Lexe & CO.

Erikson Family

The Erikson Family 
My Best friends move to Wisconsin 8 months ago and they finally came back for 10 days to visit. While they are here, we wanted to do a little family shoot! These kids are so cute and they have had my heart since they were babies. Now, they are growing up so fast! I can't wait to "steal" some of these photos and hang them up in my house, because that is not weird at all haha.

I just love all these blondies!!!


Reading: I just started to read Girl Boss. It is really good, but since I am not use to reading any more, I get tired fast hahah.

Doing: Writing this currently post, working on some stuff for the photo shoots I am doing this weekend and helping my mom out with some stuff for my sister's soccer graduation night next week. 

Working on: Waking up! Liam is teething on his top so he is waking up throughout the night, which means not a lot of sleep for both of us. I think I will need another cup of coffee today :)

Watching: Liam walk the couches, while he says "maaaaammmaaa" and telling Stella to stop licking him.

Loving: All the new things Liam is doing. He is clapping all the time and starting to wave. He has such a cute little personality. I am also loving that I am getting a little better at Lightroom.

Preparing: To do Liam's 8 month update! Yup, I have a 8 month old. Where is the time going?!

Wishing: Time would slow down. We have been in California for a year at the end of this month.

Making: Goals this year. I will Hit them!

Thinking: I need food!!!!!!!!! But I am too warm to get up and make something for myself lol.

Realizing: That stuff doesn't always work out the way we want, but in the end, I can't stress because it doesn't help the situation. I use to stress all the time. To the point of tears and anxiety. Now, I just let it ride itself out. 

What are you currently doing? Anything big planned for the weekend? It is Super Bowl this weekend :)

Birth Story- Part 2

If you know me, you know that I am very much afraid of needles. I can't look when the needle comes out, I can't breath, I start to sweat like a whore in church and I get VERY lightheaded. The nurses kept telling me that the epidural wasn't that bad, "actually, the IV is muuuuuch worse" umm OKAY, NO! I screamed. I said the F word, I cried, I bit down on Marcus's hand and I yelled at my mom that I wanted NO pictures of this. However, if I was to ever have another kid... I would get that sucker again because that baby was MAGICAL (after the pain of it being injected in your spin).

Finally, I was able to sleep but not without a little help from my bestie/hairstylist/photographer, Jen, who brought lavender oil and rubbed my hands and head to help me to sleep.

After I woke up, it was all a blur. All I know was, I dilated super fast and by 3:30am I was getting ready to push him out.  I did a few "practice pushes" and then the nurse had me stop because he was coming. We had to wait for the doctor, which felt like a year but in reality it was like 30 minute or so, and by the time he got there, the nurse stopped my piton, which was not good because it pretty much stopped the contractions, so we had to wait another 30 minutes for the contractions to start up again. Right when I was about to start pushing again, the doctor got called out to go next door and deliver a baby and no joke, he was gone for TWO MINUTES. The girl in the next room came in and her baby was like practically falling out of her while she was walking down the hall.

Next thing I know, it was 5:53 am on June 4, 2015 and Baby Liam was here. 6 pounds 7 ounces of pure sweetness. I never imagined the emotions that overcame me next. It was the most overwhelming process.

My pregnancy was terrible and everyone told me "it will be worth it" and I was having a hard time believing that. In the end, it was worth every little terrible part leading up to it.

Mommy & Daughter- Tea Party

Amanda and Kam

It's February and I can even believe it. This last month has gone by so fast! Last week, I got to do my first mini styled shoot and it was so much fun! Aren't these two just so perfect?!  You don't need to give them any direction, they already know what to do. I am literally obsessed with them.

Birth Story- Part 1

(Prefix) A week before I went into labor I was leaking a lot. I ended up going to the doctors office to see if my water broke. Come to find out, I was just peeing myself. The doctor checked me and I was not dilated at all. I was 38 weeks and I was DONE with being pregnant. I had a terrible rash that only went away after giving birth and it made me itch all over. I could only take cold showers and I had to use pine tar soap, which made me smell like a camp fire. PUPPs is what the rash is called and I wouldn't wish it on my worse enemy. Basically PUPPs is having your body become allergic to being pregnant and break out all over in hives. It was TERRIBLE!

On June 3rd at 4:00am when  I woke up to go to the restroom, I saw that there was blood. I was told that if I had any bleeding, because I had placenta previa, that I needed to go to the hospital right away. We rushed to the hospital and the nurses started to monitor Liam. When they checked me, I still had not dilated. A week to the day and I had made no progress. I was beyond annoyed and felt like I was going to be pregnant for the rest of my life. They then did a nonstress test on me to check Liam's movement and he passed all but one. It turned out he was getting stuck in pockets and there was not enough fluid inside. So remember in the prefix when the doctor said I was peeing myself? Yea, I wasn't. I was leaking for a week and it was causing the baby to have a hard time breathing.  I needed to be induced right away.

(If you want your nurses to be nice to you, get them some bundt cakes)

Fast forward 10 hours and one pill to start the soft dilation...I was finally dilated to 1cm. ONE CM in 10 freaking hours!  Around 6:30 pm, my new doctor (because my original doctors privileges ran out to deliver at the hospital the day before) wanted to start the piton. I lasted around 2 hours before I wanted to get a epidural. It was the worse pain I had ever felt. I NEEDED the epidural. And a epidural is what I got.