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.

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.


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?

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


He loves his big sister…


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


He loves lounging in the tub.


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.)


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.



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


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


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


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


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


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?


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.


Turns out, my worry was for nothing.


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.


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

Friday, April 5, 2013




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.