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Month: May 2016


welcome adelaide jane!

Two weeks ago we welcomed Adelaide Jane into our family!  We are absolutely smitten with this sweet babe and are so, so happy that we got to meet her three weeks earlier than we were anticipating.

adelaide yawning

The past two weeks have been good, but also the tiniest bit overwhelming.  Everything is okay with Adelaide right now, but we’ve been in and out of the pediatrician’s many times as she’s being monitored a little closer than most babies are.  In addition to that (and the normal lack of sleep due to having a newborn in the house) Caleb’s been having to keep up with classes – grad school doesn’t stop when you have a new baby and since we were expecting her to arrive closer to the end of the semester, we thought he’d be a bit further along in projects.  Plus we’ve tried to keep Hadden in his regular activities and therapies as well.  We owe a HUGE thank you to my mom and two of my sisters who have alternated visits to help out.  It has been a tremendous help to have an extra set of hands around at all times and all three of them went above and beyond to make things easier on us.

me with babies

This is the face of one very tired (but happy!) mama!

My original plan was to have blog posts scheduled for the first few weeks of Adelaide’s life so that I wouldn’t leave the blog silent during that time and could focus on her, but the combination of my bout with influenza and her early arrival means that my plan got derailed.  Instead I’ll probably be digging some of my favorite posts out of the archives to share during this time – keep in touch with me on Facebook to see them!  In the meantime, check out this post introducing Hadden who is almost four years old now!

Thanks for celebrating the arrival of our sweet girl with us!  I’ll be responding to comments and e-mails as soon as I’m able to, but it might take me a bit longer than normal!

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Mother’s Day Blues

Last year I spent Mother’s Day alone with my two-year-old son. My husband was deployed to the other side of the world and the town where we were stationed was hours away from any family. So it was just the two of us. I made the best of the situation and planned a simple day with my boy. We spent all morning at the park, basking in the warm sunshine after a long Nebraska winter. We picked up Chipotle, our favorite meal to share, for lunch. My husband was able to Skype in for a few minutes so we enjoyed that time “together” as a family.

That afternoon, just as I was feeling that I’d made the best of an imperfect situation, I got wind of some Mother’s Day related drama in my extended family. From miles away, the news managed to ruin the rest of my day. Even now, a year later, the happy day that my son and I spent together is overshadowed by the memory of that incident.

As much as I’d like to think that my disappointing Mother’s Day is a unique one, I know better.

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