Here’s Oliver with his first bouquet to give to Lucy after today’s ballet recital. We picked it up this morning at the Greensboro Curb Market.
My last visit was two weeks midway through my weekend of labor. So I caught up with several of the vendors who I talked to that morning. One told me that she knew I was in labor by the faraway look in my eyes.
Instead of my belly, Ollie attracted a lot of attention as I carried him in my arms. And at the dance recital, too. He is still a tiny, little baby at just shy of two weeks old.
We are coming up on the time of the evening when Lucy entered this world four years ago today. It seems like both a long and quick four years all at once.
We had our first meal at a restaurant as a family of four. Lucy picked Sushi Republic, one of our favorite sushi places. Plus their pork dumplings are to die for!
I am pretty certain I enjoyed my first sushi since August more than Lucy! I heard someone at a neighboring table mention Iceland and I realized this is the happiest that I’ve been since Iceland, which we visited the first week of last May. We have since moved, unpacked, settled into an old house, and birthed a baby, who is now in a stroller basking in the sun. What a relief. I finally feel like myself again and that I can move on with life.
Lucy has adjusted fairly well to being a big sister. She loves holding Ollie. Tonight I was moving the laundry over and he started crying in his bassinet. I heard Lucy sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to him. I think that it pacified him briefly, but I am thrilled that she seems into being a big sister. I am also impressed at how rapidly she has adapted to playing independently more frequently. Granted she may love it because we are watching a whole lot more TV lately.
Lucy asked for a soccer ball and roller skates for her birthday. So Baby O gave her a yellow soccer ball last week and she received a goal today. The goal was one of those gifts that really fails to impress on its own. But she was oblivious. We invited Trudy over to show her some tricks tonight. Lucy had a great time playing until she wrote on the wall and then ended the evening with a meltdown. Poor Trudy looked scared, but hugged her anyway.
This morning we had a visitor all the way from Raleigh! Lucy was hoping for the whole David gang to visit, but Sarah came solo. Many thanks to Sarah, who brought a delicious (and beautiful) homemade chicken pot pie. It made me think I should post the recipe to my blog! We forgot about the green beans until after we sat down. But there is always tomorrow. Yum. I may sneak one now.
I have actually been using my real camera over the last week to take pictures of the kids. (Sounds strange!) But I have failed to download them from the camera yet. Soon, I hope!
Today is Oliver’s due date. I am so happy that he is here and we have fared well through his first week. He is one week old today.
I’m curious about how many weeks it will be before he fills out these pjs. I may have to find some newborn sized ones because these are clearly too big. Last night was still fairly chilly here. I felt a little negligent to dress him in his little side snap shirt for my doctor’s appointment this morning.
We are still working out the kinks on his latch. I have a lactation consultant arriving any moment to make sure he has continued to gain weight. I have A LOT of milk this go round, but it seems that each day we start over learning how to latch. Hmmm… It’s a little frustrating, but I feel way ahead of the game.
Today we are gearing up for Lucy’s fourth birthday, which is tomorrow. We hope to do something fun and small on her birthday day. Then she is having a small birthday party at Mom’s on Sunday. They have been planning her birthday party since March.
Lucy and her dad are in the kitchen planning out her birthday cd, which we have made each year of her favorite songs. I’m not sure if this year’s will top her second birthday cd. It was a family favorite this spring. But how can you lose with a little Electric Light Orchestra from the Xanadu soundtrack.