Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Baby Shower for Nori! Feb. 15th 2014

I get to serve with the Young Women in my ward and I LOVE my girls! After Nori was born they wanted to throw her a baby shower, just because they are awesome like that. All the young women and their mom's were invited and they spoiled Nori with lots of cutie cute clothes and baby gear. Also the food was amazing! Here are some pics from the shower.

Cutest decorations and cupcake tower with pink onsie toppers.

The lovely ladies of our YW presidency did the lion's share of the work. They are amazing!

Yummy spread!

Some of my sweet Miamaid girls. 

Teya and Brinley were invited too and they loved helping me open the presents. It was so fun that they got to be a part of the festivities.

The most popular person there was Ms. Nori. She slept through most of it but when she woke up there was a line of people wanting to hold her. Who can resist a sleepy snuggly newborn?

So grateful for these wonderful girls and women and for their kindness and generosity in spoiling our little Nori Bidori.

And one more just because Brinley cracks me up in this picture. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nori's Newborn Photoshoot: February 8, 2014

When Nori was 2 weeks old the talented Hailey Hobson came and took her newborn photos. She came right to our house and brought all her own props and backdrops so I didn't have to go out in the middle of the polar vortex with a newborn baby. She was amazing and I love how the pictures came out. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Post Baby Helpers and First Day on My Own… Feb 9th-24th, 2014

After Taber's paternity leave was up, Mama Rigg came back out to help again.  

I was so grateful to have another pair of arms to hold this little nugget so I could sleep!

She was also so amazing with Cam and watching her play with him taught me so much! She just knew how to get into his world and connect with him on his level. After she came I started trying to play him the way she did and I noticed a huge difference in his progress! 

She also watched the kiddos so Taber and I could have a Valentines lunch date. I think it was my first time out post baby and it was a much needed break!

She kept the girls busy with dozens of crafts and even bought them knitting looms so they could make their first scarfs. It was definitely awesome having her here!

After Grandma Karen left my sister Naomi came to stay for a week. 

It was a huge sacrifice for her to leave her own little family to come take care of mine and it meant so much to me that she would do that! 

It meant a lot to Nori too. 

The kids loved having special auntie time.

And I loved having SISTER time!!

Before she went back home Taber made sure we got a night out without kids to thank her for all her service. 

We spent it eating dessert. of course. It was AWESOME!!

And just like that, a month went by, 2 weeks with Taber to help, a week with Grandma Karen and a week with Naomi. Now it was time to fly solo. 

The first day was challenging. 
Nori did not like being put down. 

 And she didn't like it when my clothes were clean, so she made sure to puke on them often. 

Cam didn't like all the attention she was getting, so suddenly I had TWO babies to take care of, one slightly larger than the other.  They both cried for milk, and cuddles, and diaper changes, and being held. I started to wonder how I would ever get anything done as a mom of 4. 

 But where there's a will there's a way! Once I started wearing Nori in the snugli things got a little easier. At least I was finally able to eat breakfast. 

It was an exhausting first day, but we all survived. 

New babies are a huge adjustment! But then you get baby snuggles, and it's all worth it. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paternity Leave #4: Feb 2nd, 2014

I think one of Taber's favorite things about having a new baby is paternity leave. He loves being a Dad, and when he gets to be on full time Daddy duty he's in his element!

Seriously, that's some legit Daddying right there.

Taber took his paternity leave right after I had Nori since my mom was still recovering from surgery and his mom (who came out for a few days right when Nori was born) had a ticket to come back on Nori's actual due date.

It wasn't easy because I was still recovering from the birth and not sleeping thanks to round the clock baby feedings, so I literally did nothing but feed the baby and sleep when I could, and he did everything else. The madness of getting everyone ready for school, packing snacks and lunches, homework, diaper changes for both Cam and Nori, fixing boo boos, reffing disagreements, bedtime duty, baths, all of it was 100% on him! He was amazing!! And it was also nice to have him experience my job for a few weeks and come out of it with a new respect for the craziness of the work that happens on the homefront.  This stuff ain't for the feint of heart!

In between the madness he made sure to get in lots of baby snuggles and newborn bonding time.

And of course, nightly wrestling matches.

He played with the kids in the snow

And gave up hours of sleep helping Cam, who was struggling to adjust to the new baby and thought he needed his own midnight bottle feedings and diaper changes. 
(p.s. I love this pic of my 3 boys. Monty is totally getting in on the snuggle action!)

One of the highlights was going to the girls school to be Guest Reader for Brinley's kindergarten class and to have lunch in the cafeteria with Teya. The girls were in heaven. 

We all loved having Daddy home!

Even Nori!

It was definitely a big adjustment growing to a family of 6!

But we were lucky to have super Dad there to make it all a little easier.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bringing baby Nori home

Even though we were unprepared for Nori's early arrival it all worked out. Friends bought us some diapers, loaned us a car seat, and gave us some baby clothes.

Auntie Naomi bought Nori this sweet little heart outfit to come home in.

She looked so cute drowning in those newborn clothes. Tiny little peanut.

 She wasn't a fan of her car seat, but we buckled her in anyway, bundled her up, and braved the -20 degree windchill and -4 degree temps to take her home.

 When we got home she was still screaming (Apparently she hates car seats.) Grandma Karen and the girls were a great welcoming committee.

 The girls couldn't wait to get their hands on her. They were smitten.

Monty thought she was pretty great too. He gave her a good sniff and then smothered her in puppy kisses.

 These two just wanted to hold her all day

They couldn't get enough of her

And who can blame them? Just look at those cheeks!
Everyone thought she was the best thing since sliced bread.

 Well, almost everyone. 
This guy was having a hard time being dethroned. 
"Why is everyone looking at her? Don't they know I'm the baby?"
He wanted nothing to do with her.

 But that was okay. We just let Cam take things at his own pace. Nori still had plenty of admirers who were jumping at the bit to hold her. Every time I turned around the girls were reaching out to hold the baby.

Every morning it was like they were seeing her for the first time. They were star struck. 

 Grandma got her fill of baby snuggles too.

And that's kind of the beautiful thing about bringing a newborn baby home. Life just slows down and the most important thing on the agenda is holding your snuggly little bug.

Of course those first few days are always kind of a blur. Round the clock feedings are such a brutal shock to the system when you're only getting1 1/2 to 2 hour blocks of sleep. 

 So grateful I had Mama Rigg there to help. She was so good about playing with the kids and helping Cam with the transition. 

 Days rolled into nights, and back into days of feeding, burping, diapering, swaddling, sleeping, and repeating it all again.

 It's hard work being a baby I guess. 

After about a week we had a big breakthrough…

Cam decided she wasn't so bad after all. 
"I'll hold you baby, as long as I can suck my thumb and hold my blanky"

 "And if you promise not to touch my trains."

I think she was okay with that deal. :)