EV Day at the Zoo

April 22, 2018 | When D mentioned there was going to be a special event at the zoo for EV owners, I was a little skeptical. But, in the name of “enjoying all the days I can as a family of three” I agreed to attend! They were opening early this Sunday morning, with a free brunch and pass for entry/train/tram…perfect!  Until the forecast said RAIN.  I have a need to sit down a LOT these days, and having wet-benches/rocks for seating wasn’t ideal.  But we managed to get around ok and D took the lead to make sure that E got to do all that she wanted! I’m glad we went, and the sun did eventually peek out onto our day which was really nice.  I think E just remembers that we had to stop at Target for a rain jacket…of course this year I didn’t get her one because we’ve never really used the ones I bought past seasons!  But this one is awesome, and can be used by little bro/sis when they wear a 4T.  Oh, and she’ll talk about the puddles…forever.  She walked through each and every one that we passed, thanks to her rain boots… 🙂

M Bedtime

April 20, 2018 | We drove home from H-Easter late, as you fell asleep in your car seat. While you’d had a decent afternoon nap, the day had been full of activity and you were EXHAUSTED.

We pulled in the garage, and I gently lifted you from the car. You watched as I made a 7 Oz bottle at the kitchen sink, and we went upstairs to your room. I decided you were so tired I’d leave you in the onesie and zip your sleep sack for the night. 

As soon as the owl nightlight/sound machine was on, a star pattern glowed on the ceiling; a clear sign E had touched the settings… 

We rocked as your chubby finger pointed at the stars, quietly drinking the bottle. In the light I could see your heavy eyelids, but curiosity always wins.  The bottle ran empty, and I gave you the lamb-pacey, your favorite for bedtime. Usually I can lay you right in the crib wide awake, but this night I rocked you mostly to sleep. I don’t know how many more times this will happen, so I reveled in each detail. Your sweet sleeping face and tiny hands holding that lambs tag…love you my girl M. 

Photo from the end of May, but you get the idea… 🙂

Maternity Photos

April 16, 2018 | After numerous reschedules hoping for the flowering trees, I finally decided that no matter what we were going to take them on this day. The location has special meaning, because it was where I spent a lot of time after our loss a year+ ago. I thought that it would bring everything full-circle to capture this pregnancy in the same physical place that brought so much heartache before.  But it still worked…even though the trees weren’t flowering, a nearby tree was, and it was a lovely sunny-day for photos.  I love them…and this lovely life we have created.

D Birthday

April 11, 2018 | Thanks to a photo-workshop on the ACTUAL day, I asked D if we could celebrate a day early with a dinner out. He chose BBQ, and we agreed that I would pick-up E and meet him there.  I remembered that it was PJ-day at preschool that day, and brought a change of clothes…but did E want them? NOPE! I didn’t have the energy to battle her on that — so I brushed her crazy hair, ran her to pick balloons and a cupcake, and walked into the restaurant exhausted. Ha! Around 34-weeks pregnant makes errands seem like running a 5K!  But one of the gifts was a book she wrote about all the things she loves to do with her Daddy.  The library, charging his car, etc…it’s adorable!