One Month Of Baby Phoenix

Let me introduce you to my beautiful baby boy Phoenix Palma! He is one month old today and I’m excited to finally share pictures of my sweet boy with you on the blog.

Being a new mom takes a lot of grace and love. For baby AND for yourself. My plan was to set up my blog posts before he arrived but he surprised us by coming a couple weeks before his due date. I never got a chance to document his nursery and still working on sharing his birth story. So stay tuned for those blog posts.

For now, let me share some really cute first month pics and share what it’s really like being a new mom…

1. Sleep deprivation is freakin’ HARD. I have never fallen asleep sitting up until the first week as a mom. Parents are not exaggerating when they say to get ready to be tired all the time. There’s really nothing that compares to this. I was very naive to think that because I’m a night owl I’d be perfectly able to CRUSH night feedings. Nope.

Night time comes and I suddenly feel anxious about how the night will go. And I pray for longer periods of sleep. After a month of this, I’m still really sleepy but somehow getting a slight hang of things.

2. All the feels, alll the time. I never understood why moms spoke of the postpartum period as a time they cried all the time. Weren’t they supposed to be happy to have their baby finally? Especially if you dealt with infertility like we did… how could you feel sad? Well, the first couple of weeks were emotionally really hard for me. I cried over being thankful. I cried over being sad. I cried when baby cried. I just felt every single emotions.

I realized my hormones were getting back to their pre-pregnancy and pre-fertility treatment levels. The best thing I did was to share how I was feeling with trusted loved ones. And not allow shame or guilt to get the best of me. I’m happy to say that I’m starting to feel like myself little by little.

3. I’m not only changing my sons diapers, I’m changing my own too. No one really prepares you for what your body will go through AFTER birth. Postpartum isn’t only about caring for a sweet new baby. It’s also about trying to take care of yourself. Depends and witch hazel wipes have been life savers. But taking time to care for your nether regions can be extra draining and time consuming. And I can’t imagine how tedious it can be for moms who have c-sections.

4. A love like you’ve never felt before. It’s crazy how your mama bear instincts turn on right away. Somehow you know how to carry, feed, and change diapers of your new baby. And you’re constantly worried and making sure they are doing well. I asked my friends that are parents if being a parent meant being worried all the time and they said, “Yup. Welcome to parenthood”. Life as we know it has changed. And we will always think of and worry for and want to help our baby. It’s the best / hardest thing in the world. And it feels like your heart could burst!

5. God is closer than I thought. I’ve prayed more than ever in these past four weeks. And God’s Spirit has enveloped us with his peace, grace, love, and strength. I’ve felt God so close to me. He’s used people to meet our physical needs by cooking for us or sending us food. He’s used people to bring words of encouragement and much needed hugs and love. He’s given me a strength that I didn’t think I had. He keeps teaching me to never underestimate myself because He’s already equipped me for this! I’m so thankful to have Jesus and his people surrounding me for this crazy/awesome journey of motherhood.

And now… some cute and funny facts about baby Phoenix:

He looks just like daddy. But has mommy’s personality. He is a great napper. And loves to lay on mommy and daddy’s chest to sleep. His poop looks like guac and sometimes like honey dijon mustard. He loves to listen to music and calms down when mommy sings. He is growing so fast! His cheeks are getting chubbier by the minute. His parents are in love with him, can’t stop staring and taking pics, and will endure sleepless nights to make sure he is well fed, loved, and nurtured.

Phoenix Palma, we love you bubs! This month has been nothing short of incredible. We are SO looking forward to seeing you grow up. Here’s to many more milestones together!

Desert Theme Baby Shower for Baby Phoenix

I’m FINALLY getting to posting pictures of my baby shower, which was a MONTH ago. WOW! Time flies. I’m officially in the “nesting” season but I wanted to be faithful in documenting this miracle’s life.

We decided to have a desert themed baby shower to pay homage to our baby’s name–Phoenix 😉

This day was definitely one I had been dreaming about for a long time.

Actually, I’ve always kinda hated how corny baby showers can be.

But once the desire to have a baby starting growing and then going through a season of infertility, a baby shower become symbolic of a dream becoming a reality.

So life was all about finding cacti for a few months. And I’m STILL subconsciously looking for succulents and cacti without realizing it lol.

We looked for things on amazon, warehouses, Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

We also used a lot of things we already owned and repurposed them.

The books used to add height to decor were library books that we wrapped up with packing paper.

My favorite piece of decor was the cactus we found at Hobby Lobby. It’s the cutest thing ever!

I am incredibly grateful for my family who helped pull this off and made this day extra special.

Special shout out to my sisters and a couple of my closest girlfriends who went the extra mile to celebrate this day!

I’m incredibly grateful for the friends and family in my life who have held me up, encouraged me, and given me so much love in this whole journey.

This baby is loved and cherished so much and that makes this mama beam with joy and pride.

The best part of the entire day was opening gifts with my hubby. He is the best daddy ever already. And I was overjoyed to be experiencing this moment with him. WE ARE GONNA BE PARENTS! HOLY MOLY!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this miracle literally in motion. And I hope this encourages you to see GOD’S faithfulness and to be hopeful in the waiting. And if anything, maybe you found some party decor inspo while you were here 😉

Some funny things that will make us NEVER forget this day:
1. I strolled into the baby shower late without notice, very casually, and so we re-enacted my entrance to be silly.
2. A few of my family members got a stomach bug right after the baby shower and were sick for a couple of days. Surprisingly, I do not get sick.
3. We had tacos for lunch at the baby shower. They were delicious and a major hit!

Kick-Start 2020 With Inspirational Mobile & Desktop Wallpapers

We all need a little inspiration and a little push to get started with our new goals and plans. These wallpapers are meant to help you remember that you CAN do all things through Him who gives you strength.

They’re simple little reminders in pretty, feminine colors, that are easy to look at. I know every time you see them you’ll be encouraged to take the next best step forward.

To download the wallpapers, long press or right click on the images below.

These wallpapers are for personal use only and copyright Styld by Grace. Any redistribution, commercial use, and sale of these wallpapers is strictly prohibited.

2020 Goal Setting With Your Word Of The Year

One of the best practices I’ve adopted over the past few years is choosing a word of the year. Essentially, it sets the tone of the upcoming year for me and helps me get laser focused on my goals.

But goal setting and follow through has always been difficult for me. Writing them down, taking time to think, and create a plan has been helpful. This year I decided to get very intentional about planning. I got a goal setting planner (which you can get at cultivatewhatmatter.com) and made goals that are realistic for this season of my life.

I’d love to share with you some of the goal setting strategies I’ve learned this year so you can also kick-butt in 2020. I created a downloadable goal setting planning sheet to make it super easy for you.

Download it, print it, and let’s walk through it together…

The crux of the goal setting planning sheet is your word of the year. It’ll help you choose one word to define your 2020 and help you set goals around that word. My word of the year for 2020 is AGAPE 💛

These images and free download are for personal use only and copyright Styld by Grace. Any redistribution, commercial use, and sale of these images and freebie is strictly prohibited.

2019 Christmas Wishlist

It’s not unusual for there to be a list waiting for my husband of the special things I’d like for Christmas. This year was a bit different. He had to ask me a few times for one. I guess I just felt content. I don’t feel like anything is missing. We are very fortunate to have everything we need. Anything else is extra and I’m super thankful for that.

But after his persuasion and to make shopping a lot easier (lol), I created a wishlist. Mostly filled with vinyl records to add to my collection and one hot ticket item. Many of these items can be bought on Amazon. So if you’re searching for last minute gifts, this wishlist will be helpful.

iPad and Apple Pencil
I’ve been wanting an iPad for a while so I can work save time when creating new hand lettered work. Also, if I’m on the go, it would be so helpful to have a “mini laptop” with me.

Mama Necklace
For all the moms out there, this is the cutest and most thoughtful gift. I’ve got my eyes on these two necklaces. The handwritten one is from Stella & Dot and the Disk Necklace is from Made by Mary.

Letterboard
I think I’m pretty late to the game with this one but I’d still love to have one for styled picture sessions or future photo sessions with baby Phoenix 😉 These are so popular that you can get them for a great deal on Amazon or you can support a small business by shopping for them at Letterfolk.

Makeup Brush Set
If you’re into makeup (or if you’re like me and just hate cleaning your brushes and need extras) then getting makeup brush sets during the holidays is the way to go. There are such great deals during this time of year. You can get these on the Sephora website (Gold Set and Black Set) and/or the Ulta website (Silver and Black Set & Purple Set).

Adidas Casual Sneakers
I’m loving the snakeskin trend right now and these sneakers are both comfortable and fashion forward. I love the neutral colors in these! I’ve seen them at Macy’s and Finish Line. There are other color options in this same style if snakeskin isn’t your thing.

Vinyls, vinyls, and more vinyls
I’m a music lover. I’ve been singing and performing since I can remember. And I just love all types of music. The best present you can give someone who loves music is either a record player or records for their record player. Every Christmas I add new vinyl to my wishlist. Here are some of the ones I have my eye on: Queen Greatest Hits, Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder, The Diary Of Alicia Keys, The Bodyguard Soundtrack (this one I will have to scavenger on the internet or at local record store), Jesus Is King by Kanye West, The Greatest Hits Spice Girls, Elvis’ Christmas Album, and Ultimate Sinatra.

Leather Jacket
This is a staple piece in my closet. I use it to add some edginess to my outfits or to dress up a casual dress. There are so many stores you can get an affordable faux leather jacket. The one pictured is from Topshop and is currently on sale at Nordstrom.

Hope you liked my wishlist! What’s on your wishlist this year? Any good sales you can share with me? 😉