Sunday, August 31, 2014

blue & pink + Anthropologie Cardigan + Madewell belt + Miss Me Jeans + Sam Edelman = mySTYLE august {7 wks postpartum}











Clothing
tops: Sparrow Blushing Bouquet Cardigan from Anthropologie and Splendid racerback tank. 

The cardigan is a favorite piece in my wardrobe. I'm also a little sentimental about it. I bought it in NYC {my first, and only visit so far...} from Anthropologie at Rockefeller Plaza. I went to Manhattan by myself, for four days, when True was fourteen months old; it left an impression. The dressing room in that Anthropologie left an impression. I wanted to move in. See a selfie from then, and in that dressing room, on Instagram here. Find my exact cardigan {size and all!} on Ebay here...'cause it's obviously no longer available in stores ;)

The white top underneath the cardigan is another favorite!! It's a Splendid racerback top in a silky and beautiful rayon. I can't find a comparable top to link to. I picked it up about a year and a half ago in a Splendid shop in Miami. You can't go wrong with a Splendid anything, so shop the brand here
jeans: Miss Me bootcut jeans. Good luck finding this pocket...they've got bazillions to choose from! I likely got this pair from Boot Barn, or somewhere like it, in the past year or two. Shop all Miss Me goodies here
shoes: Aaah, my Sam Edelman Greyson sandals. These have a little bit of a story. You can read more about them here. They don't seem to be currently available, but are all over Ebay. I like to shop Sam Edelman at Nordstrom

Accessories
necklace: find it and the details in January's post here.
earrings: see them better and get the wildly exciting details in last month's post here.
belt: Madewell Braided Hammock Belt- I also got this in Miami about a year and a half ago, but in a Madewell store. It doesn't currently seem to be available.
bracelets: Pretty by JL Wish Bracelet in turquoise silk & pink natural beauty beads; Pretty by JL Braided Friendship Bracelet in watermelon :: rose :: lavender silks.
anklets: Pretty by JL Wish Anklet in pale blue silk & champagne diva beads; Pretty by JL Monogrammed Geometric Adjustable Anklet/Bracelet in rose silk.
nails: DIY with SensatioNail gel polish. I'm wearing kitten heel, and bought everything at Wal-Mart. But you can order online here.

I had a pedicure at the Spaaah Shop in Durango, and cannot begin to tell you what OPI color this polish is. Like Miss Me jeans, there's a ton of variety! But, it's a greenish, gold, mauvy color and Vanessa {who did them} called my toes, "chameleon." Maybe that's the polish color.

Photography
All photos are by & property of E. Lee Photography :: Visit her Website and on Facebook to see more of Esther's work & to schedule your own shoot. 
{click on each image in this post for a better view}

Can it really be the last day of August...which means that we've only got four more months in the year, and only two months until the holidays are totally & completely upon us?! For real? Wow. Just wow. I sort of want to crawl in a cave and hibernate. But, this feeling is normal for me at the first hint of fall in the air.

Regardless of all that, this has been a busy month which I know is true for most. Summer seems so busy for everyone, and in August we are holding on to summer and getting ready for/starting school. I'd like to do another Three Kid Diaries post where I share the details of what we've had going on, there is simply too much to tell you about here.

Despite my lesser than normal enthusiastic tone, I am very happy. My fall funk seems to lessen more and more each year on account of my kids keeping me busy. Plus, I can remember the anticipation of True & Elle West's arrival {they're both November babies}. Annnd, now I have a child in school!! So instead of remembering the dread of starting school myself {I didn't love back-to-school, except for the new school clothes & school supplies part} I can be excited for my kids to go, which gives me a little room to breathe. However, if True was not excited about school it'd probably be different. It would fill me with dread and doom for him. But he's not like me in that regard. He was ready at age 3 to start school and we've been counting down the days. His words since starting kindergarten a week and a half ago, "I love everything about that place."

Onward, to talk about this month's style post! With the nature of the month's events and emotions, I thought it necessary to wear a party dress; to celebrate the conclusion of summer and the success it brought {hey, we're all alive and well to write & talk about it!}. But, the *party dress did not fit. Not by a lot. You may not get to see it here, but you can see it on me in 2010 here.

For the most part, I can wear my pre-pregnancy clothes. So, I thought I could wear the dress. It wasn't until a couple days before the shoot that I decided I'd better try it on, to see if it would zip. G was home, so I asked him to help. It has a side zipper which can be tough if only a tiny bit snug. 

He gave it his best and I held my breath. He made reference to women wearing corsets and I sucked in deeper {maybe exhaling would've helped more}. Finally, and after saying he could "get after it" and break the zipper, he said, "There's just no way, Honey."

It was just as well. I didn't know what I'd wear, but wasn't going to worry about it. I folded laundry and was at peace with having a closet full of clean clothes. I'd just wear something normal; whatever I felt good in. Which is how I've gone about all of the previous month's shoots. I like them to be super natural, and I like to wear clothes that I'd wear on any normal day. 

So, on Tuesday, I got dressed and walked True to school. Then the girls and I headed for Esther's. We'd planned on shooting near the ditch behind her house. When I saw the log, I was gitty. It took all I had not to do a playful Dirty Dancing pose. You know the one, the log scene, the twirling foot. How funny and interesting that I'm wearing a white top so similar to her's in the scene! Ha! I could watch that over and over. I start smiling and singing along every time. I hope you'll take a couple minutes and enjoy it too :)

Alright, so anyway, I reigned it all in and was on my best behavior. Esther's little boy Brody, age 3, was with us. I didn't want to give him any bad ideas. He was already pretty concerned about my walking on the log. The ditch is, I don't know, about 20-25' wide and chest deep. I'm not even sure that I could stand if I fell in...even at chest deep, the current is probably stronger than it looks. As amusing as photos of me falling in the ditch might have been, the ditch is a dangerous and serious thing. I left Elle West buckled in her seat while we took pictures. There's just no way that I could have relaxed at. all. with her anywhere near the ditch. Brody is used to the rules of the ditch.

So, no party dress and no dirty dancing on the log. With the exception maybe of photo #8. That one looks a little dirty dancing-esque, but nothing like anything in the scene. However, I love the photos and I love what I'm wearing. There's nothing better than being comfortable and feeling good. As always, Esther captures the best of both. Oh and the ant. And the mud smudges from puppy Dino on my toes.

I hope you've had a great month and have felt PRETTY a good deal of the time- ants, mud, spit-up, poop, rain, clothes that don't fit & all ;)

All my love,
JL

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet our Sponsors :: 5th annual family 5k walk/run



Hello! If you live around here, you've probably noticed the pretty 5k posters hanging in various locations around Bayfield, Durango, and Ignacio!

I figured I'd take a few minutes to remind you what the Family 5k Walk/Run is, and to introduce you to this year's fantastic sponsors!!

I've got Evley Love snoozing in the Moby and True & Elle West are taking their nap...I'll make this brief in hopes that I will be able to get it posted today, and I know you're busy too!

The Family 5k Walk/Run is the Durango Pregnancy Center's annual fundraiser. DPC is a faith based, not for profit, organization that cares for the people of our community by listening and offering support to those who are facing expected or unexpected pregnancy, as well as any concerns that may coincide with sex and pregnancy. The center is filled with love and is essential to the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Despite the fact that DPC does not receive any state or federal funding, all of their services are free. Generous individuals and businesses within our community are responsible for keeping the Durango Pregnancy Center's doors open! The Family 5k Walk/Run is a fun way to get out together and raise awareness & money for the center!

All of the Family 5k Walk/Run's proceeds are split 50/50 between DPC and Best for Babes Foundation. BFB is also a non-profit organization who's mission, to support women throughout their breastfeeding journey no matter how big or small, is inline with DPC's mission to love, educate, help, and give hope. To learn more about our local Durango Pregnancy Center, and to donate, click here. To learn more about and to donate to the Best for Babes Foundation, click here. You can go ahead and register online for the 5th annual Family 5k Walk/Run by clicking on the poster above, or keep on reading for sponsor info and this year's delicious brunch menu!!

Yours truly is of course the Family 5k Walk/Run's presenting sponsor. I've got some fun things planned...stay tuned to the PRETTYblog for the details of our interactive booth and our prize giveaways at this year's 5k!

The following sponsors make the Family 5k Walk/Run possible. Thanks to their generosity, 100% of the monies earned from event entry fees and interactive booths are donated to DPC and BFB- none needs to be kept to fund the event itself!

*Sponsors are listed in order of generosity. Please click on each name to be redirected to their websites, and learn more about each business/organization!





Serious Delights has sponsored each of the five annual Family 5k Walk/Runs to date, and each year their contribution becomes more & more impressive!! Serious Delights Bakery is dedicated to inspiring happiness by creating the finest fresh baked goods. They bake from scratch, by combining organic & local ingredients with sustainable business practices, integrity and an extraordinary enthusiasm for detail! For me, Serious Delights has become as much a part of the Family 5k Walk/Run as DPC & BFB! I always look forward to the brunch that they provide for the event. Without further ado, here's this year's brunch menu:

Traditional mini croissants
Mini smoked ham & white cheddar mini croissants
Roasted jalapeno & smoked bacon mini croissants
Sauteed spinach & goat cheese mini croissants
Mini cinnamon rolls
Mini lemon coconut muffins (gluten free)
Mini pumpkin spice muffins (gluten free)
Mini chocolate dipped macaroons
Mini chocolate chip cookies
Mini oatmeal raisin cookies

Um, YUM right!!!?! If you were on the fence about registering for the event, I bet you're not now! We will also have fresh fruit and coffee from Starbucks!! To heck with running! Come to eat and donate to two amazing organizations! Sheesh...and I've said nothing about the incredible prize giveaway and all the fun that's in store for the kiddos! Btw, I'm totally kidding about the running part. The Walk/Run along the river is all part of it- Uh-Maze-Ing. Only in Durango. For Real.

Alright. So much for brief. I can't seem to do it. There's simply too much to tell you! The family 5k is simply too much fun!! Register for the Family 5k Walk/Run NOW online, or print your mail-in registration form and mail it by this coming Saturday, or simply show up on race-day. Note the date, location, and same-day registration arrival time on the poster above.

*Perks to registering online NOW: Save $10 on all registration fees before August 16 {prices will INCREASE $10 after August 16}, and the first 100 registrants will receive an awesome goodie bag {can't be guaranteed on race day, but is likely when registering online!}.

Join the Family 5k Walk/Run on Facebook for fun extras and to share with your friends! See you there!!

X O X O X,
JL

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elle Macpherson Intimates + VS pajamas + AIMbaby + monogrammed anklets + peacock feathers = mySTYLE july {2 wks postpartum}












Clothing
top: Victoria's Secret racerback tank in dark charcoal - not currently available, but this looks similar.
shorts: Victoria's Secret mayfair eyelet-trim short in black/white paisley - find this season's prints here.
bra: Elle Macpherson Intimates beach babe wire-free nursing bra in insignia blue - buy it here. I'm loving this Belabumbum for sleep.
manicure: shellac polish, featuring a peacock feather - do it yourself here, done for me by a special friend ;)

Evley Love: Her white ruffle blouse was a gift from Great Grandma Rita, and was likely from a department store. Her lovely peacock feather leggings are AIMbaby and can be found here. Shop all the cute prints & cuts in their Etsy shop here. AIMbaby leggings are handmade in Colorado, by a Mama I know, and the quality is impeccable. 

Customize Evley's anklet by clicking here {and see more details below}. I made these matching anklets a week before I had her, and we both wore them home as bracelets from the hospital. 

Her peacock feather swaddle blanket is by aden + anais, and you can find it here. I absolutely love these blankets.

Accessories
necklace: find the details in last month's post here.
earrings: cheapy gold hoops from Claire's.
anklet: Mine & Evley's - matching, Pretty by JL Monogrammed Geometric Adjustable Anklet/Bracelets, in rose silk - see this season's silk colors in this post.

Photography
All photos are by & property of E. Lee Photography :: Visit her Website and on Facebook to see more of Esther's work & to schedule your own shoot. 
{click on each image in this post for a better view}

Is this really the last day of July??! Do I really have Evley Love with me, to hold, in the flesh??! Was she really three weeks old yesterday???????! 

This month has been a bit of a blur to say the least, and time is absolutely flying by. Evley is an absolutely amazing baby. She is doing so well, and is growing so fast. The photos in this post were taken a measly nine days ago and she seems to have changed so much in that time. Am I overusing the word so? Well, that's my postpartum brain for you. Anyway, Evley's hair is still gorgeous and dark, her eyes are still ocean blue, but she might be an inch longer, and she has shed all that peeling skin from birth. She's beautiful and incredibly sweet.

On the note of postpartum, I usually get dressed and am somewhat presentable by 10 a.m. But, I've had a few pajama days. And I've maybe worn mascara once since Evley was born. I'm not getting out tons, unless it's on small Bayfield walks. But, visitors are now welcome...if you want to come by and bring me coffee I will likely love you for life {although I likely do already} >>---> dark chocolate iced mocha, pretty please, from the Tuning Fork!

I can wiggle into my pre-pregnancy jeans, but it definitely looks like I'm Rockin' the Beer Gut, which is fine by me...I'm going to enjoy being a little more curvaceous while it lasts! Seriously, I love thin, I love curvy; I think women's bodies are beautiful no matter their size. And, as much as I'm at peace with my smaller, God given bra size, I sure do enjoy having a little more boob to look at while breastfeeding. I hope you don't mind the peek, either. I've always wanted some PRETTY breastfeeding pictures, and I had to share now that I do!

A huge thank you to Esther for again reminding me of my pretty at a time when it's so easy to forget. She has taken so many pictures this year that I will treasure for life. See all of this year's mySTYLE posts to date by clicking here. For the details of Evley's first two weeks at home, click here. And stay tuned for her birth story...now would be a fantastic time to subscribe to the PRETTYblog if you aren't a subscriber already! You can do that by clicking here {be sure to enter your mailing address so that I can send you your gift!}

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the holy heck out of your summer!!!

X O X O X, JL

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three Kid Diaries :: 2 weeks in

Well hello! Since today is Evley's 2 week birthday (actually, yesterday) I think it appropriate to check-in, and to let you know how things are going around here. I'll start by saying that Evley Love is an incredible baby. Gabe and I have been blessed with three healthy pregnancies, labor/deliveries, and babies. I feel so blessed that I'm sometimes overwhelmed by emotion regarding the matter, and I wonder why & how it all happened. I can safely say at this point that I feel like my immediate family is complete; I'm content to stop having babies now. As a result, I'm appreciating and eating up these early days with Evley. I wish so badly that I could have been so calm and attentive when True was little, but I rushed him to grow. With Elle West I was a lot better, but felt really busy for having two. Now, anything that can wait will wait. I know better now. It took me three to get it.

I want to share Evley's birth story with you and hope to write it soon. This post though is just an outline of worth mentioning events over the past couple weeks. I hope you enjoy the glimpse into our lives; please leave your judgements outside and come on in...

Wednesday, July 9
Evley Love Candelaria was born at 4:27 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs, 14 oz and was 18 1/4" long.

Thursday, July 10
We brought her home at about 5 p.m., and my Mom & Dad traveled the three-hundred + miles to help out. True was super excited to have Evley and I home, and Elle West wasn't quite sure about the the whole thing. However, Grandma & Grandpa were exciting enough to keep Elle from any major melt downs.

The night was off to a rough start when I tried to lay Evley down. She wasn't content to be left in her bed (it is currently/was in our room). Things went much more smoothly once I gave into the idea of simply nursing her to sleep and allowing myself to doze off, too. We slept in our recliner all night, waking every couple hours to nurse, and dozing off again with her lying on my chest.

Friday, July 11
Gabe went back to work today, but Evley and I were able to take it easy and hang around the house. My parents picked up coffee & breakfast from the Tuning Fork here in Bayfield, and played with True and Elle West on the trampoline all morning. It was relaxing and fun for me to watch from under our apple tree. I wish I had a picture of the four of them jumping! 

After lunch, Evley and I napped in the recliner while True and Elle West took their afternoon nap, and my parents checked out a local antique store. 

After naps, my parents took True and Elle West to Durango for dinner and to grocery shop for me. Evley and I got out on a tiny walk, and then went to dinner with Gabe at our local brewery; where I also enjoyed my first beer of the summer!

By bedtime, my milk was beginning to come in. Evley had already been eating well (chugging actually, if that's possible prior to milk coming in...), but now she was content to sleep in her bed. I got up with her every 2-3 hours to nurse, and otherwise enjoyed the feel of my bed on my not-pregnant-body for the first time in many, many months! It was nothing short of amazing.

Saturday, July 12
Today was another easy day. My parents took True & Elle West to Durango again. They went swimming and had lunch; came home ready for naps. My Mom and I sat outside and had coffee during nap time, and my Dad helped Gabe with Evley's room.

We grilled out hamburgers for dinner and had a fire in our backyard afterwards. I sat by the fire holding Evley and glancing over at the full moon periodically. I had guessed that the moon would put me into labor and that I'd have her tomorrow...I was thankful for where I was at that moment, with her birth behind me and having beautiful, perfect, and healthy her to show for it. 

With each pregnancy I've worried a little more about the health of my baby. This is another reason for which I'm content with being "done"...I'd be a stress case should I be pregnant again (I imagine). I'm not sure of the odds, but I feel lucky to have had three healthy pregnancies and three healthy babies. While pregnant with True, I was clueless and therefore had no worries. Now I know more. I've heard more stories. I know more moms. I am a mom and know what my kids mean to me, and therefore worry before they are even born.

At this point, my milk was in and I was very near engorgement. Bedtime was rough on account of my hard, sore, and huge boobs. There was more milk than my skin could acclimate to, and I felt run down and tired. My bed still felt good, but I was not able to enjoy it as thoroughly as I did the night before.

Sunday, July 13
I woke up very tired. I was officially in a haze and my parents were packing up. I was engorged and sore, but Evley never had a problem latching on and eating (which was fantastic). Since the engorgement was bearable, I did not do anything at all about it (I think there are home remedies & other means out there to help with engorgement). I just fed Evley as often as she'd eat and rode it out.

I suffered my first incident of baby blues after reading some material that the hospital sent me home with regarding SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I found myself in the bathroom several different times that afternoon/evening, crying. In addition to racing fearful thoughts, it was sinking in that my parents were gone and that I'd be on my own tomorrow while Gabe was at work. I've suffered from a little bit of anxiety when my Mom has gone home after having all three of my kids.

My bed felt amazing though. 

Monday, July 14 
Evley woke up at 2 a.m. and again at 6 a.m. to eat. Since I had such nice stretches to sleep, I felt well rested and stayed up after her 6 o'clock feeding. I figured I'd better get started on the day if I was going to get us to the doctor by 9:40 a.m. for her 5 day check-up. Breastfeeding and diaper changes and dressing another person in the morning really adds to the time it takes to "get ready" for the day.

Gabe's Mom came over to watch True and Elle West for me, while I made the trip into Durango with Evley.

Evley WOW-ed the nurse and doctor by being back up to her birth-weight. Yep, she weighed in at 6 lbs & 14 oz! Our trip to town was a success and all went well.

I had been noticing that True was having a hard time. He was still being good, and helpful, but was throwing some out of character fits and acting out some. Elle West on the other hand was beginning to feel right with and in our family again. I'd made a point to reward and praise her when I noticed her sweetness or when she was being good. I'd put Evley down and ask Elle to snuggle or sit with me. I'd let Elle sit with us when we nursed...she noticed me pressing lightly on my boob one day (I was giving Evley's nostril a bit more room for air), and she decided that she could help by sitting next to me and ever so carefully pressing on my boob. I let her do it (still), whether it needs to be done or not. 

Back to True. I hadn't failed to give him attention up until now. But, he's different. He's the oldest. He'd gotten lots more jobs recently (which he liked some of). It was his job to check on Evley. It was his job to help Elle West. Looking into his face felt like looking into a mirror. He looked like me. He looked like he just had a baby. He did just have a baby. He was slightly pale and his eyes were glazed over; even though he'd been sleeping well. I started wondering what I could do that would be special for him.

I started thinking about how I could negotiate Target, in Farmington (an hour drive away), with three kids; 6 days postpartum and by myself.

Tuesday, July 15
I'd gone to bed wondering if going to Target was possible today, or if it was an insane idea. I woke up rested (because Evley is a doll and because my bed is amazing when I'm not pregnant). I then decided  that it was possible to go to Target, so long as I aimed for nothing else the entire day, and was willing to let go of the notion that it was possible that we'd make it back by nap time.

The four of us were ready and loaded up around 10:30. We got back six hours later, at 4:30. We only.went.to Target. Okay, so I drove through Taco Bell, too.

As well, we had two hours of drive time. And we parked at Safeway in Aztec to feed Evley on the way home. But still, it took over three hours to buy True school supplies. 

I will spare you the tedious details. But, the outline goes like this: once inside Target...go to the bathroom; buy True & Elle West hot dogs at the snack bar; buy myself an iced mocha at Starbucks; sit at a table in Starbucks and consume mentioned food while nursing Evley; burp Evley while T & E West finish lunch and put Evley in Moby Wrap; leave Evley's carseat at customer service; push E West in cart and find everything on school supply list but one thing; let True pick out a backpack, lunch box, and thermos (lunch boxes don't seem to come with thermoses anymore); search for a "desk solution" for True (he'd outgrown his desk space at home and we'd been discussing what to do); find Target employee to bring True's desk up front; check out; go with Target employee outside to load desk on truck while I loaded other items in front seat; go back into Target and get carseat; sit down at table in Starbucks and feed Evley; go to bathroom; load kids up into truck; fiddle with strapping True's desk down on my flatbed for awhile. Ahhh, pull out of Target parking lot while in my nicely air conditioned space and head for Taco Bell.

Shortly after we left Farmington it was clear that Evley needed something. So, we pulled over in Aztec for a diaper change and to nurse. That's when True said, "Oh good! I need to go to the bathroom."

I said that there was no chance of his going to the bathroom...that it was not possible for me to unload everyone to go inside Safeway, to the bathroom. I told him we could pull over up the road aways and he could go on the side of the road. Or, he could hop out and go in the parking lot, except that we might get into trouble. Then I told him that he could go in my water bottle. My Pretty by JL water bottle (I sort of thought for a second that he might like that idea...)

True whined about every single option and about how bad he had to go. I'd reached my limit for our outing. The water bottle solution was the very best I could offer. He tried and couldn't go. Then he told me that he didn't have to go anymore. Then I insisted that he try again. It worked that time and he mentioned that my water bottle was, "kind of hot now." I cringed, screwed the lid on tight, tossed it on top of our Target loot, and off we went.

So, we did not make it home for naps, and of course True and Elle West lost it in the truck. Elle West did not want True to rest his head on her seat (this is payback for years of True not letting Elle touch his seat with any body part). 

After ten or so minute of extremely intense whining, roaring, bickering and such, they both fell asleep...

They got a twenty-five minute nap in the truck.

The rest of the day is a blur and I feared that I'd over done it, and that I might never (ever) leave the house with three kids again. But, my bed felt amazing, Evley is a doll, and I got some sleep.

Wednesday, July 16
Slooow is the pace for today, and Evley is one week old! A friend came over in the morning and brought coffee. The kids played and we sat in the yard under the apple tree. It was lovely.

My major and most important to do of the day was to get True's desk put together. He was thrilled with his special shopping trip, but waiting to organize his new desk was brutal for him. I started at nap time and worked on nothing else until well into the evening. I fed Evley as needed and that was it. T & E West watched a movie after their naps and I worked on his desk. I did get it done in time for him to arrange it before bed. He said that I was the best mom ever. It was fun to watch him fill it up. 

He was content after that; the glaze over his eyes went away and he perked up.

Tracey brought us dinner (the same friend that had been over this morning), chicken spaghetti, and it was amazing. And my bed felt great, again.

Friday, July 18
I walked to the Tuning Fork (Evley in the Moby, Elle West in the stroller, & True walked...I can't manage Elle on her Strider bike right now and True's bike is broken) for coffee and an amazing sandwich. Then to the park where we ate and the kids played. 

We went home for nap, and Gabe came home so that I could go for a mani & pedi here in Bayfield. I took Evley and it was so nice to be pampered for a couple hours. Evley slept in her carseat.

Saturday, July 19
I picked up our Bountiful Basket order and worked on laundry. I feel like laundry doesn't stop piling up (neither do dishes). As soon as I get a batch done it's time to start again- that is the reality of our laundry cycle these days (and dishes, and I'm not even cooking per say...just getting by; eating to eat at each meal time). 

Gabe built his new desk, which was a nice to-do to get off of his list.

I ran out at nap time, kid free, to get an iced mocha before the Tuning Fork closed, to check my mail, and to pick up something at the afore mentioned antique store for my Mom. Evley was discontented with my leaving and Gabe had probably held her the entire time (she wasn't crying, but needed held when she'd normally be sleeping at that time). I was gone for forty-five minutes.

True is becoming a pro at holding Evley. He loves to do it and takes it very seriously.

I haven't gotten over how great my bed feels to get into. I can lay any way that I want to now! I can bring my knee up to my chest if I want! It's the little things...well, there isn't really anything little about comfortable sleep, especially being a mom. It's absolutely amazing. 

Sunday, July 20
I felt really good today. I made French toast for breakfast (but mostly because we only had milk enough for that). I got the bathrooms cleaned and laundry folded (big accomplishments!). I ran to the Bayfield grocery store with Evley (didn't want to leave her again) in the afternoon, and picked up dinner at Tequila's. It may not sound like much, but I was pooped after I got all the kids to bed.

Gabe worked hard all day on Evley's room; getting it pretty much finished. I opened myself a summer ale and stood outside to cool off. I heard a racket and went to see what was going on. Gabe was fervently throwing firewood from our ginormous pile (had been delivered a fews days before) to the stack. It was around 9 p.m. and was almost dusk. I thought, really? Have we not done enough today? I just watched for a couple minutes, Gabe never looking up. It actually looked like he was blowing off steam, but if he were I didn't know about what.

I went to the laundry room, polished off my beer, grabbed my gloves and went out to help. He probably just wanted it done before the work week, or need the space open for parking, or just wanted it to be done. Anyway, I didn't ask any questions and it probably only took about a half hour for us to finish it up. I broke a nail. 

The night was going fine. My bed felt great.

Monday, July 21
Then True came in at 3:30 a.m. I fed Evley and didn't put True back to bed like I normally would. Gabe let True in bed, to lay by him. I didn't sleep well on account of it. True didn't sleep well. Gabe didn't seem to have trouble.

The day started and I stayed in my pajamas. I focused on checking email and doing a little desk work. It was good to get it done, but I didn't shower & dress until 3:30 p.m. I hadn't gone outside at all. This is a problem for me.

By the time Gabe got home and I'd made dinner, I was a hurtin' unit. Gabe made a comment about my being "bitchy" to True that morning when I told him to, "Lay still and sleep or go back to your own bed." My tone had been bitchy, and it ended up that I had hurt True's feelings. He'd wanted me to turn toward him and snuggle. I wanted to sleep.

From there, I suffered my second (and worst) case of baby blues. I cried and got mad. My being upset, upset Evley. She refused to eat. She acted starving, but like she couldn't latch on. Finally, I put her in the Moby and went on a walk. It was somewhere close to 8 p.m. and it was tough to make myself get out. 

Evley was calm in the Moby. But, it took her hours after that to calm down and eat well. Gabe had gotten True & Elle West ready for bed. 

Once she finally went to sleep, Evley slept for six hours before she woke up again to eat. I felt terrible about it because I attributed it to how upset she'd been, but on the other hand, it was just what I needed. I had to take all three kids into Durango in the morning for Evley's two week check-up.

Tuesday, July 22
We got out of the house on time; with just enough time to grab an iced mocha from the Tuning Fork on the way. I hadn't had one the day before and am convinced having one may have helped me along...now is not the time to practice discipline in the way of what I'm consuming. I don't have a tendency of overdoing it with coffee or junk food. So, if I want it I just go for it.

The trip to the doctor went really well. Evley gained another 9 oz, weighing in at 7 lbs & 7 oz! The doctor was thrilled and so was I. The goal would be for her to be back up to her birthweight by tomorrow. True and Elle West did relatively well, and we all survived another outing beyond Bayfield.

I stopped at the Tuning Fork again once we got back to Bayfield...and let True run in for an Italian soda. He'd been good.

At nap time, Esther came over and took this month's style photos of Evley and I (starring Miss Evley Love!). You can check out the year's style posts by clicking here, to see what I mean...watch for this month's post next week. The shoot went really well. Another big day fairly well over.

Evley and I both slept great!

Wednesday,  July 23
Happy two week birthday, Evley Love!!! Today we took it eeeasy! We went for coffee and a picnic at the park with Tracey and her girls. We sat in the grass, in the shade, for a long time. Then I worked on this post, at nap time, and until I couldn't take it anymore and called it quits for the night. I know better than to wear myself out. I'm hoping to avoid future instances of baby blues and/or depression by just stopping and taking care of myself.

Thursday, July 24
I was tired last night. I do not want to upset Evley in such a way again (like I did on Monday). She has been so sweet and agreeable; it's so dumb to wear myself out and create such chaos at home. But, it can be a tough thing to figure out. In this way, three is easier for me. 

What's next? We might just get to move into Evley's room this weekend! Here's where it's at...

If there is anything that you are wondering about, that I did not mention...please feel free to ask in the comments!! This post, like usual, is much longer than I planned on! I hope you are doing well and enjoyed the update :)

X O X O X, JL

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

photo love :: 22

LOVE
noun--strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties :: an assurance of affection :: the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration 
verb--to hold dear :: to like or desire actively :: to take pleasure in :: to thrive in
{Source definition, in part, merriam-webster}

{Photo take by Emily on Instagram}

love... summertime :: Southwest Colorado :: baby girls in swimsuits :: that swimsuit & that baby girl

X O X O, JL

Friday, June 27, 2014

Paige Denim + a favorite old top + OPI Liquid Sand + horseshoe necklace + shades of blue = mySTYLE june {38 wks pregnant}

























Clothing
top: An old one that I bought, from Blu in Durango, over six years ago. The color & beadwork were undoubtedly meant for me, and I had to have it regardless of its size large. It was on a clearance rack and I was barely pregnant with True when I found it. It is non-maternity. I had it taken in by a seamstress even to wear during pregnancy. It's a piece that I can only wear in the third trimester and have worn with all three of my babies...although I've darn near out grown it now! I've lent it to two different friends for their pregnancies. This top has had a good run, but I'll sure be sad to see it go. The brand is Blue Angels and I can't find them anywhere online. Let me know if you come across them! I'd love a postpartum replacement!!
jeans: Paige Denim, Skyline Ankle Peg Maternity Jeans - these jeans are amazing. Absolutely the most comfortable maternity jeans I've ever had. And perhaps more important, they don't make me feel like I'm wearing maternity jeans. I'm living in these and leggings right now.
shoes: Yes, TOMS is making sandals now!! I L.O.V.E. these shoes. Find the details in April's post here.

Accessories
necklace: A delicate silver horseshoe & chain. This was a birthday gift from one of my closest friends several years back. I love large/chunky jewelry, but haven't wanted anything competing with my growing belly lately. I put this necklace on toward the beginning of the month and haven't taken it off. Unfortunately, the shop where Chloe bought this piece is no longer in business. But you can find a very similar one in a gold finish here and in sterling here.
earrings: Sterling silver & turquoise hoops; from a personal estate collection sold at Toh-Atin in Durango.
bracelet: Native American beaded cuff. Find the details in March's post here.
anklet: Pretty by JL Wish Anklet. Details can also be found in March's style post.
toenail polish: OPI Liquid Sand in their "Tiffany Case" blue.  

Photography
All photos are by & property of E. Lee Photography :: Visit her Website and on Facebook to see more of Esther's work & to schedule your own shoot. 
{click on each image in this post for a better view}


I am in love with the photos from this shoot. It might be because I've been putting very little effort into my appearance this month, but I dressed for the shoot, and I feel like these photos bring me back to life. Well actually, I think it's the highlights that probably brought me back to life this month! I've felt like a million bucks since Cassie put them in a couple of weeks ago. I may as well just consider them part of my natural hair color because it's what feels honest!! I gave my natural color a year long run. I'm glad I did, but I'm more glad that it's over. Anyway, I darn near always dress and accessorize to the same extent daily. But, I don't always wear mascara and lipgloss, and I only curl my hair a few times a month tops. This month I only applied the extras for my sprinkle {a baby shower} and for this shoot. 

Other reasons that I might love these pictures so much are because this is the last time I plan on taking maternity photos, because it's summer and I love summer, because of what the shades of blue & green do for my soul, or because of the location. The location is special, close to home, but not quite home yet. I need to finish writing, and you reading, A True Story to fully express and disclose the level of special that the location holds for me. Anyway, I will. But for now we have these photos.

This month has been an interesting mix of busy and relaxing. My Mom helped me with my kids in a way that allowed me nearly a week of one on one time with each. It was wonderful and I can't thank her enough for it. It also means that they each got one on one time with Grandma, which was terribly fun for both True and Elle West, and for Grandma! 

The busyness mostly comes from my last minute nesting urges. Evley's room won't likely be done before she arrives, but I'd been putting off getting her things together until it was. At last I put an end to it and just dug into my less than fun to dos. I cleaned out all of Elle West's clothes; grabbing what I could for Evley. I washed everything new and old. I gathered everything up from the shed {digging around in the shed is not a favorite task of mine} that I had stored and can use right away...and washed it all. And finally, I set up Evley's little crib and dresser in Gabe and I's room so that I have somewhere for her and her things when we bring her home. You know...it's just nesting. At least I feel ready instead of doomed and overwhelmed. Really, the feeling is what is worth most because the details involved don't actually matter that much in the beginning. It all comes together eventually and doesn't even necessarily make sense to have things ready in advance. Ready is sort of an illusion.

With ten days left until my due date I'm physically ready to meet our new baby girl, and I'm over the top excited to meet her in every other way, too! The anticipation has not ever lessened for me from one pregnancy to the next. You'd think having another baby when you already have two might somehow feel less like waiting for Christmas to the 100th power {when you're seven} than it did for the first baby. But it doesn't feel less like that at all. It still feels just like that. It's nothing short of torture actually. But, I'm doing my best to act, and therefore be, calm.

In next month's style post you'll get to meet miss Evley Love and I just might be wearing pajamas ;) Esther is looking forward to that and, as always, I owe her a big thanks for capturing my pretty this month. 

X O X O, JL

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Save the Date :: 5th annual family 5k walk/run



Save the Date for the 5th Annual Family 5k Walk/Run in Durango, CO!

Find the family friendly event details & sign up for a team HERE and ---->


Stay tuned to the PRETTYblog for the schedule of fun & awesome list of prize giveaways... Oh, and for the amazing brunch menu that will be provided by Serious Delights Bakery!

X O X O, JL

{As always, 100% of the event's proceeds will benefit Durango Pregnancy Center & Best for Babes Foundation.}
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