Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I have used the phrase "feeling human again" before on this blog with regards to postpartum conditions and I am proud (and relieved) to say that I am in deed.  It is nice.  It was hard to revert back to baby zone after four years and with two high functioning "big kids" but I feel the adjustment has been made and now I am finally enjoying the new speed of life.  Thankfully I have a sort of temperament that lends to going with the flow and feeling peaceful about staying home.  Although I  am looking forward to the days where Brooks can be up for more than 90 minutes before needing to nap, I try to enjoy this "sweet baby" stage as much as possible :)

These two older siblings are pretty much over the moon about their little brother.  Bradie is such a big helper (really. I don't need to use air quotes here. Thank you, Lord) Beau really does like his baby brother but I am not sure he knows how to show it as he seems to lack the maternal nature that Bradie already understands.  "Death Prevention Patrol" is easier than when Bradie was two and a half but I still find myself yelling reminding Beau that Brooks can see him better when his face is NOT two inches away!

A fun little first- Brooks meets his cousins on his first trek down the the Gig.  Here's the Lofdahl/Merrifield circle- I think we should make them pose like this even when they have arm pit hair and attitudes :) We also met some of the other May Babies- 2nd cousins Peyson and Penelope who are so so cute!
 Here he is.  He is so blasted cute! Oh Brooksinator... I wish there were people that love you ;)  Brooks is a pretty good baby, sleeping and eating well just like his predecessors which is such a relief to me after the somewhat ominous "wild card" talk that I heard here and there at the birth center.  There's a funny (and probably pretty accurate) notion that the third baby is the wild card and you must throw all expectations out the window that are based on your other children... but isn't it that way with all kids? I think its more about trying to fit a new personality into an established family dynamic.  But I think this content little charmer is going to fit in just fine :) He looks a tad like his big sister too.
 Speaking of Bradie... she danced in her first ballet recital in June!  Here we are all made up/bunned up with the obligatory button down shirt before the big show.  I know she's my kid and all, but she is so beautiful I can hardly stand it.
 You have to click to enlarge this one.  She danced so well.  She was focused and not the least bit phased by the 75+ audience crowded into the YMCA studio.


ellen b. said...

Sweet smile in the dance shot! Glad you are feeling human again. Love the cousin head shot. That little guy sure is cute!!

Maggie said...

OMG! Marcus is going to have to get some sort of shotgun or something to scare away boys in about 6 years!

Sheri said...

Dance shot sweet and adorable, circle shot, must do annualy. Brooksinator not being the "Wild card" SUCCESS! #2 was my wild card, #3 is luck he slipped on in he was close to not making it because of my wild card. Your kids are beautiful, I miss handsome Beau! Love your wittyhist shenanigans.