I had the honor of taking these photos of my brother and soon-to-be new sister-in-law just days after they got engaged. My thoughts as I edited them drifted from how very lucky I’ve been in the sister-in-law lottery (praise God! for real!), to how I adore the beautiful combination of goofy delight and serious respect between these two, to just how stunning this girl is. Just so very beautiful. She joins our family and completes it in some ways. We are excited to welcome her. :)
Favorite #1. It was hard to choose, ok?
Congratulations you two – thanks for your patience!
She is five months this week! I’m feeling it. I’m feeling how fast it’s all going. It’s really beautiful, in so many ways, but heartbreaking at the same time. I read yesterday that it’s a good thing each new stage of watching a child grow up contains so much to look forward to, or else it would be so incredibly sad. That resonated with my heart. I love each new day being a mom to a rapidly changing baby, but it hurts that you can’t have a single one back to do again. Just one of the ways this little one is shifting my perspective. Time was moving at the exact same pace before her, I just didn’t think of it the same way.
We’re planning to start feeding her solid foods soon. I’ve found myself in absolutely no hurry to get there. I picked up some baby spoons at Target, and subtly resented the purchase. I haven’t bought a highchair, and I keep semi-purposely ignoring the aisle at the grocery store with the rice cereal (what we’ll start with). It finally hit me that I think spoon-feeding her will just make her seem like less of a baby. Who knew a little thing like mashed peas could make a person emotionally resistant to change, but guess what? It can!
Thanks for reading my introspective thoughts today. It helps me process to share them, even knowing to some they will sound like the repetitive complaints of a new mom. :)
This baby shower happened months ago. It’s cool – just pretend it was last week! It was a whirlwind and we pulled this off just a week and a half before Claire was born. Risky, I know, but I like to live on the edge like that. It was a sweet treat to celebrate my friend Amy and the beautiful baby Emma.
I originally decided to go with a light, bubbly pink for decor because I knew I would be able to find anything in that color, and I needed planning this shower to be easy. I ended up really loving it, even though light pink isn’t usually my jam. I accented it with bright poppy and black to make it more modern and playful and less “pastel baby”.
And, introducing my first tassel garland. I will be doing this project again. Loved it!
Quick! Before she goes to college!
Claire hit 4 months just a few weeks before Christmas. She seems to change daily (seriously!) and it is amazing to see a little person become more and more who they are created to be. Her personality is materializing and I can only imagine where it’s headed. She’s still just as sweet as ever, but the spunk is starting to show up, too. I think her smile has gotten bigger with each month and it might be maxed out now, as it spreads the span of her entire face. :) But dang, if that cute moment isn’t the hardest thing ever to snap a picture of. My trigger finger is always a second too late.
There is a mohawked, karaoke-loving, extremely creative Asian man in Lincoln, Nebraska named Johnny Le. That man is my boss. :) I’ve had the privilege of working for him since college and in the past year have gotten to meet his family twice for photos (see last year’s here). I certainly have to drink an extra coffee beforehand with these spunky littles, but they are so much fun. He asked if we could do a soccer theme this time. Um, yes. Absolutely.
There’s a beautiful new baby girl in the world, and she belongs to these two. Welcome to the world, Adynn. You have quite the adoring entourage, and you’re worth every little hug, cuddle, and kiss.
I think this little man deserves a shoutout. Being a big brother is exciting, but it can be hard to adjust. He seems to be doing an amazing job and is so sweet with his little sister. She is one lucky girl. Attaboy, Trey!
Despite the fact that I didn’t blog about Claire turning 3 months old, she did, in fact, do it. We’re nine days out from 4 by now, but I wanted to share some photos from month three anyway. I mean, I did take the chair picture. I knew from the beginning I would not always do this ON the 14th of each month. Close counts in my book. So here are a few snapshots of Claire’s life at this stage.
This month covered a few fun events in our family: Halloween and our 5 Year Anniversary. We actually sort of did Halloween this year. My mom was awesome about Halloween. She sews, so she always made us unique, amazing costumes by hand. It was such a special thing, now that I look back on it, that we were able to be whatever we wanted to be each year – she made it happen. I remember being a gypsy, Maid Marian, a spider with legs made from my dad’s black tube socks and strung together so they moved together when I raised my arms. My sister was a belly dancer one year. It was so imaginative and exciting. I can’t sew at nearly the same level, but I’d like to think I’m creative enough to make my kids costumes each year if I just plan ahead and put in the time. For some reason, even though Claire is still so tiny, I wanted to make a costume this year to start the tradition of doing it annually. I’ve found myself scrambling in this way on several occasions. I want to start traditions for our family that we’ll be able to say we did every year, even if I barely scrape them together this year in the whirlwind of having our first child. The holidays are bringing out this desire in a big way, and I am having to be careful not to let those ideas overshadow the meaning of celebrating holidays or put pressure on David and I to create some kind of perfect childhood for Claire. That’s not going to happen, and that’s ok. These are the rambling thoughts that barrel through my “new mom” mind throughout the day. :)
Anyway, all that to say: Claire was a gnome for Halloween.
And not just any gnome – the Travelocity one. Because she had to fit our Amazing Race theme.
We spent a quick weekend in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge to celebrate our anniversary. It was really fun to have our little with us, and she did so good on the trip. We even tried swimming with her and she didn’t mind too much. She doesn’t exactly think water is fun yet, but she was willing to accomodate us. We walked all over the grounds of the lodge and enjoyed one of the last nice-weather weekends. This was right before I went back to work, and I am so thankful we got a little retreat to celebrate and enjoy time together as maternity leave came to an end. *Sniffle* :)
I made Claire a mobile for her room a few months ago, and she loves it. That changing pad is one of her favorite places to be right now.
*Sigh* We love her so much. Happy belated 3 months, little bear!