How To Leave The House With A New Baby And A Toddler

Hi friends! Today’s topic has been a much requested one since we’ve been home with our newborn baby – we’ve gone out several times a week (even up to once a day) since she was 2 days old! Whether it was a short trip to the park or a big trip to Disneyland, we’ve made an attempt to be active and it’s been so worth it.

Getting out of the house with multiple little ones on is a challenge, but here’s why it’s important to us. It builds confidence, creates a healthy challenge of working together with your spouse to problem solve and communicate efficiently, and lets your older kid(s) see that you have not “forgotten them” just because a new sibling is in the mix – which was super important to us to do for izzy. Continue reading

Aspen Joy: Our Baby’s Birth Story

father holding new baby in hospital fresh 48 photos

Our newest member to the family + our second baby girl Aspen Joy Allegri was born on May 8th 2019 at 10:40am! She weighed 8 lbs 11 oz, and measured 22″ tall. She came out with a head full of hair, and a loud set of pipes! After a long 41 weeks and an eventful day leading up to her birth, we were so excited to finally finally meet our newest daughter and to introduce Izzy to her baby sister.

John and I are thrilled to be second time parents, that our first baby girl is going to grow up with a sister, and to experience the joy that little Aspen has been bringing into our family even before she was born.

In this post I would love to share the story of how she made her entrance into the world, as well as reveal the most beautifully captured imagery of her first few hours taken by Chanel Lynn Photography. She did my maternity photos and is also doing our in-home newborn session next week! Continue reading

Things To Get Done Before Baby Comes That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

things to get done before baby comesPreparing for your new baby takes a lot of work. Of course there’s washing all the newborn clothes, getting bottles ready, and getting out your baby gear! But from my experience, there are some things that – once I got home from the hospital – I thought, “dang I wish I would’ve done that before we left!”

Our second time around, I am making sure I do things that my future mom-of-two self will thank me for! That way I won’t have to worry about chores or prepping or cleaning once we are back home with a tiny newborn. Doing the following will totally help get rid of the stress of bringing your newborn home, will allow you time to just relax, and take care of you + your baby without fussing over your “should’ve done that” list: Continue reading

Family photos in San Clemente with of dust and light photography

It’s hard to believe that this month our little Elizabeth June turns 19 months old! How has it already been a year and a half of sweet love from our sweet girl?  Watching your tiny baby grow into a toddler is definitely a bittersweet experience. Last year, Izzy started off 2018 as a 6 month old nursing baby…and by the time December came around, she was weaned and walking and talking and had actual hair I could clip back. In case you missed it, I shared a milestone post last week about all the things she can do and say now – click here to check it out ❤

Time flies when you’re a parent – that’s why it’s so important and special for us to have family photos taken 1-2 times a year to document all the amazing milestones we reach together! My dear friend Monika from Of Dust And Light captured these images of us back in November. They were my first “bump” photos, and the last photos we will have done as a family before baby #2 arrives in Spring. Continue reading

Celebrating Izzy At 1.5 Years Old


I journaled nearly everything all throughout my pregnancy, and then from birth to age 1. I wanted to memorize every single experience and detail about my first baby’s little life. But once toddlerhood came around after her first birthday, it became harder to find time to write all the things down that she learned, said, and did throughout the day. She has always been a super active kiddo, and I’ve hardly had a chance to breathe let alone document all the sweet, smart, and funny things she’s done these last few months.

This post is celebrating all the things she has accomplished so far, what she can do and say, and her likes/dislikes at 1.5 years old 🙂 This is such a fun (and exhausting and crazy) age and I am so excited to see how much she will love being a big sister once baby #2 comes. Continue reading