Well, a lot has happened since my last post.  I decided to shut down the blog in October due to some weird stuff happening on here with followers and just being plain old busy.  We had the holidays,


plus my sister and (officially) brother-in-law’s wedding with H as the ring bearer in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina,


H’s first hotel stay (that he remembers anyway!) – He loved the option of watching TV in bed!


celebrated H’s 4th birthday with a ninja theme at a local martial arts studio,



had a nice baby shower for baby H given by my sister and sister-in-law,


and enjoyed Easter with family.


My dad stayed home from church due to cooking duties (hence he’s in less than his Sunday best), and the new brother-in-law unfortunately had to work.


The most exciting thing by far in 2016 has been the arrival of our little girl! We shared the big news with family in October. However, I think some may have already guessed it. Helen was born April 10 after a very brief labor.


She is officially one month old now, and I feel as if we may be emerging from the newborn stage into the (more fun…in my humble opinion) baby stage.


Picture taken at a little over two weeks old!

Since this is our second time around on the baby trip, I felt a little more confident AND more concerned.  I was (technically, I think it was “we”) were a little blissfully ignorant of how many things could go wrong with a baby being born and how exhausting and trying having a sweet, helpless little newborn can be.  This time we were aware, BUT it was still hard.  I think the most challenging thing has been trying to still be there for big H.  He is so used to having undivided attention!  Thank goodness he has a sibling!  Lots of opportunities to take turns and share Mommy and Daddy’s time and attention.  I’m sure he’ll be a pro at it in no time.  😉

Little H is doing pretty good with the nighttime sleep, and I’ve even slept about three hours straight for one night anyways.  I hate to even say this, but she is also on a pretty good streak with her naps.  Unfortunately, she really has to nap immediately if she gets the least bit fussy or nods off.  If not, the nap then becomes crappy quickly when she does get to sleep.  She absolutely hates from about 6:30-8:00ish every night unless she has her pacifier and vibrating cradle thing that came with our old pack & play.  She won’t have much to do with a pacifier any other time of day.  Naps are about 1.5 to 2 hours at this time.  She’s feeding about every three hours (calculated from beginning of one feeding to the beginning of the next). Today is actually a big day as we are trying to see if she can go 3.5 hours.  She definitely can in the morning, but I’m not 100% sure about the rest of the day.  So far…so good but it’s still early.

Big Brother H is doing very well adjusting to his new sister.  He loves to give her kisses on the foot.  He absolutely will not carry her dirty diapers to the trash can, but he thoroughly enjoys listing to her “toots.”  DSC_0371.JPG


Whew!  That was quite a quick and dirty update of what we’ve been up to since October!  I don’t really know how often I’ll be dropping in here to update what’s going on with us plus any other randoms that cross my mind, BUT I hope to do a little something with it.  This maternity leave is hard work!  However, I do seem to have a little downtime since Big H is still in school 5 days a week until mid-June and little H naps a few times a day.

Thanks for reading!



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