Friday, September 28, 2007

Quote of the Day

Several minutes after Gary had put Blake to bed 2 nights ago, he woke up and began crying for his Daddy to come back. We were all across the house, but could hear him on the monitor. Arabella exclaimed "Daddy, can you hear Blakey? He's calling for you. He's like, hysterical! He's hysterical, Daddy!"
We love the big words that come out of her little 3 year old mouth...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Perfect 10!

Our little Livvy had her 2 month well baby check today where we found out she has hit the 10 lbs mark. We can't believe she was our little 5 lb preemie 2 months ago...she is now in the 25% for weight, 25-50% for height and 25-50% on her head circumference. Blake also had a well baby check today since he just turned two - he is a whopping 30 lbs with a 90% height and 95% head that is a Buxa head.

Time Flies...

Our sweet baby boy has turned 2 years old now. I don't know where the time has gone. He has truly been such a blessing and an angel to our family. We love our Blakey.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Got you!

What happens when your 3 year old notices you are trying to take candid photos of her...

The Little Moments

It's the little moments I try to cherish these days with the business of life with 3 kids. It seems as though we are constantly coming or going, or trying to do both at once. Since we know that we are finished with having children, our little Livvy has been especially precious to us. When you have your first child, you are obsessed with them and all of their milestones - everything is so very important. I wondered after we had Arabella if we would be as crazed over the happenings of those new babies as we had been with her. I guess it's like the cliche that the "love multiplies when you have more children, not divides" that the same is true with the little things - those little moments that define everyday life. We have just kept obesessing over them with Blake and Olivia as though we had never seen them in our lives...first bath, first smile, talking, crawling, walking...

Back to my little moments point...we had Olivia's first "big girl" bath this week in our jacuzzi tub. We have done this with the other 2 when they were newborn and photo documented how much they love it. Since this will be our last "first bath" we got plenty of those moments on film to always remember. It's those little moments that truly are so precious.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

A Smiling Angel

Here is our sweet angel, Olivia, all smiles at 6 weeks old.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

In an instant...

This past weekend we had our first mini-vacation as a family of five. We were not really knowing how it would go - 3 children under 4 in our hotel room, but fortunately, all went well. We all actually got normal sleep (hard to believe) and everyone had a great time. We spent some time on the boardwalk and beach in Santa Cruz, visiting all of the sea life at the Monterey Aquarium and enjoyed the 17 mile drive along Pebble Beach capped off with a wonderful afternoon in Carmel (our favorite place). While in Santa Cruz, we got the pleasure of the company of some old friends of mine. One of my best friends from the Bay Area came down with her husband of 2 years. Over the course of a great dinner and some even better wine, we got to the discussion of children and whether they would have them or not. My friend, Stacy, wants them more than anything. Her husband, Jack, is not so sure. He is afraid of what life will turn into with babies and afraid he is too selfish. I answered him with my own experience - that I too used to be a very selfish person. I find it hard to believe on an almost daily basis that I am a grown-up now and mother of three. In my "pep talk" with Jack, a thought came out of my mouth that has stuck with me. I told him "A baby will make you forget yourself in an instant." I know this because it has happened to me 3 times over. Yes - it is life changing and tiring at times, but there is something so rewarding about living for someone else. It is the greatest thing we have ever done.