Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Three years ago today- I was living in the other house still.  I was waking in the middle of the night (many times) and peeing into a yogurt cup in the kitchen (TMI- I know).  We had no bathroom (literally, no floor, no toilet, no lighting- it was pretty bad- we were deserted by a contractor after the demo).  I was only 34 weeks along and was getting ready for my baby shower which was being thrown for me the next day.  I was feeling pretty large, and swollen, not super psyched to wear a dress and have my picture taken.  I went to bed that night uncomfortable, but relieved that Donell had temporarily put the toilet in for me for the night!  I woke up at 4am- and woke Donell with some confusing feelings (especially since I couldn't see what was going on due to the bathroom situation). I always new she would come to us early- and it probably made everything go a lot faster because I didn't associate all of the early labor with actual labor.  By the time we got the hospital, I was 7 cm dilated.  The midwife was only there for a 1/2 hour before she came into a calm, quiet (you could hear a pin drop) delivery room.   It was amazing.....

I can't say that "the years have flown by"- because I really do feel like I've been as concious as possible to soak in every moment of these early years. I look at her, and feel like it was so long ago that she was a newborn in my arms....

She was a good size, 6lbs. 6ozs, but because she was early (6 weeks)- she was in the NICU for 2 weeks.  It was the roughest 2 weeks of my life thus far- but I stayed there with her until she could come home- the experience made me stronger but very overprotective.

Sleeping in her crib in the first few weeks- always swaddled, even in the 100 degree heat.

Flower baby- she was 5 weeks old during this photo shoot.

Apple picking in the fall.

She's always loved to take baths- it was our nightly ritual together before bedtime (it's not nearly as consistent with 2- but we still manage in our tiny tub)- for the first month or so, she slept all the time- even while in the tub:)

In the snow with Beau for the first time.

Christmas tree hunting in the Mei Tai.

Standing in her crib in her first bedroom.

At her baby blessing on her first Birthday!

At the beach on vacation.

Very first drawing! 16 months old.

Christmas Eve

She's always loved the sparkles- here she is admiring herself in the mirror in her new sparkly red shoes.

Reading Babybug with Daddy

Helping Mommy through a contraction during Moses' birth- so precious.

Holding Moses for the first time- 1 day old.

Holding Moses Moses flattening Zella 2 months old:)

This is what happens when you have more then 1 child- child #1 gets into things....

and once again...acrylic paint (non-toxic) this time- gotta love it!

She is an amazing little girl
Creative, loving, artistic, shy, intelligent, athletic, imaginative, cautious, outgoing, dramatic, expressive, strong willed, sensitive,  musical, compassionate...
I am so blessed to be her mother and be able to watch her grow every day.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Smooze, GoGo Boots, and Old Friends

Smooze are sooooo good!  We are partial to the mango variety- and with the weather we've been having lately in CT- not only are we going through many of these tasty treats a day- we are contemplating moving to Antarctica:)

This weekend was packed full of graduation parties and get-togethers with dear old friends that I don't get to see very often- we had a lot of fun! 

Friday night was spent with Kim N. and Ana- I didn't have my camera that night- but there were a lot of laughs, chips, and I stayed out later then I have in a LONG time! 

We were lucky to get to see Kim and her beautiful babes earlier that day as well.  The highlight of Z's day was a gift from Gracie- the beautiful snow boots pictured below.  D and I have been called her go-go-girl because she won't take them off (despite the 90 degree heat), and insists on wearing them with her uniform blue bathing suit.... thank you Kim!!!!;)- oh- and she loves the book and castle too!

Saturday night was spent with my favorite sisters, Annie's fabulously sweet roommate Aly, and my old friend Sarah, who I love dearly (she was in town for a wedding).  We spent the evening at Annie and Aly's new, adorable apartment- granted it was hotter than H-E-L-L-but fun- so we eventually made our way outside and over to a bar for a few more laughs....

I think Sarah looks like a model for a Modigliani painting in this one...

Sar telling/acting out one of her no-doubt hilarious stories

Playing truth of dare on Emily's iPhone at the bar

I am grateful for good friends- we missed you Kel!- xoxo