Who Runs the World (Girls)

Feel free to put a little Beyonce on while I spill the latest baby beans on Sara (due in July) and Kacie (due in August). They’re both having BABY GIRLS!!! Cue the pink confetti!!!

Do you know what this means? It means if I have a little boy one day, that gives me double the chances of having him marry mini-Sara or mini-Kacie and inheriting one of these awesome ladies as family 🙂 And if I have a little girl one day, she’s already promised to Baby Connor, so my future child is all set. That’s right buddy, I’m talking to you…

Oh, wait, this isn’t about me? OK, I digress.

With two precious baby girls on the horizon, I couldn’t help but do a little Etsy surfing for the little princesses. Here are my top 5 must haves, of course ignoring all practical items you need when having a baby and totally going for the awwwwww factor.

This hat is just ridiculous, but why not, right?? Buy it here. 

Holy tiny sweet little shoesys! Buy them here.

Cool girls have a sense of humor. Buy this onesie here.

Dads avert your eyes. Tutus are inevitable. Buy this dress here.

I can’t get enough of frilly little headbands, just keep it tasteful Mamas. The flower should be larger than a quarter but smaller than their entire head (crochet hats are an exception to the rule). Buy this sweet one here.

Baby Showers are on the horizon. More to come (as long as these ladies keep giving me permission to post their personal life for you to read about!)

Little Big Moments Take 25

There’s something truly magical about watching a friend transition into Motherhood. About looking at her baby and thinking, “holy cow, you MADE that.” The girl I used to trampse around the city with and do crazy things at random college parties is now this full on Mommy to the happiest, sweetest little boy. A testament to how well she has embraced this new calling.

I’ve always known Christine was something awesome, but to see her parent with such ease and enthusiasm was really inspirational.

She plays the role of Superwoman very well, balancing a baby on her hip while she simultaneously unloads the dishwasher, heats up homemade soup in the crock pot and sings silly little songs that make the baby laugh. But she’s also honest enough to say, “It’s awesome, but I’m tired.” To talk about the real side of Mommyhood, the tough parts, but to know it’s all worth it when your motivation looks like this…

And there’s something so awesome about loving on your friend’s baby. Alex and I had the best time playing Aunties for the weekend, and my heart has just expanded to make room for this sweet little man.

The friendships, the laughter, the conversations, the love…it’s all still there. It just looks a little different now. And the ‘different’ is good. So, so good.

For example, this is us hitting up the newest “It” spot. No cover charge…

And we’re still into kissing boys…

Of course we make sure we hit the gym after a girls night out…

And coffee chats are still the best way to catch up on each other’s lives…

There is one thing that’s very different though…

Instead of calling “Shotgun”, now we call “Backseat!” And it’s easy to see why…

Bear Necessities

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This girl is so necessary in my life. I think everyone needs that one girlfriend who when you say, “I’m jumping off a bridge naked tomorrow,” her reply is, “Ok. What time should I be there, and how are you wearing your hair?” Spending Friday night together just reminded me of how lucky I am.

I actually feel rather blessed to have several girls like Alex in my life. The kind that no matter how many miles you put in between yourselves, or how many days/weeks/months you go without touching base, you just KNOW if you ever needed them they’d be there in a flash. They’ll support you and cheer for you and make you feel a little less crazy during the times when you don’t know your left from your right.

It’s not always easy to do when things kicks into high gear, but we need to take time out to foster these relationships. Send an email, text, make a phone call to let these friends know they are appreciated. Because let’s be honest, in the marathon of life, it’s the people on the sidelines cheering us on that help us power through the next mile. Bear necessities.