I should probably just name this post 'ruffles'

Hey guyssss!! Not even going to pretend that I need to blog more bc it's just fact. I have been so bad at blogging and I have like 600 drafted unfinished posts that I keep wanting to get up! Anyways, this post is all about a store called Evereve. I was STOKED to partner with them because my job was literally to go shopping. Like, sign me up!! Shopping these days revolves around Brighton because 1. I have no self control when it comes to buying her clothes and 2. She has needed new clothes basically every 3 months since she was born since she grows sooooo quickly! It was fun to awaken the shopping monster inside of me and indulge in my favorite sport ;)

Evereve is a store all about moms so I clearly qualified as that. I walked up to the store and realized I had been there before! I had stopped by a few months ago when my brother in law got married and I was looking for a dress. The employees were SO nice and we literally all became best friends by the time I left. This visit was no different and I was so happy to see one of the employees who had been there during my first visit. I remembered her because she was english and Brighton is a place in England so we bonded.  

clearly obsessed with ruffle sleeves haha

A play area for kids to be entertained while you shop!

So here are the things I loved about Evereve:
1- It's a store designed for MOMS so the isles are big enough for strollers. That's always an issue in other stores and I literally look like a clown trying to maneuver my way through clothing racks as Brighton grabs shirts and pants off of the racks.

2- They have a cute little kid playing area so your kids can be entertained while you shop! Brighton wasn't feeling good so I left her at home when I went but I know she would have loved the little play area. She is in a huge exploring phase right now and loves playing with different toys and pressing buttons to see what happens. They also had a gold fish snack area (which was for the kids but... I love gold fish so...) and diapers/ wipes in the bathrooms. Aka perfection.

3- The employees are so nice! They all helped me pick out things and gave me opinions on what I tried on. It was nice because I need at least 100 opinions to make sure something looks cute before I buy it. They're build in shopping buddies haha They brought me a few things they thought were cute and I ended up buying a lot of the stuff they suggested. It was really nice to have some help and opinions at the ready. 

Basically, I spent like 2 hours there just hanging out with new friends and trying on tons of cute clothes! The hardest part was honestly narrowing down what I wanted to buy. SPOILER- everything I got has ruffle sleeves. I didn't even know I was a ruffle loving type of person until I bought 5 things with ruffles. See photos of me in dressing room above if you need a refresher haha. 

Evereve is doing a contest right now to win $500 to their store and you can enter here! Obviously I entered because I need to continue to feed my ruffle obsession, it's fine.



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

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