{Month Five Update} & How Having a Baby Changes Your Priorities

Hello hello! How is everyone!?
In these monthly Calvin updates, along with his milestones, I’m also going to invite you inside of my thoughts and how I’m feeling from month to month. As baby changes, so does Mom, and I think it’s important we recognize that! It’ll be kind of like my Monthly Mom 2 cents. I don’t really have an exact focus for how I’ve been feeling in month five, as my brain and thoughts still seem to be all over the place, but I will try and put it into words.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I’ve changed this year. Things I never thought I’d say, do (not do), or want, are now my new reality. How having a baby, someone that relies on you 24/7, changes you and your priorities…big time. Am I an adult now? All bills and pre-tax contributions point to YES.

But seriously.

I used to watch my favorite reality shows at night and now I get to watch my baby play instead- I used to lift weights and do push-ups -now on many nights, my arm workouts are rocking my 17 lb. baby to sleep. I used to take as long as I want to shower and relax at night, now I bathe Calvin as long as he needs, and take the quickest shower possible to maximize my sleep. I used to be late to work because I couldn’t get my ass out of bed, now I’m late because I have to feed, dress (and cuddle with) another human being all before 830am. And no, I’m not talking about Craig. LOL.
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Along with this, my priorities have completely changed. All that seems to matter is the well-being of my child.  His happiness is my happiness. His tears are my tears. His achievements are my achievements. You’d think he’d just won a gold medal on Team USA when he rolled over for the first time, or when he sleeps for a span of longer than 5 hours.
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 It’s so easy to slip back into the thinking of, “remember when” or “I used to be able to do this”, but it is just not worth letting your mind stay in that space for too long.  It really hits me when I’m trying to keep up with others who don’t have kids (or a baby) or when I’m trying to plan something that would have been logistically so simple when it was just me. Is EVERYTHING more complicated? Yes. Do I think twice about solving said complications? No. This is my awesome life now, and I figure it out as I go.
All the Moms I know just seem to know how to handle life’s complexities, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it too.
I think most things in life seem to work out in your favor, if you believe they will.


Alright, back to Calvin – because I know that’s the real reason you all are here anyways! Calvin is getting to be even more fun, even more adorable, and more outgoing than before. He is the biggest joy in our lives and as always, we are so excited for our future with him.
Here are his 5 month facts, stats and pics, of course!
  • Wearing 6-9 month clothing
  • ~17 lbs and ~27 inches
  • Eating 35-38 oz/day
  • Can hold his own bottle, however we don’t quite trust his grip just yet (envision milk everywhere)
  • No teeth yet, but starting the process with drooling, chewing on EVERYTHING and not sleeping too well at night
  • Still not sleeping through the night
  • Great at laughing, screaming, and talking
  • Can roll back to front and vice versa
  • Still the best baby in his class 🙂
  • Loves swimming at the pool
  • Loves clawing Mom & Dads cheeks when excited
  • Sleeping full time in his crib
  • His hair is finally growing back
  • Eyes are changing from blue to either green or brown (we can’t tell just yet)
  • Hates his nose or eyes being touched or cleaned
  • Loves nightly walks in his stroller
  • Just tried rice cereal for the first time tonight – it was a major hit and so cute!
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How have my other mama readers felt around 5 months? Anything fun/cool/scary I should be expecting in the next few weeks?
I hope you all have a fab rest of the week and that the weekend arrives seemingly quick! Love you all!

❤ Kayla

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Red, White & Baby [Patriotic Style Inspo for the Whole Fam]

Happy Friday!! This particular Friday is super exciting because we are officially on vacation now for a full week. Seriously, so pumped. I almost gave myself a panic attack today stressing so hard about work. The stress is real – SO this is coming at the perfect time!
We are going to Corolla, NC (the OBX.) Who has been? What should we make sure to do? Are there really wild horses on the beach? Let me know, friends!
I decided we were in serious need of some fam pics so we met up with my photographer and she got some amazing 4th of July themed pics taken for us. Craig is always taking pics of me and Calvin or vice versa, so it’s very rare we are all in the same shot. I will love these photos forever!

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After we shot these photos I realized almost everything we were wearing was from Old Navy (except my top) and suddenly, in my mind, we were this family:

Seriously, I think everyone has owned one of these Old Navy horrible patriotic shirts in the past. BTW – I hope no one in this family sees my blog – and if they do, well, we’ve allll been in a photo like this, LOL. Did you know that they still sell new versions of this shirt each year? No offense if you have one for 2k16, I just can’t believe this is still a thing. Guess they are taking ‘don’t fix what ain’t broken’ to a whole new level. There is simply no statement more true than this:

Nope. You aren’t. 
We decided to take a bit more of a “modern” approach on 4th of July fashion.

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Shop our look:
Calvin Jeans
Calvin Red White & Blue Hat – similar
Kayla Denim Shorts
Kayla Lace-Up Poncho
Craig Navy Shorts
Craig Red Zip-Up

*I’ve also picked an additional look for her, for him, and for baby as some patriotic inspiration here*

FOR HER

Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

‘Island Vibe’ Crochet Cotton Hobo Bag

High Rise Short

Cross-Strap Sandals

FOR HIM

Vintage Wash Rugby
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Everyday Shorts

Slip-On Sneakers

FOR BABY

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Americana Slip on Sneakers

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Americana Baseball Cap

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Americana Bodysuit

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Starry Ruffle-Trim Swim
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Eyelet Espadrille Sandals
Most of the items above are from GAP (one of my faves!) – you can use the banner below for free shipping on orders over $50. Also – they currently have a July 4th sale for 40% off your entire purchase through Monday with code JULY4. Happy shopping 🙂


I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend filled with fireworks, family and adult beverages!
❤ Kayla