Laura Leigh Bean

Illustration: Summer Sunshine

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I wish I had something creative to say about this girl, but the truth is that I have my second cold in less than a month, which is two times more colds than I've had in the past 3 years. Actually, zero times two is still zero, so that's inaccurate. But basically: I NEVER USED TO GET SICK. Enter Hudson and baby germs picked up from a tendency to put every single thing in his mouth, add my run down immune system from lack of sleep and: I'm screwed. 

So here I sit, sniffling and dreaming of summer sun. 

With 8.5 whole months of momming under my belt, I am wise enough to know that the summer of '17 likely does not hold a lot of oversized sun hats and beach jewelry for me. The reality will more likely be short trips down to the pool in between naps, picnics at the park, and lots of walks along the lake. 

Which, if I'm being honest, sounds perfect :)

Cheers, friends!  

Illustration: Morning Coffee

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On one hand, this girl COULD be a new mom, based on the way she's gripping a face-sized cup of coffee and the slightly dazed expression. 

On the other, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most new moms aren't wearing cute crop top pj's to bed. Or maybe I'm projecting? 

Cheers friends!

Illustration: Chicago City Collage

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Oh hey, March. Has it really been 4.5 months since I've posted an illustration? I remember a streak of posting a bunch of illustrations within just a month or two after Hudson was born because he slept ALL the time. Ah, the glory days.

Illustrations of women will always be my fave, but this one has been in the works for weeks and weeks now. A pizza olive here, a ferris wheel car there--sneaking in what I can during naptime after I've eaten/showered/checked in with work/cleaned up around the house. If you're wondering, that would be approximately 4-7 minutes per nap on a good day.

There's a lot more I'd like to do, but I thought it would be good for my psyche to actually finish and share an illustration. Sometimes you have to choose DONE over perfect.

We've been cozied up at home this winter and I have to admit I am feeling so excited to get back out into the city this spring and show Hudson all of the things I love about our hometown. Perhaps that's what inspired this little collage? 

Cheers, friends!