Welcome to our world, Edwin Jonah Smith!
My body didn't want to be induced so it jumped the gun with the whole labor thing five hours before our scheduled appointment. I was more than happy about this because I didn't want this baby to come before they were ready. After an epidural, playing yahtzee, breaking my water, giving me a small hit of pitocin, and listening to Van Morrison, "It's a boy!" graced our ears at 9:56 am.
And now we have a perfect 7 lb, 21 inch addition to our family.
The supposed-to-be March babies. Sorry for the unflattering photo, Porter. We know you are cuter in real life.
Now he's on the outside, but still a tiny ball of sweetness.
Making our getaway in some homemade hand-me-down knits. Excited to see our baby girl again and get started with this family of four business.
The second of many lasagna dinners, but oh so grateful for food being made by other people.
Grandpa Bud with all of his grands. They kind of even cooperated for the photo.
Kiki doing double time. This was a sweet moment to witness.
Also a sweet moment to witness. Leena Bea loves her dad so much and it's heart melting to see them together. Even when they're just eating.
Already regressing. JK, but she does love to play with all the carseats, and for some reason we now have four. Also, crazy that she was riding in this one not long ago and now she looks like a giant in it!
Just your classic baby sleeping photo. With cute, long fingers.
Leena introduces Grandpa Tim to Meno.
The van, in all it's glory. When I get desperate I'm going to sleep out here because it's just that spacious.
Teaching Leena how to blow dandelions. (She thinks you put your mouth on it still.) We have a couple books with a page about blowing dandelions and each time we get to them, Leena takes out her pacifier and goes, "Wow" in an elongated whisper voice.
A couple shop walls are going up today.
And meanwhile, this is happening.
Scrunched up tummy time.
Let's just pretend Andy has newborn brain and that's why he put the wrong soap in the dishwasher.
Here's the newborn. He is pretty distracting.
Staying close because this girl is a little heavy handed. But she loves him!
This doesn't look like much but it is quite monumental...My first solo outing with both kiddos. Kind of. Because I was meeting my sister. But the kid to adult ratio stayed the same.
Neighborhood outing to the local brewery. I've been dying to walk over, sit outside, and drink a beer, and I finally can now!
More sibling love. I just have to make sure Leena doesn't climb in. Because she has done that...
Looks like all he does is sleep. Not true.
The trusses were delivered and put in the wrong place because they didn't tell us when they got here. The bozos came back and tried to get them back on the truck and after about 1.5 hours decided they just needed to move them by hand. Time sucks like this do not go over well with me these days.
Trusses on the correct side, crane on the correct side. Andy building.
Making roof progress. That's a steep pitch.
I don't even know. But we should really start strapping her in.
A roof with a view.
Meanwhile, another accomplishment: walking to the garden with both kids solo.
In review, I'm pretty proud of myself for the outings I've managed with the kids. I was very daunted by this task, but with a willing sister and friends, it's been not so bad. (I can say that today because I'm feeling pretty well rested and Andy is off work.)
I don't remember why I gave Leena an early bath, but it was probably because she had a poop explosion or something.
The new normal.
Edwin meeting his Great Oma for the first time. It's something incredible to see the beginning of the line meet the newest member of her family. I imagine when I'm a grandma and hopefully a great grandma, I will feel pride and responsibility for the kids of my kids, etc.
Talking on her air mattress land line.
Potluck's newest member, but not for long! So great to gather with friends. Makes me feel kind of like an adult and not just a mom.