WAITING ON FALL
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Wearing: Ace & Jig Top and THVM denim via Loneflag / Maya ClogsSandgrens / Minnetonka Hat

Stroller: Stokke Xplory

Well, we are all melting here with this horrible heat wave going on right now.  This weather + no AC makes for one sweaty household.  Mid September and no sign of Fall at all.  I heard we are hitting records all around the county!  Blah.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for sweaters and non-iced coffee drinks. This Ace & Jig blouse and THVM denim skinnies are great transitional pieces into the colder months ahead (hopefully coming sooner than later).    And I’m in love with my new Sandgrens clogs! I’ve been wanting a pair of Swedish clogs for a while now, and when I saw these, it was a done deal.  Classic, simple and versatile.

Over the last ten days since Cru’s arrival, we’ve mostly been cooped up at home….but we have made it out a few times and I’ve been able to try out my Stokke Xplory stroller.  So far, I’m absolutely in love with it.  Not just because I love what it looks like: clean, modern, with a beautiful melange charcoal fabric.  But also because of it’s features and functionality.  One of the things I love most is the elevated seat.  It allows you to be closer to baby, which helps them feel safe and secure.  The seat can easily be switched from facing outward, to facing inward (toward the parent).  I have it set up facing towards me with the seat in its fully reclined position.  The stroller comes with a padded infant insert as well, which is great for the first few months.  The handle bar can be adjusted to any height you want and the seat can be raised and lowered to your preference as well.  The Xplory was really easy to set up, and equally as simple to break down and put in my car.  Got to love a stroller that combines quality, style AND functionality!  I also got the riding board for Rylee to tag along….I can’t wait to try that out as well!


BIG SIS
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I snapped these photos on day two of having Cru home with us.  Rylee sure is enjoying her role as big sis.  Can’t wait to see these two grow up together. Oh my heart.  I love being a mama.

 


OUT AND ABOUT
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Kain top and thvm trousers via Loneflag // Cleobella fringe tote // Charlotte Stone copper slides (mint / papaya)

Yesterday we took Cru to his first doctors appointment and weight checkup.  He lost a few ounces, as expected, and ironically gained a couple inches (I think they must have measured wrong after delivery) haha.  This guy is long and lean, with the skinniest legs and tiniest butt you’ve ever seen.  Totally his father’s son.  Sorry Sam ;)  It felt good to get dressed and out of the house with my crew. Ahh, there are FOUR of us now!  I can already tell it is going to be an adjustment for me juggling these two, but I love them like crazy and am honestly looking forward to the journey.  I think at about this time 3 years ago when I was holding brand new Rylee in my arms, I was an emotional nutcase.  This time around seems strangely easy.  I might be retracting that statement in a few weeks…but I’ll ride it while it lasts!


He’s Here!

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This beautiful boy graced us with his presence on Friday afternoon, September 5th.  Cru was born at 12:47pm, weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches long.  I was 39 weeks along.

I was induced at about 8:30am, and it took about 2 hours for labor to really kick in.  Contractions began to come on fast and strong at about 10:45 and at about 12:15 I got an epidural to ease the pain.  It’s funny how similar this birth was to Rylee’s story.  As the epidural began to kick in and ease the pain of my contractions, I simultaneously got really bad back pain on my right side.  The doctor came in to check on my status, and I was already at 10cm, ready to push.  My mom said that it was 12:45 when I started pushing, and Cru came at 12:47.  Three pushes.  I even surprised myself.  I can’t help but feel so thankful for a body that for some reason has given me two very quick, complication free deliveries….and two strong healthy babies.  My health has been a bumpy road in the past, and this is one thing I can really be grateful for.  God is so good.

We are back home now, trying to adjust to life with two little humans!  So far, Cru has been a sleep champ (knock on wood).  The first two days he had his days and nights mixed up….but for the last three he has given us all the sleep we need!  We are all just head over heels in love with this little man.

Welcome to the world Cru Larson!


Family / Maternity Shoot with Acres of Hope Photography
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And if you can believe it….these aren’t even all of them!  Sorry for the photo onslaught, I am just terrible at narrowing them down!  My sweet friend Erica, who I’ve known since high school, is the incredible talent behind Acres of Hope Photography.  We’ve worked together a lot in the past, and I am so lucky that she was able to capture my family at this special time in our lives.  If I remember correctly, we were one of the first weddings Erica ever shot, all the way back in 2009.  Proud of where she’s come with her photography business and especially blessed to still call her a dear friend.

It’s strange to sit here and think about how this will mostly likely be the last week we have together, just the three of us.   I remember it was a challenging transition for me after having Rylee….learning to balance my work, time with Sam, friends, home responsibilities, and being a momma to this new baby girl.  Of course, over time, together we learned what worked for us and what didn’t, and things eventually got a whole lot easier.  I learned to let things go, to give myself grace, and at the end of the day, to always remember what is important.  Over the last three years, Ry has filled our lives with more joy than we could have ever imagined.   On one hand, I am more than ready to welcome our baby Cru into the family.  My body is echoing…”MORE than ready!”.  But on the other hand, I do have a bit of fear over how this will change our “groove”.  I know he will come and we will love him like mad….but I suppose my fear is mostly rooted in Rylee.  Wondering how she will adjust and if I will be able to be there for her as much as I’d like to.  It’s probably a silly fear, but one that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  I know with Cru, I will have to find a new groove taking care of two kiddos.  I’m sure I’ll face some similar challenges as I did when Rylee first came into our lives.  But when I look back and remember some of those trials, they pale in comparison to everything we’ve gained in her.  I can’t wait to meet this boy, and for our lives to be turned upside down and for all of us to fall head over heels in love again.  Crossing my fingers it’s only a few days (hours!?) away!

 

Wearing // Top photos:  Lace Dress – Free People, Boots – Matisse ; Bottom photos: Fly Away tunic & Ikat Kimono – Free People,  Minnetonka Hat