Welp, you might have wondered why it has been so silent around here. Here's a hint...I don't look like this anymore. :)
(oh yeah - that's what 39 weeks looks like, baby!)
The Knight, Coco Bean and I are very proud to introduce you to little Miss Vivienne Alyne (aka Vivi Sprout). Born January 4 at 7:49 a.m.
She had long delicate fingers, my mouth, chin, and eyebrows, and a darling left dimple!
Miss chunky monkey weighed more than a pound more than her big sister at 8 lbs, 3 oz, and was 20.5 inches long. Of course, she seemed teeny to me, especially once her big sister came to see us!
Coco is totally and unabashedly enamored with her. She loves to give her kisses, pet her, and poke her in the eye, belly, mouth, and any other place we aren't quick enough to stop her. :) She calls her "Baby DD" (baby talk for Baby Vivi?) and tells her in sweet Southern drawl "Byyyyye Byyyyye" every morning before she heads off to daycare.
It is really one of the most precious things I have ever seen.
We totally get where C is coming from...we can't stop looking at her either! She's a doll!
My mom came for the first two weeks to help out, and it was amazing. Not only did she stock my freezer with a month's worth of dinner, but she helped me decorate the nursery, cleaned our house, did all of our laundry (over and over again), grocery shopped, and kept C entertained. She also took tons and tons of fabulous photos (including the portraits above)! She is a wonderful mommy and I am truly grateful.
The Knight is handling living in a house full of girls like a champ. He has been taking C for morning runs, putting her to bed, and handling her toddler tantrums during the day while I nurse and tend to V. Once I get a break from the little suckerfish, we trade off and I get to spend some QT with C. At night, we collapse on the couch, sip a little beverage, and murmur to each other how blessed we are. We might be exhausted and a little run down, but we know that these days don't last long and are precious in their own special way.
As for me, I am loving being at home with V during the day. Although she definitely has a different personality than C, I am comfortable with her newborn-ness - something that I did not have with C. Nursing is easier, and I was already sleep-deprived b/c of C, so it wasn't as bad of an adjustment this time, either (but still an adjustment, I assure you. :) ) C's pediatrician recommended that we keep her routine as normal as possible, so she is going to daycare during the day, even though I am on maternity leave. I am conflicted about passing up 2.5 months of special time with both of my girls, but the Knight works on the weekends, so I get to taste what it would be like as a stay at home mom with both and WOW...it is insane. Between C's temper tantrums, tears, and trying to crawl into my lap (and sit on top of V) every time I nurse V, and V's gassy fussiness and very vocal desire to be held (always), I'm not sure I would mentally make it if being at home with both was an all week thing, every week.
Anyway, that's what has been going on in our neck of the woods for the past 2 weeks. I am now the proud mother of two wonderful daughters. Wow - I am really a grown-up now. Funny how there has been no question for quite some time that I am a fully grown adult, but it takes me having 2 kids before it really sets in. I guess it is the awesome responsibility of raising these two angels that resonates with me. I am in awe, overwhelmed, and yet ready for the challenges of life ahead. What an adventure!
I hope you all are well, and will forgive my spotty blogging over the next few weeks. Just know that even if it is silent around here for a bit, I will come back sooner than you think and sassier than ever!
Kisses from Coco Bean and Vivi Sprout,