December 31, 2009

Goodbye and Hello

So long December, welcome January and the new year. 2009 has been quite a year for our family. Ups and downs, as all our lives do. Many joys, adventures, challenges, and even a success here and there...

Thank you dearly for following us though 2009 in this space. We wish you all wellness and happiness for 2010.

December 22, 2009

Due Date

Our little guy who is just two days shy of eleven weeks was 'due' today. How things would have been different had he come around now. I'm a firm believer that babies come when they are ready (or need to be ready, as the case may be) regardless of our own readiness. And in our case we were wholly unprepared for what challenges came with both our babies, despite the vast difference in their arrival time. Even eleven weeks later, I still have days where I feel completely unprepared for what the day brings. Save those days we're settling in nicely to our little family of four. What a lucky guy to have so many who love him dearly.

Now if I were the type to labor for five days instead of five hours, the project Piper and I - Papa and Piper - the whole family worked on over many days would have made the perfect labor project. Someone should have told me sugar cookies take so long when I told Piper we could do it when she found the cookie cutters in the grocery store. Between the scratchy voiced requests for 'more tea Mama' and 'I want to pee-pee' from our potty learner with a cold, and a LOT of time spent nursing it really did take us five days to complete. I now know why I was banned from baking duties when I was growing up.

We're now up to our ears in cookies. One batch makes too many for our family. This is only half. Next time we'll make half and hope for a two day time line.

December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

We bundled up and went to the annual solstice bonfire put on by Friends of Starkweather Creek last night. I put Calder in the mei tei and wore my maternity jacket over the top of us. Who knew that would come in handy this winter weeks after having Calder. The fire was warm, there were songs to be sung, drums to be played and good folks a plenty. It was quite cleansing and hopeful. We were given a slip of paper to write our three wishes on. First is something you wish to be free of, second something you wish to come to be, and third is anything - something completely shallow if you like. I wrote out wishes for our little family and tossed them into the fire. Hoping all your wishes this holiday season come to fruition.

Happy Solstice to all!

December 10, 2009


I find them like this often throughout our days. On this occasion Piper was singing 'b-i-n-g-o' and chanting 'Winda' (Linda, our favorite nurse from the NICU) to him. I guess she likes him, and he has no choice but to like her.

I hope all you locals survived the blizzard yesterday. We made do with some time in the snow, some naps and a visit with the neighbors.

December 03, 2009

Snow Flakes

It snowed! First time this season. The first time Piper can remember. We watched from the window, she in awe telling us everything it was on top of. Then we bundled up and out we went. She enjoyed it. Enjoyed it being thrown at her, around her, at others and laying in it.

Then like a book in our current rotation, she made a snow angel.

Papa and Calder watched us from the window and joined us for hot chocolate later.