Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy 2 months Tweedle! (And yes, I am late again:)

My little lady is over 2 months old!  Your second month of life was definitely an adventure!  It started out normal.


You continued to get lots of cuddles from Grandpa Bonnell. 


And Auntie Kory spent her spring break spoiling you!


To add some spice to life, you enjoyed your first perogy lunch!


And met Grandpa Durgin!


You finally fit into the cutest outfit ever that Auntie Kory bought you in Norway!


You love sitting in front of the heater listening to reggae...maybe you are an island baby at heart!


You had your first sleep over at Grandma and Grandpa Bonnell's.


And celebrated your first St. Paddy's day in style!


Then things got crazy.  Since mom lost her job March 10th, and Grandpa Bonnell accepted a job in Utah, we decided to make the journey out with him while he started his new job and we considered a move out west.

It was hard leaving your daddy but it was a big learning experience.  Mommy took care of you almost 24/7 and we really got some good bonding time!


On our travels, you saw Mount Rushmore.  Don't worry...I'll consider taking you back with you can actually remember being there...but honestly, one time was enough for me.  Twice was entirely too much;)


You saw your second cousins in Colorado, along with meeting your great grandma and grandpa, great aunt and uncle.


You enjoyed some Colorado sun.


And then headed to Utah for your first ever hotel stay.


While in Utah, we scoped out the area, and mom had a few interviews.  On a whim, we decided to fly to Reno before heading back to the MN.

We made a stop in Vegas so you could experience the slots.


And then it was time to be reunited with your grandma Durgin and meet her fur baby Fu!


You were pretty smitten with Fu!  I'm guessing your an animal lover like your dad and I.


You met the last of your great grandparents so now you have met them all!


And you are now loving baths and being naked:)  Seriously though, look at those eyes and that cute as hell face!


 You visited your dad's favorite place in Reno.


And then headed home...after such a long and full trip, both of us were ready to get home and see your dad!



Reunited and it felt amazing!


We were home in just enough time to celebrate a special day in your life, your Baptism.  It was such a beautiful and special day.




And you celebrated your first Easter.


Which wouldn't be complete without a creepy bunny.




You are such a joy.  You have started smiling and melting our hearts even more then we could have imagined!  The future is a bit in flux right now, especially as mommy looks for a job, and we plan to embark on a big move.  But the one thing that is constant and wonderful is we are a happy family of three and as long as we have each other, we are blessed!  And we are so lucky to have an outstanding support system.  Makes all the craziness a little bit less crazy and provides calm amidst the storm. 

We are already enjoying your third month of life and I look forward to filling you in!

Loads of love and kisses,
Mommy

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Month One (very late!)

To my lovely little lady!

You are already well over a month old, but I'll recap your first month as best I can!

We were so lucky to have Grandma Durgin here for over a month.  She helped love you, cuddle you, and she helped keep mom and dad fed!


You had visitors all the time.  Grandma and Grandpa Bonnell pop in almost daily to give you lots of love!


Your proud daddy has introduced you to some of his favorite things...Patagonia, beer, and all things recreational.  You made your first trip to REI within your first few weeks. 




You did have to deal with a case of thrush, but outside of that, you have been a healthy, happy girl.  Your weight, height, and head growth have been awesome!


You're dad took the first three weeks of your life off to be at home with us and we wouldn't trade that time.  We got to really get to know you and adjust to being a family of three.

We also got to have a lot of fun.  Over the past month, there have been a few tears, mostly due to hormones, lack of sleep, and nerves...but those have been few and far between!  We have had a blast with you little lady! 


Happy (very late) One Month Birthday to our little love!  We can't wait to see you grow over the next few months. 



Love, 
Mommy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Little Lady Charleston

Born February 7th, 2015 @ 4:35 am
Dad and mom are so in love!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Rounding the final bend!

Oh I figured I would fail at updating weekly.  Life has just been busy but I also tried really hard to relax.  And now....we are here!  Baby is taking her sweet sweet time but we should have a baby by end of day today, or early tomorrow!  Crazy!






And as I sit here, in the hospital room, nearing the end, my ridiculous hormones have taken over and I mourn the fact that I will no longer have my little bump.  Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of miserable times, plenty of times where I ached, hurt, felt ill from top to bottom.  But I also tried to stay positive and funny, and make sure to bond with my bump.  And I did!  Which is so outrageously cool!  

I read enough in the beginning to know that not all people do bond with their bump.  There is the end goal, and they focus on that the entire time.  I figured that would be me.  That I would just always focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.  But once I figured out a sleeping schedule, what foods did and did not agree with me, and how I could get comfortable, I was able to truly bond.  And I thank God for the blessing.  

And going into the labor process is a whole mix of crazy and scary again, and I have armed myself with enough knowledge to know that yet again, bonding can take some time.  You are meeting this stranger that has been inhabiting your body.  I am armed with the knowledge of that, but also the knowledge that with time, things come around, and I will be so blessed to have this little girl in my life!  But I know too I will miss having her all to myself and I just would have never imagined myself saying that.  It is crazy how me evolve...and thank God we do.  

And I know there are people who do it alone, and do just fine, but without a doubt in my mind, I could not have done it.  When I was miserable, my husband was there with the biggest smile, the biggest joke to crack, the biggest hug, whatever I needed.  And it was constantly about me.  We generally both strive to make life easier for the other but this was definitely a time where I relied on him more heavily then he could rely on me.  








I honestly could not imagine going through this with another person.  It's truly ridiculous what this man has done for myself and our unborn child.  He will no doubt be an amazing father.  I can not wait to see him in that role.  

So there we are!  A quick little wrap up.  We'll see you on the flip side:)