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Elizabeth Laime is a busy woman.

She co-hosts two weekly podcasts: Totally Married with her husband Andy every Monday and Totally Mommy every Wednesday and is currently working on developing a TV show for ABC Studios.


Oh, and did I mention she has a two year old and a newborn? We bow down, Elizabeth.

Totally Married is an honest, relatable, funny podcast on modern marriage. Elizabeth and Andy are adorable and easy to listen to as they discuss their ups and downs and take questions from listeners every week.

This week, Elizabeth took our questions on marriage after baby number two. How does it all work when there is another human added into the mix?

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How has your marriage been since welcoming your son into your family? Have you felt any changes in your relationship?

Elizabeth: Our marriage has been great. There have been challenges of course, but at this point we are so dialed into needing to communicate through it all and everyone’s feelings matter in our house.

Mostly though, I feel incredibly grateful to have a husband who will laugh through the craziness with me and be there as a listening ear for me when I’m a crying, leaking mess which is all too often these days.

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Would you say is having your first baby more stressful on a marriage, or your second?

Elizabeth: First was! The adjustment from total freedom to having the most massive responsibility in the world (on zero sleep) was way more challenging both as individuals and on our marriage.

How do you two fit in alone time now as parents of two?

Elizabeth: Luckily we have the podcast weekly so there is an hour every week where we sit down and connect and it’s usually not about the kids.

We also walk up to get coffee with the kids about three mornings a week which is a great time to connect and talk about our day. We text throughout most days to check in which keeps us connected.


Finish the sentence...


Finding a night to go on a date...is necessary!

Sex in your life right now means...quality over quantity.

Romance is...my husband washing bottles every morning.

My husband is sexy because...he is an amazing father and he keeps me laughing through the challenges.

I feel most sexy when...I have on a normal bra, makeup, regular clothes (non maternity) for a rare night out.


Recommended Totally Married podcast episodes:


Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: In this episode Elizabeth and Andy share results from a sexual compatibility quiz they each took separately. This one is fun!

An Honest Episode: Marriage isn’t always easy. Elizabeth and Andy get really real in this episode. Like should the one making more money be exempt from certain household chores?

No Apologies: Elizabeth and Andy discuss why they aren’t into apologizing lately, and also other topics like how to gain self-confidence and what to do about libido imbalance in a marriage.


Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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