Snuggles and afternoon nap with her namesake, Grandma Emina!
Look at our baby’s sweet double chin! When we left the NICU, the nurses and doctors were most concerned about her gaining enough weight at home since she came so early. We weren’t worried. I’d been praying she’d be a good eater, and how many family and friends were praying for her to be a healthy, strong baby. She’s averaging a pound a week!
Love our family! We just had my parents out for two weeks and we soaked up every day of them here. Just like Cam’s, mine flew in and took over everything for us so that Cam could try to concentrate on these last weeks of intensive language class and I could try to recover, and so they could simply love on our kids (and us, too). Mom and Dad, how can we ever thank you enough!? You are two of the most fun people I know, and the wisest. John Shea got so much love and attention that he badly needed with a new darling little sister in the house. He was snuggled every time he woke up during the night, woke up every morning to homemade breakfast, usually chocolate chip pancakes and Curious George (I miss waking up to those pancakes, too), spent all day smiling, laughing and playing outside with Gramppio George, had the time of his life with his cousins… it’s been so much fun to see him on cloud nine the past two weeks! We ended our time together on Sunday with my whole immediate family together (minus my little brother Mikey, missed you! Can I even call you “little” anymore since you’re 6’5 and I’m 5’4??) for Grace’s baptism (!!) and to celebrate my Daddio’s birthday. It was an amazing day. Since Cam and I are always living all over, and about to leave the country again, we cherish time with our families so dearly. I feel incredibly thankful that we both come from big families with parents still married, and that apart from all of our weird imperfections and dysfunctions, we all really love each other.
Our sweet Grace was due three days ago on Sunday, which became her baptism day, but we’ve already had her with us for a month! A whole glorious month. She’s so precious that the time is flying too fast… Also, we’re in the newborn days, figuring out life with a toddler and newborn, learning (and haha, failing!) as we go, and totally sleep-deprived (but soo happy!) so hopefully I’m making some sense here!