The Good, The Bad, The Ugly...

Let's get the ugly out of the way first...

Hot mess express over here. In my world that's referring to the lovely four month sleep regression. You know, that thing that I was hoping we would be lucky enough to not have happen to us.

ha ha haaaa HA.

Our little angel babe who is normally a great sleeper has been up every hour (and I mean EVERY hour...) the past two nights, thanks to this lovely regression period. You can read more about it here if you're interested, but the good news is that this means he's growing and learning lots of new things. We have been trying to repeat, "this is only a phase, this is only a phase", but please pray for us this next week (or two? oh man, for the love of all things please don't let this last longer than a week...) 

Moving on-

Looking forward to: My first Mother's Day! Ever since my mom passed away, it's been my least favorite holiday but I've always in the back of my head looked forward to the day that I can finally celebrate it and not be so sad. Thankful for our little Camden who made that possible this year...he makes me so happy, it's unreal.

{I know he's mine but SERIOUSLY? That smile!!!!}

Loving: Kayla Itsines workouts! After following her on instagram I decided to buy and try her workouts. Each workout consists of two circuits (with little equipment required so you can do them anywhere!) and is 28 minutes long. I love them - they kick my butt and the time goes quickly! 

On the hunt for: a cute one-piece bikini. How much do I sound like a new mom right now?! I'm thinking about getting one since I'm sure I will want more coverage when toting around a little one all the time. I'm leaning towards this one because it's classic but still cute and stylish, thanks to that bow. The price is steep, but I can justify it if I'll be using it for the next few years. 

 {comes with a detachable strap that would make it even cuter! imo}

Wondering: and wishing that I could have more caffeine when nursing. WHY.WHY.WHY #givemeallthecoffee

Making: this recipe a lot nowadays. this one (Billy's fav) will be started back in the rotation soon since the weather is warming up! 

 {deck furniture is back out..just need to buy some cute pillows!}

Listening to: my two favorite songs right now...outside - calvin harris ft. ellie goulding, and want to want me - jason derulo. 

Giving two pieces of unsolicited advice for future first time mamas:
 (I meant to share this when Cam was a newborn but forgot) 

1. Stop researching the best baby products and spend a lot of time learning about breastfeeding, supply, pumping, etc. That is IF you plan to nurse-if you don't then just skip on past this! Looking back I wish that I would've spent more time learning about it while pregnant. PS-yes, I'm still pumping & actually prefer it over breastfeeding any day! 

2. Keep an open mind about how you plan to feed your baby. You might be all for breastfeeding, not want to pump, and be 100% against formula, but your baby might have a different plan! Sometimes you can't control what happens (you might THINK you're the one in control but I hate to break it to you-the baby is!) so just don't beat yourself up about it and make sure you have a back up plan. And remember...the most important thing is that they are being fed-not what they are being fed.

Have a good hump day friends!


Favorite Things For Summer {J.Crew New Arrivals}

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Good morning! It's Monday again and we're all left wondering where the weekend went...

Today is a roundup of some of my favorite summer finds! Most of them being on SALE! Scoop them up before they're gone (especially these vneck t's-a staple in my wardrobe!)

Layering VNeck Tee: By far the softest tee I've found, with the cutest colors available (on sale!) 

Stone Leaf Cluster Necklace: It's been a while since I've found a statement necklace that I've loved enough to buy...until this one came around! So pretty! 

Coral Multi Scarf: Obsessed with the colors in this.

Espadrilles: I love the fun cap-toe, well worth the $30! SO comfortable.

Cell Phone Case: Gold chevron. Enough said.

Scalloped Trim Dress: Would be cute for weddings and parties! Also comes in navy. 

Panama Hat: Bought this hat last year and it's nice because it's lightweight so it's not too hot and looks adorable on!

Cork Clutch: Loving cork on accessories lately, like this clutch or on a belt. Would go with everything! 

What are your favorite finds for summer?!  
PS: Did you see my late post on Friday featuring these pretties? Best. shoes. ever.

Hope you had a great weekend! Friday night was the quintuplets 15th birthday! Yes, they are FIFTEEN! Where has the time gone? I kept seeing boys at their party and picturing Cam when he's their age! ha! The rest of the weekend was spent snuggling up with Cam when it rained all day Sat. and running errands yesterday!


The Prettiest Nike Free Runs

nike free run 5.0, nike running shoes, tiffany blue nikes,


 Hands down my favorite shoes I've ever owned. Most comfortable, too. The heels in my closest may never see me again.

 thanks for being awesome, Nike.

shop them: here or here
(I recommend ordering a half size up)



A Typical Day With Camden

When Camden turned a month old (or maybe 5-6 weeks old), we started implementing a very loose schedule for him and let's be honest, for my sanity as well. I'm very type A, so I knew I wanted some sort of structure and shortly after starting it I could tell that he seemed to benefit from it. Ok, we ALL have benefited from it! I really really believe in having a routine..I think it's good for babies, especially having set wake and bed times.

Now that we've been following it for awhile (he pretty much set it himself, but we just filled in nap times and such), I think it's helped us keep Cam more satisfied and happy (for the most part) because we never have to question his cues like if he's hungry or overtired. We put him down for a nap before he starts yawning (because then you are a little late!) and we try to have his bottle ready before he gets too hungry. He's like clockwork in that he wants to eat every 3 hours, so filling in the other spots to his schedule was pretty easy. We follow the eat-play-sleep recommendations and it has worked wonderfully for us. Pretty early on I learned the hard way that I was keeping him up WAY too long throughout the day (sometimes I would spend 30 minutes or more rocking him to sleep because he was just fighting it from being overtired), and found that he is normally ready for a nap 90 minutes after he wakes up. By knowing that, I normally make sure that he is down for a nap at that point and he typically falls asleep pretty quickly.

All of this being said, obviously he is a baby so things may change and not one day is ever the same, but he honestly sticks to this routine almost all the time.

645am-I wake up and go downstairs to pump before we wake Cam up so that I have it done and out of the way. On the weekends, I normally nap when Cam has his first nap or if Billy watches him then I go back to sleep for a few more hours.

7am-Cam's wake up time! We say good morning to him (you don't even want to hear my voice at this point-it's so cheesy), change him, and feed him. He is happiest in the mornings and is so smiley. For the days I am home with him, after he eats I will put him in his bouncy seat while I eat breakfast and clean up the kitchen.

730-830am-play time. I try my best to interact with him as much as possible during these times. We practice tummy time, he plays on his activity mat, I read him some books, etc. Sometimes we even have a little dance party to get our days goin'. ;)

830-10am-first nap of the day. I swaddle him (we're just recently trying to leave his hands out of the swaddle), rock him for a few minutes then lay him down in his rock and play. It can range from 45 minutes-an hour and half depending on how tired he is and how well he slept the night prior. I almost always try to get him to nap for at least 45 minutes.

10am-eat! he typically eats 4-5 oz. during the day.

1030-1130am-play time again, or often I will run errands during this time. Sometimes it will just be quick errands or I will stay out until his next bottle at 1pm, but only if he is napping while I'm out. I'm a stickler about him getting his naps during the day because he sleeps better at night when he is well rested (and I skip the last nap before bed-read below about that)

If I'm at home and not out then I give him another nap from 1130-1pm. This nap normally lasts a little longer than his first one, about an hour or so. I also pump again at this time.


130-230pm-play, when it's nice out I normally try to get outside during this time. I take him for a run or a walk in the stroller or just lay him outside on a blanket in the grass and take some toys out with us.

230-4pm last nap! normally he sleeps the longest at this nap, about an hour and a half. Sometimes less, and some days it could be longer if he didn't nap well at the other times.

4pm-eat again!

430-7pm-we do our best to keep him awake during this time. We play with him for the most part and let him relax in his swing when he gets a little tired. I do follow his cues though and if he is more tired one day then I give him a nap but usually don't let it go longer than 30 minutes. I pump again around 5-530pm.

7pm-bedtime routine! we give him his bath, baby massage, and put him into his pj's then give him his bottle. We give him a bath every single night because he really likes them, but we don't wash his hair each time. Maybe every other or every third bath. Typically Billy gives him his baths so that I can start cooking dinner or take Rocky for a walk but a lot of times I end up joining him because I hate missing out on the fun, haha. He is normally asleep by 730-745pm. In the beginning, we thought keeping him up later would mean that he would sleep later. So wrong! It made him wake much earlier and he was impossible to get to sleep. I've read so many articles about this that talk about how sleep begets sleep. An earlier bedtime normally means they will sleep longer, even though it seems so counter intuitive. On the days that I work, it seems like I hardly get any time with him before getting him ready for bed but we know that an early bedtime is good for him and it also gives me and Billy time together.

{if you want to see one too many snapchats of him: username is katiewkrysh}

Once he is asleep, we eat dinner and catch up together.

10-1030pm-dreamfeed! (we pick Cam up out of his bed, still swaddled, and give him another bottle-typically an oz. more than normal to keep him fuller longer then put him right back to sleep!) I pump one more time before going to bed. Sometimes Billy will do the dreamfeed while I pump.

My days spent with him are some of the most exhausting, but also the most worthwhile. Life has changed so much since becoming a mom. Some things that used to be spontaneous now have to be planned out far in advance, but all the adjusting has been so worth it. He is SO worth it. I love being his mom.

This is just what works for us, but thought I would share because I love reading posts like this. 

Note: Sometimes his feeding times do not fall exactly on the hour, so if he eats 30 minutes early or 30 minutes late, for example, I will just push up or move back the next feedings to get them back on schedule. Also, if it's a day I don't have to work and he's not awake at 7am then we let him sleep until whenever he wakes up and adjust the other feedings accordingly. Hope that make sense! I'm not one to wake a sleepy babe... :)

Happy Thursday friends! Don't forget to enter my giveaway from last week, if you missed it!


Simply Made With Love (Promo + Giveaway) CLOSED

Leah's shop Simply Made With Love is one of my favorites.

I might not be from the South, but I still love getting personalized items for Camden and for myself! Leah's items are absolutely adorable and you can't beat the softness of the fabric she uses.  I reach for her bibs and burp cloths more than any of the others we own!

I posted about her shop here and found that you guys love it as much as I do, but we never ended up doing the giveaway that I mentioned. Today we are changing that!

Leah is offering a $25 SHOP CREDIT to one reader!

She has adorable oufits for both boys and girls (like the navy romper below-I love that it matches his nursery too!) and just started carrying monogrammed tumblers and other personalized items for those who aren't mama's!

But she also has personalized items for you, too! I carry this tumbler with me every day to make sure I'm getting my daily water intake. Kind of obsessed with it...

She also has these ones available...how perfect are they?

Want to shop now or for a friend? 
You can also get 15% OFF any order with code CJK15 which is good for one week!

Entering the giveaway is easy. Just follow the steps below! Good luck guys!


Scenes From Our Weekend

 {hat from gymboree & outfit from old navy-sold out online, but here's the other style}

Oh, Monday! We meet again!

What an awesome weekend, though. And maybe that picture of Cam will make you smile this morning. I kind of want to blow it up to the biggest size possible and put it in our house (#crazymomstatus..)

The weather on Friday and Saturday was beautiful here! Finally! I took Cam to one of my favorite parks and running trail, then when he was napping in the stroller I stopped at a restaurant close by and cooled off with a beer on their patio. I always wondered what running with a stroller would be like and it's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Our BOB jogging stroller is so light that it makes it pretty easy to push, but when you have a cute little distraction smiling at you the whole time it's hard to take your run seriously and not smile throughout the whole run... ;)


On Saturday, we went downtown to the North Market to walk around and to get Hot Chicken Takeover for lunch! Holy fried chicken, ya'll. This place is legit. It was so good! 

and I had to get a smoothie just because it made me feel better about eating all of the above...

I was able to work in the yard a bit on Saturday afternoon, too. And by work I mean walk around with Cam showing him our flowers that bloomed and having a mini photoshoot...

{his monogrammed romper from here-giveaway coming soon!}

My husband was kind enough to watch Cam Saturday night and I was able to have a girls night out with some of my best friends. We went to dinner then out to a bar called Tequila Cowboy, that has live music, a mechanical bull, and a karaoke bar. We had so much fun! I liked to think of it as our Nashville prep (heading there next month), but all I realized was that I just can't hang like I used to! Seriously.

PS: I get emails all the time from girls trying to find these running shoes. They are now back in stock here!

Hope you had a great weekend!  


We All Struggle

The other day I was chatting with some other moms on instagram and my mind started drifting off thinking about how sometimes bloggers can be portrayed to have these perfect, always happy lives. I know that, for me, ever since I started my blog five years ago I wanted it to be a space that I share all the happy memories and moments in my life, not a place where I come to bitch about my life problems and struggles. Even when I'm out to dinner with my girlfriends, let's say, it's just not my thing to voice all of my complaints all the time. I try my best to be positive and to have a happy attitude, at least most of the time.

But does that mean I don't have struggles or complaints? Absolutely not. I just choose not to voice them here on my blog. That being said, I don't want any of you who read my blog to just assume that I always have it together because that is far from the truth. For example...on Friday when I posted about Camden sleeping through the night. Sure, he has been sleeping great but that doesn't mean he hasn't ever woke up in the middle of the night and I'm sitting there (insert wide eyed emoticon here) thinking, "WTH?! Why is he up? Did he not get enough to eat?" Those things happen to me, too. All the time!

On any given day I probably worry about oh, 23+ things if I were to count every little one in my head and total them up (but I don't do that because if I did it would probably drive me crazy...or at least to the closest beach with a Corona in my hand.))

I struggle with:
+finding enough time in the day-when can I fit in a workout? what's for dinner? how can I have dinner ready if Cam wants to play and needs a bath? wait, I need to shower!
+mom guilt-due to sometimes missing the "old days" when it was just me and Billy and we could just pick up and go wherever, whenever we wanted
+worrying about Cam when he sleeps
+wanting to lose these last pesky pounds attached to my stomach and waist but realllyyy wanting that donut sitting in the office break room
+worrying about Cam when he is awake (when you're a new parent, you worry about almost everything)
+feeling unorganized-that our room needs cleaned but laundry also needs to be done. oh, and remember those bills that need to be paid?
+questioning pretty much every single parenting decision

Phew. My point is that the struggle is very real for all of us. No one has a perfect life and if they act like they do, they are lying!

Just when you think you are one step ahead, something else comes your way. And similarly, it's just like what I'm learning (ahem-still trying to learn/deal with) now that I have a little one...once you think you have one thing figured out, it all changes again! But at the end of every single day, when I kiss that sweet boy on the forehead goodnight I'm reminded just how worth it it all is. Motherhood has been the best and hardest journey of my life. I would never want to go back to life before Cam! 


First Visit To Cleveland

Oh, look who's just showing up on a Weds! Slaaacckerrr, party of 1.

It might be 3 days late, but I have to post about this past weekend spent in Cleveland. Due to the winter weather and Cam being so young before, this was the first time we got to spend the weekend at Billy's parents house with Cam!

We left Friday afternoon during one of his nap times and he did so good for the 2 hour car ride, just smiling and cooing like crazy for most of the time. The last half of the drive he took his nap, so it worked out pretty great. Confession...I sat in the backseat with him while Rocky sat shotgun, ha. My excuse is that I wanted to be back there in case he started crying, but really it's probably that I wanted to stare at him the whole time.

Anyway, Billy's parents arranged a big party at their house on Saturday for all the extended family to come over and visit with Cam (and us too!) They ordered pizzas and made yummy appetizers, it was so nice! Everyone was so excited to see Cam, especially Billy's grandma. She had been looking forward to meeting him since he was born and when she walked in the house she skipped hello's with everyone else and walked immediately over to find him. Them meeting each other was one of the most precious things to witness...I had tears in my eyes because she was just so happy and Billy, I could tell, was so proud of his son and to introduce him to her.. 

I was nervous at first how Cam would do meeting so many people in one day (and staying up for longer than normal) but he did SO much better than we expected. He let everyone hold him and was just such a sweetheart. He fussed once towards the end when he got tired, but I just rocked him and he took a nap in my arms so I was still able to visit with everyone at the same time. He's probably thinking, mom! have more confidence in me! and he'd be right.

favorite blanket ever: from here

We brought our Rock and Play for him to sleep in next to our bed at night, and he slept well in it like he normally does. That thing has yet to fail us. Best baby item ever!

The rest of the weekend we just spent hanging out with his family and visiting Billy's best friend who should be having his baby boy in the next few weeks! It was really heartwarming to see Billy's family with Cam, they love him so much and we are so thankful for that.


His family also blessed Cam with pretty much a whole new wardrobe for spring and summer! I about died over the cuteness with all the anchors and whales! I think it's safe to say he's officially ready for some weekends spent boating...

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

If you haven't entered my two giveaways (here and here) that I have going on right now, then YOU are slacking too-go get yourself entered! Lastly, I have an awesome giveaway coming soon with a past shop that you all loved (if you have little ones) so stay tuned for that!


CJK: THREE Months Old!

(onesie from here)

milestones//moments to note:

-he reaches for his toys now, whether they are placed on his lap or hanging from the activity mat, and can hold some of them on his own with both hands! (when he goes to grab things it's almost always with his left hand-his mommy is a lefty!)
-giggles, babbles, mimics, and is always smiling! he's a boy with many different smiles-the smirk smile, the half flirty smile, the full on gummy smile! all equally able to melt our hearts in an instant.
-laughed for the first time last night! (when clapping his hands together and singing)
-he holds my hand when I feed him his bottles (love) and sometimes puts his hands up on the bottle himself like he wants to hold it himself
-can sit upright with the help of pillows/blankets (see pic below!)
-recognizes our voices and follows me with his eyes across the room 
-his mommy is back to work! he started going to his nanny twice per week and to grandma juju once per week this month. the nanny told me he will smile at her when he's eating and that makes me so happy to hear. he is seriously such a sweet, happy baby!
-got his first cold, which stressed mommy + daddy out to the max because his appetite was super low. he wasn't eating like normal and we were so worried he wasn't getting what he needed and would lose weight. once his cold was over, he was back to eating normally (and a lot! 5-6 oz for most feedings-yay!)
-sleeps 11 hours! 730pm-7am, sometimes will wake around 6am and talk to himself :)
-eyes are blue on the outsides and have a little brown on the insides!
-celebrated his first Easter and St. Patrick's Day!
-we didn't have a monthly pedi apt this month, so I'm not sure of his height and weight but I might stop in today to check it out because I like knowing!

some favorites from this month:

 -disney music (I play it on my iPhone radio)
-smiling back at anyone talking to him
-looking at himself in the mirror
-stuffing his hands and fingers in his mouth
-his musical toys & bunny stuffed animal
-reading books
-his car seat toy 
-to practice standing!
-being swaddled for naps and bedtime

-being overly tired
-getting stuck in traffic ;)
-it's hard to really tell what is on his "not" list, he doesn't fuss very often!

This month was a pretty big one in terms of Cam's little personality developing and learning new things! His personality is definitely starting to come out...he makes us laugh and smile SO much. Billy told me to include how much he loves me, so I guess I kind of have to, right? :) He is always watching me, responding to me, wanting to be by me, and of course I eat it up. Love love love the strong bond that we have. When new people meet him or we're out, people always comment about how he looks at me and it is the best feeling in the world.

As I mentioned above, this month also had a pretty rough patch as he got his first cold and his breathing got louder during this time. I honestly hardly slept for some of those nights..it was so stressful. But now that its gone we've actually noticed his breathing has sounded much more quiet at times, so that's good. We're so thankful for how well he sleeps and recently I dropped my middle of the night pump so I'm now...dun dun dun...getting a FULL nights sleep, even though I still set my alarm to wake up and check on him. :)

One thing I did notice this month was that just because I feel like things have been so much better (everyday gets better and better with him!), doesn't necessarily mean it gets easier. In some ways certain things have gotten much easier because my parenting has gotten better, but I do feel that some things get harder because there is so much more to worry about. I read this post the other day and it pretty much took the exact words right out of my mouth (go read it!)

Above all else, the amount of joy this boy gives me and the pride I feel that I get to be his mom is unlike anything I've ever experienced. We love you so much Cam. So much.


Miracle Night Cream (+$100 Gift Card)

If a product tells me it'll help hide my wrinkles and make me look younger, who am I not to try it? It's like they know I have a newborn and am a little sleep deprived on occasion, or something.

You guys are aware by now how much I love trying out face creams and beauty products. But this one... this one is a winner that's going to stay in my nightly routine for months to come. Garnier's Ultra-Lift® Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Night Cream is by far the best out there. I wanted something that was light for the spring/summer and that made me look more awake and fresh in the morning.

I've been using it after I wash my face at night before bed and love it for a couple of reasons. First, the smell. It's infused with lavender essential oil and rare plant extracts, which make it so calming. Second, it's hydrating enough to last throughout the night and it fights wrinkles and signs of fatigue while I sleep. I wake up and my skin isn't dry or tired looking... it actually feels really smooth and soft. 

Here are some results from a survey taken by people who've used Garnier's Ultra-Lift® Miracle Sleeping Cream:

  • 1st Morning: 96% said skin felt softer. 85% said skin looks rested
  • In 4 weeks: Wrinkles are visibly reduced. 81% said skin felt firmer and looked revitalized. 88% said skin felt smoother.

Another thing I like about it is that you get a lot for the price. It's inexpensive (I got it on sale at Target for around $15) and you only need to use a small pea sized amount every time. If you want an eye cream to go with the night cream, Garnier has one of those too that you get for $16.99. It depuffs bags and reduces dark circles!

Next time you're in your favorite drugstore, make sure you add Garnier's Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream to your cart and thank me later. :)

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Camden's First Easter


Easter was so much fun this year!

Sure, Camden may not be mobile yet or know what Easter means, but we do and having him here with us for his first holiday celebration was so special. I can only imagine how much fun it will be in the years to come.

We spent the morning making a big brunch and giving Rocky his Easter basket (couldn't leave him out) while Cam took his morning nap! We gave Cam his basket when he woke up and he is obsessed with this small bunny stuffed animal we got him. He kept snuggling with it not wanting to let it go...it was adorable. We spent the rest of the afternoon at my parents, which I had really been looking forward to for months, because it was the first time since Cam was born that he got to be around all his cousins (my step moms kids' kids-still following? :)) all together. Cam makes the 13th grand kid on this side of the family! All the kids are so sweet with him...we are so thankful that he has them to grow up with.

My parents gave Camden the cutest Easter basket filled with a swimsuit and rash guard, an Easter book, a bib, and a big rattle/stuffed animal whale! All of it was so cute. Can't wait to see him in a little swimmy suit this summer!

Once it was all said and done, we were seriously so exhausted, ha! First holiday in the books with baby: check! We also had a party on Saturday night for my girlfriend's baby boy, so Cam had a pretty big weekend in terms of being out and about, but he did great (other than sobbing during the cousins group picture up there) This weekend we are heading to Cleveland for another Easter celebration with Billy's fam, too. Hope everyone had a great holiday!