Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hey There, Birthday Boy

We’ve spent every birthday together since before I was old enough to drive.
If you’re keeping track, that’s 19 years.

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Today’s celebration included a homemade cake baked in our tiny European oven (that randomly quits working and then magically repairs itself), our chubby baby boy and our little girl wearing a tap dance costume, tiara and a cape.

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Happy birthday to my best friend.
Here’s to many, many more.
I love our little family and I love being a parent (and a foreigner) with you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Month

Our sweet Finley is one month old today.
Can you stay this little forever?

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I wonder what he dreams about? 
He makes the cutest little squeaks when he sleeps.

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He loves his big sister…

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He didn’t even seem to mind when she put sunglasses on him and glitter in his hair.

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He loves lounging in the tub.

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And has started giving us some smiles.
This onsie, or baby vest, as they call them here is totally appropriate.
We had Finn’s one month check-up yesterday and homeboy weighs 11 pounds and 2 ounces.
(As an aside, this baby vest totally confused a German woman today.  Little?  Big?  Well, which is it?)
(I can’t wait until he wears the one that says CHICKS DIG ME.  If that doesn’t confuse the non-native English speakers I don’t know what will.)

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Besides a couple of newborn bedtime shenanigans, he’s been a great sleeper so far.
Fingers crossed that this lasts.

So, what else has he been up to over the last month?
Well, at 2 weeks I put real clothes on (aka NOT YOGA PANTS) and we took him for his first trip into Luxembourg City.

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And at 4 weeks, he saw his first (of many, I’m sure) European castles.
(Sorry, Finn.  Your parents are nerds.)

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Clearly he wasn’t all that impressed with Vianden Castle.
He was all I’m so over this.

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He loves his daddy!
(And his daddy is pretty crazy about him, too.)

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And I can’t get enough of his itty bitty baby tootsies.

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Seriously.  I tickle them every single day. 
I can’t stop.

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This guy is the perfect addition to our family and we love him so much!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sibling Love

Well, here we are.
Almost 4 weeks into being a family of 4.

I love being a mom of 2.
And Hannah loves being a big sister.

Can you tell?

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I was worried about how she would react to a newborn in the house.
At 5 1/2, after all, she’s been an only child for a long time.

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Turns out, my worry was for nothing.

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She sure loves this laid back, easy going guy.
She kisses and dotes on him as much as she can.

I wondered how I would love another child as much as I love my firstborn.
But there’s no finite amount of love to give.

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Our hearts are made to expand and mine has done just that.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Butterfingers

 

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Me: I dropped my phone in a parking lot and broke the screen.
Shawn: Lemme see.

(Long pause)

Shawn: I know someone who has a wallpaper on their iphone that makes it look like the screen is shattered.  But you went ahead and actually shattered yours for real.

For realz.
Oops.