Friday, April 4, 2014

MOMENTS CAUGHT ON INSTAGRAM.

This little girl has grown up so much.
Sisters. 
Baby O, as we've taken to calling her.
Olive putting up with my (dirty) mirror shots. 
She's been learning to swim.
Donkey. 
Car sick trooper.
I shamelessly match them, any chance I get.
Mother and daughter photographers.
Pimple disguise.
Speaks for itself.
V doing what she does best - tinkering and crafting the morning away.
Setting up an animal school.

Looking back on these moments is always bittersweet.  I love these two so much.  They really are my whole life (quite literally these days) and I wouldn't change it for a second.  I know I'll look back one day and miss this manic period of my life.  (I'm not there right now, but I'm told I will be.)  Things are hard most of the time right now.  (And tiring, and stressful, and scary, and utterly beautiful.)  BUT, these two are mine, and right along side all the other stuff -- I walk around feeling so damn lucky every single time I look at my children.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OLIVE, MONTH 2.






Dear Olive Bird,

We've had you two whole months now, and you are quite simply irresistible.  You smile with your eyes - as evidenced in the picture above - and it's rare when you're not smiling.  At the doctor appointment this month you had 6 vaccinations which broke Mommy's heart.  Mostly because right before they pricked you (three times) you looked up at me and gave me the sweetest little grin with your whole face.  It crushed me to watch your little face turn purple with rage.  You weigh 12 pounds, the same as your sister at this age.  You are incredibly strong!  You've been lifting your little neck since day one, but the doctor thinks you're almost ready to roll over.  You sleep on your tummy, and you love music.

It's been quite a ride these last few months.  I told myself before you were born that I would try my best not to compare you to your sister, and I think I've done that for the most part.  It's hard not to see the similarities, and even the differences, in the two of you so far.  You're so tiny, little bird.  You have so much growth ahead of you and I find myself almost sad about every milestone, knowing it brings you closer to getting bigger.  You are super happy and healthy and that is ALL I wanted for you when I was still growing you.

You adore your sister.  It's only been 9 weeks and the bond already seems so strong.  If she is anywhere near you, a huge smile spreads across your face.  She can make you light up just by being near.  It's pretty incredible to dream about what your relationship will become.  She adores you as well, and is pretty used to you now.  She took the transition of you pretty well, and she wants to be involved in every little care taking step.  Above all though, you are a mommy's girl.  You are most settled and content when you are with me, and I am completely fine with this baby.  Smitten may be more accurate.  It's something I didn't anticipate, (your sister was a daddy's girl as well) and I love it.

All that worrying before you were born about how I would be able to love someone else the way I love your sister, and here I am - two months in - and I couldn't fathom life any other way.  It's an incredible thing being the mother of two daughters, and something I'm only beginning to understand the meaning of.  I just want you to know you are dreamy, and you are loved.  People who meet you call you "content" and it's true, you seem content with your tiny body.  A calm, peaceful little bird.

Vivienne will always be the one who made me a mother.  You are the one who made me realize my confidence as a mother.  I adore you, Olive Jane.  Grow strong.

Love,
Mama

Saturday, February 8, 2014

THE NUTCRACKER.

Two weeks after Olive was born, I took Vivienne on a date to the Nutcracker.  It's something we do every year, and I wasn't going to miss this year!  It was nice to spend the afternoon together, finding each other again.  We went to a nice restaurant and then met some little friends for the ballet.  Someday soon I'll take both girls.  It's one of my favorite things about Christmas.

Enjoy.








Friday, January 17, 2014

OLIVE, MONTH 1.




Little Baby Olive,

We've had you for one whole month.  ONE WHOLE MONTH!  (Technically six weeks, because Mommy can't seem to come up for air these days, and is running about 3 weeks late on everything in her life).  Anyway ...

You were over 9 lbs at one month old, and are rapidly putting on the weight!  You are a dreamy little baby.  You pretty much cry when you've either pooped your pants or need feeding.  You are a "tad" fussy in the evenings, but seem to be a bit of a Mama's girl, because whenever you hear me or I pick you up you become calm.  I love this, Olive Jane.  I don't particularly think newborns are all that easy to begin with, but you baby are just so darn delectable.

Even though I am completely lost in a haze of trying to figure out how to be a Mommy to two girls -- none of that has any reflection on you little bird.  Your sister is one of your favorite things ever, and anytime you hear her you get a huge grin.  It melts my soul.  Those are the things I could never have prepared myself for.  I am so excited to grow with you.  I am smitten over you, little love.  Your smell, your coos, and even your cute little poop face.  Your sweetness has filled our little family right up.

I love you little bird,

xx
Mama




Thursday, December 19, 2013

OLIVE JANE WEATHERS.








Welcome to the world, little Olive Jane Weathers!  She was born at 1:29pm on December 4th, after a ten hour, perfect labor.  My little 6 lb, 15oz Olive.  So far she's pretty dreamy.  Adjusting to two kids has it's challenges, but for the most part we are loving having a newborn in the house again.  Minus the lack of sleep ;).  Her big sister is so incredibly loving and helpful.  She's a lucky one, this Olive Jane, having Viv for a big sister.

x
A.