When we brought Rosemary home from the hospital, I tried to make an effort to take videos of those first few weeks. To me those brand-new baby days are almost magic. (To be clear, there's also lots of sleeplessness, poopy diapers, feeling physically icky from having a baby, and just messes everywhere in addition to that magic.) But honestly, having the four of us at home and just doing mundane activities was one of the most special weeks of my life. I loved seeing Cece as a big sister and Joe as a dad of two. Not to mention that I also loved every snuggle and the smell of newborn pampers again. Enjoy the little movie and pardon my shaky camera hands!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Last week I drove by myself with both girls to Chicago so Rosemary could meet my family for the first time. (Some called me brave, some called me crazy, and I think both of those statements are accurate.) Honestly, the travel part was a little exhausting. But this time with family was wonderful and necessary for me. My mom's house had a constant stream of company and there was always someone to hold Rosie (which meant I had two free hands so I could snack.) And goodness, we received so many wonderful and generous gifts for both girls. We also made a trip to Chinatown to see the Yuens and so Rosie could meet her great Grandma. Between the wonderful weather, delicious food, and great company, I will declare it a very successful week. Thank you everyone for making us feel so very special! I can't wait until we can visit again.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Here's what I've learned about trying to take photos of my own newborn and toddler. No one really accepts bribes, nor does anyone appreciate good hair accessories or enjoy posing in baskets. So really, it's all about getting lucky. Still a good learning experience though.
The first few photos are from when Rosie was two weeks old. The next few are from when she was three weeks old. It's kind of crazy how much these little babies grown and change each day. I can already say that it's going by too fast.
A few weeks ago, I got a chance to try some newborn and family portraits with these fine folks. My own squishy baby had not arrived yet and after taking these pictures, I was ever so anxious to be a new mama again. Thanks again for such a fun photo opportunity!
Monday, March 31, 2014
I already miss Grandma so much.
She was sharp, social, beautiful, chatty, so dang tough, and she loved all of us with all of her heart.
I'm grateful she isn't suffering anymore. I'm also thankful that the last time I saw her, she was awake and we were able to have a nice conversation. She had predicted that I was going to have a girl. (But she was hoping that she was wrong and that I would have a boy!)
I have a wonderful stockpile of memories of her and have every intention of letting her live on in my heart.
She used to watch Robbyn and I before and after school so she was a significant part our childhood. Even as we got older, we continued to visit her on our own. Every time I returned home from Minnesota, I still made a point to go to her house (and not just for the snacks!).
When we were little, she made sure we went to school with our hair neatly done and a good breakfast in our bellies. Like our dad, she picked us up from school and helped shuttle us to and from our skating and cheerleading practices. She would unfailingly provide an after school snack and dinner. I have so many memories of running errands with her, getting groceries, and of course, buying lotto tickets.
I will always be thankful Grandma knew the importance of shooing us outside to play, to pretend, and to climb trees in her backyard. She could always be counted on for a game of Scrabble or cards. Grandma was an excellent party planner and host. I actually cried at my bridal shower she and Aunt Gina threw for me because it was so incredible. And of course, I'll remember and miss her cooking. I will also strive to someday recreate her sloppy joe which has earned the description of "legendary."
I know that she'll be greeted in heaven with so many open arms. I know that I'll see her again someday, but that doesn't lessen the sense of loss at this point. I'm sleep-deprived, blubbering, and not really doing my best writing job, but I just had to get it out of me that Grandma was incredibly special and will be missed so much by so many.
I love you, Grandma.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I spent the week of my due date waiting and wishing for this baby to arrive (and taking plenty of iPhone photos because I was "saving" my camera for the hospital). Fortunately, my bestie was in town and instead of twiddling our thumbs waiting for baby to make an appearance, we stayed busy and ran all over town with the kiddos. This kept me in good spirits because it gets tough at the end when your due date rolls around and there's no baby that day. Or the next day. Or the one after that. (Or the one after that!)
After coming home from the hospital, Joe was able to take a week off work and it has honestly been one of the sweetest weeks of my life. I didn't know how it would feel to make that transition from being a family of three to a family of four. Now that Rosemary has been here for nine days, I can't imagine life any other way. Sure, we are tired and our house isn't in amazing shape, but I'm feeling so very blessed right now.