Rylee turns 6

Well, I’m over a month late in posting this…but better late than never right!  A few weeks back we celebrated Rylee turning 6 with a mermaid pool party, per her request!  Quincy was born just two weeks before her birthday so I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pull off a party (or at least the kind of party I like to throw) for her with such a fresh babe in tow. I somehow managed to have all 3 kids just 2 weeks apart from each other, so birthdays will be really hard, or really easy if I just lump them all into one every year. Haha, I have a feeling that won’t fly.  BUT with the help of my family, we pulled a party together and I think it might have actually been her favorite one to date.  Swimming, cake and her best friends are really all a girl needs ;)  The last couple months have been a little crazy as we have been adjusting to life as a family of five and I’ve felt so bad for not giving Ry the time and attention that she is used to.  A new baby and a new school is a lot of change for a little person, and I’ve been so incredibly proud at how she has handled it all.  She is mature beyond her years and really is the best big sister.  I feel like she and I have a kindred spirit and I can read her very easily because I see so much of myself in her.  She is kind, sensitive, determined, and goofy. She has a lot of really amazing qualities about her, and I get emotional just thinking about how much she means to me.  I feel so lucky to be her momma and to have the privilege of raising her.  Rylee, you are one in a million.

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Plates & Napkins / Cupcake toppers / Mermaid Cushion / Mermaid Crown / Shell Pool Float / Invitation


KEDS

Shoes – Keds / Dress – dRA / Hat – Brookes Boswell / Wrap – Sakura Bloom

I’ve always loved Keds? for their classic and timeless style.  I think the older I get the more I appreciate simplicity in all things, but especially in my wardrobe.  White is always a color I gravitate to during the summertime.  I love these classic white leather Keds paired with a simple white dress.  White on white mixed with natural accessories is a no fail look in my opinion. And not to mention these shoes are the most comfy!  I have a feeling the next few months for me will be a bit chaotic getting used to life with three kiddos, it’s nice to have some shoes that can last me throughout the day.  Sweet Quincy girl just turned 5 weeks old and although she has had a rough start with nursing and gaining weight, we are finally on the right track and she’s doing so much better.  She definitely likes to be held so I have been wearing her around everywhere….strapped to my chest like a little koala…but I kind of love it.  I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky with this girl.  She has made our family complete and I am nothing but thankful.  I need to write down her birth story here soon before I forget all the details!

I hope you all are enjoying these last days of summer!  Rylee just started kindergarten and it’s blowing my mind how quickly time is passing me by! Seriously, life can slow down now ;)

* this post was sponsored by Keds


BEFORE THERE WAS YOU

I’m so thankful we were able to sneak in some family photos before Quincy’s arrival!  We shot these with my dear friend Jackie right before our FW17 lifestyle shoot for Rylee and Cru and it worked out so perfect….because Lord knows getting everyone dressed up and out the door at 39 weeks is no small task!  Now we just need a family pic of all 5 of us to hang on the wall and I think I am done with photoshoots for the year! ;)  I am still working on a post sharing Quincy’s birth story (and pics of her sweet face!)….so that will come very soon!  Or whenever I get an hour to sit down and write it which has not happened yet! haha.  It’s a good one, promise.

xx


FINAL COUNTDOWN

Dress – Sisters of Nature / Mules – Freda Salvador

Hopefully the last photos I will have with this bump!  Final countdown in on! Finding it hard to fit in anything these days other than leggings or mumu dresses.  This dress is the exception and hopefully one I’ll wear long after my preggo days! :)

 


TYSA DESIGNS

Tysa Frida Frock / Nomah Project Hat

Tysa Designs has been a favorite of mine for years.  I remember being pregnant with Cru 3 years ago, I lived in a few of her maxi dresses. They are definitely not maternity dresses and I’ve worn them long after, but their flowy maxi’s do lend themselves nicely to a big ‘ol belly!  This babe has been cooking for 37 weeks now and to say I am ready is an understatement!  Not really in the sense that I have everything prepared…but just that my body feels like it could give birth any minute now.  The last 4 weeks are quite a treat aren’t they!?  haha.  I am still working and trying to wrap up projects at Rylee & Cru before she arrives so I can take a few weeks off after she arrives.  But I am trying not to set too many expectations for myself…as everyone has been sure to tell me how hard it is having 3  kids, and especially having 3 kids and working.  I know it will all work out in one way or another…..I will just have to take it one day at a time.  I’m hoping she and I will both be feeling healthy and strong and ready to take on the challenge.  Wish me luck :)

One perk of having an auto immune condition is that I get to see her cute little face in ultrasounds more often than most.  I got to see her a few days ago and they said everything was looking great.  Weighing about 6 pounds and seemingly very healthy.  Considering all of my own personal health issues over the last two years, I am so grateful my body has been able to stay relatively strong throughout this pregnancy and give her all the nutrients she needs to thrive.  I’ve put on a lot more weight this time around (even though I’ve actually eaten less and probably healthier this pregnancy) but someone decided to remind me of that the other day which made me feel pretty crummy.  “Oh wow, you’ve gained some weight haven’t you!?” was the exact phrase he used.  I laughed and said yes but in my head all the bad thoughts started creeping in.  I got in my car and some tears welled up in my eyes….but I quickly pulled myself out of that self loathing state and instead reminded myself that I am growing a human and how incredible my body is to even be able to do that.  I’ll take all the extra butt dimples if it means I get a healthy beautiful babe at the end of all of this. Some people say the most stupid things to pregnant women don’t they!?  Oy…when will men learn ;) Anyway…doing my best to stay positive these last couple of weeks! I can’t wait to meet her!!