Friday, July 27, 2012

a story about a boy and his blanket

This is a post about my son.  He is a good good soul and he has been nothing but wonderful as we've transitioned into this new family of four.  This is one example of how he's acted without being asked or prodded.  We love our little boy!  (...and our darling girl, of course!)

The day was July 5th 2012.
He came to the hospital to visit his new baby sister.
When he looked at her for the first time he saw a little blue package with his name on it.
He opened the present from his new sister.
Inside he found another one of his favorite blankets!  Oh, the joy.
He tried it on for size and tested its softness.
Then little sister made a noise and immediately his face turned to concern
He even said "oh!" turning to look at her with with his big caring eyes.
He quickly rushed over to offer support.  
There wasn't a melted heart in the room.  
To make it easier he joined mama and baby and we all snuggled and soaked up the moment.
Oh, my little boy, he acts like a real loving gentleman, most all of the time. 
How have I ever gotten so lucky with a son like him? 

* For the full story and the pictures that go with it (they are so adorable and I'm not just saying it cause I'm his mom) go to the Baby's Blog.  Need an invite?  Let me know.

silly message

Translate this!  Our google voice account emails us the text of new voice messages.  They are always hilarious and never quite right.  This is the latest...  

A bday call from my sister.

Happy Birthday yahoo scratch yesterday. Maybe you know that. Love you lots of love. Talk to you and hope you're having beautiful day. So if you are your folks and he's bye. You know who you are To her home with gimme a call. Call spending your birthday. About the mountains of alright. Love you. Bye bye, alright. Hi.

HERE are some other humorous messages.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

4 years of us

Today we've been married 4 years.  Wow.  I love counting the days and years of life with this wonderful man.  I am a very happy and lucky girl to have found my dream boy.  We have built a happy little family and home together and I couldn't ask for more.
Happy Anniversary, my Love.

Monday, July 23, 2012

firetrucks and visitors

If you were to come visit us you'd definitely here some little fire truck siren noises coming from Odin.  He is pretty in love with them as well as trucks, cars, tractors, back hoes, police cars (for their siren and lights, of course).  He is a total boy, that is for sure.

We couldn't pass up the opportunity to take him to a free pancake breakfast and fire truck tour at the the fire station.  Odin loved it all!  And yes, we were those parents that dressed him in a matching firetruck shirt.  Ha!  I never thought I'd be that parent but it happened.  AND it was pretty cute and best of all, he loved it.  It was a pretty great family outing before our visitors came to town later that day.
  Baby sister even came to enjoy the day.  She wasn't as amused as he.  
She just stayed snuggled in tightly with Mama.  
Like I mentioned above, our family came to visit.  
It was short and sweet but we loved having them and introducing our newest family member.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

sleep cap

The magic in a hat.
When Odin was a newborn, we used the cap they gave him at the hospital long after we brought him home.  It became his 'sleep cap'.  We'd put it on him anytime he fell asleep (those first couple of weeks) and then after to help sleep train him - like help him learn night and day sleeping.  This cap was like magic as the moment we put him on his eyes would close, if not covered by the sleep cap, and he'd soon he out like a light.  We only stopped using it when the temperatures in NYC reached their uncomfortable humid height.  But for the 2 months we did use it we were very pleased with the results.

Now little girl gets to use her own too.  
Its how the magic of sleep happens in our house.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

little family picnic

Summer is here in Seattle and we are taking full advantage.  This was our first outing as a family of four.  We went to Grasslawn park in Bellevue.  It was fun but different as the baby wasn't to enthusiastic about playing in the splash area at the park.  She and I relaxed in the shade while the boys went and played in the water.  It was a perfect little sunny, picnic-perfect day.  (Odin got so worn out.  He stole his baby sister's seat and pretended to be sleeping...  such a little character, our boy!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

remembering that feeling

 There is something so special about being pregnant.  The images above are all from this 2nd journey into motherhood.  These last pictures were from the night my sweet Haven was born.  In the far right picture I am actually having a contraction... weird.   I never want to forget the gift and experience of being pregnant!
...these photos taken 6 hours before Haven's arrival.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

looking back at the 4th of July

 We had a lovely 4th of July this year.  We brought a picnic to a near by park and enjoyed the day in the sun with our family.  It was one of those perfect summer days and we were very happy to celebrate one of our favorite holidays.  We hoped that I wouldn't make it to see the fire works later that night as we secretly wished for a Forth of July baby.  But as you know, that didn't happen.
 We made it through our daytime picnic, a BBQ with friends and lovely firework lights in the sky.  While we were at the fireworks, labor started. Thanks to my friend and Zack for helping me realize I was indeed in labor we made it to the hospital with plenty of time to deliver my Fifth of July baby.  The whole experience was so special.  What a memorable holiday we had!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

first week of Haven

Needless to say, we love our baby girl.  She is a lot like when Odin was born.   Sometimes we even think they look a little alike.  But, that hair!  It is so cute.  Odin didn't have much at this age.  We are all doing well and just enjoying Zack being home and Haven being here.  Odin is the cutest big brother and always shares his favorite blanket, reads her books, and wants to pat her belly first thing in the morning.  He always wants to hold her.  My favorite part is when he gets his hands ready (he looks like he's going to bump a volleyball) and then he holds her for about 4 seconds and then hands her over.  He gives her little kisses on her head and it is never just one, usually 2 at least.  We feel so happy and blessed.  We're tired and trying to settle into some sort of routine but for the most part life has just been perfectly slow and peaceful this first week of Haven.

Friday, July 6, 2012

She's here!

We have another child!  
She arrived July 5th in the wee hours of the morning. 
It was a beautiful birth. 
We love her so!

More to come on Facebook, Twitter @lmtblogs and the Baby's Blog.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

We had the best holiday this year!  
I can not wait to tell you why...

Monday, July 2, 2012

gas works park

We spent the afternoon in Seattle and checked out Gas Works Park.  It was pretty rad, complete with an official "kite hill".  This park has the best view of the city (see the space needle in the background?) and it was definitely the best spot to view airplanes and boats going by.  Odin loved that part the very most.
This is definitely a must see spot if you come to Seattle!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Birthdate!

OH!  There are so many things I love about this photo.  His classic "oh" face - this is Odin's version of "blue steal".  I quite like it.  That little thing in his mouth is a "nu" which is a nut or pistachio - he eats these all the time with Zack.  Its sort of their thing.  And, he just looks so happy and excited about absolutely nothing and I love it!

Happy Birthdate to you, my boy!