October 31, 2007
We are handling this all as best we can, doing the schlepping, the logistics of daily life while at the same time trying to deal with caring for this loved one and more. But it is hard. Harder than I can explain here. I am lucky that I have such a strong family and wonderful friends to rely on to help lift me up.
I hope to post Halloweenie pictures later this week.
PS - In baby news, Mabel's umbie FINALLY fell off a few days ago - it held on for almost 4 weeks. I can't believe my baby girl is already over a month old. It's so sad how fast time flies. Hug your babies and your spouse, people. Do it now. It's worth it.
October 26, 2007
Here's one the inexperienced photographer shot of my daughter's upper nostrils as I stood on the sidelines and tried to gently say, "shouldn't we sit her up more? I can see right up her nose... I'm not going to like this... please, can we move her?" to no avail:
This one would have been my most favorite if the photographer actually knew what she was doing - and that you DON'T SHOOT UP A BABY'S NOSTRILS. Seriously.
I did end up with this gem (I have NO IDEA how):
October 25, 2007
The two chefs:
Lots of fun!
October 19, 2007
First, Mabel needs this ballerina stocking
and I've been dreaming of getting her a Corolle baby
Hoping to find some cheap-ish beanbags somewhere less expensive than Pottery Barn Kids
October 18, 2007
We have been through 10 pregnancies (and several losses) between us. We miscarried at exactly 12 weeks - each of us - on the very same day. If that wasn't enough, our loss was due to severe Down's Syndrome... and just this past May, my Lulu's baby boy was blessed with Down's Syndrome. We were both less than 30 when this happened - what are the odds? The odds are certain that God placed us in each other's path for a reason.
My 38 yr old brother in law just had surgery for a diaphragmatic hernia - very rare in adults. Just as I was saying my prayers that he'd come through sugery safely this afternoon, my Lulu called me to say that baby Jonas was diagnosed this morning with a diaphragmatic hernia. Yes, I'm serious.
So, please join me in sending soothing and peaceful prayers for a safe surgery and fast, easy recovery for baby Jonas (and my brother in law made it through just fine). Please visit their blog for more details - http://churchillchronicles.blogspot.com/
And yes, for you concerned people, I DO put shoes on my children when I take them outside. But when they're this tiny and their feet are this yummy, I remove those shoes as often as possible for munching.
Sleeping on the ottoman in one of the last newborn outfits she fit into (then!) - about 2 weeks old
This appears to be it, folks. Blogger won't allow any other uploads due to a problem they are having. I'll have more soon!
October 12, 2007
She is a wonderful baby. So snuggly - loves to lay on my chest and sleep at night... which isn't the most comfortable for me, but she'll only fit there for another couple of weeks so if she wants to snuggle, I'll snuggle. She only cries if she's working on a p00 or if she's hungry - and those cries are so quiet it's hard to believe she's really upset at all. She LOVES the attention from her brothers and especially Daddy. Oh my, her Daddy. I think they both have each other wrapped already.
I'm feeling almost back to my old self again. Time to start actively trying to lose the 20 lbs that are still packed onto me. Perhaps I will start next week by digital scrapbooking excercises. :)
Weeks ago I had high hopes for not only spending quality time with my new baby, but also using this time away from work to complete all sorts of projects - a quilt maybe, even some Christmas shopping. But you know what? There's too damn much to do already... I'm not signing up for any more! Not yet. Between the trips to the grocery, the post office, Target and Walmart, doctor's appointments, and picking up the boys every day from school - I am wiped out already. So, I have high hopes for some digital scrapbooking next week (because I am doing nothing but resting for the remainder of this week) but I can't promise anything.
Oh - and we've also cancelled the baby brunch. Priorities seem so much clearer to me now... I am less concerned with throwing a big party for family to meet Mabel - and more concerned with staring at her all day long in efforts to memorize her every facial expression at 16 days old. Time goes by too fast, People. It really does.
October 8, 2007
She had a well visit on Friday (10 days old) and she's gained nearly a pound over her weight since she came home! She weighs nearly 9 lbs now... 8.11 to be exact. Such a sweet girl.
We're loving our new family of 5.
I'll check in later!