Wednesday, October 19, 2016

{23 Week Bump}

How far along?: 23 weeks
Total weight gain?: 11ish lbs I'll find out at my next appointment if it's more.
Size of baby?: Baby is the size of a grapefruit. 1.10 POUNDS!! She's over a pound, eeeeek! And 11.3 inches! 
Maternity clothes?: Still lots of leggings (or the same pair if I'm being honest haha), not really maternity shirts, per se.
Stretch marks?: Not really, but mine from Henry are kinda peeking their way back through. Ugh.
Sleep: I'm practicing good sleeping habits as best I can. I know sleep will be minimal for several months when little Luce gets here.
Best moment this week: It isn't baby related, but Henry continuously told me how boo-ti-ful I am tonight. I was beaming. :-D "Mahm, you's boo-ti-ful!" Also, as you guys already know, taking our maternity photos-still so happy with those!
Miss anything?: We went to lunch with some friends today and the guys had a few drinks, including a bloody mary, man I can't wait to enjoy an adult beverage. I was stuck with a Shirley Temple. Hmpf.
Movement?: 24/7 and she's getting big enough that it's start to hurt a bit, especially the lower kicks and the rib kicks. Ouch. I love knowing that she's active and growing in there though.
Food cravings: No cravings, just give me all the food. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?: At first, everything. Morning sickness was way worse with this one than with Henry. It was absolutely awful, but it's faded and now all is well. :)
Gender: GIRL <3 <3 <3
Labor signs: I think I'm starting to have Braxton Hicks? They're light, but already a bit uncomfortable. Probably because I'm always on my feet.
SymptomsThe leg cramps have come back!!!!!! WAAHHHHH!!! Also, pregnancy brain is real. I don't know why or how, but it is so very well. I am the biggest flake now that I'm pregnant, I forget everything, I'm a mess.
Belly button in or out?: In. Please stay in.
Happy or moody most of the time?: I'm settling into my new job, I'll never get used to the wonky hours, but I'm learn to deal with it. I also cherish my days off with my family that much more and really try to make the most of our time together. I'm happy, I'm anxious, I'm excited, I'm in love. Plus, it's Fall. You guys know how much I love Fall. <3
We went on a hike today for our bump photo and I decided it was too beautiful of a day not to share a few extra pics this week...
Melissa Loren

Sunday, October 16, 2016

{Maternity Photos}

We decided to do some last minute maternity photos this weekend and boy am I glad we did! It was maybe a little earlier than usual, but I really didn't want to plan through the holidays or through the unpredictable Missouri winters. February will be here before we know it, so it sort of seemed like our last opportunity. I'm ok with our decision. :) We were hoping for a super cool and foggy morning, but of course we had an unusually warm morning so there wasn't any fog to be seen and my hair went a little haywire, but I'm still beyond happy with these photos and so impressed by Houston and Hazel Photography! I'm so happy to have some incredible photos of my boys and few of myself to be able to look back on this pregnancy. It's so wonderful to see how excited Henry is about his baby sister. Anytime we needed him to smile I would tell him to tell the photographer that he was having a baby sister and he would smile from ear and to ear and exclaim it to her! I think I'm most anxious to witness the bond they have, I know Henry will be her protector from the start.
Thank you again to Annette for these lovely photos, I will cherish them for always. <3
Seriously, how handsome are my dudes?
Thanks for stopping by, friends!
Melissa Loren

Friday, October 14, 2016

{22 Week Bump}

How far along?: 22 weeks
Total weight gain?: 10ish lbs
Size of baby?: Baby is the size of a co-co-nut. 15.1 ounces. It's crazy how big she jumps from week to week now. I have a coconut in my belly.
Maternity clothes?: Mostly just leggings, I still wear my own shirts and in this pic I'm wearing my regular pants, but I have a belly band on to keep them up!
Stretch marks?: Not really, but mine from Henry are kinda peeking their way back through. Ugh.
Sleep: Still passing out as soon as I hit the pillow. I love sleep and I want all that I can get before sweet girl is here!
Best moment this week: Sean *finally* felt her kick! Not just once, but enough for him to be like, "Whoa! She's doing all the in there?!" She moves so crazy much, just like her big brother did! I have wild babies.
Miss anything?: Not having to wear maternity jeans to work. It's the most annoying thing ever and I can't tuck my shirt in, so I look like a slob kabob. Also, Henry and I are constantly passing a cold back and forth so I really miss being able to take meds. Being sick and tired at work plus the exhaustion of growing a baby and caring for a toddler is rough. 
Movement?: She is constantly squirming in there and as I mentioned above, Sean is finally able to feel her. Which is great really, because now we both have him wrapped around our fingers. ;) Shopping has been so much more fun now that he has felt her and is really getting into it! He was even walking around picking stuff out for her. WHOA.
Food cravings: Nope. I'm big into sweets, but I don't necessarily crave anything. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?: At first, everything. Morning sickness was way worse with this one than with Henry. It was absolutely awful, but it's faded and now all is well. :)
Gender: GIRL <3 <3 <3
Labor signs: No.
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux. The sciatica comes and goes, it isn't constant yet. I'm super emotional too. :-D
Belly button in or out?: In.
Happy or moody most of the time?: Happy. Busy. I'm getting to the point where there is a lot coming up (Henry's birthday/holidays) and a lot to get done in between, so I don't really have time to think. It's time to focus and get stuff done. I want to finish planning H's birthday and then I plan to paint the room that they'll share. We also have maternity photos this weekend. I know, it's a little early at 6 months, but I really don't want to do them in the dead of winter. Weekends are extremely limited between work, Henry, my baby shower and all of the holidays and parties coming up-so, this weekend it is! Regardless, I'm still so excited for them. Hoping our vision comes through in the photos.

That's all this week, friends. Sorry other posts were sparse, I'll try and get back on it this weekend!
Melissa Loren

Thursday, October 13, 2016

{It Takes a Village}

You know what's really amazing? Having wonderful friends. Wonderful friends who love and care for your children like they're their own. They say it takes a village when you have babies and I believe that to be true! I've been very lucky in the past in that I've been able to handle most things on my own, but more recently I've had to rely on the help of others. It's tough to rely on others, but it makes it easier when you're surrounded by a group of girlfriends who would lay down their life for you, *and* your children. I don't have a lot of family to rely on (no grandparents, my parents work a LOT, and just one brother who works plenty himself), so my friends are my family. Most of them are my rock too. I have several girlfriends who are always there for me in a pinch. I'm certain we could all pass our babies around and they would be loved so well. 
 It probably helps that we all have amazing babies and they get along so well! I mean, look at these face...
And look at baby Char just gaze at Henry. HEART. EYES. Thank you to all my friends who are always there for me and my little man. You guys all mean the world to me and I'd be so lost without you!
I've meant to share this post for days now, things have just been super busy. I have a day off today and it's my birthday! Henry is home from daycare and we've already been treated to a BIG breakfast. Now we plan on snuggling, and enjoying the day together! Spending the day with my boys is more than I could ever ask for. <3
Have a wonderful day, friends!
Melissa Loren

Friday, October 7, 2016

{Back To Japan}

Last week my bestie surprised me with a quick trip back to the states! I honestly had no idea until a blonde woman was walking across my yard with pink and gold balloons! I teared up like the hormonal crazy lady that I am, of course! She was here to visit family, but I do appreciate a good surprise and her taking time out of her short stay at home to see me. Being who she is, she of course showed up with gifts for baby sis and a few items to get me through pregnancy. ;) She even took time out of her trip to work on baby shower planning for me and sweet girl. <3 AND she even treated me to an early birthday breakfast since she'll be gone next week. She spoils me. All. The. Time. And I'm so thankful that she does. She's only going to be gone for a bit longer this year, but I already can't wait until she's back. I also can't wait to share this shower with you guys. I know without a doubt it's going to be the most beautiful thing ever. Carl, I always hate to see you go, but the countdown is on and we'll be roaming target and spending too much money before we know it. I know Kris is happy to have his other half back in his arms! I love you and thank you for spending some time with me, it was needed more than you know! 
I'm lucky to have the kind of friends I do! So many wonderful gals in my life. 
Have a fun, fall-filled weekend, y'all!
Melissa Loren

Thursday, October 6, 2016

{21 Week Bump}

How far along?: 21 weeks
Total weight gain?: 10ish lbs

Size of baby?: Baby is the size of a carrot? Seems weird, but that's what the fruit tracker says lol. 12.7 ounces & 10.5 inches long :)
Maternity clothes?: I might wear black leggings in every bump pic, because let's be honest, that's all I wear. I wear maternity jeans to work, but they're the most miserable thing ever. They get all stretched out and I can't keep them up-very annoying.
Stretch marks?: Not really, but mine from Henry are kinda peeking their way through. Ugh.
Sleep: I love sleep. LOVE IT. I seem to be more awake and motivated in the evening and late at night though.
Best moment this week: Cleaning out Henry's room and making room for baby sis in there. I really think it's going to work out. Especially since Henry is such a good sport about it and seems very excited to share his room and everything else with baby sis. He even says he wants to share his bed with her-"baby sister can sleep in here with me too!" He pats his mattress while saying it. <3
Miss anything?: Not peeing while I sneeze. Yeah, I said it. It happens and I hate it. lol.
Movement?: TONS. Now if only Sean could feel her!
Food cravings: I wouldn't say so, but I have been enjoying some Chipotle haha. I could eat a bowl full of the corn salsa by itself. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Not recently, mostly just tired.
Gender: GIRL <3 <3 <3
Labor signs: No.
SymptomsI was headache free this week, but man this sciatica is getting worse. I need to slow down on the eating haha. My hips can't handle the extra weight.
Belly button in or out?: In :)
Happy or moody most of the time?: Finding out that we're having a girl has been such a breath of fresh air. It's been fun and exciting and it's been a hoot sharing the news with Henry. It makes waiting for her arrival that much harder. Henry tells me all the time that he's ready for her to be here. I'm not sure he knows how much will change, but it's going to be so worth it!
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

{Birthday Wish List}

I'll be honest, I'm more excited to do Henry's birthday wish list and it was so hard not to say I want things for Henry and the baby. I almost did just that haha. I would have the longest wish list for those two! For me, however, it's the usual-shoes, makeup and jewelry. I'm so predictable, I know. I haven't been very good about working out since I've been pregnant, but I am pretty good at being comfy, and I've been dying for something from Beyonce's Ivy Park line. These leggings look so comfy and I'm sure they'd be super motivating after this pregnancy. ;) Faux Fur? Always. I can't decide if this would be for the living room or sweet girl's side of the room?? This MAC palette screams fall and those burgundy colors are perfect for green eyes! Chokers made their big comeback and I still have yet to purchase one. I love these two so much. I love the simplicity of the gold one and the spunk in the black one. Onto the watch, Sean and I are obsessed with MVMT watches. I've bought him a couple and I'm ready to have one for myself. This one is gorgeous and it can be dressed down or up which is always a bonus. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a million pairs of boots/booties. They are obviously perfect for fall, but I wear them all year round. I love to wear them with dresses and shorts. I'd love to add these wedge lace up booties to my collection. This color is just perfection too. Nothing crazy, just a few fun little things. I haven't really shopped for myself in a while, so I didn't really know where to start lol. This is a start. I'm sure as the season goes on I'll be eyeballing more. :)
Melissa Loren
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