Motherhood

Theo at three months

Theo at three months

So we survived the holiday hoopla, yay! And Theophilus turns three months old today, double yay! This has been an eventful last month. Theo has made many developmental leaps and his little personality is blossoming. Mostly, he is a happy baby that occasionally howls at us when he is tired. I go back to work in a little over a week so I will be focused on pumping and building a freezer supply of the good stuff for our hungry, hungry Theo.

Speaking of hungry, Theo is an excellent eater. He is easily satisfied with five minutes at the tap before wanting to play again. Over our holiday travels, we practiced with the bottle and he seems to bet getting it, THANK THE GOOD LORD. I know how lucky we are that he’ll take the bottle so far. Hopefully he keeps it up when it’s just Paul and him.

His favorite activities include eating (obvi), playing with his sister and brother, and sucking on his hands. He is thiiiiis close to finding that thumb, so wish him luck. He laughed for the first time just before Christmas and it is the most beautiful sound in the world. Emma tries to get him laughing on the daily and their interactions completely melt me and make me want 20 more babies (HOLD ME BACK).

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State of the Hive

State of the Hive

In honor of the new year, I thought I would write a family update. I am grateful for our health and for our cozy home on our little island. 2018 was full of big changes, events, and surprises. I know I am looking forward to the year ahead — with all its ups and downs, family, friends, and faith. I present to you the State of the Hive Address


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Quiet morning musings

Quiet morning musings

Quiet mornings. Sounds like an oxymoron around here, huh? From the second we wake up, it’s go, go, go. Even while I am on maternity leave and don’t have to “be anywhere”, it’s still breakfast chaos, making lunches, getting dressed, diapers, buckets of hair detangler spray, and hustling the family out the door. But sometimes, miraculously, it is quiet. The baby is sleeping soundly on my chest, the big kids are still curled up in their beds, and the crisp December air permeates the house. I sneak into the kitchen, make a latte, and marvel at the silence. I soak it in.

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Emma says

Emma says

Now for some quotes from our favorite four year-old.

Emma: Daddy, you drinked a lot of beer and it made you grow a beard on your face.

When trying to get my attention about something.
Emma: Daddy, I mean Mommy, whatever your name is.

After Paul smashed a mosquito in the house.
Emma: DADDY, you killed NATURE.

After tripping a bunch of times in the house.
Emma: What is going on with me?!

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Theo at two months

Theo at two months

I am wondering what life was like before this little butter ball came on to the scene because I can’t even remember. Well I can, but our family is absolutely bursting with love for this little boy. Theophilus is a treasure. Besides his screeching while having a diaper change, he’s a fairly content baby. In fact, he seems to thrive in the chaos. His older sister and brother run and scream and dance and sing all around him and he’s just happy with watching everything play out.

Currently, we are on a family vacation in Lake Tahoe. Theo experienced his first snow fall yesterday and a few little flakes kissed his face and I felt like I was in a movie. I then put him out in a pile of snow to build a snowman but he was being lazy and just laid there. (JUST KIDDING, he made snow angels.)

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