as promised!

Here I am, nearly to Violet’s first birthday, with not a single post in between her birth announcement and now.  I’m still not sure I’ve even finished her birth story!

Typical me.

Violet has been nothing but amazing over the past 11 months. Her toothless smile lights up the room and she has everyone (especially her 5 year old sister) wrapped tightly around her finger.

She is constantly the center of attention, even when I try to shift focus to the big girls. Harper and Ariana love to dote on her, showering her with hugs, kisses and snuggles whenever they get a chance

We’re now gearing up for a 2 week vacation to visit family, followed quickly by Vi’s 1st birthday and Harper’s 4th birthday (and I realize now that Harper’s 3rd birthday was skipped in my blog hiatus, so now I’ll owe her a double post!).

And now (since Violet is taking one of her extremely rare naps in her own bed), I’ll leave with some photos.Image









New arrival!

My poor blog has taken a backseat once again, but this time for good reason!

Our sweet princess, Violet, decided to make an early arrival on April 6th, much to our surprise and delight.  I’ll post a bit of the birth story when I have the entire thing typed (which at this rate, may be close to Violet’s first birthday!), but I wanted to at least post something about the baby before her birth month has passed us by ;o)

And of course, what’s a baby announcement without a photo or two?  :o)

Baby prep!

It’s hard to believe that I can count the time to baby’s arrival in not only single-digit weeks (roughly three weeks!) but also in days if I want!

Time seems to have sped up during this pregnancy.  I feel like we just confirmed the pregnancy last week when in reality, it was back in the fall.  Baby’s first kick seems like it was only last month, even though it happened months ago.  Now I have to sit with my laptop pushed near my knees since my belly is taking over the first inches that make up my lap.

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baby update

I’m rounding the final bend in this pregnancy and I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed… when I think about it, it’s the same feeling as “how are my kids already 2 and 4?!”.  I’m down to the last 10 or so weeks until we are a family of 5.  The girls can’t wait to meet their baby brother or sister, who is due to arrive right around Harper’s 3rd birthday.

I’ve never really been one to take “baby bump” or “belly” photos, but I realized there are very few pictures during pregnancy- partly because I’m usually the one holding the camera, partly because I’m self-conscious about having my picture taken.  To appease some of my dear friends who’ve asked, I took a few pictures using my iPhone and decided to share them on here as well.

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Our sweet diva turned four yesterday.

The above photo is at exactly 4 years old (she’s sleeping, as she was born in the middle of the night!) 

Where have the years gone?

(this is the outfit she chose to wear in the morning, but she changed soon after since the straps kept slipping)

When she was first born, I held her in my arms, with so many hopes and dreams for a bright future.

Her intelligence constantly amazes me, her jokes keep me smiling, her creativity astounds me (in a good way!).

Happy 4th birthday, Princess :)

(Ariana told me that this picture “has to be there because my hair is silly!” Can’t argue with that!) 

big girl bed

Watching my littles grow up is both an amazing and sad experience.  I can remember the newborn snuggles so vividly, it’s hard to believe that there are years between those moments and now.

Ariana’s months in the bassinet seemed to suddenly give way to a pack-n-play, crib & eventually a toddler bed.  I knew that her time in the toddler bed would be limited, but it was still too soon that we bought her a twin mattress and box spring.

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