baby sister.

(monday morning)
if you see us on instagram you know blythe cora was born on 7/17/17.
(david and lindley...my operating room crew.)
it was a straightforward c-section without any hiccups...couldn't ask for more.
(that best first moment)
she emerged at 1:02pm weighing 6 lbs 3 oz at 19 1/4" long.
(we meet)
(dad snuggles)
(aunt lindley snuggles)
we spent the next two nights in the hospital and arrived home on wednesday to two very welcoming brothers.
(skin to skin bonding)
(visitors...aka blythe's fan club)
nicolai and matteo have loved holding her across their laps, kissing her fuzzy head, and generally checking in on their sister...a smoother transition than i may have anticipated.
the cousins asked their mom if blythe could go to their house and be their sister.
she is quite adored.


38 weeks pregnant.

we are set for a c-section in one week.
overall this pregnancy has felt easier than the others somehow.
i don't feel as "ugh" as i have in the past.
not sure if that's simply because i'm kept busy by my other two little people or if things really are different this time around.
certainly my belly has been measuring smaller than expected by 1-3 cm at different times.
i still fit into a few non-maternity items which was never the case in the past.
this one moves around a lot, especially at night...more than i remember anyone else moving and grooving...one little girl told me that means she'll be a dancer.
we shall see.


2.5 years old.

we recently celebrated matteo's half birthday.
he's a playful and imaginative guy, really expressive...making faces when explaining things, whispering "oh wow" for all different reasons, and screeching/yelling/crying when he finds it necessary...oy.
when meema comes over to play he often directs their games and interactions with make believe.
we are often the spectators at nicolai's activities and he's really a good sport about watching or finding simple things to do while waiting.
he refers to himself in third person mostly saying matteo instead of me or i.
he's more destructive than we are used to, damaging things occasionally and being generally more rough than we've seen in the past.
he counts from 3-7 no matter what he's counting and often answers people's "how old are you" question with "seven".
he asks, "mama, can you pick me up" EVERYDAY...multiple times a day...starting first thing in the morning.
we love him so.


recent read.

loving chris hogan's retire inspired.
he's writing to anyone at any age, preparing us for the future we choose.
so inspiring.
so good. 



baby shower for #3.

my neighbor friend threw a shower for me recently.
 (everyone made a play-doh baby and i was the anonymous judge who selected her own twin's creation as the winner...that could be considered cheating.)
 (the family ladies)
it was a pretty little tea party gathering complete with snacks, good friends, and sweet gifts.
the countdown is on for little blythe's arrival...c-section scheduled for july 17th.


recent read.

man, this book is so good.
yes, i am biased...i went to college with heather and her sisters.
here she shares her infertility journey into adoption and downs syndrome...an amazing and hope filled story.
the lucky few by heather avis.
read it!
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