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I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sibling Love

Claire has figured out many ways to torment her brother, often through hugging him ("But I was just loving him, Mama").
Off to try to get some chores done!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A dress for Lucy

I found this pattern in Little Stitches for Little Ones, by Amy Butler (who also designs some of my favorite fabric) and I finished it in one naptime!

I learned how to pleat, which is so easy and looks so good (in my opinion); I would like to try pleating on a skirt for myself!

I also mixed up the front and back bodice pieces because I thought it was an error in the instructions (like I'm some sort of pattern expert?!). It was not, but the dress fits (and still looks good) I think.

I love the length and fullness of the skirt, and I'm really happy with the fabric too!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Boy

He is such a joyful, funny boy who loves to eat (I think his most-said sentence, heard throughout the day, is "I nah hungy" aka "I'm still hungry") and snuggle and be held.

I look at his sisters and love being reminded of Noah, and I look at him and think "How did he get such blonde hair and blue eyes?!" Hehe, I love being reminded of the strong Comstock genes!

He is so big and so strong and so healthy it makes it hard to believe that he was so small and fragile when he was born.

But I don't ever forget his earliest days; how his chest rose and fell so fast and so deeply when he breathed, all the cords and machines attached to him, the sad tears that came whenever I had to leave him at the hospital and come home to an empty bassinet, and the ecstatic tears that fell when they told us he was ready to come home.

He is such a gift and both the most mischievous and funny parts of my day. :)

Don't know why I'm feeling so sentimental today. Maybe it is that spring has unmistakably and beautifully sprung outside my window, reminding me of the miracle and joy of new life. :)

My Girls

I love how Lucy so much resembles her big sister.

Her brown hair, her dimpled chin, her deep blue eyes and her getting-chubbier-everyday thunder thighs are a constant reminder of Claire at this age.

And then I look at Claire now, looking so much like a big girl with her long, light brown hair and brown eyes, and I wonder if this beautiful baby in my lap will be another mini-version of her big sister at three.

Who knows?

Right now I just love seeing them together. :)

Meeting her Great-Grandparents

Noah's grandparents came out from Denver to visit us...well mostly to meet their newest great-granddaughter!!

Lucy Belle was a little fussy (we had already had a big morning at Nana's, plus she usually is a little upset in the evenings anyway), so they didn't get to hold her as much as they wanted, but every time Lucy calmed down I passed her off to an adoring set of arms.

We'll see them again tonight and Saturday morning, before they leave to go home, so I'm hoping they get a lot more holding in!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Her First Class

This morning was the beginning.

The beginning of a schedule (I haven't had one since college): every Tuesday morning at 10:15- dance class.
The beginning of her meeting new friends.
The beginning of me meeting other parents and potential friends.
The beginning of watching someone else teach her new things.
The beginning of her exposure to different activities, one or some of which she might adore and do forever.
The beginning of watching her instead of doing with her.

Okay, maybe I'm being a tad dramatic, but as I drove to the dance studio, I couldn't help thinking all these things.
That soon she will be in preschool, then kindergarten, then first grade, when she will be spending so much time away from me.

So it kind of feels like the end of her babyhood, even though she's 3 (and a half, she like to point out) and hasn't been a baby for a long time.

But I'm not even a little bit sad, like I thought I would be.
I watched her the entire 45 minutes (minus the moments when I was keeping Alex occupied), and I don't think I stopped smiling. :)
She was so cute and so interested and so BIG and so happy.

And if she's happy, then I'm happy.
I told her last night that in my wildest dreams, she and Alex and Lucy are happy; that's most of all what we want them to be (and healthy and kind and respectful, etc.)

So yeah, Claire loved her first dance class.
And Mama's happy too. :)

In the car, about to leave the house...Claire singing and practicing the introduction I taught her: "Hello Miss Marcia, my name is Claire!
Sorry for the gridlines...I had to take pictures through a window. The other parents must have been laughing!!

Coming up to center stage to learn a move.
Demonstrating how they ran around in circles with arms spread out like birds. :)
And, most important of all, showing me her first ballet move, the tondu, aka "a toe-touch."

I bought her some ballet shoes, which she is sleeping in right now, along with her ballet dress, and she is singing, "I can't wait to go back to dance class!"


Monday, March 15, 2010

This is what happens when you are the baby sister of two adoring (and sometimes a tad too rough) older siblings:


And one of my other faves from the impromptu "don't-move!-I'm getting-my-camera!" photo shoot:
Yeah, she knows she's loved. :)

And this one...
Hope everyone's day is as beautiful as ours has been. :)

Lucy's Quilt!!!

It's done...and I'm kind of in love with it...and the little model too. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Recent photo uploads :)

Reading to Lucy (who is clearly very interested, hehe) while Mama takes a shower
Very proud of our first edible loaf of bread (delish as grilled cheese, by the way)
Three little loves :)
more reading, this time with a tad more interest from the little one
getting ready for our walk
wearing some pretty headbands
matching jammies (I've had matching sets for all of them)
green painted toes (with washable marker)- all done by Claire, along with her hands...not just her fingernails, her whole hands!
Omama and Opapa and the third great-grandchild!
And some mud time!!

Claire and Alex transported about 10 worms to their own little home, complete with their own mud, dirt and rocks. :)
Got to love the mess. :)