A Year of Portraits: January

In an attempt to press pause on the passage of time, and document the way my children change over the course of a year I’m going to take intentional (or mostly intentional) portraits of them every month and jot down of few of the things they are doing or saying at that time.  This is my less-intensive version of The 52 Project, which I tired a few years ago and, predictably, did not complete.

But I need to do something, because I’m forgetting things! Stupid things, like whether or not we’re out of milk, but also important things, like when Trixie started crawling, or how long it was that Johnny slept in our bed with us. The other day Alex showed me a video of Trixie shortly after she started talking and I had no memory of her little voice sounding the way it did in that video. Maybe it’s just mom brain, and someday it will pass and the fog will lift and I’ll remember stuff again.  But in the mean time, precious things are happening! And with so many tools for documentation readily available I thought I’d better start doing a better job of documenting.

So here I go.

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Joey: almost 6 months.

If this baby looks happy, it’s because he is happy. He loves to laugh and smile, and he loves when his older bother and sister play with him. This play always looks too rough to me, and I’m often scolding the big kids to be more gentle, but then I realize that Joey is laughing, so it must not be too rough.

If you had told me 5 years ago that someday I would have a baby that I could set down in his crib WHILE FULLY AWAKE and he would just go sleep on his own I would have laughed in your face. But that is the kind of baby Joey is. Easy, happy, super cute, very chubby.

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Trixie: 3 years and 3 months.

She is the middle child, my only girl, and in many ways, the scrappy one. But gosh, she sure is pretty too. When I look at those dark eyebrows and lashes I get excited for Trixie that she won’t share in her mother’s fate of being a near albino.

Trixie is a talker. But you probably already knew that. Lately she has been latching onto certain phrases and using them in a variety of scenarios. Example:

“Joey’s not just any baby, he’s my baby brother!”

“That’s not just any stadium., it’s a soccer stadium!”

“These aren’t just any slippers, they’re my ballet slippers!”

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Johnny: 5 years and 8 months

Best big brother ever! Every morning he greats Joey with hugs and kisses and words like, “Hey buddy bum! Did you have a good sleep?” And every night he gives Joey a kiss and says, “Good night, Joey. I will see you in the morning. I will miss you. I love you buddy bum.”

Counting is very big deal right now. Johnny likes to count to 99 (he can’t remember that 100 is what comes next). He also likes to count just odd or even numbers, and he likes to count by 11. “11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77 ,88 99,” and then “Ten-ty-ten.”

2018 in 12

I love doing a Year In Review post each year. It’s so fun to see everything that happened during the last 12 months, and to see how much everyone grew! (And they grew a lot!) But more than that it reminds me of all the blessings that last year has brought.

J A N U A R Y

I was suffering through the tail end of morning sickness while pregnant with Joey. Alex started his new job as a PA in ENT. (Wow! That means he’s been there a year already!) We got better at playing outside, and at being cozy inside.

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F E B R U A R Y

Alex and I took our first ever trip without kids to NYC. We had a great time checking out The MET, lots of yummy food, and Purl Soho!

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M A R C H

Winter would not be complete without some good knitting projects. This photo is reminding me that this sweater still fits Trixie and that I should have her wear it (read: bride her with chocolate). We also found out that we would be having a baby BOY!! I started making mental preparations for the arrival of another baby.

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A P R I L

Winter last year went out like a lion, dumping a giant blizzard on us right in the middle of April. But spring did eventually come and we went out into it as often as we could. I entered the third trimester, during which I documented my favorite maternity things in this post.

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M A Y

We got the garden in and I had so much fun cutting flowers to bring into the house. Johnny turned 5! And the royal wedding got me thinking all sorts of thoughts about marriage.

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J U N E

Summer break brought lots of time out of doors - rain or shine. Puddle walks inspired by Peppa Pig, naturally.

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J U L Y

I read Hannah Coulter and it basically changed my life. I also waited and waited and waited for my baby to arrive, And then, nine days after his due date, he finally came! Welcome Joseph Terence!

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A U G U S T

We soaked up lots of baby snuggles and adjusted to being a family of 5.

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S E P T E M B E R

The kids started school! Joey and I got to go to Arizona for the Blessed is She Team Retreat. It was a wonderful time with wonderful friends, including my dear friend Jacqui, whom I have now been on more trips with than with my own husband. : )

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O C T O B E R

We enjoyed the last of the warm weather. Trixie turned 3! And Alex and I celebrated 9 years of marriage.

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N O V E M B E R

Sweater weather! Joey just loves wearing his hand knits. And I love making them.

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D E C E M B E R

While we were in the thick of Advent and getting excited for Christmas, Johnny lost his first tooth! I got my kids matching pajamas and they wore them for about 4 days straight over Christmas., which was fine by me.

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Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope that 2019 brings you much JOY!

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Birth Story: Joseph Terence

Childbirth. Sometimes the world fades away and it's just you, working, laboring, literally. And then sometimes it takes a village. 

When Joseph was born it was all hands on deck. There I was with my feet in the stirrups and nurses pushing on my back, more nurses assisting my doctor, bright lights, people moving frantically about the room, lots of talking, and me screaming that "I need this to be over!" 

But let me back up and tell you how I got into this position. 

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