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BCB Mom IRL: Haley Simao

By Lindsay Pinchuk

Photo credit: Sarah Zollo Photography

We followed Haley Simao’s pregnancy journey from basically the start.  Due in July 2020, we had been talking to her about Gearapalooza right before the pandemic hit.  It’s been a complete joy to watch her become a mom and share her story through the ups and downs of the pandemic.  Make sure you’re following her on Instagram for a glimpse into her life as a working mom. Follow along on our Instagram on Thursday, February 11th as Haley takes over, showing us a day in her life as a busy, working mom to baby Cameron!

Name: Haley Simao

Age: 26

Kid(s) and Ages: Cameron, 7 months old

Where do you live? Rhode Island

Tell us about your website!

I created my Instagram and lifestyle blog, haleysimao back in 2019. I wanted an outlet to share my favorite things, good deals, and honest reviews. You’ll find everything from affordable clothes and home decor to DIY projects to just everyday life as a new mom. During the day,  I work for CVS corporate as an analyst in supply chain!

What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a licensed cosmetologist!

How do you balance it all?  Do you have any #momhacks to share that makes this easier?

A set schedule!! I did so much research on how to get your baby on a schedule. It allows us to structure our days around his schedule and get what we need to get done.

#momhacks … wipeable changing pad= less laundry. Diapers and wipes on every floor for quick changes. Don’t buy special hands free pumping bras- you can use your nursing bra (just google it). If your baby has a blowout, rinse the clothes with water in the sink, lay them in the sun & they will dry looking brand new.

Talk to us about mom guilt…do you have it?  How do you combat it?

Yup! Most recently it has been with baby food. I feel guilty that I am not making the time to make him homemade baby food and instead I am buying the organic jars. When I start to feel guilty I remind myself that as long as he is eating, he enjoys it, and he is happy then I am happy and doing something right.

What’s at least one regular family routine you have implemented to keep your family running smooth ?

We just started reading to Cam before bed!

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood?

Everyone learns as they go!! I was SO nervous when I was pregnant and would often say to people “we have no idea how to raise a baby!!”. Before Cam was born, neither my husband or I even changed a diaper. All the parents we knew seemed like they just knew what they were doing and were naturals. The more I started talking to people the more I started to learn that parents are just winging it and taking it day by day!

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do?

Shop for deals!! I love to browse the web for really good deals. I also try to find 30 minutes a day to workout to destress (TBH this just started 3 weeks ago, haha!!!)

What is the best part of your kid’s age RIGHT NOW?

Everything!! My husband and I were just saying how 6-7 months is such a fun age. Cam is always smiling, laughing, and doing new tricks. He can sit up, entertain himself, and is so good with his routine. He is just so funny, he makes us laugh all day long.

What do you miss most from pre-pandemic life?

Gathering with friends and family events.

What are you most looking forward to when the pandemic is over?

Being able to see my extended family and for them to finally meet Cam!!

What is the best thing to come out of the pandemic?

Being able to work from home the whole first year of Cam’s life! I would have never imagined I would be able to spend as much time home with him as I have.

Make sure you follow Hayley Simao for more and check out her website here. 

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