Letter to Evelyn: Three Months

Dear Evie Girl, Three months is every bit as magical as I remember. You are awake and alert for longer stretches of time. You turn your head to our voices, make eye contact, and talk in excited coos and gurgles. You suck your hands and grab your feet and reach for toys. You use your legs to push against our... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Two Months

Dear Evie, You are one month older, one pound bigger, and learning new tricks every day! You are smiling and cooing and constantly blowing bubbles. You have mastered the pouty face and can cry real tears. You open and close your hands with intention, stare at your feet when you kick them, and turn your head towards our voices. You... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: One Month

Dear Evelyn Claire, It is true that time seems to march forward faster with each child. You seem to reach milestones earlier and outgrow clothing sooner. While I am left trying to hold onto these moments longer. You are our third, and I have learned that there is no such thing as “spoiling” you or creating “bad habits.” I cuddle... Read more

A Day in the Life | Summer 2016

Last time I recorded a day in the life post, I was barely pregnant and could not yet comprehend what it would be like to parent three young kids. Well, here I am, parenting three young kids. And surviving. Mostly. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Emily: 34 | Nick: 33 | Sam: almost 5 yrs | Nora: 2 1/2 yrs |... Read more

Newborn Evelyn

A few favorites from Miss Evelyn’s newborn photo shoot with Mudpies N Butterflies. Thank you, Mandy, for capturing another milestone in our family’s story! Save Read more

Evelyn’s Birth Story

The third one is supposed to be the easiest, right? The pregnancy, the labor, the delivery, the demeanor of the baby after birth. Well, not entirely. I felt my first contraction before going to bed on Tuesday, May 31st. We were still two weeks from baby’s due date. So I didn’t expect it to turn into anything significant. Except that... Read more

Letter to Samuel: June 2016

Dear Sam, It was almost five years ago that we were anxiously awaiting your arrival. And, here we are, just days away from meeting your newest sibling. We can’t wait to see you become a big brother all over again. You have grown so much since starting preschool in September. Not only did you master your ABCs and 123s, improve... Read more

Letter to Nora: June 2016

Dear Nora, Your baby brother or sister is due to arrive any day. But before you’re promoted to “big sister” status, I want to remember you as our littlest. You are our blue-eyed beauty. Our spunky and opinionated one, sometimes stubborn and demanding and dramatic, but also empathetic and sensitive. You love with your whole heart and give the greatest... Read more

Bumpdate: The Third Time

I meticulously recorded every detail of my first pregnancy: the kicks, the cravings, the size comparisons to exotic fruits and vegetables, and the nursery that was almost completely decorated before I entered the third trimester. Nick even joined in on the fun and added commentary to our weekly updates. We took a picture of my growing belly every single week,... Read more

Funny Valentines and Sugar Cookies

I have baked these soft sugar heart-shaped cookies with the kiddos for the past three Valentine’s Day. And I’ve never blogged the recipe. So, even though, it’s April, we’re going to travel back in time to February. (2013 | 2014 | 2015) First up, a sweet Valentine’s Day party at Sam’s preschool. They sang songs, gave heart mobiles as gifts,... Read more