how your life changes with kids! (& a sonnet james giveaway of the entire collection!) *CLOSED*

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someone once said to me that they didn’t want to have have kids anytime soon because then they’d be missing out on life. i remember walking away from the conversation all sorts of confused.  what one thinks is a life worth living will of course always differ from the next, respectfully. it’s understandable. we all want, need or value different things out of life. but also, i was probably the wrong person to share that statement with, as an already mother to three little ones at home. in response, i couldn’t do more than shrug my shoulders and be like, “…sorry, what?”

because here’s the thing. yes. of course. i’m overly exhausted, my boobs sag towards a much softer tummy that my kids love to lovingly poke and we often order in rather than go out these days because sleep (or attempting it) seems to take priority over having a social life. there’s a lot of getting up and shifting beds during the night because of a nightmare, “a glass of ice water, please,” or just because a tiny someone is in need of another someone to lay by them. i look around our small and messy apartment at least seven times a day and think, didn’t i just clean this?! and then try my best to not be annoyed when i can’t get daniel the tiger songs out of my head. regardless of how many times you swear they’ve picked them all up, you’ll step on a toy in the dark hours of the morning or find that someone took the ginormous parmesan reggiano block of cheese out of the fridge to snack on and days later, no one has yet been able to find it in the apartment (true story this week. we are still looking for it). parenthood, motherhood…. it’s not all glamourous.

but still, when someone says having kids means they’d be missing out on life, i’m the wrong person to relate to. because i thought life was pretty great before i held my first baby in my arms for the very first time a little over six years ago. and now, with three of my very biggest blessings in life sound asleep in the other room, i have to tell you, amidst the chaos and messes and nights of little sleep, there are tiny hands reaching up to hold mine throughout the day. there is the sweetest laughter and the most curious and earnest of questions asked. the spontaneous hugs with tiny pat pats given around my neck or the moment i overhear one tell the others how much they love mama’s soft and warm tummy. when you see them stand up for each other at the playground or cheer one another on. and their faces when they do so! when they see problems in the world through their innocent and untainted eyes and say, “but why?” followed up with, “we need to fix that. i’m gonna fix that.” and your heart bursts because you know they have the potential to do just that. that someday, they very well could fix that.  the moment you watch them learn something new or successfully accomplish a difficult task they had been working towards for months. and then as they drift off to sleep at night, while you lay beside them stroking their hair or scratching their back enjoying a moment of calm, hear them whisper, “mama, i love you.”

tell me, what is this life i’m missing out on somewhere else? what could ever compare to this?

for me, i am living my full life. it’s better than anything i could have ever dreamed up for myself. being a mother, it’s been the most joyous and fulfilling years of my life so far. this chapter right now is the one i’d live over and over again if given the chance. and the one i feel most thankful to be experiencing. the lessons learned, the growth accomplished, the mistakes and successes and happy and sad tears combined, have been well worth it so far. i started living the day i became a mama and i wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

today is a very special day, because i get to share with all of you some special photos that josh took of me and the little ones over the last week while i was wearing a few of my favorite pieces from the new sonnet james summer collection which just launched today! you might remember when whitney from sonnet james launched her very first spring collection a few years ago and asked me to play model in all the pretty dresses with eleanor and baby samson back in the day! we connected immediantly  because i was so drawn to her philosophy of why she wanted to create playful dresses for playful moms. to help encourage and remind all of us with a little one in our midst to take grasp of this incredible chapter of life. to get down on the ground right along side our kids, in the dirt, in the water, in the sticky messy days that is life with little ones and be present. i am so honored to be wearing and featuring yet another incredible collection of hers this summer and feel all the friend pride as i see her continued success that i know she has worked her butt off to achieve.

you can see all the summer dresses (and playsuits!) right here, and also enter to win the entire collection (that is 21 dresses and 2 playsuits!) in your size below! details at the end of this post.

and now, some photos of me and my babies (i know they aren’t babies anymore but no one will ever be able to stop me calling them that. it’s just not going to happen.) but anyway, some photos of me and my babies in our favorite city wearing some of my favorite pieces from sonnet james’ newest collection….

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i am wearing the ava in green stripe, the playsuit in floral, the yellow dress called may, and the flora in green.

to enter to win the entire summer collection, please visit sonnet james and leave a comment below telling us which dress or playsuit is your favorite! the lucky winner will receive all 21 dresses in the collection as well as 2 playsuits in the size of their choice.  the winner will be drawn at random and emailed directly 5/8. you may also enter to win on instagram as well as right here!

thank you to sonnet james for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

  1. Carrie F

    The playsuit please!❤️

  2. Kathleen DeSouza

    WOW This collection is incredible. The polkadot play suit looks like something I could LIVE IN. I love your outlook durning this journey of mother hood! I am turning 29 and have three kids, my husband and I are talking about number four. Sure my 20s were consummed by motherhood but what could be greater than this.

  3. Carly Crosland

    I feel so torn… the FLORA in green has my name all over it, but I also LOVE the MAY in yellow. So happy and fun. Love, love, love.

  4. Andrea Marty

    Scout tie dye. Hands down!!

  5. Jessica Cochran

    Oh my!! hard to choose just one style! i love all of them. though i’m most interested in the playsuits and the noa dress.

  6. Livy

    This is such a great post about motherhood! My sentiments precisely! I love the Noa in either navy or cream, although the entire collection is truly fabulous!!

  7. Teddi Maynes

    The Brielle in Floral is 😍😍😍 I can’t even describe how beautiful her collection is.

  8. Alexandria

    isla dress in tulip.
    i love the new collection to pieces! so glad they are branching out into play suits.
    all the pictures are so lovely. i particularly like the one where you are backlit with the sun through your hair.
    lovely lovely lovely.

  9. jennifer

    The poppy dot!

  10. Joc

    FLORA – GREEN! Great cuts on all of them.

  11. Aidimar Valentin

    Love them all!!!

  12. Erica

    I need all these dresses in my life.

  13. Erica

    If I won I would seriously split them with my three sisters. It would make me and them so happy ❤️

  14. Erica

    Also the playsuites are of my dreams!

  15. Erica

    Crossing my fingers

  16. Erica

    Andboraying my heart out 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  17. Erica

    *praying

  18. Kathryn

    Love the ava in green stripe!

  19. Sarah

    The ISLA in Floral!! -Mom of 2

  20. Ann

    Love the ava in green stripe. X

  21. Marjo Riihela

    I love the flora playsuit! amazingly fun and inspiring pictures and post!

  22. Signe W

    I love the floral playsuit, but the dot one is a close contender.

    And OMG baby E and baby Samson, from your first collab with Sonnet James: So freaking cute!

    I’ve been following along in your life since before you were pregnant with E, and even though I’ve never actually met you guys, I still feel so invested in your childrens’ lives. Lots of love to you and yours <3

  23. caroline m

    Love the yellow dress

  24. Laura Brown

    I love the Ava dress in all the colors. It just looks so fun and easy to wear!

  25. Mia Jones

    Definitely the floral play-suit!!!

  26. Caroline

    I love the scout!

  27. The floral play suit is a need!

  28. Rachel

    I love the Reese dress in red! Thank you for the chance to win! I’m expecting my first child this summer and these clothes would be so great to wear.

  29. Marika

    The Margot dress in black and white.

  30. Milly

    What a beautiful post! This is a nice giveaway for a mama who has not gone shopping for herself in over a year lol! I really like the floral play suit very pretty! Happy Mother’s Day love!

  31. Angel Funk

    I love the green dress with pockets!

  32. Siina

    I couldn’t decide my favourite between yellow may dress and floral isla dress. Truth to be told I loved every dress in summer collection!

  33. Amazing. That playsuit! I can’t even. Love love love.

  34. Linnea Taylor

    I love the Brielle Dot!

  35. Lou

    Oh, I think for everyday its a tie between the May in black and the Scout in black, but the prints throughout the collection are so fun that i might just mix up my wardrobe :)
    Or I’d start slowly and go for the Playsuit in Dot !

  36. Zana

    Love the Isla Dress. It’s a happy feeling dress and the fabric is light and soft . Perfect for spring days out with the family.

  37. Maria

    I adore the floral playsuit! My favorite!

  38. Kristi Norman

    I love the flora in green! Beautiful pictures, family is the best!

  39. Danielle

    I *love* the Noa dress!

  40. Shanelle Grieco

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I love the florals this season, so I will say the floral Isla or the floral play suit.

  41. Victoria Farnsworth

    I love the Poppy Floral dress!! Thanks so much for such an amazing giveaway! I love the meaning behind these dresses!

  42. Sadie

    The NOA dress in cream is stunning! Due with my first 4th of July, this would be such a fun treat to start off motherhood :)

  43. Michelle

    This collection is the best!!!!

  44. Becca

    I love all the dresses and the playsuit. I can’t pick one that’s my favorite! This is such a beautiful and easy collection. Love this for summers chasing my boys around the park!

  45. SDoc

    The Scout in black, but they are all gorgeous!

  46. Courtney

    Fingers crossed for this one! I seriously can’t imagine a more perfect spring gift.

  47. Andria

    I simply love the Dot playsuit. Your collection is wonderful!

  48. Whitney

    The Ava in white/green is my favorite.

  49. Lily

    I love the Ava in all of the colors (why must decisions be so hard?!) and I would wear the Tea in both blue & black or Poppy in both prints everyday to work…love the idea of comfort + stylish + flexible in how/where you wear the items. Congrats on an amazing collection!!

  50. Kristy hurwitz

    MAY IN YELLOW

  51. Allison

    I love the Ava in green stripe! I always love stripes.

  52. Megan

    I love the black Flora dress!

  53. Katie

    The Noa Navy is just perfect! Love this giveaway :)

  54. Emily

    The green dress is my favorite!

  55. All the dresses are gorgeous but the playsuit is AMAZING!!!

  56. Nell

    AVA or May!

  57. Carolyn

    Noah dress!

    Also.. love following the adventures of you and the littles… they definitely make life worth living!

  58. Meredith

    That floral playsuit Ah!

  59. Alli

    The Isla dress in floral is abolutely beautiful!! This entire collection is so fabulous

  60. Alisa C Bailey

    I love so many of them! I really love the flora in green.

  61. Gloria

    DEFINITELY the playsuit!

  62. Anna Florian

    The Isla dress in tulip is to die for!

  63. Denae

    Noa dress in Navy, but many others I love too.

    Thank you for standing up for motherhood in such an inspiring, sincere post.

  64. Sophie

    i would so love to win this!! My favorite is the May in yellow, although it is a very though choice! – Sophie

  65. Lisa

    The Isla in Floral is a dream!!! I can wear at home, playground and work!

  66. dalia

    i would love the flora in green. that color is beautiful!

  67. Marie

    FLORRAALLL ISLAAA!!!! all the heart eyes!!