Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you welcomed 2020 in the perfect way for you whether that was a night out on the town or cozied up at home. We opted to stay in this NYE and have a quiet and cozy little night at home. We put the boys to bed, snuggled up with some Prosecco, and listened to some good music while the year changed from 2019 to 2020. It was perfect for us and exactly how I wanted to start out this new year and decade! It brought me pure joy...which is my word of the year for 2020!
I spent a lot of 2019 angry, sad, and tired. I finished out the year on a high note of being very happy and refreshed from giving birth to Finn, but if I'm being totally honest, most of the year was not like that. So this year, I want to continue down the path I started at the end of 2019 and focus on the joy of life.
First off, I want to bring joy to those around me. Whether it be a stranger that I smile at to brighten their day a little more, to my closest friends and honing in on their love languages. One of my personal strengths is reading people and understanding them, but doing so takes time. I want to take that time to really focus on others to bring more joy in to their lives. Most importantly, Caleb, Kai, and Finn. They bring me more joy than I could have ever imagined so I want to ensure I am doing the same for them each and every day.
I also want to bring myself more joy. I know from personal experience you can't just be happy at the snap of your fingers. Trust me, I tried that a lot in the last 2 years...it doesn't work, at least not for me. It takes time and sometimes it takes help. I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety for awhile after giving birth to Kai, so I have promised to be honest with myself that if I start to feel that way again, I will seek help sooner rather than later. It's never something you want to admit...that something's wrong, but it's so important for not only yourself but for your family, too. At the end of the day, if I take care of myself mentally, physically, and spiritually, I will feel joy. I don't need to do big, grand, fancy things for myself, I just have to take care of myself and allow myself to be who I am. What I've learned is when you finally love yourself for who you are, that's when you will finally be happy with your life. I want to make sure I am always in a place to feel that way and truly feel the joy in life. So I'll be focusing on doing whatever it is I need to do to bring myself all the joy in the world!
I hope you start this year out focusing on whatever it is you need to do to feel joy and better yourself, as well! Share with me in the comments some of your resolutions, mantras, and words of 2020!
Happy Monday, dear friends! I can't believe 2019 is almost over. Is it just me or did this year fly by!? This year has been a crazy one for the books years for us. We started out the year with a one year old and now we're saying goodbye to it with a toddler and a newborn! At times it's seems like a lot but having Finn in our lives has also given me so much drive and focus. He is exactly the REFRESH I needed this year. He has given us so much love and joy already and I'm so grateful I was able to spend this year focusing on my time with Kai and preparing for Finn to join us. I've been able to let go of so much negativity that has been weighing me down and have been able to move on from the complicated emotions that 2018 brought. I'm truly looking forward to what 2020 is going to bring for our little family, but I'm so grateful for 2019 and the growth that happened during this year. I started my dream job this year, had such a powerful birth experience, and gained a lot of confidence in myself as a mother and woman. Let's take a walk down memory lane of this refreshing year!
I always look forward to a new year and a fresh start but I will be a little nostalgic for 2019 though. It's time to say goodbye though, so cheers 2019, it's been refreshing!
Maternity Maxi Dress.- Amazon | Loafers - Nordstrom Rack | Bracelets - Alex & Ani
Kai's Outfit Details:
Sweater - Target | Jeans - H&M | Oxfords - Mon Petit Shoes
These very special photos were shot by our dear friend Brandie at the Chicago Botanic Garden when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Finn. We will truly cherish them forever! It's so wonderful to finally have Finn here with us, but I also love that I can look back on these to remember the journey we had to get to this point of having 2 handsome little boys.
Photos courtesy of Bourbon Oak Tree Photography
Blue Bird Midi Dress - Amazon (similar) | Bralette - Gap Body | Cut Out Booties - Target
Going apple picking is one of our annual family traditions we do. Caleb and I started going before we had kids and I always hoped it would be something we would do with our children year after year. This is the second year we've gone with Kai and it was so much fun. He ran around the orchard, picked the cutest little baby apple, and ate a bunch of apple slices! Apples might be his new favorite snack! He also said "apple" for the first time after we got home that day. It was the perfect "fall" day activity...except it didn't feel like fall.
We've been stuck in this in between fall and summer where sometimes it's cool and you can throw on a sweater but then all of a sudden it's humid and you're sweating. Finding things to wear right now has been...difficult to say the least, ha! This is my second pregnancy and I'm still against buying maternity clothes. They're so expensive and if I'm going to invest a decent amount of money in to my closet, I want to be able to wear it year after year. Well this dress that I got off of Amazon is checking all the boxes for me lately. It was such a good price, it's beautiful and comfy, and it's cool enough for this in between weather we're having. What's funny about this dress though, is it's actually not the one I ordered! If you follow the link I have above, it'll take you to the dress I ordered. Which is super cute...and I still want that one! For whatever reason though, Amazon sent me this one. It was backordered when I originally bought it and then this one showed up. I didn't even realize it until I went to link it for you all just now. I looked high and low for the exact link to the one I'm wearing but I sadly couldn't track it down. The one I linked (and thought I bought) is very similar though and I'm sure just as comfy! It's not maternity but it fits my bump perfectly and I'm so excited to pull it out again all next summer/early fall. It has an elastic waist and no zippers, so it's comfy for a bump or not!
Kai has been living in these Target t-shirts. They're so easy to wash and they're super inexpensive. He's really comfortable in them and they go with everything. We've gotten a lot of rain in the last week, so I put him in his Hunter boots just in case the orchard was muddy. They're so easy to slip on him and let's be honest...he looks so dang cute in them! He'll be wearing these all fall long and probably for the first couple of snow falls, too.
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We're so excited to announce that baby #2 will be joining our little family this November! I am about 16 weeks along and due just before Thanksgiving. We found about our newest addition back at the end of March and are so excited to grow our family. Kai is going to be the best big brother and we can already tell that he's excited. We've nicknamed this little one, Peanut!
I'm so excited to back track and share all about my first trimester with all of you as well as take you along on the journey through this pregnancy and becoming a family of 5. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support you continue to give our family!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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