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One Month Of David Joseph

    I can’t believe it’s been one month with our sweet baby boy.  David Joseph has already brought so much joy into our lives and our world completely revolves around him.  The first month has been such a journey.  It’s been filled with joy, fear, pride, fatigue, all the emotions! Some of the hardest things have been breastfeeding, sleeping, and being in quarantine during this time of so many unknowns.  DJ was a pretty sleepy feeder when we were in the hospital.  I ended up having to pump and then we would feed him through a syringe before my milk came in.  Because we hadn’t established breastfeeding by the time we left the hospital, we had to wait to...
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Our Birth Story

The relief I felt walking out the hospital doors with our sweet baby boy made me realize how nervous I'd been about the whole birth experience.  Joe carried our baby in the carseat and I waddled behind them, breathing in the fresh air and feeling so thankful for a healthy baby boy and an uncomplicated birth. Only days before we’d spent our last day as just Meg and Joe. Then, on that Sunday night at 11pm, I started feeling what I thought were contractions but I wasn't really sure. I'd been nervous that I wouldn't know when I was in labor.  It sounds silly, I know, but my midwife said it's a super common fear for first-time moms. But you'll...
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5 Best Snacks During Pregnancy

I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of naps and snacks.  Seriously, before it was a thing, this has been where my heart lies.  The first weekend Joe came to visit me in college his report back to his family was “Meg really likes snacks and she really likes taking naps!”  So, in that way, pregnancy has been a time for me to shine.  But during this time of growing a baby in my belly, I felt like it was more important than ever that I was nourishing my body well.  So I chose to be super intentional with my snack choices. Of course, cheesy Ruffles and mint M&M’s were enjoyed here and there.  But for the most part, I...
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Why We All Need To Start Paying More Attention to Our Loungewear

The most obvious example in my life that proved to me I was living for other people more than myself was my clothing. It became such a routine for me to only show up as my best when I was going to be in front of other people that I only wore make-up if I was leaving the house. I only put on “real clothes” if other people were going to see them. I only showed up to be my best when I thought I was going to be showing up for other people. The problem with this is that I wasn't giving any consideration to how I was showing up for myself, or the quiet, important work that I...
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The Secret To Making Color Work In A Capsule Wardrobe

The thing that I’m most excited about for my postnatal wardrobe is color. I've been living in grays, whites, and blacks for the most part of the last nine months. This is because I wanted to have a small capsule maternity wardrobe that really worked for my every day life.  But I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money, energy, and time on it.  You can read more about my maternity wardrobe HERE. I have nothing against neutrals. Quite the opposite actually. I love that by keeping my wardrobe primarily neutral, it allows me to mix and match all the pieces in my closet, making fewer pieces go further. This also makes getting dressed really easy and mornings in...
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Our Baby Registry: Where We Saved And Where We Invested

Our baby registry was not something that I was prepared to tackle. It ended up being like climbing a mountain when I was geared up for more of a bunny hill.  In fairness, I did put a lot of pressure on myself to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in quality products that we would use and love every day.  I loved the idea of starting fresh with baby’s products and really supporting brands that I believed in to help us through this new chapter of life.    But in reality, we are first-time parents in our mid twenties and my hopes and dreams for our registry weren’t always inline with our budget.  Deciding where we were going to...
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5 Must-Have Pieces For Your Work-From-Home Maternity Style

I’ll be honest, there have been moments in my pregnancy when I’ve felt more like a sophomore warming up pizza in her college dorm than a proud mama-to-be preparing my mind, heart, body, and career for baby. These moments usually occur on laundry day when I’m stuck wearing my stretched out leggings and pulling baggy sweatshirts over my belly.  Unfortunately, for a lot of mamas who work from home, this college throw-back becomes their go-to pregnancy uniform because they don’t want to invest time or money into clothing that will be “worn for such a short time and no one will see anyway”.  Does this sound familiar? The good news is you can create a mindful and productive maternity work-from-home...
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My Secret To Feeling Comfortable And Confident In Late Pregnancy

I have a secret, your belly isn’t the only thing that’s growing during pregnancy.  These past 7 months have held some crazy personal growth in which I’ve entertained the opposing thoughts of both, I don’t even recognize who I am anymore, and, this is exactly who I want to be. I’ve realized that the weight of these two mindsets has been dependent on a few different factors: the pace at which I was living my life, the demands I was putting on myself, and the environment I was surrounding myself with. If there was one thing that negatively impacted all three, it was the “do it tired” mantra that I used to push through an over-packed to-do list. Let’s be...
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3 Free Ways To Freshen Up Your Wardrobe This Year

Taking down stocking holders and wrapping snowmen and angels back into their boxes has become a very pivotal part of my new year.  Resetting our home after the holidays is now an act of embracing the slowing down and fresh slate that the new year brings.  And what follows are usually activities that support this change that my body and mind crave after the busy holiday season.  This usually includes a pantry clean out, organizing my studio, and curating my wardrobe. This does not look like becoming a whole new person, getting rid of everything I own, and replacing it all with the newer, better version.  Instead, it looks a lot more like taking inventory of the things that are...
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Our Winter Maternity Shoot

On Thanksgiving day, at Joe's parent's hobby farm, we received the perfect dusting of snow.  I'm lucky that my sister is so talented with a camera and the three of us were able to spend a bit of time in the Wisconsin winter weather capturing my growing bump.  These are some peeks into our second trimester shoot! photos by Anna Floersch Want more lifestyle stories and inspiration from my simple life in the rural midwest? Join our tribe of homebodies, work-from-home-warriors, and slowness seekers :)
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