Thursday, April 2, 2009


Hello all -

A few new things going on.

1. First of all, thanks to the many of you that have sent gifts for our little Sofia! We think they're all wonderful and we especially appreciate the fact that so many of you included a little something for Maddie. She's been adjusting well, for the most part, but she still has her moments of "neediness." It's obvious that we (Alex and I) are now having to split our time and attention among the two of them but we're doing our best to make sure she still knows how loved she is.

2. We are in the final countdown to moving into our new house. The home inspection was completed yesterday and most things looked good. We do our punchlist next Wednesday and have our final walk through on the 15th, where we should get our keys. We are beyond excited! It's really a beautiful home in a great neighborhood.

I have to admit though that I'll miss living with my parents a little as Mom has been BEYOND helpful! I don't know how so many women make it through these first few weeks with two kids without help. I know I'll manage just fine once we move, but I can't even begin to express how fortunate we've been to have the extra hands.

3. Speaking of my parents, congratulations to them for recently celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary!!! I think that qualifies as being married forever......I can't even imagine!

More pictures soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

News News and More News

So, I know it's been a while but forgive me as I've been knee deep in newborn baby things!

Biggest news, of course, has been the arrival of our sweet Sofia. She was born on Wednesday, February 25th at 2:38 pm. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 6 oz. (Maddie was 7 lbs 2 oz and Audrey was 7 lbs 5 oz, so Sofia was the biggest by just a smidge) and was 19.5" long (Maddie was 19.75" and Audrey was 20.5", making Sofia the shortest by a little bit.) So far she has been an easy baby aside from her occasional newborn fussiness.

Her birth was quite easy. My labor, according to my midwife, lasted just 5 hours and I pushed for a total of 6 minutes! Literally 3 pushes and she was out!

In the days and hours leading up to her arrival, I experienced many emotional moments with lots of tears both out of missing Audrey as well as anticipating the arrival of our newest daughter. I hope to write out her birth story soon.

She is 3 weeks and 1 day old today. I finally managed to go for a slow run this morning (alternating walking a lap and running a lap) and it really felt really good to start doing some of my "normal" activities. For nearly 2 years, I have either been pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant or trying to get pregnant. It feels good to start being myself again. And, I actually fit into a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans today!

Other news:

1. Alex started his new job on March 2 and is enjoying it so far. The commute is a bit of a bear but he's enjoying the new challenge.

2. The new house is nearly complete. We have our inspection on April 1 and should have the keys by April 15. We drive by it all the time to check the progress and we get more and more excited about our dream house each day.

3. I'm so proud.....tomorrow will mark my mom and dad's 38th wedding anniversary!!!! They are currently at the beach house enjoying some peace and quiet - I am continually in awe of the commitment they have to one another, through good times and bad.

I also just want to share, too, that I am also amazed at how generous and loving they are on a daily basis. Without sharing too much, just know that Alex and I are the luckiest people to have parents (in-laws in Alex's case) that love and support us in so many ways.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Pictures

A few updates.....

We're now only 3.5 weeks from our induction! So far, our little one looks very healthy so fingers crossed, we'll have her home with us safe and sound.

Maddie is still doing well in school and dance. She had her first dance recital on Jan. 23rd (pictures below) and it was hilarious in a "oh my god, she's so cute" way. I can tell you she is not shy and loved the audience. She's also back in swimming but is taking a small break because of a little ear infection. But she is a real character these days!!!

House is coming along nicely. We have sheetrock up and the exterior has siding and the roof complete. We can't wait!

Here are some new pictures.

Here is a 3D picture from Baby Girl #3's ultrasound at 32 weeks. Nana thinks she already looks like Maddie.
I can't believe this picture! It's amazing how much she looks like a real baby at 32 weeks!
Maddie's first dance recital at school. I can not even begin to tell you how cute she was!!!
Maddie's recital.
My baby belly at almost 34 weeks.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Audrey......

Our sweet angel would have celebrated her first birthday today.

Mommy, Daddy and your big sister Maddie love you so much.....we wish you were here.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Emotional Day

As most of you know, our family is approaching the 1 year "anniversary" of Audrey's birth and passing. Next Sunday, January 11th, at 12:27 pm, it will be exactly one year since she came into and left our physical lives. It seems like such a huge that neither Alex or I could have ever imagined reaching last January. And truly, losing her still seems so fresh, as if it were only yesterday.

In some ways, it feels as though the anticipation of January 11th will be worse then the actual day, but that doesn't change our emotions presently. Lots of tears (me,) hand holding (Alex) and talking about Audrey up in heaven (Maddie.) We (Alex and I) have given a lot of thought to how we wanted to mark the day, especially since the 11th is also my dad's birthday.

I'll be honest and say that at first I thought it was simply awful that my dad would have to share his birthday with such a sad event. But as time has passed, the more I think it is a blessing in disguise. Not only will having the same birthday ensure that fewer people will forget her (and we know the people that really matter will always remember, regardless) but it also gives Dad and Audrey a special bond that will go beyond life, death and everything in between.

Anyway, my parents own a home in Cannon Beach, OR only a few blocks from the coast and it has really become a special place for us as an extended family as well as a place they hope grandchildren will go to for years. To make sure Audrey has her "mark" there, today we purchased a solid wood rocking chair that will be personalized with her name and date. It's beautiful and each time one of us rocks a grandbaby to sleep, we can think of her.

And even though his birthday isn't until next Sunday, we gave it to Dad this afternoon with Mom present, and we were all emotional. It takes a lot to bring Dad to tears, but we were all crying...thinking of our precious angel who remains with us in spirit if not in the flesh.

We love you Audrey and you are in our hearts every moment of every day.

Monday, December 29, 2008

New post

Holy cow, so I know it's been a while.......holidays have made us all busy, so hopefully you'll understand the delay but here's an update on what we've been up to.

We all survived the "Arctic Blast 2008" snow storm that kept us housebound for almost 2 weeks. Needless to say, we're all really, really tired of snow. We had nearly 18 inches on the ground on some of the worst days. And while most cities would think that's nothing, let me just say that Portland has a storm of this magnitude once every 40 years or so. We are completely unprepared for it. Luckily, Maddie had fun playing in snow so I guess someone enjoyed it!

House is still coming along well despite the snow delay. As of this afternoon, we have part of a roof which really makes it look like something! Very exciting to drive by it everyday and see progress. We're still on track for a mid-April move in!

Baby #3 continues to grow and thrive. We're officially 30 weeks into the pregnancy and I can start to see the end. Every day I grow a bit more optimistic that we will bring this little one home. In a few weeks we start our twice weekly monitoring - non-stress tests on Mondays and bio-physical profile ultrasounds on Thursdays. It will keep us busy but will also hopefully keep us sane. Anyway, I think we may finally have a name picked out but because the gender is not a surprise this time, we are keeping her name to ourselves. We also have an official date for inducing.....Alex and I will be checking into the hospital the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 24 with the birth most likely being on the 25th. 8 more weeks!

Maddie is also growing and amazes us daily. Her vocabulary skills have really stepped up recently and I marvel at the conversations we can have. She's definitely a little girl now and no longer a baby.

Below are a few pictures from the past month!

Back of the house during framing.
Front of the house during framing.
This is Miss Lily Gabriella Baioni, born to our dear friends Sean and Dana. Lily was born on Christmas Day (this picture was when she was about 24 hours old) and was 5 lbs 2 oz (she was three weeks early.) She's the best Christmas present Dana and Sean could have hoped for. She's the littlest baby I've ever held but she's absolutely perfect!
A view of downtown Portland during the snow storm, on one of the "better" days. Because of the road conditions, we had to take the tram up to the hospital.
Not sure what this is about but it's a pretty funny little pose.
Getting ready to cut down our Christmas tree.
Christmas morning.
With Tovah after decorating her tree.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Pictures

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks....

Maddie at swimming with her teacher, Bonnie. She's taking her lessons at the same aquatic center I did when I was little. She LOVES it! She starts ballet on Tuesday.
They finally broke ground on our house! Here's the hole where the foundation will go.
Another view.
Me in front of the forms that have been poured for the foundation. (FYI, about 25 weeks preggo in this pic.)
Foundation actually being poured. So exciting. Should start framing this week.....we've already got some rough plumbing in as of this past Saturday. Expected completion is 4.21.09!