Monday, June 26, 2017

{Big Brother, Little Sister}

I really try not to complain about being a mom, but sometimes when the toddler is demanding mac and cheese with his dinner (even though you know he won't touch it) and refusing to eat the rest of his dinner without it and the baby is fussing relentlessly in the background it's just hard not to. Let me tell you, I told the toddler that we didn't have any mac and cheese (sure, I was being lazy) and he straight turned into a troll. Not the cute colorful kind either. So what did I do? I made the mac and cheese. Let my dinner get cold and stood there rushing to get it done so he could start the rest of his dinner. I serve him said mac and cheese and sit down to eat my cold dinner. What's next you ask? In the whiniest, tear-filled, most dramatic voice ever, "But you didn't get me a driiiiiiiink!!!!" WELL, for fox sakes, I haven't had anything to drink all damn day because tiny humans who act just like me are dictating my life!!!!!!! EL OH EL. It's time for this momma to get a B R E A K!!! Four months is too long to have people in your personal space 24/7. I know some of you mommas have to feel me?! Also, why didn't anyone tell me that the toddler jealousy would get worse as the baby got older?? He didn't give a thought about it when we brought Luce home. It's now that she's able to "talk," interact and play a little. Woof! Talk about spreading yourself thin to make sure all the love goes around. Henry is so awesome and so understanding, but he's also become very needy and wants to do everything the baby does. I try to remember that he's only 3, he's actually not *that* big yet. He's still a little guy with big emotions. I try to be patient and learn as we go, but I'll admit it's not always easy. I'm sure once I get to sleep through the night again I'll be a little more understanding?! ;)
Melissa Loren

Thursday, June 22, 2017

{Mom of Boys}

I couldn't wait to take Maddie's photos with her adorable boys. I met Maddie through my bestie Carly when they were working together and Maddie and I were both pregnant with our firsts. Our big boys would come to be born on the same day, November 1st. Obviously it made us automatic friends, even though we never get attend each other's son's birthday parties haha. Maddie and I are also one day apart in October, me on the 13th and her on the 14th! Weird, right? It gets more wild, we would both learn last summer that we were pregnant with our second.What are the odds that we ended up in the hospital on the same night, in rooms right next to each other?? Hudson couldn't hold out until midnight and Luce wasn't quite ready, so they ended up about 14 hours apart, making them the 16th and 17th of February! Wild. I love telling that story for some reason lol.
These pics pretty much sum up daily life for each of us these days. Tend to the baby, kiss the boo boos, spread yourself thin to make sure the love is divided equally. All in a day's work as a mama.
Maddie makes it look easy and is certainly beautiful while doing it. ❤️

Thanks for stopping by, friends! <3
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

{4 Months of Luce}

This sweet girl is 4 months old and 14.3 pounds!
She's a rolling machine and working on sitting up. She does the "tripod" but only for a few seconds. 
She can grasp really well and loves her taggies blanket and her Oball.
She's about 70/10 on her car seat. We're always on the go, so most of the time she's pretty agreeable, but if she's been in there too long or is too tired she will let you know, and trust me, you don't want to hear her at that point! 😅
She talks SO much, I don't remember Henry talking this much, especially not as soon as she has. We love her babbles, just not at 4 a.m. lol.
She's 25.5 inches long and in the 87th percentile for height. I just can't believe it. Tall and skinny (thinning out anyway haha) She's tall like daddy and has his beautiful blue eyes.
She still nurses alllllll throughout the night, which I'll admit is sometimes frustrating. More exhausting, but you know how exhaustion can feel to a mama. Of course the pediatrician and everyone else recommend switching her to her own room. That would be significantly easier if we had a third bedroom. So for now I'll keep enduring the wake up calls and being a human pacifier. Really that's all she wants is to "suckle," she only actually eats a couple times at night. You can imagine how painful the constant suckling is. Wah.
She's easy going and smiley during the day, which is wonderful.
She loves to be outside and has enjoyed parks, the splash park and the waterpark with big brother so far this summer. She's always a trooper and down for some fun!
We all love our sweet girl so very much! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

{Trip to Omaha}

Last week we took an impromptu trip to the Omaha Zoo. By impromptu, I mean we decided to pack up and leave at 9:30 a.m. That doesn't sound too crazy until you realize that the zoo is three hours away from us and we have a 4 month old and a 3 year old. The trip there was great. Luce slept almost the entire way, and when she wasn't sleeping she just giggled and talked. Henry watched a movie on his DVD player and was just happy as a clam-as usual. This was Henry's first trip where he was old enough to see everything and recognize it all. It was so cool to take him through the jungle dome and the aquarium. They had a super cool splash park and of course we hit Stingray Beach so H could pet the stingrays. I think that was definitely his favorite, he didn't want to stop! We also got to see baby giraffes which Henry thought was the coolest. It's my favorite because I've been doing the whole picture thing, practicing and whatnot, and Henry has been watching me nonstop. Naturally he wants to be just like his momma (😉), so he has been mimicking me and asking to use my phone to take pictures. Below is the picture he snapped of the giraffes. Talent, if I've ever seen it. lol. But honestly, it means so much to me how much our kids learn from us and aspire to be like us.
It was definitely hot, the hottest day of the year thus far, but we survived. Henry and Luce both loved it. Luce was awesome all day and even took a tiger snooze in the stroller. The ride home was a different story though. Both kids slept for maybe the first 45 minutes or so. Until Luce woke up and lost it. Henry tried to sleep through it, but he just couldn't. Poor guy. He's such a patient and understanding big brother. Especially since sis cried the entire rest of the drive. Almost 2 hours. I couldn't believe her stamina and that she just kept going!
We won't be making anymore road trips anytime soon, but it was still a fun day!
Melissa Loren

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