March 26, 2015

Time is Flying

Hello there.  Sorry for the hiatus.  Here are some recent pics to start.  Commentary to follow.  (Because who really reads the commentary?  It's all about the new pictures.)

celebrating St. Patty's Day with Sarah and our neighbors, Nancy & Rob

This is what we refer to as "Jillin'"

Rachael getting in some tummy time

Tony loves the ears on this Gap outfit from Carah, like laughs out loud loves them.

"Julian" helping Dad change the oil.

Would you call these pants "Mom jeans?"

first time visiting Dad's work

Tony has his own office in the new building. Caroline was diggin' it.

She loves playing with this horse from Tyla, which used to be a favorite of her daughter Cadence.

Caroline has "Jillin" down too, sometimes.

Jill was over the moon crazy excited to score this dress at Kohl's with Tony. She wore it the next day to "Wear Green Day" at school, aka St. Patrick's Day.


matching outfits courtesy of Aunt Andrea


Two months flew by.  All of these goals and projects in mind to tackle while I was on maternity leave and barely any of it got done.  I was lucky to fill the glass vase bedside lights with seashells nevermind paint the trim in the downstairs bathroom or our bedroom.  I sorted Caroline's clothes, sort of.  I kept up with laundry.  I mean I washed it, sometimes folded it and barely ever put it away.  Because I spent eight weeks snuggling with this miracle we named Caroline.  I napped when she napped.  I watched HGTV and Law & Order while she slept in my arms and I stared at her.  I watched her chest rise and fall with each breath - not to mention the soft spot on her head - and I cried multiple times.  How can I love this little being so much?  

We've been lucky enough to have family watch Caroline these first two weeks back at work part-time.  Next week is the real deal.  I'll be back at work full-time and Caroline will be joining Jill at day care.  I'm nervous but I think I'm ready.  I've thought about asking Tony to come with me to drop off.  Will I be able to walk out the door?  Will I be able to drive myself to work?  I hope so.  I think I'm ready.  Time is flying and we're ready to transition into the next phase of life as our family of four.

January 30, 2015

Caroline 12 Days

This is how our photo shoot started. Note: Jill was the naked baby. Caroline prefers clothes.

Does my Mom have any idea what she's doing? 
No, not really. Sorry, hunny!

still such a peanut


January 26, 2015

Week One In the Books

We survived the first week of life with infant, again.  This time around seemed easier to tell you the truth.  Maybe it was our experience with Jill or the bigger house or the idea to sleep in shifts.  Whatever it is, I hope it keeps working.

Caroline is a good baby.  She's "aggressive" like a baby boy, my Mom says, but she's improved her manners while eating, and it seems like breastfeeding is going to work.  Fingers crossed.

She's a noisy napper.  So right now while she sleeps I'm allegedly supposed to be sleeping too.  But there's no possible way of that happening with my sweet Caroline next to me grunting and semi-snoring in all her slumber.  She got that from her Dad.  And I'm glad I got a nap in this morning.

It's almost 4 p.m. on the first day of being home alone with Caroline.  (Pause, I just went to the kitchen to preheat the oven for a roast, which is supposed to start cooking in six minutes.  I'm obviously not used to being home and in charge of dinner.) I'm categorizing the day as a success not based on the number of wet diapers but based on the fact that I brushed my teeth before 3:30 p.m.  That's a full 2.5 hours earlier than the first day (more like month) of being home with Jill.  And don't judge unless you're a Mom who has been on maternity leave.  And then - now that I think of it - you really shouldn't judge.

Caroline has already met some very important people.  Yes, she has many more to meet but she's off to a good start.  She's met Tyla, Amanda/Ava/Cullen, Nancy & Rob, Jess & Joe, Scott/Jess/Guy/Max and Mel/Brian/Cole/Emma, in addition to her hospital visitors Granna, Nana and Andrea (and Scott and Jess).  We've been touched by the friends and family who have reached out in one way or another and welcomed Caroline into their lives.  It is a special time!

Jill's friend, Lucy, and our neighbor Jenny dropped off this adorable card with mini banana bread muffins.

cracks me up

attempted selfie

my favorite pic of the week
Jill is so proud to be a big sister.

She made the good news section at Nana's church service this weekend.

January 21, 2015

Caroline Ann

Caroline Ann was born at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. She weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. and was a touch longer than 20 in. Big sister Jill was more than excited to meet her!

Nana was too.

the pout face, already perfected

in the delivery room

the proud big sister

and happy Mom

messing around with Aunt Andrea in the hospital

resting in Nana's lap

one of my favorites

coming home

our three girls

cheering on the Pats Sunday night - we had a talk about her arrival not interrupting the game and she listened!