March has been an absolute whirlwind of a month. I'm still a little surprised to find myself at the very end of March, looking into April. Didn't March just start?
It's often odd to me that the months I feel go by really fast are often months that weren't exactly bad, but weren't good either. March was a bit of a rough month for us, thanks to a general lack of sleep and a major change to our routine.
Things I Learned
My favorite part about being a parent is when Forrest grows and learns new things. My least favorite part is the turmoil that those changes create sometimes. ⠀ •⠀ We had to update Forrest's crib to a toddler bed over the weekend. A step I wasn't fully prepared to take on, but considering Forrest climbed out of his crib, it was time. The past few days have been a learning experience when it comes to helping him better adjust to his new bed. It's meant a little less sleep than usual for me, for sure. ⠀ •⠀ But it's also so much fun to see Forrest love his bed and do well sleeping in it (and not waking me up at 3am). ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #fashionblog #styleblogger #fblogger #instablogger #lifestyleblogger #instablog #bblogger #fiercesociety #bloggerlife #instamakeup #beautyproducts #bbloggers #thebloggershub #livethelittlethings #theeverygirl #darlingmovement #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #petitejoys
I learned to not take advantage of good luck.
Forrest switched to a "big boy bed" at the very tail end of February. For the first week, he did really great... I thought things would be fine. However, he started really struggling to both go to sleep and stay asleep, two issues that we've never had with him. He's also started waking up at 3 or 4am and playing for hours, without making noise, until we wake up at 5 or 5:30 and see that he's out of bed! (Thankfully, he can't get out of his room.)
This isn't something I would typically write a post about, but wow, it's been rough. You think that once you get through the newborn sleep problems and eventually talk yourself into sleep training that things will be fine. Forrest has been sleeping 12 hours a night straight, without fail, since he was 9 months old. Since then, we've never struggled with his sleep, so we've been a bit spoiled. I've been massively sleep-deprived the last few weeks, more than I have been in a while, and as a result, my tension headaches and migraines have been absolute killers.
I'm hoping we're through the worst of it and have a good routine figured out. Otherwise, I'm going to just need a constant drip of coffee going.
Things I Loved
Yesterday was Danny's birthday and, even better, I spotted my first bloomed daffodils. 🌾 Daffodils are my favorite flower and seeing them is always my sign that spring is coming and summer is not far behind. While they aren't my favorite seasons, I do look forward to a break from the rain and cold. ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #momlife #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #momswithcameras #motherhoodthroughinstagram #uniteinmotherhood #boymom #sahm #momsofinstagram #momblogger #ontheblog #motherhoodrising #mompreneur ⠀ #pursuepretty #creativepreneur #momblogger #acolorstory #livethelittlethings #theeverygirl #darlingmovement #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #petitejoys #thebloggershub
Daffodils. IT'S HERE! Spring has arrived! Sort of. I took this photo halfway through the month. Last Friday, it snowed the entire day and through the night. On the first day of Danny's spring break! The daffodils that had bloomed are unfortunately now frozen, but at least I got a photo.
Danny's birthday. Danny turned 29 on March 14; I've been 29 since October, so it was nice of him to catch up! He had a fun birthday (well, as fun as it can be when you're an adult working) and I treated him to a few new clothes, a new movie, and a cake.
Do you use sulfate free shampoo? Have you noticed any benefits? I've been dealing with an itchy scalp for a few months now and I finally decided to bite the bullet and try going sulfate free. I picked out this shampoo from @kristen_ess and I'm hoping to see some results (or at least be somewhat less itchy). I'm curious to hear if anyone has had success with going sulfate free!⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #fashionblog #styleblogger #fblogger #instablogger #lifestyleblogger #instablog #bblogger #fiercesociety #bloggerlife #instamakeup #beautyproducts #bbloggers #thebloggershub #livethelittlethings #theeverygirl #darlingmovement #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #petitejoys
Sulfate-free shampoo. I've been really struggling with an itchy scalp for a few months. I've tried a few things that work for a little while and then stop. Finally, I bit the bullet and invested (literally, this was $10 shampoo!) in some sulfate-free shampoo. Alongside using pure tea tree oil (diluted, of course), I've already noticed an improvement in my scalp. I'll write more on this later!
My Favorite Content
It's been 9 years since I started blogging. I started my first blog, Locked Out, in April 2009. Seriously. April 2009. I was 20 years old, a sophomore in college, and I had fallen in love with fashion blogs. It took off from there. I genuinely can't believe it's been 9 years of blogging: I remember when I first started my Instagram account (July 2011, 7 years ago!), when I first went viral (an experience I never want to relive), and everything else along the way. ⠀ •⠀ People always ask me what I've learned from blogging. The answer is so big! It's been a huge part of my life for a long time and it's hard to quantify down to just a few words. But I guess the biggest lesson is this: don't get comfortable; and do it because you enjoy it. I love blogging the way I do it: regimented, but with no expectations. It's just fun. It's not my career, that's for sure, but it helped to guide me towards what I want to do for a living. ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #momlife #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #momswithcameras #motherhoodthroughinstagram #uniteinmotherhood #boymom #sahm #momsofinstagram #momblogger #ontheblog #motherhoodrising #mompreneur ⠀ #pursuepretty #creativepreneur #momblogger #acolorstory #livethelittlethings #theeverygirl #darlingmovement #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #petitejoys #thebloggershub
The best gift in the world is learning that no one, and I mean NO ONE, knows what they are doing at any point in time. Whether you become a mom at 16 or 36, there is no manual. Whether you go to college or work, there is no roadmap to where you need to be.— michelle 👩🏻💻🎄 (@michellelocke_) March 19, 2018
Thanks for reading! Tell me: how was your March?