Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A bad day with a bit of good

So, I am really not having a very good day. My broken foot still hurts and it is hard for me to hobble around. I have a tiny little circle of life set up around my couch so I don't have to carry Leah around (I already fell once with her, don't really want to do it again!) and if you know me, you know I am going stir CRAZY not being able to do anything. I can't leave the house unless someone else takes me because of course, my broken foot is my right foot! I have had to rely on someone else to do just about everything for me, which is really humbling and very aggravating!

So imagine my frustration when the school nurse called telling me that I had to come get Emily because she has a fever! Yeah, right....how is that going to happen? (At least Emily understood, apparently she was crying to the nurse saying that Mommy can't come get her because she has a broken foot!) Fortunately, I have a wonderful neighbor who was willing to drop everything to go get her from school. Unfortunately, Emily threw up in her car and got it all over the backseat! I felt so bad! Once Emily got home, she went straight to the couch, where she has since thrown up a couple more times (with blood even!) and is now sleeping. I called the doctor's office because she keeps saying that her head hurts (a lot!!!) and they want to see her. But, guess what, I still can't drive! So we had to make the appointment as late as possible, so Brian can get home from work to take her.

My foot hurts because I am taking care of Emily, and Sam and Leah have both had a pretty high-maintnance day.

So, what has been the good "bit" today? Well, I was getting ready to feed Leah and she was giving me these huge grins! They were beautiful, gummy smiles! Here was a small conversation that was had:

Mommy: "Leah, thank you for these smiles! Do you know something I don't?" (I wasn't feeling like there wasn't much to smile at at the time!)

Leah: no words, but more smiles and coos...

Sam: "She is smiling because she loves you so much, Mama!"

Oh, how I needed to hear that! My sweet little Sam brought me out of my little pity party and reminded me how strong the bond of love is!

So, yes, today is a bad day. But there is still love...as evidenced by my sweet little 8 week old and pointed out to me by my sweet little 4 year old!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

4 Generations

This last weekend Brian and I (and Leah) drove to Buffalo for my cousins wedding (congratulations, Jessica!!!). It was so nice to be able to see some out of town family. On Saturday morning before the wedding, we celebrated my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary! How amazing to make it to 60 years, and what a legacy they are leaving behind to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren! Brian and I were saying that we only have 48 more years until we are where they are! They have 4 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and so far...6 great grandchildren! Their love has endured and flourished over the years, they have stuck it out in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, and for richer and poorer....gives such great meaning to wedding vows. It was a weekend to celebrate new marriage and celebrate 60 years of marriage and everything in between!





Four generations! Leah and her mom. Me and my mom. My mom and her mom.


My grandparents live in Florida and I am so glad they got to meet Leah while she is still so little.




The whole gang (well, except one daughter and her family...it was their daughter getting married...and my kids were not there either)

A couple recent sessions

It feels really good to be back behind my camera again! And to be honest, I think Leah is glad to have a little break from being in front of it! Here are a couple of sweet little boys I have photographed recently....they are both so cute and have such great personalities.


I just love this little guys big gummy grin! He is a fun little (actually he's quite big) 4 month old...
Do you think Mom will love this one??? I do!




And this little 6 month old has eyes to die for!!! I don't think Mom or Dad will be able to say no to those eyes! Watch out girls!


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Shootin' again!

And it feels so good! I did my first photo shoot last week since Leah was born. Little "M" made it so easy for me too, she is a sweet 1 year old with such a fun personality! I had so much fun with this little girl and I just had to share a few images from her session. Jacinta, there will be many more to come very soon! Thanks for letting me "play" with your kids!







And her brother is as handsome as she is cute!!!




I have so many favorites from our time together that it was hard to choose just a few to put up here for you! I can't wait for you to see the rest!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Leah....one month old

It is so hard to believe that Leah is already one month old! I wished for her to be born for so long, waited for her for what seemed like an eternity. Now, she is here and time is going so fast! I can't imagine our life, our family without her a part of it. I am amazed at the little things I have learned about her in such a short amount of time.

She is a very content baby.
She loves her bouncy seat...especially when it vibrates! But she goes right to sleep in it!
She loves her pacifier, but she will only start sucking on it if I rub her cheek softly, then she will latch on.
She has the softest skin...I love to rub my cheek against hers.
She has long feet and long fingers.
Her thumb must be double-jointed or something! It bends back freakishly far!
She has the staightest pinky of any of our kids!!!
She LOVES to be snuggled, especially with a blanket wrapped around her. I love this about her!!
When she sleeps, she loves to have a blanket touching her cheek, almost covering her face.
She still loves to be curled up in a ball.
She has such fuzzy hair. It's also the lightest of any of the kids.
She has two cowlicks on the top back of her head!
Her umbilical cord fell off when she was only 5 days old. But it still has a scab.
She has a red birth mark on each eye lid.
She has a very small birth mark behind her left ear.
She prefers to look to her right side.
She loves it when Allie, Emily and Sam talk to her.
She loves to have her hands up by her face.
She does NOT like to be in her carseat.

And she reminds me that she is still little, because she still loves to be swaddled. I will miss this!

It feels strange to me to feel sad that she is growing so fast and is already one month old. I want so badly to keep her small, to freeze this moment in time and to savor every moment. Then I think about her first big smile, and the milestones like her sitting on her own, crawling and learning to walk. I wonder what color her eyes will be. Will they stay blue or turn beautiful brown like Allie's? Will she have blond hair, or will it be brown like the other kids? What will her giggle sound like and will it melt my heart as it did with the other three? Will my heart break when she scraps her knees or when she has to get shots at the doctor's or when she is sick with her first fever? I can't wait to watch her grow! So, as much as I want this time to be frozen, I will just savor each special moment with her and enjoy watching her grow.



And today....she SMILED at me!




















Look at how straight that pinky is!






She loves to sleep like this...all wrapped up!

This is a bear she got at birth, we will do her monthly picture next to it.


Little Leah Joy is so loved!