This Week in Pictures

May 21-27th, 2012

 Tillie looking at a mirror-she's just started to be interested in mirrors and gets excited when the girl in the mirror laughs and smiles back at her

 The first mother-daughter shopping trip. It didn't last long, for some reason Tillie wasn't really into it.

Tillie and Lucy (just a few days old in this picture) I've been able to see a few new babies in the past few weeks and love the special spirit that is present every time.

 Me and "Lucy's mom" Jamie. Pretty amazing mom already.

One of my favorites

Tillie's first time at Stew Leonards (Connecticut classic-Dave says its a mix of Ikea, Costco and Disneyland...pretty great combo). Such a bad picture but Dave wanted me to document because he loves Stews.

New jewelry box

 Memorial day jog around Darien-love all the flags

 Reading with Tillie. You guys she was really watching today.

These smiles!

This Week in Pictures

May 14-21, 2012

Sweet Tillie had her first vaccines. I was dreading them all morning, and for some reason just felt awful knowing that she didn't even know what was coming. She took them like a champ, but I did have an extra cuddly little sweetheart later that afternoon. I am starting to get a little glimpse of what parents go through when their kids go through pain...and it was only vaccines. 

 Tillie sitting in the Bumbo for the first time. We found out at the pediatrician that she has one side of her neck that is stronger than the other (the reason she has the cute pose in this picture), so she and I now do "exercises" 5 times a day.

I love her little profile. Her cheeks are getting so chunky! She loves to suck her hand (but isn't interested in a binky funny enough)

Little family of geese, love that mamma goose 

She smiles with her tongue all the time-like this and the one below 

Mitt 2012. Neat to hear him in person, hope to see him in the White House.

Mothers Day

This has been such a special day. No matter how much I heard about motherhood before experiencing it myself I don't think anything could have prepared me for the love I would feel for our little girl. 

Dave made this Mothers Day so sweet. He had a few gifts picked out, we got to go on a long walk, and he also took some time to write out his experience of becoming a dad and his thoughts about Tillie. Reading them made me pretty emotional and grateful for a good husband.

In our church today the men took over all of the responsibilities so that all the women could meet together. I came in late to the meeting because I was feeding Tillie, but just walking in that room I could feel so much strength and love. It hit me how much these women have taught me in the two years we've lived here. I've learned faith and endurance from the sweet lady I visit for church. Courage and determination from my companion. Selflessness and sisterhood from our Relief Society President. Patience, humility and humor from so many of the young moms. 

I've learned so much from the other mothers close to me as well. I'm learning to talk and think less about myself, to be more stable and loving, and to be more grateful. I'm learning that I need to laugh more and worry so much less. I'm learning what it means to give. I'm also learning how far I have to go. I'm hopefully learning what it means to truly love. 

 My sweet mother

 My sister. One of the best mothers I know. 

My sweet mother-in-law (how cute are those boys!)

Today I found something I wrote in the hospital after having Tillie:
"May 3, 2012. I'm just sitting here in the hospital with you wrapped up looking around in the bassinet next to me. It is hard to explain the gratitude I feel to be your mother. To me you are perfect, and I'm overwhelmed that I get to be your mother. It hasn't even been 24 hours since you came into my life and already I would do anything for you."

It's only grown since then.

This week in pictures

Some pictures from this week: 
Bought Tillie's first swimsuit. Can't wait for the beach.

Last week Tillie starting sucking on her fist. It's funny to me that she doesn't suck her thumb or fingers, but just the top knuckle.

Walking with Lizzie on Greenwich Ave. Most of the conversation centered on the excitement for her new arrival, and wondering when he'd be here (can't believe she went into labor that night).

Tillie slept 8 hours for the first time. We all woke up happy.
Best part about it is that she's continued to sleep over 7 hours every night. 

Field trip to the city to meet up with Emily.

The concrete jungle

It never gets old

Meeting handsome baby James. First time Tillie's met a baby younger than her and I can't believe she's grown this much in only two months.

My sweet thoughtful parents sent flowers "for the mother of their grandchild in Connecticut" for Mothers Day

Some wisdom from the Mothers' Lounge in our church. 
I love that you can see our shadow in this picture. 

Found a hidden waterfall on our Sunday walk

And that's the week!

Auntie Em

So fun to meet up with my dear friend Emily and her sweet boyfriend in New York. It's been way too long since we've met up, but as always it feels like we just saw each other. 
She's doing amazing things with her life, and frankly always will. 
It was the perfect day for a picnic in central park, and the perfect person to picnic with!

Miss you already friend. Can't wait to see you again!

Where Tillie lives

One part of pregnancy I seriously underestimated was "nesting." It was amazing to have so much energy to clean, make, and organize when my body was being pushed to the max. It seemed that in a matter of days not only did I just have to redo our bedroom, but projects I hadn't visited since we were married were now back at the forefront of my mind, I needed to go through my closet and clean out old clothes, and of course I had to scour the whole apartment, including every last vent and corner of the bathroom (seems pretty silly now). It was productive. And exhausting.

Since we are living in a one-bedroom apartment and Tillie would be sharing our room with us, it made sense to switch things around and freshen it up. I had to try to add some nursery touches without making Dave feeling like our room was taken over by pink or a baby. Though it's nothing fancy, I love how light and cheery it is now, and love sharing a room with my two favorite people (well I guess I wouldn't be totally opposed to a two bedroom, but we're making the most of it!).

I was so happy when I found this glider
A little DIY project: a fresh coat of paint and a new knob and good as new

A little artwork

New dresser to fit everyone's clothes

Tillie's bed. She used to look so little in it, but is pretty much end to end now!
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