Today you would have turned 6.
Today you should be turning 6.
Today your family should be celebrating with you. Annie should be eating cake with her big sister and wanting to help you open up your presents.
Today I will surround your mom and dad and sister and brother with as much love and support as I can.
Today I will think about you and honor you. The little girl that stole my heart with her bright blue eyes and a smile that could light up the world.
Today you would have been 6.
Happy Birthday Miss Maddie!
Please consider honoring the ever adorable Miss Maddie on her birthday by making a donation to the charity started by her family in her honor, Friends of Maddie. Also, take a moment to send some positive thoughts to Heather, Mike, Anne and James. Let them feel the love and support.
On November 8th, 2007 we welcomed this adorable little bundle of awesomeness into the world and our lives were forever changed.
Maya, watching you grow up over the last 6 years has been so amazing.
You have turned into a pretty awesome kiddo. You make us laugh all the time. Sometimes you make us want to pull our hair out. But, always, you make us understand a whole new level of love. You are strong, funny, smart, and beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. Happy 6th Birthday, Maya!! We love you to pieces.
Tired doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel today. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to do it justice. I seem to have reached a whole new level tiredness that doesn’t even have an adequate name for it.
This past weekend was crazy busy and I got to single parent my way through it. The weekend before Halloween always seems to be so busy for us and when you add 2 big girls who decided to get up earlier than normal and a baby who had a rough night into the mix it spells a recipe for disaster.
Saturday the girls attended a Halloween Bash at The Little Gym and Maya had a show performance with her gymnastics team. We spent about an hour playing around on the gym equipment before Maya’s little performance. There were A TON of kids there, chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe it. I felt like I had whiplash by the end of it trying to keep an eye on both girls! Maya’s performance was awesome. This time they did their performance with the older kids’ show team. The younger ones would demonstrate a skill, like a handstand or a cartwheel, and then the older girls would do a more complex version of the same skill. It was fun to watch. Maya is really inspired by the older girls so she loved getting to perform with them.
Here is Maya in mid-handstand warming up for the performance and demonstrating her straddle hang and dismount on the uneven bars.
Sunday we hit up the Halloween Carnival put on by our community. It was held at Maya’s school. They turned the gymnasium into a little carnival filled with games, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon guy. The kids had a great time. Maya played pretty much every game. Anna’s favorite part was the balloon guy, although she was rather confused when he asked what she wanted him to make, she kept responding “balloon”. He made her a little bear and she looked at it with the most confused look on her face. She clearly would have been happy to just get a balloon! A few of Maya’s friends were at the carnival too and she loved getting to run around and spend time with them.
By Sunday evening I was so incredibly tired I couldn’t see straight and my whole body hurt. At least Nora was back to sleeping well last night and big girls slept until I had to wake them up at 7 (of course, since I didn’t have the option of sleeping in!). I think this afternoon calls for a nap, hopefully Anna and Nora agree
Our sweet little Nora is 1 month old today!
It seems with each child the time has somehow gone by faster. There is so much going on in our day to day lives between school for Maya, entertaining a super smart, sweet and spunky 2 year old and caring for a newborn. It can feel like each day blends into the next until suddenly a month has gone by and you just can’t figure out where the time went.
Nora at 1 month is a total joy. She is a very good baby. The only time she cries, other than her witching hour from 5-7, is when she is hungry or needs a diaper change. She is super content and loves to lay on the floor and look out the window or watch her crazy sisters.
Nora is growing like a weed. I don’t know her weight and height as she doesn’t have another doctor’s appointment until 2 months but I would definitely guess she is over 9 lbs now and seems to have grown at least an inch. Her newborn clothes are just starting to get a little snug. She’ll probably move up to her 0-3 months stuff in the next week or so. All this growth is thanks to a healthy appetite and an ability to breastfeed like a total champ.
During the day she is still sleeping most of the time, but has started having longer, more alert awake periods. At night she sleeps pretty well, usually 3-4 hours at a time, which means I’m up with her 1-2 times a night. Not too bad for a 1 month old!
Yesterday she smiled her first real, full on smile. I was chatting with her and smiling and all of a sudden she busted out with the biggest grin. Those first smiles are so priceless. Maya got her to smile again a few minutes later, which totally made her day. She has also begun to coo a little as well. Too cute.
I’m sure time will continue to fly by but since this is our last little one I’m trying to enjoy each moment and cherish each little snuggle. I know that before I know it she’ll be running around here with her big sisters causing trouble. These early months are so precious yet so fleeting.