Sunday, April 28, 2013

at twenty four weeks...

at twenty four weeks you seem big.  you are very attentive and you are always listening for clues...the jingle of hobbes tags, the sound of someone walking up the stairs, a familiar voice.  you are grabbing at things and holding on tight.  you are still blowing bubbles and raspberries often.

we've been walking lots and loving the longer days...
over the weekend we were outside so much.  it makes me excited for summer and warmer days...and time to explore.  hobbes loves being outside with you and has taken on the role of protector, parking himself wherever you are....
 
you are so cute, can you blame mr. hobbes?  
at twenty four weeks you tried a tiny bit of banana.  you were more interested in holding the spoon, but it was sweet to watch you taste and lick at the mush...
at twenty four weeks i think you are starting to look more like dad than me...
 
two serious monkeys...
here you look a little bit crazy...and a lot like uncle ian, right?...

it was another week of hats.  in fact, you had a hat fashion show with grandma and modeled all of your hats.  a few favorites include this one where the flash was obviously on...
and this one because for some reason i look at it and can just imagine how you smell...all sweet and babyish and baby's breathish...
we've been using the polka dot sun hat almost every day.  i could eat you.... 
the other day i put you on the floor (in another adorable hat) before work as i tried to gather my things.  i looked over and you were looking up, tongue out, and babbling...
at twenty four weeks we received a box filled with so much love from aunt helen in kentucky.  she sent all kinds of sweet outfits and homemade goodies.  including a hat!  look at this adorable beret (matching sweater not pictured), it's too much...
this week i'm feeling very lucky to live where we live...surrounded by water and wonderful neighbors... 
this was your last full week with rachael, august, and wilder.  you'll still do two days a week with these friends (hooray!), but tomorrow you start two days a week at a daycare center.  typing that = tears.  i know it will be fine, but there has been something so comforting about where you've been these last few months.  i'll miss the picture messages sent to my phone of you and your adventures.  this feels so much different than it felt to drop you off in a home care situation.  i know i'll be upset tomorrow, but i'll try not to let you see that.  i foresee a blurry ride to work.  i hope the daycare center is a place that you love...filled with fun toys, new friends, and lots to see.

anyways...last week with your buddies was a good one.  you and august modeled some of the north of nashville t-shirts... 


 august loves to touch you and hold your hand...
which in this moment you seemed less excited about...
this week you met your first farm animals on a trip to wolfe's neck farm.  hello goats and sheep...
when i picked you up this week i asked your older buddy about the farm visit and he made a loud sheep baaaaa sound.  you immediately burst into tears.  it was about the cutest/saddest thing.  we won't sign you up for the 4-h club just yet...

 you played outside a lot and enjoyed the fresh air...
maeve, you've brought so much goodness into my life.  so very much.  in this past week, i've been so struck by this.  

thank you.  thank you for being.  thank you for the love and the smiles.  thank you for the dirty diapers, the loads of laundry, the hours of pumping and washing pump parts, the times up in the middle of the night, and the stretch marks.  i love it all.  one look into those huge blue eyes and all i see is all the goodness.  and it is all good.

through you i  have met so many wonderful friends and babies.  through you i've come to know our neighbors better.  through you i've become more patient.  through you i've come to feel so much more comfortable with myself.

as we unpack the next box of clothes and put away the things you've outgrown, it reminds me that you are growing and changing by the moment.   the goodness grows and grows...and grows!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

at twenty three weeks...

at twenty three weeks we celebrated dad's birthday.  you wore your onesie with his face on it in celebration.  you got crafty in the present department.  your gift to dad was 33 little envelopes, each filed with one thing you want to do with him this summer (dip your feet in the ocean, ride on a ferry, hike bradbury mountain, take a nap outside together, etc.).  we taped your gift on the mirror, so he saw this when he woke up...
at twenty three weeks you met your friend, little audrey.  we had a wonderful dinner with christina and andrew at our house, which was so special...they are such dear friends.  when we put you two littles on the floor you were happy, but oblivious that you were next to one another...
when we asked you guys to look at each other below is what happened...oh well, someday...
at twenty three weeks you spent so much time outside.  it makes me grateful that we live in such a beautiful place, with so many outdoor spots to discover.  this week we went for a hike...you, me, dad, and mr. hobbes...
at twenty three weeks dad gave you another baby mohawk after your bath...
as a side note, you are almost too big for the bath bucket...and this week you were mrs. splashypants in the bucket.  water everywhere!  here you are, in all your cellulite glory, waiting for the bucket to fill up...
at twenty three weeks you were chilling in your swing, when dad heard you shrieking.  he came out and saw this...
we love that hat and wear it whenever we can (thanks wnek family).  you wore the hat on sunday when we had a full day outside.  first you, hobbes, i went for a jog around little john (wow running with a stroller and leashed, but typically not leashed, dog and being in pretty horrible shape is a challenge).  and then we spent the day outside doing yard work.  dad and i would move you around the yard and then park you at our next project.  we trimmed trees, moved brush, raked, and got ready for summer.  you would watch, then nap, and then chit chat...
at twenty three weeks you are sitting up more, but still wobbly.  watching you it on the couch is just about the cutest thing, you always look so proud...
and sometimes a little startled...
at twenty three weeks we got together with your buddies.  you were a little sad when it came time for baby pinwheel, but otherwise you loved seeing all your friends.  i love that you were all born within a month of one other.  i hope we are pinwheeling with these great kiddos for many many years...
at twenty three weeks you had a great week with august.  we are feeling particularly grateful for the love and care you receive during the day while we are at work.  here you guys are connected at the hip...
another visit from the pacifier gang...
a day at willard beach...
looking exceptionally cool and exactly like popsie...
on a stroll around the boulevard...
at twenty three weeks our love for you feels overwhelming...wonderfully so.  this week i pulled out my baby journal that nana kept when i was little.  i love reading her words about me and thinking about you.  i hope you read these words some day...maybe some day when you are a mom...and understand it all.  i hope you will feel the love that we feel for you in every single cell in your being.  

i can't tell you the number of times in a week where i am stunned by your presence.  that i grew you...those eyes, that heart, that smile, those thighs...it seems impossible.  that i gave birth to you...and am here to tell about it.  that you are here...and growing and changing.  that you will learn to speak, just by being around us talking and being in the world.  it all feels so normal and i guess it is.  but many times during the week i'm struck...this is truly amazing
i took an audio clip of us playing in the yard with hobbes.  the sound of your giggle (heard here: Memo.m4a‎ (302 KB‎)) makes me so happy.  sometimes you just laugh out loud, for what seems like no reason.  other times you look at us and giggle at the silly things we do to make you laugh.  oh baby girl, laugh on, for the world needs this sweet sound!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

at twenty two weeks...

at twenty two weeks you look so big to me.  i love your chunky little thighs, your new fuzz which looks blondish brown, and your little tongue which is moving all day long.  this week you've been blowing bubbles and raspberries, playing lots of peek-a-boo, and have been moving your legs all over the place.

at twenty two weeks we had some sad nights where you were just crying and crying...you wanted to be held and rocked and sung to...all at the same time, without any breaks.  we weren't sure if you had a belly ache or if you were teething...but it was hard to see you so uncomfortable.  you and i slept in the guest bed together those nights once you fell asleep.  you are a sweet little sleep companion.

at twenty two weeks there was a lot of playtime.  it's amazing to watch you learn how to hold things, reach for things, and pull on things in new ways.  we are wondering when you are going to flip yourself over...
here you are loving on your lady bug from lauren, which you just discovered this week...
so many patterns, so many colors...
 and so many bubbles...
you helped me with chores this weekend.  i set you in the basket while i did laundry...you just peered over with the sweetest expression...
at twenty two weeks you spent just two days with august, oh but you two had fun.  i sent you with this toy and i got this photo a few hours later entitled "hey that's mine"...
with the follow up "oh well"...
at twenty two weeks it was the week of the pink patagonia snowsuit.  here we are walking at little john...
on your first ride in your jogging stroller (which you loved...there was so much to look at)...
enjoying nature with dad...
hanging out on the couch after a walk...
and getting ready for a stroll with august...
while we were out in the yard this week kicking a ball around for hobbes, he was bouncing around and you looked at him and giggled.  i'm glad you already know and love crazy mr. hobbesiepants.

this week i had to take monday off because your caregiver and her family weren't feeling well.  we had a wonderful day.  while i was sad your buddies weren't feeling well, it was such a treat to have the day with you.  we slept in, we enjoyed the sixty degree day by taking hobbes on two walks, and i gave you some naked time.  i had to take pictures of your little arms and your little rolls...
at twenty two weeks i went to visit our friends and their new baby at the hospital.  when i saw their 9+ pound baby (and hopefully your future best friend) she looked so small...and it was amazing to know you were about 3 pounds smaller at birth and somehow never seemed that little.  you and i brainstormed some special ways to make sure our friends know just how much we love them.  we are lucky to have them in our lives, i hope you know this always!

at twenty two weeks we were so grateful to have both nana and grandma come down to spend a day with you.  you bring such joy to us and to your grandparents, uncles, aunts, and our neighbors and friends.  everybody loves miss maeve!

during this past week i must have said the phrase "this is a privilege" in my head about 500 times.  for this is the ultimate privilege...being your mother, getting to spend time with you, helping you grow and develop, reading to you, hearing your giggles, watching you smile and laugh, and being your place of comfort.
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