Tuesday, February 21, 2017

{Our First Night Home}

We brought Miss Luce Colette home from the hospital this past Sunday. We were so overjoyed and ready to bust out of the hospital. We were more than ready to show off our little nugget and spend some quality time snuggling her! I felt like for our first night home we were maybe overachievers, but the weather was so beautiful, we could't resist. Which is crazy to me, because after giving birth to Henry, I couldn't do half of the things I did this time. I wouldn't have, I couldn't have, there's just no way! BUT my labor and delivery was extremely different this time. I'll be sure to write a birth story for you guys soon. We went straight from the hospital to Sean's brother's house for a last minute family bbq. Afterwards, our first night was spent introducing Henry and Luce to one another and nursing, nursing, nursing. Luckily Henry bathed and went down without a hitch, so that just left us to figure out how things would go with Luce. Three years doesn't seem like much time, but man, for me, it's hard to remember any of the things I did with Henry in the beginning. Plus their temperaments are so different that it probably wouldn't matter anyway. So far she is similar to Henry in that she nurses 24/7 and she likes to be held. In the first couple of nights it has been a struggle to get her to sleep anywhere but on me. It's early though and we're bonding and sleeping safely, so I'll take the cuddles. We spent our first full day at home visiting Target, the mall so Henry could play, and Buy Buy Baby so I could get some pump parts (just incase). We also rented some movies and ordered pizza. Once again Henry went to bed without a peep and Luce and I stayed up trying to get a better latch and bonding even more. And one a.m. is about the time that reality hit me like a bus. It became evident that we had been pretty lucky up to this point. I mean, it was only night two so we hadn't really had *that* much luck lol. The exhaustion had caught up with me, I was stiff in the recliner with cracked, bleeding nipples that little miss still wanted nonstop, when I heard it...the bark. The barking cough that comes along with croup. Henry has had croup so many times in the past year and here it was again. His cough was nonstop and sis watch attached to me. I had to lug her with me to get Henry up and into the bathroom so that I could run a steaming hot shower to clear him out. I had to use the restroom with sis in my arms and suck Henry's boogers with sis in my arms. I kept going back and forth between feeling like supermom and feeling like the hot mess express. The good news is, the steam shower cleared Henry immediately and he was able to fall back asleep right away. Sis and I were then able to nurse and snuggle for a couple more hours before we all had to wake up and be at the hospital for a Bilirubin checkup! Life is definitely different going from one to two kids! It's an adjustment, and it's early so we still have to find our way, but we've had a taste of the good and the crazy already. As Henry would say, "there's four of us now and I love all of us!" He's always keeping that glass half full! <3
xx,
Melissa Loren









Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Sunset Silhouette}

What can I possibly say about this little boy that you guys don't already know? You guys know my heart. You've watched me grow with this little guy by my side. My life and my love have been an open book for you all to see. It has been transparent, as my friend Rachel would say. The one thing that has never faltered is my love for my son. He is my everything and will always be the one who made me a mama. Growing and raising another human being will test you and teach you more than anything else ever could. And just imagine raising human, who at just three years old, knows and understands that he must love, care for, and protect the baby growing inside his mother's belly. He has such a good heart, the kind that is genuine and passionate. I know that he will always protect the ladies in his life and for that I am forever grateful. Henry Harper, you're going to be a big brother soon-let's do this! <3 Love you, bubba! 

Photo cred to the lovely Amy Leigh Photography again! Remember those awesome Christmas tree farm pictures? Yeah, those are still some of my faves. This time the photo setup was all her idea. She came to me with the idea of sunset maternity silhouette photos and of course I obliged! I think they turned out pretty gorgeous and once again they will be something I treasure forever. Thank you, Amy. I'm so glad we could be your models. ;)
 She won't be in there much longer. <3
xx,
Melissa Loren








Tuesday, February 14, 2017

{Henry's Favorite Pastime}

I cannot tell you how good it has been to soak up some quality time with my first little love here recently. We both definitely needed this time together. 
You guys have seen way too many "feed the elk" posts from us, but it has always been one of Henry's favorite things to do.  Plus when you add me actually snapping photos + gorgeous weather, it's nonnegotiable, you're getting another one. ;)
You guys can see the pure joy on Henry's face. He loves to be outdoors and he loves to ask you, "Wanna see how fast I can go?!" <3
The only time he lost his smile was for a split second when the bull elk started pushing his horns through the fence because we were out of carrots. Grump. The look on Henry's face is priceless lol. Straight concern, aaaaannnd then right back to running around! 
This boy. What am I going to do with him, y'all? Lock him up and throw away the key, I suppose. ;)
xx,
Melissa Loren





















Sunday, February 12, 2017

{Ready To Pop!}


I have jokingly said that sweet girl wasn't allowed to come until every last goodie that I ordered for her big debut arrived. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't semi-serious lol. What's funny is it seemed like I had a slight issue with everything I purchased. I had ordered this fun light box for her monthly updates months ago from Brickyard Buffalo and when I received it there was a huge crack in it. I was super disappointed. Luckily I was able to ship it back and get my money back, unfortunately by the time they made the exchange they were sold out so I couldn't purchase another one. Woe is me. BUT, my bestie was able to find some at Garment District here in downtown KC. :-D Thank goodness because I was having serious regrets not having gotten one. I'm so excited to use it for Luce's monthly updates! 
I didn't have any trouble ordering or receiving my favorite headbands I found for Miss Luce, I just wanted to share them with you. I'm sure all you girl moms already know all about them, but I love these ginormous bows from Hello Miss Gorgeous! I got several, including this black and white striped one and even one with pink flamingos!
Of course most of you have seen the Freshly Picked moccs I ordered for her. $60 is so incredibly tough to let go of for something that isn't going to last very long. Well, they last a long time, our babe's feet just grow so quickly at these stages. So when FP came out with a $27 "First Pair" option I just couldn't resist. Henry had a few pairs so I really wanted sis to have a girly pair. She can of course wear big bro's when she grows into them, but this pink pair is everything. 
Then there was this beautiful swaddle from Fawn and Sage. I'm a dingleberry and didn't realize there was a 2-3 week turnaround because she hand makes every item upon request. And of course it was the last thing I ordered. *hand to forehead* She shipped it accordingly, but USPS somehow lost it for a bit and the package was delayed several days. Of course it arrived, and she's still not here, but I was totally sweating it lol.
Last but not least, this adorable little onesie. I had looked all over for a welcome onesie, but everything was so expensive. I've already clearly spent enough on this child so I wasn't really wanting to spend $45 on a newborn set-no matter how cute it was. I almost bought a Cricut and made my own (which I'm still tempted to do lol), but my friend was able to find a neighbor who makes all sorts of goodies and she came pretty dang close to what I wanted, and for $10 you can't ask for more!  It would be so nice to make my own though. Right? I think so lol.
xx,
Melissa Loren


{Weekend Fun}

Man it's been a long time since we've had  a weekend fun post! Cheers to having weekends back!!!!!!!! There will never be enough exclamation points for that one! 
Anyway, I'm officially 39 weeks today and meet with my doc to discuss how we're moving forward. Part of me hopes she'll speed me up a bit or she'll check and say, "you're ready!" lol Since that's kind of where we're at, I wanted to squeeze in some quality time with all the people I love. That means date night with Sean. We actually celebrated Valentine's Day a little early just incase, and because our restaurant was already full for Tuesday. It was so nice and so delicious! Saturday we had the most amazing weather, nearly 70's in February. That's unheard of in Missouri. We had to take advantage of it, so that meant lunch and a park playdate! Henry and his friend Rohen were born on the same day and now his momma and I are like 10 days apart in our second pregnancies!
Of course my best friend is leaving for Japan soon, so we had to have a little Galentine's get together. It was the absolute best, nonstop laughter. My girl friends keep me sane, positive and motivated. They're the strongest women I know and I appreciate they're ability to keep me in check and keep me going uphill. Laughing with them was just what I needed before Carly leaves and Luce arrives.
Sunday was well spent. We went on a country drive, ate tacos and napped! The country drive was so relaxing. We even saw a mama cow with her *brand* new calf and a bald eagle! I was lucky enough to snap a shot of the eagle, so very cool. Afterwards Henry and mama had a nap together, soaking up every minute just the two of us. What else are Sundays for? 
Of course I have a few photos for y'all...
 xx,
Melissa Loren









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