long as I could but eventually gave into his not subtle pushes and was induced 10 days overdue. After 31 hours in labor, I was again pushed by my doctor into having a c section. I was dilating VERY slowly (I do blame the induction, honestly) and my doctor decided he knew what was best for me as he strongly encouraged and pushed an unnecessary c section. Here is my birth story if you want all the details!

Anyways, one big thing from my birth plan was to breastfeed. I had heard so many stories of people having a hard time breastfeeding and was scared but determined to push through it. It was the last thing I knew I could control on my birth plan and I was going to try my hardest to breastfeed my baby. The second I was able to hold my baby girl (and being a little hopped up on c section medicine…) I was adamant to breastfeed, asking the nurses if I could try yet as they were sewing up the incision haha. I had just read how important it is to try as soon as the baby was born so I did not want to waste any time. Once I got the green light, she latched. It was the most perfect end to an unexpected labor and the perfect beginning to our breast feeding journey.

I feel like it’s important to say that it wasn’t a hard journey, it didn’t ever really hurt, and we are still going strong at almost a year later. I was just shocked because I had only heard terrible and scary breast feeding stories and feel it is important to let you know that sometimes it can be hard and sometimes it won’t be hard. I also know that sometimes, breast feeding doesn’t work out and guess what? THAT IS TOTALLY OK, TOO!! I was a formula fed baby and I survived to tell the tale, Jason still married me, I was fed and nourished as best as my mom could do so and that is ALL that matters! We are all trying to do what is best for our babies and I think that should be celebrated!

I was really excited that I got the opportunity to work with Evivo! Evivo is a probiotic that you give to your baby once a day. Evivo probiotic powder is clinically proven to restore babies’ gut microbiome to its original, natural state. You mix the powder into breastmilk or formula and feed your baby with a little syringe. I have been searching for a good probiotic to give to Brighton because her health is my #1 priority! When a baby passes through the birth canal, microbiomes are passed to the baby. When I had to have a c section, I felt like I had failed her by her missing out on these VERY important things. I want her to grow up with a strong and healthy immune system and gut so she can stay healthy and fight off sicknesses that she will have. You can learn more about Evivo here and get $10 off a starter kit using the code- ev7-e98e7c37


Random little rants

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Hi! Guys it's almost FRIDAY which means I will be hanging out with 3 kids all weekend. So in case you didn't remember, I used to nanny for a family and I don't see them too much anymore but every now and then, I watch them for a weekend while their parents go out of town. It's always fun having them especially as Brighton gets older. She LOVES kids and kids love her so it works out pretty well! We'll probably spend a lot of time swimming and eating watermelon this weekend (they go hand in hand, guys!) I've found myself outside a LOT this summer with Brighton!  The splash pad (and chick fil-a...) is basically my second home and luckily Brighton loves swimming so we spend a lot of time in the pool, too! 

So let's talk about for a sec. I've blogged about a couple of times in the past! A little refresher is they are a daily deal site. Aka cute clothes (and home decor, and baby stuff, and like anything you need) for great deals! I got this dress from there and I loveeeeee it!! I wanna say it was like 30% off of the normal price because it was listed on It's really thin so it is perfect for this scalding hot summer. Like for real, it has been well past the 100's here in Arizona since like May you guys!  I actually run deals for my shop- Framed, on pretty often so look out for me on there :) 

Anyways, I know this post is so random and I am jumping around topics but I haven't blogged in nearly a month so I have an excuse!! My brother and sis in law moved to Tucson a few weeks ago so I am driving down tomorrow to hang out with them for a day :) Also, quick PSA, Taylor freaking Swift is on spotify now so obviously playing that the entire drive so Brighton loves her as much as I do. I drove down when they first moved in and I will probably drive down at least once a month from here on out! I love seeing them and hanging out with them and my little nieces and nephew. They are the family who lived in Iowa so now that they are finally in the same state as me, my life is basically complete! This week and weekend are pretty crazy but I love staying busy and getting to spend time with so many people that I love! I want Brighton to always be around people who love her and who she loves so it is a win win for both of us. Happy Thursday my friends.


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