Wednesday, January 30, 2013

from great-grammie...

a few weeks ago maeve and i got some notecards.  we sat down and wrote a question on the top of each card for my grandmother...maeve's great-grandmother...you know the one who reads my blog each day.  hi grammie!

on the cards were questions about family, childhood, being brave, happiness, and hobbies. last weekend, the cards arrived back all filled out in our mailbox.  what a gift!

i smiled when reading about her playing dress up as a child with neighborhood girls and traipsing down a busy street in dresses and high heels, about her month-long road trip across the united states, vacations to visit her maiden aunts as a child, a nine person sled loaded with kids and whistling down the road in the winter, the role of books in her life, her ninety heart shaped rocks from her ninetieth birthday, her wish for maeve, and her idea of happiness (which along with many other things includes watching downton abbey on sunday evenings...isn't that just about the sweetest thing).

i'm turning the cards into a book for maeve, so we can read the eloquent answers and honest thoughts over and over again.

thank you grammie...for reading along on the blog, for taking the time to fill out the cards, for having your seventh of twelve children (my mom), for already loving maeve so much, and for being YOU!

we can't wait to come visit!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

at eleven weeks...

at eleven weeks there are glimpses of where we are headed.  you've been enjoying books and looking at the pictures.  you are trying out all kinds of new sounds.  dad insists you already know how to stand and walk...he's crazy.  you love your time under the activity mat, your legs kicking furiously.  we visited boston this weekend and you got to take a spin on this bouncy seat, which you loved and stared at for a long time...
 your eleventh week brought two full nights of sleep and lots of time sleeping on mom...
each day i bring you to the mirror and you look at yourself and smile.  it's like you see a friend...the baby that grins back as you grin wider and wider.  we're transitioning to all kinds of new-to-you clothes, but still loving our hat from christina.  on that note, we have blowouts nearly every day.  we do lots of laundry.
your smile is growing and it seems like one of these days a big belly laugh is going to accompany your grin.  you are gaining weight and getting chubby, we love your big cheeks...
we spent a lot of time inside during this week, as it was freezing here...but we had fun just the same.  we usually have your hands covered up to keep you warm, but this week you seemed more interested in them and played a lot without your mittens.  week eleven also brought something so special in the mail, more on that tomorrow.  we are now well on our way in week twelve and miss maeve you are so very loved...keep filling our house with your silly sounds and adorable cries.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

brrr...

people.  it's cold outside here in maine.  as in negative temperatures.  maeve and i have gone outside a total of three times in the past two days.  first, to get the mail yesterday.  then to a doctor's appointment today where we remote started the car and parked in a parking garage attached to the office.  and lastly, i went outside to light the luminaries that my mom dropped off tonight.  there hasn't been much (read: any) dog walking.

other than that we've been cozy ladies.  wearing socks on our hands, hats inside, and eating lots of soup!

in this cold weather hobbes is happy to be out for a while, but when he's done...he's DONE.  he literally knocks on the door to come in...okay maybe he paws at the door, but still.

tell me, what's it like where you live?

a jog...

on saturday, i handed maeve to o, laced up my running shoes and hit the road.  i ran from our house around little john island.  i haven't ran since august, but i told myself i wasn't allowed to stop or walk.  i did it and it felt bad/great.  i was sore on sunday, but not horribly so. it felt nice to move like that again.

i'm looking forward to more miles on the road, more walks in the woods with my woobies, a few yoga poses at mom and baby yoga, and sit-ups when maeve is doing her tummy time (it only seems fair, right?).

going outside, let alone to run, during this cold stretch is insane.  going to the mailbox is tough enough.  so for now there is a lot of dancing in the house.  pandora has been playing non-stop.

the thought of going running with maeve in the stroller in the future has me so excited...you know for the flat parts!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

life lately...

i just got my paperwork from my doctor saying i'm able to go back to work.  look at the sweet note she wrote.  i heart her.  in other news, we've been consuming clementines like we're afraid of scurvy...
we've been taking walks with the old pooch...
in these brutally cold days, it's nice to know that spring (while sort of far away) isn't that far away...
we've gone to christina's house twice for maeve photo shoots.  i snapped a quick picture with my iphone, but just wait until you see the photos miss christina took.  they are amazing...
someone learned how to pout.  except it quickly turns into a smile.  when we first saw it, i think we both loved the expression but thought it was the saddest little thing we'd ever seen.  oh maeve...
today is a home day.  a hunker down day.  a soup day.  a cozy day.  a cuddle with hobbes day.  a hopefully clean my office day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

with friends...

over the past few days we've seen christina and [not so] little amelia a bunch.  it's been wonderful!

the photo above is from a walk at twinbrook.  we were a sight...a pregnant lady pulling a sled with a kiddo, me carrying little maeve on my chest, and two excited dogs.  the walk was great.  we are so blessed to live near one another and with access to such great trails and walks...and dogs that love chasing each other around.

my favorite moment with these two this weekend was yesterday at christina's.  amelia woke from her nap and was talking and singing in her crib.  we were listening on the monitor.  maeve started to cry and we had an idea.  i walked maeve near amelia's closed door so she could hear the cry.  there was a pause. and then over the monitor we heard in a faint yet excited whisper...maeve...maeve's here. jill and maeve.  so sweet!

here's to dear dear friends.

iphone photo by christina wnek

Friday, January 18, 2013

the full picture...

our holiday card this year was a play on a wedding photo from last year.  however, for the card we did some cropping so that it was just our feet showing.  i thought it was only fair to show the whole picture...oh little maeve.


at ten weeks...

at ten weeks we are full of expressions, as seen below in the span of ten seconds...



something changed this week in me.  my heart seems to have grown..doubling in size.  maybe it's that i know maternity leave isn't going to last forever, or maybe it's because we get to take long walks and cuddle all day, or maybe it's because she's my baby...and i am her mother.  maybe it's everything, what it means to be a parent.  i get overwhelmed with love, to the point of tears.  to be so happy that it makes you sad...what a fine line between the two emotions.

as i look at the photos above i can't help but smile...oh baby girl.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

life will never be the same...


i remember the day when i was driving over the bridge off the island and my biological clock and desire to be a mom combined with tear-jerking force as the phrase every day that i don't have a baby is one day less that i'll have with them rung through my mind, heart, and soul.  with wet eyes i continued my drive knowing that a child needed to be on the way...and soon.

we were blessed to have sweet maeve arrive in the early morning hours of november fifth.  in looking back at baby books we learned that all three of us were born in the three o'clock in the morning hour.  a magic hour of sorts for our family on the nights that we were born.

i have a new phrase that brings tears to my eyes now.  it's the very first page of the book on the night you were born.  it reads...
on the night you were born, 
the moon shone with such wonder 
that the stars peeked into see you 
and the night wind whispered, 
'life will never be the same.' 
because there had never been anyone like you...ever in the world.

some how it's the whisper that gets me.  life. will. never. be. the. same.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

a sweet boy...


dear hobbes,
thanks for being a part of our family.
thanks for your energy and enthusiasm.
thanks for being so gentle with maeve.
thanks for getting us outside so often.
thanks for your silly noises and curious head tilts.
thank you for not eating the bag of dirty diapers you got into, but just spreading them around the yard.

xo, your family

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

nine weeks...

in our ninth week there is lots and lots of love...and somehow less and less sleep.  we spend our mornings jibber jabbering under the activity mat and then on our tummy looking around.  we had a visit to the pediatrician...and a diaper blowout on the table.  we are learning maeve's cries better and learning how to best help her out.  we are getting good at baths...and cuddling after...
we get outside for our walk each day.  today we walked twice, which is something i haven't done in nine weeks:)...
our friends from seattle sent some animal cards for maeve and she loves looking at them.  it is beautiful how she is starting to focus on things and follow things around the room as they move...
we still can't read on the day you were born or on the night you were born without getting teary. we have started to pack away newborn clothes.  maeve is starting to regrow some fuzz on her head.  we had a visit from nana and popsie today.  i sometimes find hobbes sleeping next to maeve's crib or by the rocker we nurse her in.  i have hope that underneath a little softness i may actually have some ab muscles still...just maybe.  maeve has cheeks that beg to be squeezed.

week nine is amazing, just like the rest, only it keeps getting better and better.

a few bad or maybe good hair days...

dudes...since christmas, up until two days ago, i was using the little baby comb/brush that we got at the hospital when maeve was born to brush my hair.  i know! i know!  my brush went missing over the holiday and i couldn't find anything to comb/brush my hair with...and i just kept forgetting to get a new one.

ironically, i got more compliments on my hair during that time.  anyways, maeve was happy to share her brush with me, since she lost almost all of her hair (except her rat tail and a little combover on the top).

Saturday, January 5, 2013

a circle of friends...

maeve and i took a newborns class at birth roots that just ended on thursday.  here are all the babies from the class...maeve is the one sleeping and in the big polka dots.  i loved the class.  i loved all the mamas.  i loved all the babies.  i loved all the stories.

the time together and the space together was so reaffirming and supportive.

thank you birth roots...you are an amazing resource for the area.  keep up the great work!

Friday, January 4, 2013

eight weeks...

as they say...eight is great.  in our eighth week we've felt more in our groove than in weeks past.  maeve has o wrapped around her tiny chubby fingers.  i watch them have conversations...cooing and gooing back and forth and it makes me so happy.  yesterday morning she looked so much like o, when in the past all i've been able to see is a little mini me.

here she is wide awake...
and not so wide awake...
i'm amazed by how different she can look from moment to moment...and i love all of her faces and expressions.  when she is sad it is about the most adorable thing i've ever seen.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

ringing in the new year...

we had a fantastic new year's eve with all the right pieces.  good food, fun people, jeopardy watching, board game playing, and in bed shortly after midnight.  low-key and yet simply wonderful.  ahhhh perfect.  welcome 2013.

i rang in the new year in a comfy chair nursing the sweet bundle above, while others were watching the ball drop in the next room.  i actually loved this.  what a wonderful way to ring in a new year...with my little girl, bringing her comfort and nourishment, and in a way that we will find ourselves hundreds and hundreds of times over the next year.

i didn't make many resolutions this year, but i made a few.  in the past i've tried making a bunch, last year i made a goal for each month (which was surprisingly wonderful), but this year i'm just tackling a few things.  some are being more present (with less technology), doing one good deed a day, and lots of outside adventures with my family.  however, my most exciting one is that i'm going to write a story for maeve each month.  you know, so some fabulous book editor can contact me in december and say something like "we'll buy all 12...and your next dozen, too".  actually, i just want her to have, next to her already full bookshelf, some stories written by her mama.  anything else would just be icing on a an delicious cake.  i already have the ideas for the first few...which has me giddy with excitement.

how'd you send 2012 out and bring 2013 in?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 in review...


a favorite post (or two) from each month of 2012.  


onward to 2013 a year that will be filled with wonder, growth, and discovery!
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