Monday, May 23, 2016
As I write this I'm sitting down on our couch with half-opened boxes behind me, bags with some of our things in several corners of our living room, and next to B who got home early today! And it feels so good to say that even though we have a ways to go in terms of unpacking- we are all moved into our new home. I can hardly believe it! The whole process seemed like it was taking forever since we had to schedule the movers around B's schedule and we did a huge chunk of the packing little by little. But even though it felt like forever I'm glad it turned out the way it did. And can I just say how much stuff gets accumulated after living in a place for 5 years?! Woah, it was wild and the entire time we thought we "didn't have that much stuff." It was really good to sort through things, donate, minimize and organize. It really was a great feeling and although it was a ton of work (and still is) I'm glad we did it this way! I'm so excited to get more things in their places and add a few more details to make it our own. Although we know this is not our forever home (we'll likely be moving once B is done with fellowship) we know that we'll be here for 4 years and that's a long time. And just like our sweet apartment I'm looking forward to making this house a home for us while we live here. B and I have always loved the charm of old homes and this little cozy cape cod is full of it. If you follow me on Snap Chat (username @MommyinMKE ) you've likely seen me share and talk a lot about it already as well as seen the mess haha! I'm still waiting on a few things I ordered and can't wait to show you guys! Speaking of waiting, I am 38 weeks pregnant and feeling a lot like I was when I was full-term with C. I honestly still cannot believe how fast this time has gone and I know I say that a lot haha! Today I went in for my weekly check-up and my OB said that it could be any day now. I was pretty shocked because Gabriel was born on his due date and Cristian was late. However, you guys know how things can suddenly slow down or speed up. I'm totally happy with having her bake for as long as she needs to! I am in no rush at all. We don't have any of her nursery/room setup yet because we always have our bebes roomshare with us for about five months. I have an arms reach co-sleeper that I've used with both boys (and absolutely LOVE) that I'll be using with baby girl too. That'll give us lots of time to get her room ready. I am getting so excited to meet her and introduce her to her big brothers. Gabriel seems to understand so much of what' going on this time around. He'll ask to hug my bump then he'll place his tiny hands on it to wait and see's if she moves. He'll always say when he feels her move too. And every time my heart melts into a puddle of mush and I realize how big he's gotten. Cristian is pretty clueless haha! He just knows Mami's belly is really big and she no longer has room on her lap for him to sit. He's a couple of months younger than Gabriel was when he was born and I don't think he will make the connection until she's here. Even writing it all out seems so surreal. I'll soon be a mother of three little one's and I'm feeling so grateful and incredibly blessed. Okay, so I;m totally rambling now but thank you if you've read that novel. Also for all of you that have sent me messages, comments and well wishes. I appreciate them all so much! I better sign off now and get some more unpacking done while the boys sleep!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
We recently had the opportunity to have our family photographs taken by Glenna of Lagazo Creative ! Glenna is new to the Milwaukee area and we are so lucky to have her talents here now. When she asked if we could collaborate I immediately said yes. Her pictures and energy are beautiful. It's tough enough getting the boys to focus for a few seconds haha! But she was so patient and fun to work with. I also love how she asked us what we thought of different areas and took our opinion into account for every picture. I cannot recommend her enough and if you're in the area and want beautiful light-inspired photos- she's your gal! Also, we teamed up and are giving away TWO sessions away to two local families. Look for the giveaway picture on my Instagram @KeilaLLeist.
I'm having a really hard time deciding which one's to print off! I love the way that they all turned out and how she was able to capture the boy's personality in every frame. I am totally for pictures that aren't perfectly posed! We have quite a few gems where Gabriel is picking his nose haha! And I'll likely print those off too because these moments are the one's I know I'll remember most.
Check out Glenna's website and portfolio here
Glenna's Instagram page is here
and her Facebook page is here
Wishing you a great rest of your week!
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
embroidered fringe dress via Shop Versona c/o | black platform sandals via Target | 'Lily' baby bag via NewlieCo c/o | black fedora via Target
Happy May! I hope it's off to a wonderful start for you. It's been busy over here and getting really exciting! I'm passed the 35 week of pregnancy and already down to weekly visits. Little miss is pushing 6 lbs and I'm definitely feeling all those aches and pains of the last weeks of pregnancy! It's crazy how much of the discomfort I forgot haha! But all in all I am so thankful to be this far along and I can't wait to meet our sweet girl. I usually update more frequently on Snap Chat because it's so easy to talk on the app (my username there is @MommyinMKE) Also, thank you to all of you that send me suggestions, messages, comments, dm's- I really appreciate them! I am a lot slower at responding these days but please know that I read and appreciate every one of your kind words!
This past week Shop Versona opened up it's first store in Wisconsin here in the Milwaukee area! I had already seen some of their items online but when I went to visit the store I was blown away by the huge selection and gorgeous items they have. You guys that place is what my boho dreams were made of. Since my bump is large and in charge right now I stuck with a lot of their flowly dresses and skirts to try on. This dress is non-maternity but the empire waist and extra fabric make it perfect for pregnancy (I bought it in size small). I know I've mentioned this before but I don't like buying a ton of maternity items because they do not work as well postpartum. I love items that can work throughout all the stages and this dress does just that! They are also very affordable and offer really great quality. I cannot wait to visit again and get some nursing-friendly items- they have so much to choose from!
In the next few weeks as our baby girl's due date approaches I'm not sure how often I'll be updating on the blog. I know that with Instagram and Snap Chat it's a lot easier for me to post a quick update and stay connected with all of you so I'll probably stick to those more frequently. However, I'm trying to take it all day-by-day as we continue to move this month to our new home (btw cannot wait to share more pics with you guys!) I just want to be sure to give myself time with everything. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and continued support- I love you guys!
Wishing you a good one!