Reasons I Smile

IMG_6837I love this smiling baby! IMG_6838 I also know this season of smiles is just that, a season.  So I am soaking it in.IMG_6832I was trying to think of a clever caption for this expression, but Charlotte didn’t sleep until 11, had me up for a few minutes at 11:45, nursed at 2 something, and then was up for the day at 5:30.  Needless to say, my cleverness just isn’t quite there.IMG_6833Thankfully, nights like last night aren’t the norm.  She tends to have a good long stretch between feeding during the night.IMG_6852Natalie: Mom, can you take a picture of me with Charlotte?

Me: Sure thing.

I am so glad they enjoy each other’s company.IMG_6856After years of trying to capture Natalie’s eye color, I finally got it!  Hooray!  Her blue eyes when she was born have changed.  I am guessing Charlotte’s will do the same.IMG_6858Lydia: Me too?

Me: Yes, I can take a picture of you too. IMG_6865I am so thankful for Eliana.  She is a great sister.


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Sanity Looks Like…

IMG_6812For my first outing all by myself, I went to a friend’s coffee shop and enjoyed a chocolate chip muffin.  I colored in Natalie’s coloring book, read in a book, journaled, and then went back to the coloring book.  I am so thankful that Kyle works half days on Fridays, and that the timing worked out for me to get a little time away.

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Smiles, Splashes, Slumber, and other September Shenanigans

IMG_6755It was quite a delight to capture Charlotte’s smile at 5 and a half weeks.  Her smiling time is rather brief, so I am so grateful to have it saved in photo form.IMG_6714 I think whoever had this idea for a big splash is rather brilliant!  IMG_6715

IMG_6735I don’t sleep well with all of her little movements, but I am sure glad he is able to.  IMG_6748  Today I had dishes to be done, laundry in the dryer from yesterday, and stuff all over the house that needed to be picked up.  Lydia asked to go blow bubbles.  I took the opportunity to be present with Lydia and go outside to blow bubbles.  I can get frustrated with the state of our home, but I know I made the right choice here.  Quality time outside with Lydia was a good move, and the dishes will get done some time today.  It is not likely that everything that needs attention will get it today, but that is okay.  It took me effort to walk away from the mess, especially since Charlotte was sleeping and I could have gotten stuff done.  But instead of dwelling on the mess inside, I soaked in the sunshine and was thankful that Lydia still wants me to go outside with her while she blows bubbles.IMG_6749I haven’t spent much time in the garden lately.  I found basil growing in three places today that we hadn’t planted it.  It was a pretty surprise. IMG_6760 One eyebrow up and one eyebrow down.  She is definitely related to Kyle and Eliana. IMG_6768I love these girls!

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Mother’s Instincts

While attempting to scrub the much neglected bathtub, Charlotte woke up.  I rocked her back to sleep.  It hadn’t even been two hours since the beginning of her last feeding.  She stayed asleep for a very short time while I attempted to give some much needed elbow grease to the bathtub.  While I rocked her for the second time, I realized it was quiet and I hadn’t seen Lydia for awhile.  Uh-Oh.  My mother’s instincts kicked in, and I went in search of my little one.IMG_6740

It turned out that she decided it was a good idea to paint.  I was very impressed that she was painting on paper, THANK GOD.  Her area was complete with multiple paints, water, paint brush, and paper.  She was having a grand time.  I am so thankful for the many times we have painted before and she knew “the rules” about how to paint.  Normally, one of the rules is that Mommy needs to be there.  But aside from overlooking that rule, she did everything right.  I am so thankful!

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Charlotte is 1 month old!!!

IMG_6716Charlotte has crossed a finish line and is a month old.  She and I were working very well as a team until the day before she turned 4 weeks old.  We hit a snag with mastitis.  It turns out that I wouldn’t wish such pain on anyone.  Thankfully, she has slept well for the most part.  There have even been a few nights when she has had a feeding starting sometime between 8-10 and then her next feeding started between 4-6 the next morning.  Charlotte’s vision is improving so that she looks more at us rather than over us.  Also, she had a great smile for me while she was awake this morning.  Hooray for smiles.  I look forward to capturing one with my camera.  She is just under 10 pounds.  We love her bunches!  I can’t believe a whole month has gone by.

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Mom, Can You Take a Picture of Me Too?

IMG_6656The answer to Natalie’s question, “Sure!” I remember, and have printed pictures from last fall when she refused to smile for the camera even if she was having fun moments before.  So, you betcha she can jump into a photo shoot of baby sister in which she can’t help but smile.  Both of these will get printed for our photo album at home.IMG_6663Natalie: “Mom, can sister stay in my room?”

Me: “Yep, no problem.”

In the mean time I have a few moments before Lydia wakes, and I can update the blog.  Yahoo!

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Soaking in Moments

While this one sleeps… IMG_6644(Notice that big sister added a few toys)IMG_6645I am soaking in moments with this one.

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