June 27, 2014

Griffin: one month

We've made it to the one month mark already.  With Ella, as fun as each new stage was, I was always sad with how quickly we were flying through them.  I have found myself more excited to see Griffin grow and become his own little man.  I think it is because I now really understand how fun and amazing it is to watch their little personalities emerge and I know Griffin and Ella will love having each other as playmates.

With that being said, hitting the one month mark really made me realize how fast this is going and it was a reminder to slow down and really cherish the moment, especially all those sweet newborn snuggles.  It is a challenge with a toddler needing my attention not only practically since she still can't do a lot for herself but more importantly she needs affirmation that I still love her more than anything in the whole world and that Griffin is not taking away any of that love.  


Fortunately Ella has handled Griffin's arrival better than I ever imagined.  She immediately opened her heart to him.  She is loving, nurturing and totally ready to play and boss him around.  While the meltdowns have happened, we have kept them to a minimum.  I hope that continues!

So thankful that Griffin joined our family and made us a family of four!

June 23, 2014

loving paternity leave

It has been a crazy three weeks since Griffin was born but it has been full of daddy time for us all, which is much overdue.  He works so hard year-round with very long hours that keep him from spending a lot of quality time with us so when we do get a chance to have him all to ourselves we pack it with LOTS of fun family activities.
Lucky for us, he got three weeks of paid paternity leave.  Three weeks!

Three weeks of swimming!

Trips to the lake.


Family walks.

Ella's first train ride to a little train restaurant.  She really did love the train but she was upset we wouldn't let her run around on it.

And lots of cuddles - especially while watching the World Cup with Daddy.

 So blessed.

June 7, 2014

brother and sister

She loves to hold his hand.

And examine his toes.

And give lots of hugs and kisses.

She calls him "baby" and she loves him.

But even the closest, most loving siblings have their moments.

So thankful these two will always have each other.
There is nothing better than sharing your childhood and life with a sibling.

I hope you two create lots of wonderful memories together.
Just go easy on your parents.

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