Tuesday, September 27, 2016

{Explaining That He Won't Be The Only One}

For the past, almost three years, it's just been me and my sweet boy. He's grown accustom to having his mama to himself and having the world revolve around him. Which, has become more and more apparent as we approach the big 3. Lately, this kiddo is super persistent and almost a little whiny. I think he's had a little *too* much go his way. Or maybe it's the big leap into daycare? Either way, I want to make sure that he doesn't grow up to be one of those entitled children who thinks that they deserve everything or gets everything they want because of parent guilt. Sometimes I want to spoil him since I don't see him as much and I feel like I'm abandoning him when I leave him at daycare, but I have to remember that I'm doing my job and that a toy isn't going to replace our time together, he just needs unconditional love and attention while we are together.
All of this is why I've been consistent with explaining to him that mom has a baby in her belly and that soon enough he'll be a big brother. Sometimes I get the sweetest responses like, "I have a baby sister? Nooo, I has a baby brudder!" :) Other times I get things like, "Baby sister can't have my skittles, dese mine!" Which of course is hilarious, but I try to remind him that sharing is caring, especially with his sweet sister. Because the other day I made a dozen chocolate chip cookies, plated them and put them on the coffee table so that we could all snack on them. Being pregnant and hungry, I helped myself to one and Henry sharply said, "those are mine!" and proceeded to push his bottom lip out and lose his shit. I couldn't believe it. For one, there were TWELVE cookies there, for two he's never acted like that! Needless to say, we're working on the sharing and manners thing. ;)
My favorite is when I tell him there's a baby in my belly and Henry tells us that there's a baby in his belly too. The very best. "You have ghoul in yours belly and I have boy in my belly!" I have tried to tell him that boys don't have babies, but now he just finishes that last exclamation with, "boys can have babies in dier bellies, mahm!" *crying laughing emoji for days* I wonder how many people he has told that he has a baby in his belly?
His sweet kisses on my belly and him trying on baby sister's floral crowns for mom, remind me that everything will be ok.
I know bringing another baby into the family is going to take some adjustments, but I also know that bubba is going to be tender and caring and just adore his baby sister-because that's Henry Harper. <3
xx,
Melissa Loren




{Explaining That He Won't Be The Only One}

For the past, almost three years, it's just been me and my sweet boy. He's grown accustom to having his mama to himself and having the world revolve around him. Which, has become more and more apparent as we approach the big 3. Lately, this kiddo is super persistent and almost a little whiny. I think he's had a little *too* much go his way. Or maybe it's the big leap into daycare? Either way, I want to make sure that he doesn't grow up to be one of those entitled children who thinks that they deserve everything or gets everything they want because of parent guilt. Sometimes I want to spoil him since I don't see him as much and I feel like I'm abandoning him when I leave him at daycare, but I have to remember that I'm doing my job and that a toy isn't going to replace our time together, he just needs unconditional love and attention while we are together.
All of this is why I've been consistent with explaining to him that mom has a baby in her belly and that soon enough he'll be a big brother. Sometimes I get the sweetest responses like, "I have a baby sister? Nooo, I has a baby brudder!" :) Other times I get things like, "Baby sister can't have my skittles, dese mine!" Which of course is hilarious, but I try to remind him that sharing is caring, especially with his sweet sister. Because the other day I made a dozen chocolate chip cookies, plated them and put them on the coffee table so that we could all snack on them. Being pregnant and hungry, I helped myself to one and Henry sharply said, "those are mine!" and proceeded to push his bottom lip out and lose his shit. I couldn't believe it. For one, there were TWELVE cookies there, for two he's never acted like that! Needless to say, we're working on the sharing and manners thing. ;)
My favorite is when I tell him there's a baby in my belly and Henry tells us that there's a baby in his belly too. The very best. "You have ghoul in yours belly and I have boy in my belly!" I have tried to tell him that boys don't have babies, but now he just finishes that last exclamation with, "boys can have babies in dier bellies, mahm!" *crying laughing emoji for days* I wonder how many people he has told that he has a baby in his belly?
His sweet kisses on my belly and him trying on baby sister's floral crowns for mom, remind me that everything will be ok.
I know bringing another baby into the family is going to take some adjustments, but I also know that bubba is going to be tender and caring and just adore his baby sister-because that's Henry Harper. <3
xx,
Melissa Loren




Monday, September 26, 2016

{School Days}

A few weeks ago Henry had to start "school," aka daycare. We call it school for Henry's sake, and they do have a preschool program for when he turns 3, but let's be honest-it's daycare. I had to start a new job after my mom decided to close our family restaurant and it was in our divorce agreement that H would start daycare just before he turned 3, for learning and socialization. *eyeroll* I know there are pros to daycare, but it's just hard for me to wrap my head around. Who is better or more qualified to watch my child than myself? Plus, it's not just for a few hours, it's a full day. He only goes a few days a week, but when he is there it's a long day. Usually lasting from about 7 am to 5 pm. A ten hour day just seems like so much for a tiny human and it breaks my heart. Especially since there are some days where I'm off, but he still has to go. He'll be starting his 4th week this week and I think we're both still struggling. I mean, I know I am. There is definitely some guilt, but I also just flat out miss spending all my time with my baby. It's been a big adjustment for him too, of course. Even just getting up much earlier than he's used to and figuring out that mom isn't there when he wakes up from naps. It's been rough and I'm convinced that I'll never get used to it, and even if I do, I'll never enjoy it. My free time should be spent with my child. He'll have plenty of years of school and away time. Is it just me? Does anyone else struggle with this? I think what makes it worse is the whole divorce thing. We already share him, so that was already less time with him, now factor in daycare and I'm just lost without my sugie. I know that's part of the deal though and I don't really get to complain about that. Then there's the pregnancy hormones, so my emotions are just through the roof!  I just need all the baby snuggles and to be a stay at home mom!!! Hahahahaha. ;)
I keep praying that everything will get better and that Henry will really start enjoying school and I'll start accepting the space and growth. 
Here are a few pics from his first day. One thing he does love-playing outside so much!
 xx,
Melissa Loren



Sunday, September 25, 2016

"It's A..."


Just me, randomly popping by. A while ago, we announced that we were pregnant! I've gone back and forth with whether or not I want to document weekly progress of this pregnancy. What do you guys think, is that something you'd want to read about again? Let me know in the comments! :-* 
For now, I wanted to go ahead and share that we're expecting a baby GIRL!!!! That's right, Henry's going to be a big, protective brother! We are so incredibly happy. I cannot put into words how excited I am to be having a girl. I bawled like a baby when she said it was a girl. I was in shock for days, and then the shopping set it! Hahahaha. Sean is so happy as well, he really wanted me to have my little girl. He didn't quite cry like I did, but I know he's just as thrilled. Things will be a little different this go around. I am excited nonetheless. I'm hoping to share a few things that I purchase for baby girl with you and any updates that pop up. We won't be decorating a nursery, not by the time she's here anyway. I'm sure I'll still share some nursery inspiration though, because I have so many ideas flowing! I have the perfect vision of what I want, I just can't put it into action. All in due time though!
The vert best news is that she is as healthy as can be and growing strong and beautiful. <3
I know I've slacked for so long, I have a few catch up posts and few things I'm looking forward to sharing. I'd also love to know if there's something specific you're excited/wanting to read about!
I love you all and appreciate the fact that you still stop by and check out what's going on!
xx,
Melissa Loren


Monday, August 8, 2016

{Wild Safari}

Hi guys! I know it's been forever-no shocker there! Life has been pretty dull(in a wonderful way) around here. I've been so sick in my first trimester that I've just kind of been a bump on a log! I'm so close to graduating to my second trimester though, so I've started feeling better and we decided a weekend road trip would be a great way to celebrate! Sean decided to throw it back to our high school days and take us to the Wild Animal Safari in Springfield! (I'm linking it because I had so many friends asked me about it!) Sean and I drove down there when we were younger and we loved it so we knew Henry would too. For the first part of it you're on foot, petting and feeding the animals and then you can go on a five mile drive through the woods and the animals roam freely and you can also feed them, and even touch them if you're brave enough! ;) Some of the animals can be eager beavers, or eager camels and you have to tell them to back it on up lol. I can assure you that Henry thought this was the coolest thing ever. The only thing he wasn't a fan of was this overly "friendly" emu. "Don't like that guy, mahm!!!! Roll window UP!!!" Bahahahaha I love life with a two year old. He keeps me on my toes and keeps me laughing! The 3 hour trip was definitely worth it. As usual, Henry was a champion traveler, he always makes me so proud. If you're not too far from Springfield, I'd suggest trying checking it out! Kids 3 and under are free and adults are around $17. My friend is from Springfield and suggested a few other fun spots, but we definitely needed a weekend and not just one day. We'll go back soon though! Here's a few too many photos of the day!
Thanks for stopping by! 
xx,
Melissa Loren








Monday, July 11, 2016

{We Got Some News in Florida!}

Well, we got some exciting news while we were in Florida! We announced a couple weeks ago that we're adding a sweet babe to our tribe. I'm still super early, not even quite out of the first trimester yet, but we couldn't contain our excitement. 
I have been living in a whole since we shared our news, as I've been feeling M I S E R A B L E. I remember being exhausted 100% of the time with H, but never this sick along with it. Just sitting here is painful, let alone getting ready and getting out and doing something. I've caught myself asking Henry to walk a couple times when he's asked me to carry him, and I have to remind myself that it won't be just him for much longer, so I try to push through it and not expect too much from him. I don't want him to be rushed into growing up. He's not even 3 yet, so I'm not ready to stop carrying him or having him as my momma's boy.
Anyway, I know it's been a while, but I just wanted to check in and share our news. We're crazy excited, I'm just ready to be done with this first trimester. I know it's all uphill from there!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Thursday, June 30, 2016

{TULIP TWIST}

I've been invited to partake in another series of Tulip Twist. If you've read along for a while, then you know that Tulip gifts a clothing item to several bloggers and/or fashion lovers so that they can style it how they choose and then everyone goes to vote for their favorite style! The idea is to see how many different ways one piece can be styled! For all of us fashion lovers it's a dream, and really it's like a dream for those who may struggle with what to wear, too! You'll be booming with ideas of ways to style a given piece. Today's twist features this star-spangled tank, just in time for one of the best holidays of the year- Independence Day! 
I went with a laid-back look this time. I paired it with DIY white-washed cut-offs, chuck's, a bomb pop and the cutest Henry there ever was. ;)
I may have cheated a little bit by adding H into my photos, but I'd love your vote anyway! All you have to do is hop on over to Tulip's Facebook page and comment for me!
Henry is wearing a Target tank, gap kids shorts and his own chuck's! :-D
Thanks again, friends! I'll try and be back sooner than later!
xx,
Melissa Loren
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