on sunday morning we went snowshoeing with maeve and hobbes. we had a blast. o made this video of hobbes loving the snow. when i watch it i can't help but smile...and get a little teary...this is one happy dog with one great life!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
i was determined to write this post before maeve turns 8 (!!!) weeks old...and i did it. this week has been one of major changes for miss maeve. her neck is strong and she is constantly looking around. she is cooing and talking up a storm. she's focusing on objects, she knows our voices, and she is smiling all the time. in the past week we've...
as i write this o is holding maeve and she's latched on to his nose. he's laughing like i've never heard him laugh and she's sucking away. it's feeding time. my motherly duties call. got to go!
Friday, December 21, 2012
it's odd to imagine where we'll be six months from now when the days start retreating back. june 21st. i would love to think we are taking long walks as a family with hobbes and maeve...chatting about our life as parents and our life as a family. i hope that o and i are standing firmly and confidently in our parent boots. i hope that maeve is happy and healthy. i hope we end the night nestled in the book nook, reading and reading.
photo by christina wnek
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Monday, December 17, 2012
maeve turned six weeks old today. we celebrated with a little snowstorm, the paul simon station on pandora, and lots of [fake] smiles...followed by spit up.
today this sweet baby wanted to be held a lot, which i ate up. we spent lots of time in bed, in the rocking chair, and in the baby bjorn. we ventured out for my six week check-up, but i could have stayed in the house all day. hobbes was a little under the weather today, so we had a fuzzy companion close by.
my favorite part of today was when we were bopping around in the living room listening to music. when the song don't worry, be happy by bobby mcferrin came on i couldn't help but smile...and then cry. i cried because this little girl puts it all in perspective. she makes my world right. she somehow makes me make sense. without being able to speak a word, she teaches me how these days are best spent...bundled and cozy, together at home, living in the moment, thinking about what matters, with a dog close by, and with constant reminders that in this world we depend so much on others.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
we get sweet emails and texts. there are weekly visits from grandparents. christina has come over to take beautiful pictures of sweet maeve many times. the mailman delivers love from near and far almost every day. our next door neighbors knock on the door with fresh muffins, clementines, juice, cookies, and a need to get their maeve fix. my coworkers and former coworkers have given us so many baby items and hand-me-downs. friends have lent us lots of baby equipment.
maeve's arrival has shown and reminded us how much goodness and kindness exists. we are so grateful.
photo by christina wnek
Monday, December 10, 2012
in this time of maybe, it seems i am living in the moment more than i ever have. maeve reminds me that nothing is certain and predictable. it is complete surrender, as we live from feeding to feeding.
emotions creep up and flood over me as this little one chirps sweet noises, as she gazes up at me when i feed her, as she stretches on her changing table in the middle of the night, as she arches her back when i pick her up from a nap (her little bum sticking out), and as her mouth moves back and forth in the air and her eyes get really big just before she latches on.
at five weeks maeve is changing and growing...and the same is happening for me and my heart. i am changing and growing.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
this is why when i go to bed before everyone else and o bring her in for a feeding i get very confused. part of it is tiredness, but the bigger part is that i carry her with me in my being. so when he gets ready to hand her to me, i can't figure it out. in my mind she's with me, i'm already holding her...it's so strange.
i sit here this morning fresh spit-up on the front of my shirt, with the happiest tears in my eyes. this girl...our girl. it's amazing that someone so small can change things so much and have me thinking about the big things like i never have before.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
here's to december...and being adorable!