one month

One month old little one.

You are growing really well.  
Busting out of the newborn clothes and only swimming a little in the 0-3 month sizes.  
Trying to coo and surprised when it really makes a sound.
Nursing all the time, meals, snacks and just because.
Refusing all bottles and pacifiers - to the point of gagging and vomiting.
Tolerating the swing and loving being held.
Sleeping for a tiny bit longer stretches.
Being amused by your crazy sister and brother.
Seeking and demanding eye contact during all your wakeful times.
Showing a few smiles that light up the room.

We love you Helena.



Today we celebrate the best daddy and husband I know.
A guy that decided the best way to handle itchy-costume complaints, stranger-danger fears, and make sure our night of trick-or-treat was enjoyed by all - have practice runs.  He pretended to be our neighbors and even changed his voice.  Waited in each room for the proper knock and trick-or-treat call and handed out marshmallows in our hallway.  
We love you.

Happy Birthday!


Theo quotes


He seemed to grow overnight - just comparing him to his new little sister - he turned into a giant.  From the baby to the big brother was huge change.   Most times he is loving and really tries to be gentle.  Sometimes he gets tired - some of the angry and grumpy comes oozing out.  

Arms crossed and head down...
"I am mad.  Take that baby back to the doctor, now.  I am mad!"

While holding his little fist to his Poppop's face and grinning...
"I am going to punch you in the nose!"

When asked if he was going to stop kicking and hitting...
"No, I sorry, but no."

When he wanted in my lap and Helena was there...
"Hi Lena!!  Kiss kiss, okay now go."


big sis

Big sister and little sister - I can barely stand it.
Eva wanted a little sister so bad, and I am so glad that she got one.  
Seeing them together has been more than I could have imagined.  


18 days


18 days old Miss Helena.  Sometimes it seems strange to have you here... and then other times it really just fits.  You're a little firecracker.  One minute asleep and the next breath holding and screaming.  Eva adores you - you are her baby Helena.  Theodore likes to ignore you - unless he is asking, "Me hold it? Me hold it!?!"  They both worry and yell for me when you cry.  You are so well loved by them.

Today was my first morning and afternoon mostly alone.  Your daddy was a rockstar before he left for his first day back to work.  He had both big kids ready and dressed.  We have been really spoiled to have him off this long.  It has been amazing but back to reality, right?

We managed well today.  Took Eva to school and got her there on time.  We made a grocery store trip where I only forgot two things that we needed.  You ate in the store parking lot before we went in and again when we came out.  Cluster feeding has been your jam lately.  Thank goodness for the episode of Mickey on my phone.  It was my saving grace keeping Theo happy while you snacked away.

This afternoon your grandpa came for the big kids and it is just me and you tonight.  I imagine there will be a whole lot of feeding you.  Watching episodes of Gilmore Girls while I fold laundry.  Then more feeding you.  I spend a lot of time feeding you and changing you.  You Miss Helena are the queen of making huge messing in the middle of a diaper change.  I have been sprinkled on, sprayed  and other sorts of grossness more times with you than Eva and Theodore combined... in their entire lifetime.  





Helena Ann
born September 28, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.
7 pounds 2 ounces  •  19 3/4 inches long

We are all so glad to finally meet our Deedle. We have been busy holding, snuggling, swaddling, kissing and baby head sniffing over here. This brand new family of five is settling in to a new rhythm.  We are enjoying lots of time together and soaking up these first few days of newborn goodness.

Welcome to the world Helena.



Most days she is too big for a nap, but sometimes I still get to stare at her lashes while she sleeps.