Laura Leigh Bean

Illustration: Cold Shoulder

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I don’t know what it is, but ever since Hudson was born, I have become nearly obsessed with finding the time to create. I’ve written more and created more illustrations and design work than I have in years, and maybe ever.

Which is funny, because even though I’m “not working” right now, I am pretty sure I’m a.) working harder than I ever have in my life and b.) with far less free time than I did before. But maybe it’s something like... I just don’t want to waste any time anymore. 

I blinked, and Hudson turned 6 weeks old. How did that happen? I’ve never been more aware of the passage of time. It’s breathtaking, and scary. 

I only have one life, and I want my son to be proud of me. It’s scary to put yourself out there with something you’ve created — the fear of judgement, of saying, “I made this, and I think it’s good enough to put in front of you.” But there’s a growing part of me that thinks, every day, who cares? Isn’t it enough to do work that I’m proud of and makes me happy, and if it happens to make someone else happy too, all the better? Isn’t THAT what I want to teach my son? 

My hubby took the early morning feeding so I could sleep in today, but I just couldn’t turn my brain off. So I made a coffee, popped open my laptop in bed and started working on this girl and a slightly different style than my usual. I finished her during a nap time and I’m really happy with the way she turned out. 

Cheers to the weekend and doing what makes your heart happy, friends 😃  

Illustration: Girl in a Lace Up Shirt

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Being pregnant and then giving birth is a little bit like time traveling where clothing is concerned. I got pregnant late last fall, promptly stopped fitting into all of my jeans and my primary criteria for getting dressed was a yes to the question, “does it fit?”  

And now here I am, with no baby to hide behind for excuses and fall upon us again, and I am 100% unprepared for these new trends. 

Bomber jackets? 

Chokers? 

Frayed hem, straight leg jeans?

BODYSUITS?!   

Not that I’ve ever been the most fashion-forward (it took me 3 years to believe that skinny jeans really, seriously were a thing and I had to retire my flares… when are those coming back, by the way?) but I feel like I’ve arrived in a place that I don’t understand and I’m pretty sure I don’t like.

I have my first post-baby date night with my hubby coming up and I have no earthly idea what to wear, so a Nordstrom visit is due over one of these nap times. Gun to my head, the one thing I’d be willing to TRY is the lace-up top… but chances are I’ll be heading out with something simpler. (But again meeting criteria: does it fit?)

I’m fine leaving it to my girl in this quick illustration. I’m glad someone is ready for fall!

Illustration: Mama and Baby

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Our little guy is here! He's two and a half weeks old now, and I can't believe how fast time is going. It feels like just yesterday that I was obsessively Googling the vegetable equivalent of my unborn child's size, and now I'm holding him in my arms and my search history includes hits more like, "when do newborns sleep through the night?"

This pretty mama is soaking up the baby snuggles; my favorite thing at the moment. (Besides 4 hour stretches of sleep and coffee in bed, delivered by my handsome, saintly hubby.)

I'll be keeping this blog as mainly a place to document new additions to my portfolio, but I started a family blog here if you'd like to follow along my new #momlife journey. 

Cheers, friends!