Sunday, July 16, 2017

7/13 - 1 month today!

Little Elsie has been with us for one whole month. So far . . .

  • She's an awesome sleeper!
  • She enjoys eating, but has a poor latch and some intense gassiness. With the advice of our lactation consultant we went to Portland for a tongue and lip revision last week. We are counting down the days until we no longer have to do the aftercare stretches!
  • She's started observing more around her.
  • She's working on learning to enjoy car rides. Oh my!
  • She loves being held. And we love holding her.

, Molly

P.S. We're more than halfway through the summer! :(

Sunday, July 9, 2017

6/13 - Hold the Phone

Samuel is doing a lot of talking these days -- just not in words we can understand. He knows exactly what he is saying and then looks at us like we should be on the same page. His latest game is to find random objects -- fridge magnets, high chair buckles, toy boats -- and then use them as a phone. He'll often start off jabbering and then transfer the call to his mama and dada. We will "talk" for a bit and then we try to put him back on the line he shyly refuses. It's been fun seeing him start to play imaginatively!

, Molly

Sunday, July 2, 2017

5/13 - Berry Good Time of Year

Summer is my favorite season! (Which I may have nonchalantly also mentioned here and here.) To make the most of it, I brainstormed a little list of things to do. Here's our Summer Fun List:

  • watch a movie outside
  • make giant bubbles
  • fly a kite
  • build a sandcastle
  • visit the splash pad
  • pick fresh fruit
  • go to the fair
  • swim in the river
  • go camping with friends
  • bake a pie
  • dive off a dock
  • make fresh ice cream
  • go to the Oregon coast
  • ride horses
  • attend Grace Gate's church in the park
  • see the solar eclipse
  • play with sparklers
  • make fresh lemonade
  • ride in the combine
  • sit around a campfire
  • enjoy a picnic lunch
  • take a short hike
  • ride bikes
  • eat smoothies for lunch
  • go on a slip and slide
  • watch the stars come out and the moon rise
♥, Molly

Monday, June 26, 2017

1 Week of Elsie

So hard to believe, but when I took this picture our baby girl had been with us for one whole week! ( a few days...) I sometimes just catch myself staring at her in amazement. I know how babies are born, but really -- how are babies born?!

, Molly

Sunday, June 25, 2017

4/13: Introducing . . . ELSIE!

In terms of life changing weeks, the last few have been pretty high ranking: we finally got to meet little Elsie Pearl Adams! After 18 hours of labor, she was born at 5:42 pm on June 16, 2017. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long -- the exact same stats as her big brother! We were able to follow our plan for a home birth and are thankful everything went smoothly. I am especially grateful to our incredible team of midwives who supported and cared for us in every way. Samuel came back home later that evening and it was wonderful to snuggle up in bed as a family of four for the first time. Elsie is fitting into our family so perfectly. She is an amazing gift!

♥, Molly

Saturday, June 17, 2017

3/13: Again, again, again

Samuel is in a new phase of book reading: he wants to read the same books again, again, and again! I think I can practically read his favorites in my sleep. At the library we typically check out books about construction and animals, which he then reads on repeat for a few weeks.  Since our home library doesn't have a ton of selection, he's forced to branch out a bit. Here are his top ten reads that he pulls off the shelf on a daily basis:
♥, Molly

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2/13: Lunch on the Lawn

The past few days the weather's reminded me of spring: high winds, rain showers, and temperatures in the 50s (F). Earlier this week, however, the weather was just like summer should be--hot and sunny! It was the perfect opportunity for Samuel and I to eat most of our lunches on the lawn. Samuel (14 months) is working on using a spoon to feed himself. He's getting better and better, but it still gets a bit messy at times. In addition to the enjoying the sunshine, the easy clean-up is another good reason to eat outside.
♥, Molly