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Full Heart with Aly Lamoreaux

Full Heart with Aly Lamoreaux

Our favorite thing about Solly Baby is you—the community of moms and dads doing the beautiful, messy, important work of raising little ones. In Full Heart, a new weekly Solly Series, we'll be chatting with community members and sharing stories that resonate, inspire, and remind us we're never alone. Join us in savoring these everyday moments that leave our hearts full.


Let's start with a quick introduction. Tell us the facts.
Name:
Aly Lamoreaux
Children: Cade, 4 months!
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Occupation: Writer
Joined the Solly family in: 2023

 

aly wearing baby in driftwood stripe solly baby wrap   Lamoreaux family photo


What’s a time in the last week when your heart has felt full?

I went for a long walk with one of my best friends the other morning. We pushed our sleeping babies in strollers and talked dreams and plans and naptime woes. It was exactly what I needed.


What do you consider a mother’s most important role?

Gosh, this is hard. Moms embody so many roles—we're listeners, teachers, encouragers, huggers—often in the same moment. That’s the beauty of motherhood. It’s dynamic and ever-changing. It's all important.


Favorite time of day with your little one?

Right after he wakes up in the morning. I walk into the nursery and he sleepily rubs his eyes before opening them. When he sees me, he breaks out into a giant toothless grin. It’s pure joy.

 

Long live boyhood nursery


What about motherhood has surprised you?

So much. But maybe the most surprising is just the physicality of it all. I remember walking into the grocery store by myself two weeks after giving birth and thinking, “No one here knows that the reason I’m walking funny is because I just gave birth to another human!” Then wondering how many times I’d passed by a brand new mom in the store or at a shop without knowing it. It's incredible. You stretch and grow this life inside of you for nine months, then give birth, and continue to sustain that life, often with your own body. All while functioning on very little sleep with all (!) the emotions that come with being postpartum. Motherhood just requires so much of our bodies—inside and out. Moms are superheroes. 


First place you took your baby (other than the pediatrician’s office)?

Our little guy was born in Waco, Texas where we lived after I landed a job as a writer for Magnolia, so it just felt right that his first outing would be to the Silos. 
        

Aly holding baby   

 

Walk us through a typical day in your life.
Honestly, life with a four month old still feels a bit unpredictable. We haven’t nailed a consistent nap or feeding schedule! But a day might look something like:

5:30 am | Wake up, drink coffee, and pray
6 am | Check emails, work on any writing projects 
8-10 am | Feed Cade after he wakes up, do any daily chores
10 am-12 pm | Put Cade down for his first nap, work
Noon-2 pm | Feed Cade, go for a walk, prep dinner for the night
2-4 pm | Work out, catch up with a friend via phone or Marco Polo
4 pm | Feed Cade and hang out until dad gets home
6 pm | Dad gets home from work, dinner
8 pm | Feed Cade and put him down for bed
8:30-10 pm | Mom + dad time! We typically chat, watch a show, and read.

What’s something you loved to do before baby that you still do or would like to start up again (eventually)?
My husband and I love to hike. It’s pretty cold and rainy in the Pacific Northwest right now, but we can’t wait to get to the mountains with our little guy once the weather warms up! 


Favorite thing about your Solly Wrap?

I’m on the go a lot and my Solly is truly the softest, most comfortable option for carrying my little guy around. (It’s also the cutest by far!)  


Words of wisdom for other moms?

Be gentle with yourself. Ask for help. Trust your instincts. You were made for this, mama.   


What Solly pieces do you have? Any on your wishlist?

I use my Driftwood Stripe Wrap almost daily (it goes with everything). The Sleepers are my absolute fave, but he just grew out of the ones we have, so Sea Stone and Swell are on my wishlist!


How about a round of rapid-fire favorites...

Indulgence: Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and Gilmore Girls reruns 
Podcast: I haven't listened to podcasts since before baby! Audiobooks are my favorite right now and anything by Katherine Center is giving me life. 
Children’s book: The Giving Tree (It makes for a great adult book, too)
Mama-time activity: A solo stroll to my favorite coffee shop
Person to follow on social: @maryoliversdrunkcousin
After bedtime snack (IYKYK): Ice cream. Every. Night. 

 

Want to share your story in an upcoming Full Heart feature? Drop a note to aly@sollybaby.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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