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Looking Back on 2017 | My Best Year Ever

Happy almost 2018! I am so excited to be spending it at home this year for the first time in years. Jake and I are cozy cozy cozy at home with our boy, and it feels really calming.

This year has been so beautiful, so tiring, so euphoric, so challenging. Everything in my life dramatically changed over the last 12 months, and yet I feel more at home with myself than ever before.

In becoming a mother, I have more perspective, more empathy, and more patience. I am more efficient with my work. I am able to make choices with a clearer mind. I give my time to the people and things that are most important to me. I accept help and I am more open to change.

I am also tired. And usually worried. Because let’s be honest, moms are always worried about their babies. It comes with the job.

Somehow in the midst of the exhaustion, I birthed another baby: Summer Fridays. Marianna Hewitt and I created a line of clean face masks, set to officially launch early next year. Women’s Wear Daily announced it earlier this month, and we are so proud to bring this to the world (for YOU!) to indulge in.

I’m not exactly sure how I balanced that with a newborn baby. Actually, I’m positive I didn’t balance it at all. I nursed during conference calls. I pumped in bathrooms and boardrooms and on flights. I cried when I left Evan for a day. I also cried when I missed a meeting because of Evan. Sometimes I felt like I failed at work. And sometimes I felt like I failed at motherhood. Because we can’t really do it all, but we can do it all imperfectly. With an army of help (and a glass of wine), anything is possible, and I am infinitely grateful for my family and our sitters who kept me sane while spoiling my boy with love. Also, my husband is a rockstar dad who supports me in everything I do.  He continues to be so much better than any expectations I ever had.

2017 was really beautiful. Thank you for experiencing it with me. Truly, I cannot tell you how much YOU have guided me in this journey. To hear your supportive comments on Instagram, to read your personal messages about your own triumphs (and struggles) of new motherhood, to see how so many of you have told me how inspired you feel to go after a career and a family you love… it has inspired ME so much, and I am grateful.

Here’s a look at my favorite moments of 2017…

PREPPING FOR BABY | NESTING WITH JAKE

pregnancy, maternity, nine months pregnant, maternity style, pregnancy fashion, pregnancy hacks, maternity secrets, pregnancy DIY, pregnancy inspiration, mama-to-be, Lauren Gores Ireland

Dear baby, you have always been a part of me. Part of my hopes, my dreams, my plans. Part of every journal I’ve kept, every discussion I’ve had with God, every glance I’ve shared with your father.

BABYMOON BLISS | TRIP TO MAUI

But this trip, we watched sunsets with our hands on my belly, feeling every kick. We kayaked (literally!) alongside families of turtles. And we blissfully dreamed of the day we’d bring our baby back.

THE CURVES OF CREATING LIFE | MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT

My body has stretched, and grown, and evolved in ways I didn’t know were possible. I have the curves of creating life.

CELEBRATING THE MAMA-TO-BE | MY BABY SHOWER

baby shower, maternity style, maternity dress, pregnancy style, pregnancy fashion, pregnancy, pregnant, lace dress, dress, baby shower style, lauren gores ireland pregnancy, pregnancy photography

WELCOME TO THE WORLD | MEET EVAN GREY 

Meeting him marked the most life-changing moment, and yet, it felt like nothing had changed at all — like he had always been here with us. The minutes after his arrival were calming, as though he was telling us… ‘I’m home.’

FIRST WEEKS OF MOTHERHOOD | BLISS AND BREAKDOWNS

Motherhood is every feeling. It is blissful, and beautiful, and hard, and terrifying. But mostly, it is love.

first weeks at home | baby | birth story | it's a boy | newborn | infant | motherhood | birth story | happy baby | healthy baby

SUMMERTIME FIRSTS | MALIBU & MICHIGAN

4th of July, Fourth of July party, holiday party, Independence Day, 4th of July Festivities, Lauren Gores Ireland

black one piece, one piece swim suit, one piece bathing suit, trendy one pieces, Lauren Gores Ireland

…And there I was, with this beautiful boy listening to the water that raised me. I felt infinitely grateful.

Michigan travel diary, Pure Michigan, Lake Michigan, Holland, summer break, summer vacation, summer sunset, paddle boarding, lake life, travel, Lauren Gores Ireland

STROLLERS & STILETTOS | NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Lauren Gores Ireland motherhood | Fashion, style, street style, fall fashion, late summer fashion, New York City, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, runway shows, new york fashion week diary, New York Fashion Week Outfits, Lauren Gores Ireland

MY MILESTONE | TURNING 30 

I know the joy of life is found settled into quiet moments that I’ll easily miss if I’m not present —  morning coffee with my husband, quiet stroller walks with my boy, and little victories in my career no one will really celebrate but me.

SUMMER FRIDAYS WITH MARIANNA HEWITT (featured in WWD!)

MERRY MERRY | BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS

MERRY 2017… AND HAPPY 2018! xxxx

 

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