The Portrait Series: 51/52

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It has been just over a week since Lyddie was born.
Although it seems like she has been with us for longer than that.
I always worry so much about transition…and while I believe preparation to be useful, concern is generally senseless as the change will occur and we will adjust despite any apprehension on my part.
The structure of our days have changed, but already we are finding a new rhythm.
I know that rhythm will continue to evolve as Lyddie grows and begins to settle into a read more

The Portrait Series: 50/52

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And just like that, he is a big brother.
To a little sister.
Making her first ever Portrait Series appearance, introducing Lydia.
Very soon after I became pregnant, before it was confirmed with a pregnancy test, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking to myself, “I am pregnant, it is a girl, she will have black hair, and her name will be Lydia.”
We experimented with a few other names…Cora, Margot, Willa…but because of that late night thought, I feel that she just has to be Lydia.
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Her Birth – A Planned Homebirth

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I suppose I should be focusing on finding a name for her.
But her birth is still so real, so vivid, so amazing that I want to make sure I get it all down before it becomes a beautiful memory.

Her due date was December 7.
I am not sure why but I had it in my mind that she was going to come early…in late November.
Those last few weeks of pregnancy seemed long with anticipation.
I tried to fill the days with errands, projects, appointments, and cups of coffee with friends but it was read more

The Portrait Series: 49/52

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Little boy sits in a poinciana tree.
Merry merry king of the park is he.
Our days lately have been slow.
Partly due to the heat.
Partly due to the fact that I am on maternity leave and so have a few days a week when C is at child care to get things done.
Partly due to the fact that I am now forty weeks pregnant!
An early morning trip to the park, a cafe visit or a play date or an errand, home for lunch and a rest, a Christmas related project, a late afternoon trip to the pool.
While I read more

Full Of Wonder

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I have admittedly been impatient these last few weeks.
I am not exactly sure why.
I don’t remember feeling this way during my last pregnancy.

I am not sure if it is just the time of year.
Or the fact that I don’t know the sex this time around.
Perhaps it is because I know that even once labour starts, it is likely to be a while before I get to actually meet the baby.
It could also simply be that now I am a mother…and I am not used to having the sort of down time that read more