We had our first snow fall of the year here in Michigan, I seriously went from not thinking about Christmas at all to totally ready to go Christmas shopping and get it all done in 2 hot seconds. Its amazing what a little bit of snow does for your holiday cheer.
First I would like a huge pat on the back, perhaps a cookie, or a trophy … Matt was gone hunting for about 10 days. TEN. So I’ve been home solo with the babes that whole time. 22 months + 4-1/2 month old … and a dog. I was super out numbered. How you single mom’s do it, especially with two babies, not sure. I about died on several occasions. Mainly bedtime. Mama needs a cocktail, that’s what she needs.
He actually did come home for a day and a half in the middle though, so atleast I had that. So lets start the weekend out at Thursday this week, because when you’re a stay at home mom, all the days tend to blend together. Clare had her 4 month check up that evening, and we’re so thankful we have a very healthy little girl. She is a petite little thing which is strange for us when Levi was such a tank. Everyone just compliments her on her crazy beautiful hair & how smiley she is. We sure do love having her in our family. [I’ll be blogging her four month update in the next day or so as well].
Friday was one of those days where I tried to get out of the house all day and ended up leaving after nap time at the crack of 5pm. Once Levi was awake from his nap, we ran some errands & then headed to thee cutest unicorn themed first birthday party for my cousin’s little Nella Ruth. My family is extremely close on my mom’s side so Randi (aka Miranda) is one of my best friends. So her children actually feel more like my nieces.
It was so nice to get Levi out of the house! We were going crazy being cooped up at home, and there is only so many target trips your wallet can take. Sorry Matt, see what happens when you leave me for too long?! Randi even made these little unicorn’s on sticks for party favors! Such a hit & I’m still trying to figure out how the heck she made them. Oh and the cookies were just as delicious as they were adorable. Pretty sure Levi’s dinner that night consistent of cookies, cupcakes, and chips. Good hearty dinner right? In between the bites of cookies, Levi attempted to spin a basketball on his finger & followed our friend Trevor around starring at him who was dressed a lot like Matt with a camo hat & a beard. That’s when I realized he needed his dad home STAT. We were laughing so hard.
Saturday morning we woke up to winter wonderland. I walked into Levi’s room and opened his blinds, his face just lit up! “Ohhhh snoowwww!!!” I love it. I actually got to work for a few hours while my mother in law babysat during the day. Headed home and went on another target trip + bed time solo. Again. We were almost home and Levi saw some Christmas lights so I whipped a ‘youie’ and drove down the road to this business that had awesome christmas lights up. I just planned to do a drive by but Clare was asleep so I let him out because he wanted to see them up close and personal. Free entertainment. He loved tracking through the snow in his boots too. Bathtime for everyone and once both kids were finally sleeping, I put laundry away which is never endinggggg. Super super exciting Satruday night. Oh how the things change. [which I actually love quiet low key nights to be honest].
Okay seriously, this face haha. She is very focused on catching those darn water droplets.
Sunday morning I had a lovely breakfast date, we spent the morning at church + with family that afternoon. Met Matthew at my parents [so Levi could see his buck] and welcomed him home with a happy dance and I didn’t change ONE diaper the rest of the day.
Happy Monday! Ready to accomplish as much editing as I can before the holiday! Cheers to being productive & getting lots done! XO, Leah
I photographed this engagement session back in June, literally right before I was about to pop with baby Clare. These two were actually married in Maui on May 7 and are planning a wedding/reception for exactly a year later here in Michigan for family & friends to celebrate with them. So technically these could be considered just married or engagement photos. I mean you can clearly see the ‘newlyweds’ written all over these two, they are so in love & I had such a fun time capturing it.
Here is a wedding photo from their elopement in Maui. I tried to talk them into taking me with them to capture some amazing wedding photos, but unfortunately I was about to pop so I’ll just have to make it to Hawaii some other way … [sigh]. XO, Leah
Blogger block is in full swing over here! This time of year comes & its always a little insane around here. Everyone trying to fit in a session before it gets cold, and then with this weather especially … I feel like I’ve been shooting constantly and getting more and more behind on editing, meeting with brides, trying to keep my house somewhat clean [big thanks to my hubby who helps me so much with that], attempting to be a good mom, NEVER ENDING LAUNDRY!!! SERIOUSLY … etc etc. You guys know what I’m talking about right?! Sleep has been the number one neglected thing lately + it’s definitely starting to take a toll on me. As I get older, I’m learning more and more we seriously NEED the sleep. And I just read an article saying woman need more sleep than men, awesommmeee. So with all this, blogger block is also in full swing. Maybe if I catch some sleep this weekend, I’ll feel more inspired + rejuvenated and not have writers block. We’ll see if that actually happens!
On top of all these everyday to do’s, we’ve had a few trips to the doctor’s lately. One being for miss Clare. This photo below makes me laugh so hard. It’s her serious/scared face I think. When Clare was about 4 days old, I noticed her left eye to be a little bit ‘goobery’ than the right, not to mention a little bit smaller/swollen. Obviously with the trauma of birth, eye ointment they put in their eyes right after they’re born and what not, I wasn’t too concerned about it. But around 2 months, it was so bad, she would wake up and her left eye was sealed shut every. single. morning. I felt awful. It definitely doesn’t seem to bother her but it bothered me. I felt so bad for her, even though she didn’t care. She would even wake up from naps with her eye sealed shut. So after a trip to our everyday doc, he assured me it was just a clogged tear duct & very common. Two of my nieces had it as well. Have any of you ladie’s babes experienced this?! So I let my mama bear anxiety attack go and went on with life doing the massages they told me to do every morning and night hoping it would get better.
Fast forward to her being 4 months now, its still pretty bad. I talked with an ophthalmologist & told her the severity of it and she thought it would be a good idea to come in and make sure we didn’t have a full blockage, although they really don’t like to operate on it until they a year. Which I made clear, I didn’t want to operate at all! But then again, can’t have her dealing with this for another 8 months! So off to the doctor we went.
Talk about one proud mama. She was an angel! I bet it would have been a totally different story if her 21 month old brother was in the hot seat. She seriously coo-ed and caa-ed at the nurses the whole time while they’re dilating her eyes, covering up one with a sticker, poking & prodding at her. She is just so sweet. Well, most of the time …
We had to wait 40 minutes while her eyes dilated. She was so funny. And fyi, her hair is untamable.
After some tests, her vision is perfect and I am so so thankful for that. Her tear duct is definitely clogged, her features are so petite that they think her gland that runs down her nose for drainage is partially blocked. They put some drops in her eyes that with a black light we could see draining out of her nose after a few minutes, so we know it isn’t a full blockage. Obviously if you’re having this with your child and feel as though it needs some medical attention, I highly recommend going and being on the safe side and just making sure. I wanted to share this though in case you’re having a little problems with clogged tear ducts but not to the point where it is a real concern. They said it should clear itself, but I did get some ointment which seems to make a huge difference. Thank goodness. So I think we’re on the mend & hopefully will be able to avoid surgery when she’s 12 months.
Here’s to all my fellow worry wart mama’s out there! XO, Leah