January 11, 2018
INSPIRATION

crystal pier sunset

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When everyone in your house is taking turns getting sick, all you want to do is escape for a little fresh air! We’re now going on week 3 of illness here… Not fun, but it does make me realize how happy and sweet my toddler is when she’s not feeling miserable. Poor thing. Bryn’s had a rough few days and I’d do anything to switch places with her. Looking forward to getting back to our little life, free of the flu. Please send any healthy vibes if you got ’em ;) Happy weekend!

January 8, 2018
BEBE

holiday card outtakes 2017

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Don’t let this sweet little smile fool you, girlfriend is a WILD child these days! I took Bryn to our favorite spot, Windansea Beach, thinking we’d do just a few test shots, but when we got home, I totally fell in love with the first two photos and sent them out as is! Ryan snuck in a few pics of baby girl and I  (which makes me so happy because I’m usually the one behind the camera), and of course we had to smile for a quick selfie before wrapping things up ;)

Here are our holiday cards from 2016 and 2015 – I can’t believe how much B has grown over the last 2 years!

December 14, 2017
WANDERLUST

newbury street

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Wandering around Newbury Street was my ideal dream day of shopping and people watching growing up – still is!I remember exactly how I felt the first time I took the train into Boston by myself. I knew I wanted to live in a city one day. It’s funny how I ended up back in the burbs, except on the other side of the country, but I always make an effort to squeeze in some Newbury time whenever I visit family in Boston. Here are a few shots from my last trip in August 2017.

December 12, 2017
BEBE

reese + rella

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Remember that beautiful mama from last week? Well, here are her TWO gorgeous girls, 3.5 year old Rella (left) and newborn baby, Reese Mae.

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Maybe it’s because I have a sister, or maybe it’s because I have a daughter and possibly another on the way, but I just could not wait to capture these precious moments between the two girls, getting to know each other for the first time. How sweet are they together?! Rella seems to be a natural and I know Reese will look up to her forever. I love the closeness they share already, knowing that bond will only get stronger as they grow. Built-in best friends <3

December 7, 2017
BEBE WANDERLUST

cape cod

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A few shots from our family trip back east this past August. I spent every summer here growing up and some things just never change. Parts of the cape feel exactly as they did 25 years ago, especially Marc Anthony’s, the little pizza place down the street from our cottage. I love taking Bryn here and hope to keep the tradition even though I know adding another little one to the mix may complicate travel plans. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, we’ll just have to make it work!

December 4, 2017
BEBE BUNGALOW MAMA

chill mama : lindsey hannan

The Chill Mama is an interview series featuring bold and beautiful mothers. Each month, I reach out to an amazing woman who loves her babies fiercely but also believes in the power of self care. I’m always interested in hearing her unique story and how she keeps her cool on a daily basis – because in all honesty, I need all the inspiration I can get ;)

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lindsey hannan : chill mama maternity

Lindsey Hannan, 33

Registered Nurse, Carlsbad, CA

Mama to Rella, 3.5 years old and Reese, 3 months old

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What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up when Reese starts stirring. Drink some coffee that my wonderful husband, Kyle, brought up for me. I head downstairs with Reese once she’s awake. I feed her on the couch and wait for Rella to wake up, or Rella and Kyle are already bopping around the house when we get downstairs. Kyle heads off to work. We have breakfast and get ready for the day. We try to head out for some adventures by 10am. Our favorites are, Moonlight or Alga Norte Park, the zoo, the wild animal park, Lofty Coffee, walks by the beach and gymnastics on Tuesday. Reese loved the aquarium the other day, so we renewed our pass. We head home around lunch time. Reese usually takes a long nap in the afternoon, so I get some one on one time with Rella (lots of playing My Little Pony these days). Rella rarely naps anymore, but when all the stars align, she might actually fall asleep at the same time as Reese. That’s a good day. Kyle gets home around 6pm. We have dinner. Bath, books and bed…all drawn out over an absurd amount of time. One of us does baths and the other one cleans up the house. Once all the kiddos are sleeping, Kyle and I hang out and watch TV and usually head to bed pretty soon after.

Throw in a lot of Target and Starbucks, and that’s what a typical day looks like for us.

What does a dream day look like for you? Think unlimited time and $$$!

A spa day! Specifically at the Omni La Costa Resort since I drive by it on my way home just about everyday and dream about relaxing. Massage, mimosa, pool, sunshine…

How do you chill?

An uninterrupted shower. Cleaning with headphones in. An occasional mani/pedi. I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym when my littlest little turns 6 months.

What inspires you?

Future travels with my family when the kiddos get bigger. Also, dreaming of stuff we plan to do to the house.

Describe your labor + delivery experience in a nutshell (if that’s even possible).

I was in labor with Rella for three days. During that labor, I was convinced that Rella was going to be an only child… Reese was a smooth induction three and half years later :) I was instantly in love both times.

What would you say to your pre-mama self?

Don’t be to hard on yourself if breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned. #fedisbest

Besides your lovies, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Material thing? Red Cherry Chapstick

If you could hop on the next flight, where would you go? With or without the littles?

Hawaii with the littles. Dublin to visit my bro and husband without the littles.

What are you listening to these days?

Christmas music. Other than that, Alabama Shakes, Bruce Springsteen, RJD2 and Counting Crows on Pandora currently. Rap when I’m cleaning or working out. Ask me in a month and it will all be totally different. I will literally listen to just about anything.

What is the last book you read?

Green Eggs and Ham. (I hope to read a grown up book again one day).

And the last thing you ate?

A Taco

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Dogs or cats?

Dogs

If you could leave us with one bit of #momlife advice, what would it be?

Shower. At night.

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My dear friend, Lindsey. I’ve been lucky enough to know you these last 15 years and watch you grow into the beautiful, strong, loving mama you are today. You inspire me always and remind me to be real when it comes to motherhood. I feel so lucky to have had you show me the ropes when when Bryn was born and now I can run to you with even more questions about how to survive TWO littles. I love how we’re on the same page with night-time showers (huge time saver + basic necessity at the end of the day) and of course, we both believe that #fedisbest. Thank you for all the support (and letting me follow you around with my camera)!

***Lindsey has obviously had her second baby since this session ;) More photos of Baby Reese and Big Sister Rella to follow! In the meantime, check out other inspiring mamas on the blog.