November 4, 2013
this month's focus was almost entirely on keeping up with a clean house (our washing machine has never been so busy - nor appreciated!)
and, much more importantly, keeping our two kids (TWO KIDS!) happy and feeling secure in our love for both of them...
let me tell you, that is no easy task!
sean and i express daily just how happy and fulfilled we feel and on more than one occasion, i let my emotions get the best of me and just sob over my incredible children - just as you'd expect a postpartum, new-mom-of-two to do. i'm not quite as emotional as i was during those earlier days (thankyouverymuch, placenta pills!) and i think i've even warmed a bit to the reality of this little guy growing up (just the thought of which absolutely broke my heart before.)
our sturdy newborn has quickly grown into full-blown baby in a mere month's time! he's eating like a champion and has the arm and leg pudge to prove it. he's just huge, guys. i never knew i could fall in love with a baby's size before but man!
we said our bittersweet goodbyes to all of the itty bitty newborn stuff. even the insert for the ergo. i keep telling myself that i'm okay with the rapid growth. i don't let myself panic over him fitting into 3-6 m clothing already. just as long as the time keeps at a normal pace. because, for me, it's not going all that fast.
it seems natalie understands he's a part of the family now. that's not to say she's always, 100% happy about it but you can tell she digs the idea most of the time by the way she's always singing to him, holding his hand, asking to cuddle and hold him in the mornings, and comforting him when he's crying... just as long as he doesn't cry too much. i tell her it's normal for him to cry, that it's healthy and just as she needs to cry, he does as well. still, you can hear her coax him every so often, "it's okay, little guy. shhhh. i'm not leaving. nany's got you."
stuff that makes the heart melt.
October 16, 2013
it's difficult for me to fathom a happy, fulfilled life without this wonderously sweet boy a part of it. how i have lived without him until now, i'll never remember.
i lie next to him or cradle him in my arms for most of the day and when i have to share him with others, i can't wait for him to return there again.
liam is oh, so incredibly sweet. he sleeps the entire day away, waking only to nurse, then he's back at it. lately, though, the periods of time when he gazes, contented, at the lights above or back into our eyes is lengthening steadily. he cries out in protest, with that little voice as sweet as honey, only when he's ready for more milk or he's too cold for comfort.
we have been blessed with two easy-going babies. very similarly to those first weeks with natalie, we have been getting a full night's rest since the first night we brought him home, something i attribute, in part, to having him cozy beside me throughout the night. in contrast, nursing liam has been a more enjoyable experience than it was with his sister - though it's not without it's first initial pains and struggles. i'm confident we'll find our rhythm soon. he's such a fantastic eater - he's so plump and sturdy already. perhaps the plumpest and sturdiest 2 week old i've yet to encounter!
he looks just like his daddy (as i'm sure we all predicted). he's the spitting image of sean as a newborn and so, i'm certain, he'll look just like him as he ages. tolman genes are no match for breinholt genes.
we so dearly love this 20 inch human: his fat toes, his many arms rolls, his baby breath, his newborn noises, his wide lips, his full set of chins, and those second-long smiles (that i'm so sure are genuine!). he is everything good.
October 11, 2013
October 7, 2013
september was so incredibly low-key that i don't have much to share. we waited to hear news of how our doctor wanted to ensure a safe birth for liam, we did everything we could to get him here on his own (cups and cups of red raspberry leaf tea, etc!), and we did all we could around the home to prepare for his arrival. by the time he joined our family on the 28th, we were more than ready to meet him. his birth was not what i had expected but turned out to be absolutely everything i had hoped for; our hospital stay was short, just as i had wished; and natalie took to liam immediately, just as i thought she would. september felt short and sweet and solely dedicated to our growing family.