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User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 22, 2018 1:23 AM (UTC)

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We attempted one of those precious, stylized newborn baby photo shoots yesterday. But this girl was like a mini hulk- busting out of swaddles, karate chopping the air like a ninja and generally refusing to sleep or sit smushed up in teensy poses like most newborns. So after an hour of effort on the part of @kellymarieszabo, we scrapped it for some family photos with our whole crew. Turns out not everyone is cut out to appear in an Anne Geddes calendar! #somykid
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 20, 2018 1:55 AM (UTC)

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(Narrator) “Brent was soaking in the intense way his new daughter was staring into his eyes, certain they were building a deep bond with one another. Moments later he learned that was actually the look she makes while filling up her diaper. “ #leonaruth
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 19, 2018 3:13 PM (UTC)

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These three belong to one another in a way no one else ever will.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 17, 2018 9:30 PM (UTC)

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Watching this beautiful snow day from the warmth of our bedroom. It’s been a rough few days with Arlo coming down with a fever right after we got home from the hospital😩. Leo and I went to stay at my mom’s to try and keep her well. It was hard to be separated immediately after we became a family of five, but we’re on the backend of it now and Brent was hellbent on getting us home (he washed every linen in our house and deep cleaned surfaces to knock out any lingering germs) Leo and I are keeping ourselves quarantined to the bedroom to be extra cautious but we’re all happy to be back home and are grateful for a slow day to catch back up. Bringing home a baby at the height of flu season is working my nerves over, but this winter wonderland sure is a nice distraction.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:41 PM (UTC)

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Spending most of my days just staring at her. #leonaruth
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 13, 2018 3:24 PM (UTC)
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Just waiting to be discharged so this sweet little lioness can go meet her big brother and sister (the hospital doesn’t allow kids under 12 during cold and flu season 😩) Leo thinks this headband is a bit much, but I convinced her that one can never be over dressed for such a momentous occasion. #leonaruth
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 12, 2018 6:26 PM (UTC)

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“I think one of the bravest things we can do is get our hopes up.” - Robin May ———————————————————————-
Leona Ruth Jordan. 4:15pm, 1/11/18. 7 lbs, 15oz. 21 inches long. champion nurser. sweetest squeak maker. our missing puzzle piece.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 11, 2018 11:59 AM (UTC)

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Got the music jamming and the calming essential oils flowing. Now let’s meet this baby!
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 4, 2018 1:32 PM (UTC)

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This girl changed my life forever. She literally flipped it upside down and taught me that I had woefully underestimated nearly everything I thought I knew about love or vulnerability or hard work or happiness. She’s fire and light - hilarious and thoughtful. So often on this journey together, I feel like a stagecoach driver pulling back as hard as I can on the reigns of a wild horse, raring to charge head first into growing up and the unknown. She’s the ultimate sponge for human experience and a freight train for conquering new things. Despite all this, she still insists on sleeping with a blue bunny and seeks me out to snuggle together on the couch. If I could keep her small forever, I would- but every day she’s teaching me the beauty of giving my bold, first born enough space to grow. Happy 8th birthday, Everly Veda. You’ll never know how much I love you.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Jan 1, 2018 2:24 AM (UTC)

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Ringing in the new year with my favorite person in the whole world. We have so much to look forward to in 2018.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 30, 2017 12:53 AM (UTC)

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Had the best time celebrating our sweet Everly with a circus arts party @cirquedevol tonight.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 28, 2017 8:59 PM (UTC)

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I mean, y’all! 😍 (baby shoes like this are completely worthless but I couldn’t help myself)
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 25, 2017 7:18 PM (UTC)

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The coolest bunch of elves. It’s not Christmas without an afternoon of chicken, waffles and sugared up kids at the Gainers.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:40 PM (UTC)

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Merry Christmas from the Jordan family.
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:11 AM (UTC)

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Santa has landed at the Jordan house. Can not wait for the happy noise that awaits us tomorrow morning! 🎅❤️🎄
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 23, 2017 4:10 PM (UTC)

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The first time I sat across the desk from our RE at the infertility clinic we were one year and one loss into trying to add our family. I naively thought that they’d run a couple tests, discover something that could be cured with a pill or a procedure and we’d be on our way to a baby. I actually said to her “If we could just schedule whatever needs to be done so that I don’t have a baby on Christmas that would be great. Any other month is totally fine.” I remember the look on the doctor’s face, just the slightest hint of a reaction, but one, looking back now, that said so much about how much I had to learn. Months turned into years and there were no simple pills or procedures. I went from thinking I could pick a convenient month on the calendar to begging for any month, any year, any opportunity. And as Christmas nears and the weeks tick closer to my due date, I keep thinking of the irony of that ignorant statement I said to my RE the first time We met. How appropriate it is that I’ll cross the 37 week mark on Christmas Eve. How much I’m living that saying “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” I am so wildly thankful I get the chance to possibly have a Christmas baby or a New Years baby or another baby at all. Reveling in the heavy dose of humility and gratitude I’ve been given. May your days be as Merry and Bright as ours have felt recently. ❤️🎄
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 20, 2017 10:36 PM (UTC)

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Brent took Everly and Arlo out to lunch and to do some Christmas shopping today so that I could focus on a project. They came back proudly waving a gift bag and insisted I open it. “Isn’t this for Christmas?!” I asked. “Nope! Open it now!” they said. Inside was a tiny onesie they picked out that said “worth the wait”. Cue all my tears! 😭 I attempted to get a photo of them with it to remember the sweet moment but they were too busy being goofballs to indulge me. I love them so much!
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 18, 2017 3:58 PM (UTC)

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Obligatory Santa photo. 🎅 🎄
User Image withoutmelissa Posted: Dec 11, 2017 3:07 PM (UTC)

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A happy Uncle Brent is spending the morning hanging out with our sweet godson, Auggie. He said to me “Driving home with a baby in the back of our car felt so good.” 😍 #wegettodothisagain