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!

1 comment:

  1. Alex just read this last post with me and declared at the end that Maeve is "an adorable baby." Agreed :)
    Marian

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