Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

We're so incredibly lucky to have the most selfless and loving man as our dad! We wish everyone a Happy Father's Day!

xo
The Mellin Girls

 
P.S. Check out this post for a throw back to baby Logan's first Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And Now We Are Four


Saturday, June 6th at 1:01 in the afternoon, our sweet Wesley finally decided she was ready to meet her family. She was an easy and quick delivery (two contractions and three pushes that had her out in less than ten minutes) and is an easy and sweet baby. She sleeps well, she doesn't really cry... she is the exact opposite of what her sister was like as a newborn!
We've been taking it easy over here in the Mellin house since Wesley's arrival and are happy to just be getting to know each other. Logan has reacted just as I thought she would to her new baby sister; she is helpful and sweet but totally not interested. Logan is thrilled to get diapers, bottles, blankets, and likes to play the piano for Wesley if she "needs cheering up", but when you ask her if she'd like to give Wesley a kiss or would like to hold her, she says "Uh, no thanks." 
Perhaps once Wesley gets a little more interesting, Logan will want to interact with her.

I feel so grateful during this postpartum period as opposed to how I felt after Logan; it's such a world of difference. I have recovered much quicker, Wesley is breastfeeding better (even though I'm not making much), and there's no sign of gastrointestinal issues in baby; we're all feeling comfortable and happy. I'm able to enjoy my kids right now and it's the greatest feeling.

xo
-Ali

Monday, June 1, 2015

Lately

Yup, I am still pregnant and though my due date is tomorrow, I am feeling like there is no end in sight. I keep thinking I'll be some phenomena and be pregnant for all of my life with this kid. Despite the days of contractions and "maternal feelings" and bouncing on a birthing ball, she's just enjoying herself in there and is keeping us very anxiously waiting. 

The last month has been the hardest; being so pregnant with a toddler is definitely a different experience than being pregnant with no kid. Somehow I've transitioned Logan in to a big girl room and potty trained her in the last trimester of this pregnancy and have overall managed to keep up with her; though I have to admit that when Rory gets home I fully take advantage of passing over most all parental duties to him until bedtime so I can sit on the couch with my feet up for what's usually the first time that day (Logan doesn't nap anymore by the way!).

We've been busy with doctor's appointments, allergist appointments, mama's doctor appointments, a brief hospital stay, gymnastics and lots and lots of parties/bbq's that filled up each and every weekend of our calendar last month. I'm feeling relieved that it's June because my calendar is empty (aside from a few doctor's appointments) and from what I'm told, this baby should be here at some point this month. June, I welcome you!

xo
-Ali

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Few Worth Sharing


We had a little Easter egg hunt in our backyard today to "practice" for the weekend. I don't know if it's the pregnancy hormones or just a general mom thing, but I was feeling pretty emotional about her looking like a mega kid with her pig tails and Easter basket on her first egg hunt. Every day she's changing, she's growing, she's becoming her own person and I am completely overwhelmed with love for her face and her hair and her silly sentences and her voice and her heart.. her sweet loving heart. I am so incredibly lucky.

xo
-Ali

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Big Girl Room

It happened about a week earlier than planned, but Logan is fully transitioned in to her "big girl" room! We had been playing in there for a little over week to get her used to it and we talked about how she would move there so that baby sister could start sleeping in the crib when she came; one day last week after a bath, Logan said "I want to sleep in my big girl room!".. so we went with it and it's been really great! I'm always impressed at how easy going Logan is (let's thank her dad for that quality).


The vision I had for this room was to make the most of the space, give her specific areas, and to make sure that everything was at her level and there for a purpose. The teepee was a fun redo (please read that with mega sarcasm)! You may remember that Rory and I made this teepee last year right before we moved and it had been nothing but a nightmare setting it up again and trying to keep it from collapsing on itself on our hardwood floors downstairs. My dad bought Logan a teepee from the Land of Nod for Christmas so we put the one we made in the garage just in case we needed the painters tarp or PVC pipes for something else. One day during a rare nap time, I decided to get my pregnant self to rebuild that teepee and use it in what was to be her new room. That lovely project took two hours and lots of redo's.. never again I tell you! Even though this teepee is a total headache, it's stable and looks great in her new room; it's a great little place to hide and defines the play area of her room which also includes a costume box that Logan is pretty thrilled about lately and her baby dolls. We actually spend a lot of time playing up there; wearing fairy wings and her witch hat while dancing in front of her mirrored closet doors provides endless entertainment!

On the other side of the room are her sleeping and reading spaces. I wanted the books to be within her reach as well as the shelf above her reading chair; she is obsessed with stacking her Russian nesting dolls and loves to wear her Mouseketeer hat that "live" on the shelf. Each night she goes over to her books and picks one or two for us to read before bedtime.. I really love that this room encourages her independence (everything is "by myself!" lately anyway).

I'm so happy with the way her new room turned out and how easy it was to put together (minus the teepee dramatics) but most of all, I love that it cost us next to nothing to decorate! Most everything you see in her room are all things I already had:

- Teepee: DIY
- Costume box and costumes: a birthday gift from Rory's aunt
- Dolls and crib: Christmas gift from my mom
- Twin bed: birthday gift from my dad 
- Kite / Hair clip holder: DIY
- Chalkboard art: DIY
- Embroidery hoop art: DIY
- Bird embroidery art: thrifted a while ago
- Blanket in the teepee: thrifted a few years ago
- Pillows in the teepee: DIY
- Bedding: thrifted a while ago
- Reading chair: from my mother in law's garage and moved from her nursery
- Crates for book storage: thrifted and moved from her nursery
- Shelf and decor: thrifted and moved from her old nursery
- Accordian wall rack: thrifted years ago
- Daisy painting: was my grandmothers
- "You are my Sunshine" banner: DIY
- Pompom garland: DIY

.... so what did we spend money on? Well, we bought the faux sheep skin rug several months ago at HomeGoods for about $30 and the polka dot wall decals were $11 at Target. ::pat on the back::

We have two full months to get completely adjusted (even though it seems she already is) before baby sister arrives and brings a little chaos with her I'm sure. I'm a little overwhelmed with not only the fact that Logan's sleeping in a twin bed and is growing up, but also that these are the last few weeks of just the three of us. We are so excited to welcome Wesley and to start our lives as a family of four (ah!), but I can't help but be emotional in this new "big kid" space when it's just the three of us playing and reading stories... cherishing these new memories that are being made and looking forward to all the love that will continue to grow with a new little in the mix.

xo
-Ali

Friday, March 6, 2015

Currently (Accentuating the Positive)


Thinking About: taking it one day at a time. The last several weeks have been really hard over here; selling furniture and clothes to go to the market, emotions over medical bills, feeling totally helpless and desperate. We're making it through and are reminding ourselves of all the positive. One day at a time.

Listening: I've been listening to Mariachi el Bronx for a bit of cheery music to help bring up my mood. What's better than a bunch of white boys from punk bands playing mariachi music and dressed for the part as well?

Watching: I've been sucked in to the Bachelor nation. It all started with Sean's season. I adored Dez, was annoyed with Juan Pablo and loved miss Andi. I am not a fan of this new bachelor Chris... he makes out with everyone immediately! I find it pretty tacky and am pretty sure he's full of bologna. I seem to have a pattern here with the seasons and am thinking ABC should ax the Bachelor and only continue with the Bachelorette. Am I the only one rooting for Britt to be the next to find love in the franchise?

Planning: lots of changes. Next month will be the month of potty training and transitioning Logan in to her big girl room and big girl bed so I can get the nursery ready for Wesley. I've been washing newborn clothes, blankets, towels, sterilizing toys; next will be making room for bottles in the kitchen (still hoping breastfeeding works out this time for us though!). I guess I am in "nesting" mode, but me being on top of organizing and cleaning isn't really out of the ordinary for me.

Loving: my family. Super cliche answer? Oh well. The days that I want to give up and break down, I just step back and see my daughter laughing hysterically with her dad and all the stressors melt away. Some people ask how can they help and do I need a break, but honestly, my days with Logan are what keeps me sane and happy. I wouldn't give up a few hours with her to go do something by myself; being by myself is lonely and that's when the anxiety comes to the front of my mind. I'd much rather play with my best friends than have a "break".

xo
-Ali