She’s here!

Yes, it’s been awhile, but I promise it’s all worth it. A little over a week ago, I got to see this face for the first time:


Welcome to the world, Katherine!

Instead of the traditional birth story (I don’t have that kind of energy), I thought I’d give you some bullet points.

  • I still was in denial that I was in labor… even after knowing what it felt like already.
  • I managed to teach for my online classes the day she was born; I kept sitting on the couch and trying not to let contractions happen. When they did, I told the kids that I had a cold (which was true) and that I needed to cough (which might have also been true).
  • Having a cold and coughing whilst contracting is not the most fun I’ve ever had.
  • If you get three veins blown when they’re trying to get your IV started, do not be surprised when you wake up a week later with bruises all over your arms.
  • She came hard and fast — we checked in to the hospital at about 6:30pm and she was born around 2am.
  • Katherine was so tiny, it only took one push to get her out (I know, I know, hate me all you want).
  • Changing into your own clothes is essential after giving birth.
  • Hospital visitors are awesome. People who bring dinners and let me sit down for a little while are awesome. Having your mom be willing to help take care of you and your kids for a week is awesome. 🙂

There’s no way that I could possibly update you on everything that’s happened here in the last week, but I will say that Mark is mostly handling things like a champ. He has his moments (what two year old doesn’t?), but he’s incredibly loving toward Katherine and wants to give her hugs and kisses and says, “I hold the baby?” all the time. It’s the most wonderful, touching thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not foolish enough to think that this kind of peace will reign here forever, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it while it lasts.

With that, I need to go and figure out about a thousand things and make some lists and straighten up a little to get ready for Mark’s second birthday (WHAT) tomorrow! 🙂

Okay, I might snuggle the litle baby, too. 🙂

Mark and Mama Monday 10 and 11

Mark and Mama Monday didn’t happen last week for… some reason? I don’t really remember why. There was something… oh well. Welcome to the inside of a brain of someone who’s nearly 38 weeks pregnant. Sigh.

Anyway, we did Mark and Mama time on Friday! Which worked our great because we were supposed to go and hang out with some friends at the pool, but then Mark came home with some gross stuff coming out of his eye on Thursday and one trip to the doctor later: diagnosis pink eye.

Aren’t you glad I spared you the photos here?

But, he’s been a champ and is SO GOOD at doing his eyedrops. He calls it “raining in my eye”.

So, finger painting it was! He kind of liked it? He has this thing where he doesn’t mind his hands being dirty, but he DOES mind them being wet and/or sticky.

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Consequently, he wanted me to wipe off his hands every minute or so.


This week, we did manage to get in some fun time today. We went to storytime at the library (I’ll spare you the details and pictures as we’ve done this before) and we played with Play-Doh at home! Woohoo!

Mark has played with Play-Doh before at the babysitter’s house, but never with us. He got some in his Easter basket, so we busted it out on Monday.



I love watching his little hands work as he tries to get them to do the things he envisions in his mind.


Finally, after his nap, I snapped this photo of him when he fell asleep again on me.


I’m always so touched and amazed at how no matter how big he gets, he still finds a way to “fit”. When he was a newborn, he would wiggle until his head was on my chest, right over my heart; I love that he hasn’t lost that love for snuggling.

Easter (better late than never!)

It’s been nearly a week since Easter, but I’m going to post these photos anyway. 🙂

Coloring Easter Eggs:


Wait, what’s going on in there? Mark was really excited about how the eggs changed color, but he wasn’t too wild that it took so long. 


Aunt Molly must have said something funny. 🙂

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Strawberries are one of Mark’s favorite foods, so it’s easy to get a smile for the camera when he’s shoving them in his mouth. 🙂

Easter Morning All Dressed Up:


Someday he might really be that much taller than her. 


The three!

Hunting for Eggs:


The Easter Bunny makes us look for our baskets, too. 

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“Right there!”

At Grandma and Grandpa’s:


Mark was quick to figure out that there was good stuff to be found inside the eggs. So was Dada, apparently. 


Mark and Aunt Marissa. 


Mark with Grandpa and Grandma.

He is Risen, Alleluia!

Mark and Mama Monday 9

This week was not the Most Fun Ever for the Mark Man, but sometimes you just gotta get some things done. Plus, my energy level is significantly lower now than it was a month ago, so I think more of our Mondays are going to be closer to home from here on out.

This week, we got Mark new clothes! Kind of! We’ve been really blessed that we know two families with boys a year or two older than Mark and they’ve been very generous in passing along the clothes their boys have grown out of.

Can I just say that I don’t love the changing of the clothes day? I’m definitely the person who just wants to change all of the clothes out on one day instead of doing it bit by bit. Clothes from different brands fit differently (why is that? can’t we all just get along?), so some of them fit differently and a few of Mark’s 18-24 month stuff still fits.

But, I can’t handle it. I want all of the stuff changed out in one fell swoop. So, all in one day it is. Plus, Mark kept holding up all the clothes and saying, “Cute!” No, we haven’t been preparing for a new baby here. Not at all.


And I have a super helpful assistant.


Then, after picking up some clothes for Baby Girl from a friend of ours, we had to get Mark an outfit for Easter at Old Navy. He was well-behaved (albeit trapped in a cart), so we got frozen yogurt!

It doesn’t matter what flavor I pick as long as there are strawberries and whipped cream — that’s all he really cares about.


Cold! Yum!