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!

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