Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012

I'm doing a stiller walking class and Avi is the oldest kid in the class - so she does the exercises along with the mamas!

breastfeeding baby JayJay.  She's such a good mommy!

Cinco de Mayo Dress!

big boobs and big belly end up becoming a big napkin!

avi and millie hugging after swim lessons.  

Floating safely in her clothes.  Her survival swim class "final"

kissing Mila in the belly.

visiting EZ Eddy.

field trip day with parent participation to the fire station

Macy, Tessa, Aveah and Kendall

Avi in an art shirt.

Our "baby moon" at Sea Crest (comped a free night there for a photo shoot).  It was so nice!  Thank you, Mimi, for playing with Avi so we could get away.  We went to dinner and a movie, then came back and sat in the 99 degree hot tub under the stars!  It was so relaxing!

Enjoying our HUGE indoor tub!

The comfy window seat where I took a nap!

Blessing way for Mila at Lisa Jansen's house.  So blessed - has my feet scrubbed with blue cornmeal, went around and named our mothers and grandmothers names.  It was sweet!

Millie, Pacha and Avi.

Avi's first pony ride!

Yummy frozen banana and chocolate dessert!

Avi brought her doll Rico to my acupuncture appointment so Herb wrote a treatment plan for him.  

Play dates with Halle and Millie are so fun! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Little Mermaid

Avi does her swim lessons through Baby Seals which taught her to swim (float-swim-float, i.e. survive) in just 4 weeks or 16 10-minute lessons!  On one of our last sessions, Cuddle Fish professional underwater photography, came by to do some promo shots for Baby Seals - and Avi got to be the lucky model!

 Avi in her finals clothing: sweats, long sleeve shirt and shoes.


Catching the instructor Steffi's hands underwater, but not before she catches a glance at the camera!

p.s. a HUGE thanks to Sitti and Grampy James and Mimi and Boppy for financially helping to make this dream of mine true!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Amy-Avi Time

Every week my neighbor Amy comes over for some "Avi time" in the morning.  It's nice for Avi and it's nice for me!  
 Sharing breakfast smoothies.

 Avi asking Amy if she has "ta ta's"!
One happy, loved, adored Aveah!

Letters to Our Little Baby

Hi little baby,

Even though I haven't written much about you, I want you to know I think about you all the time. I'm so glad you've chosen to join this family. I think about how God knew you before you "were", God's "eye[s] saw [your] unformed body" (Psalm 139:16). That gives me a deep sense of joy knowing that your soul was paired with this family and me before you were even conceived!

Aveah, your big sister, loves you so much already! She's always thinking of you - she asks, Is baby coming?, when we go somewhere (as if you'd decide to just stay home this one time!). She kisses you and tries to feed you (through the skin of my belly). The other day she was playing with you by pushing gently on my belly. Immediately, you responded and pushed back - it was amazing! I realized how much you two already have connected! I knew that you were playing back with her.

Right now, we have your name picked as "Judah Sky" for a boy, and "Mila Olive" for a girl.  I have no idea what you are!  My head says it's a girl, but my gut says it's a boy.  I can't believe we haven't found out what gender you are - but that's okay - it makes me that much more excited to meet you!

It's strange how much I love you already.  It's a blessing of the second child for the parent to know, really know that there is a real human being in there - whereas with your first child, it seems very abstract.  I'm really treasuring these moments I still have you in my belly.  I know that these are some of the closest moments I will ever be to you: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Mothers are truly blessed chalices.

Thank you, Baby, for choosing us and for being with us right now.

                                                                       . . .

Hey little one,

This is your dad, and I'm writing to you so you can look back at this when you're older and know how it was going with me when you were just a bun in the oven. I want you to know that the experience and feeling I have toward you is primarily peaceful. You, too, seem comfortable in the place where you're at and so far, have made this experience a relatively comfortable one for your mother who often says that she would be content to just stay pregnant with you (so I guess her peace has quite a bit of influence on mine). And even though I haven't experienced you nearly at the depth as she has, and don't know your gender (I wanted to find out beforehand, but your mom wanted to make it a surprise so I gave in, since she deserved it, of course), I'm aware of your uniqueness. Your introduction to others-- by your mother's looming belly-- brings joy to people who always remark how cute this belly is. I'm looking forward to knowing your personality and experiencing the joys and passions of this life with you. Let's do some awesome things together. Let's envision big and be involved in making those things happen in this small world. I wrote over you (literally, on your mother's belly), a few things I hope for you- peacefulness, joy in your inmost being, faithfulness to God, strength to do good things, a healthy mind and body, a giving attitude and way of living, to be present with people and understanding of them, and to be active in this world.

I hope you and I will love each other and understand one another for the rest of our lives. You're joining our team now and I welcome you as an important part of us.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Aveah apon Awaking.

 Avi is usually in a really good mood when she wakes up.  We are very lucky parents!

Acting a like a dinosaur; one of her favorite things to do as of late.

Jumping high holding on to the side of her crib. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Private's Beach

We had a little family gathering the other weekend at Brant's house.  Mimi & Boppy came and of course Finn, Brant and Aryn were there too!  We spent 5 hours on Saturday afternoon doing absolutely nothing but hanging out on the beach - it was great!  Avi learned to chase waves with Mimi and Baby Finn took a nap while his parents went out surfing.  Even 7-month pregnant Maren got out on the paddle board (though she admits it was hard hopping back on with her belly after falling into the water)!
 Best of buddies already!

 It's cool having an uncle like Dee-Dee!

One happy, sandy family!  Brant, 10-month-old Finn, and Aryn.

Avi is so ready for the waves!