Friday, January 31, 2014

It's Life...

Time is flying by. For the first time in a while, I find myself starting a new month and wondering what happened to the last one. Since last April, every day was spent looking forward to the next month and, even more so, looking forward to December. Now that Paige is here and I am no longer in a constant state of anticipation, time is running from me. In a couple days Paige will be six weeks old. It took Olivia FOREVER to turn six weeks old.

This time around I have a lot more on my plate. With Olivia I had just quit my job and all I had to do was stay at home and keep that tiny little bundle fed and happy. With Paige I not only have a baby, I have a bouncing one and a half year old who never stops moving. I also have a great job that eats up any spare time I might have had during nap times or those moments where I get Paige sleeping and Olivia happily playing off in her room at the same time.

And I love it. I love how full life feels. I love that my place in life is providing care for and loving two beautiful girls and a wonderful husband. I love that when I get to the end of the day I can look back with satisfaction and fulfillment (although the productivity is seldom tangible as you would know by looking at the state of my house most days!)

There are definitely days when I forget about all that. At those times all I feel is tired and I reminisce about the days where I went to bed and slept past 7. (That still exists out there somewhere, right?) So when I am feeling frazzled and tired tomorrow (if I'm lucky it will be the day after), I will come back and read this and remember how much I really do love it.

Because really, I do.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blythe Number Four...

 Paige is already three and a half weeks old. She is our beautiful, chubby cheeked little girl!

For fun, here is Olivia at the same age: she was a bit smaller.

Olivia has a lot of love for Paige and frequently she must make sure Paige remembers that. Sometimes it is hard for Paige to handle all the love that often manifests itself in vigorous pats and smothering. Their relationship requires a lot of monitoring at this point.

I managed to capture one of the gentler moments in the below picture.

We are now a family of four - it is a fun adjustment and even better than being a family of three.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Baby...

We got our wish. Paige's timing was impeccable. The day the shop closed up and Christmas vacation began, Paige made her hasty arrival in the very early morning on December 22nd.

Hours Old
Her choice of time enabled our family to be back at home to enjoy Christmas day. Here is a retake of the Christmas family photo where you can actually see Paige.

Three Days Old on Christmas Day
Paige must be striving for the title World's Best Baby. Not only did she arrive at the best time possible, she also has proven to be a very easy baby who sleeps and eats very well and rarely cries. What a great little Christmas present.

Four Days Old
Olivia is fond of her sister and Paige receives numerous head pats and gifts of toys from her older sister.

 We had my parents, Winston and Tabitha here to celebrate Christmas with us.

It was our first Christmas not travelling and it was definitely a good one.

It feels good to be a family of four - there was definitely a Paige gap in our lives until now.