Birthday Bash

We had a big weekend planned of parties. A 50th birthday party, a going away party for friends, and a 2nd birthday party. Unfortunately, we only actually were able to attend the 2nd birthday party because I came down with a nasty bout of mastitis. No need to go into how painful and horrible that those breast infections are, but suffice it to say that I was down for the count for two entire days and just laid in bed with my baby. Not a terrible way to spend the day, but under pretty terrible circumstances considering I had a 102 fever for a good portion of it.

So, we’ll skip to the only day I made it out of the house – which was to drive to the 2nd birthday of the daughter of a friend that I’ve been friends with since we were 2. Her family was like family to me growing up, so it is pretty fun to get to see our kids grow up together as well. Wish we lived a little bit closer so that it happened more often, but seems like we always manage to make the drive for parties – which are certainly memorable.

In fact, if I ever have to compete with her birthday parties, then I am in trouble. It’s seriously a trip to Disneyland to go to their house – which is awesome and lucky for us that we’re invited! Let’s just sum up 2 & 3 year old heaven: pony rides, bounce houses, playground, trampoline, piñata, and baby animal petting zoo. Yeah. And it made for some pretty adorable pictures, I have to say:

Selah, Eva, and Maia with the goats
Selah, Eva, and Maia with the goats
Selah & Eva - what a sweet moment with a friend
Selah & Eva – what a sweet moment with a friend
Holding a baby goat
Holding a baby goat
A barefoot pony ride!
A barefoot pony ride!
Strapping on the helmet
Strapping on the helmet
Riding the pony in the backyard
Riding the pony in the backyard
Getting ready to ride
Getting ready to ride
Smile!
Smile!
Down the slide...
Down the slide…
Look, mom, a BABY chick!
Look, mom, a BABY chick!
Holding the chicky!
Holding the chicky!
Maia and Selah - what a huge help this older sister is!
Maia and Selah – what a huge help this older sister is!
Selah and Eva, so sweet
Selah and Eva, so sweet
Here's my loot, Mom!
Here’s my loot, Mom!
And cake, of course!
And cake, of course!

Not only are we 11 months apart, but so are our daughters, which is really fun. And about 10+ months ago, when Andrea texted me that she was pregnant, I thought she was lying because of course, I was too. When we were little girls we always wanted to have kids the same time, but her first baby is in high school now, and when Eva (her 2 year old daughter) arrived we thought 11 months from Selah was as close as we’d get. BUT – life turned out otherwise – and now we have baby boys just 2 weeks apart. Another friend of mine from high school is actually Andrea’s sister-in-law, and she had “surprise” twins (who happen to be her #4 & #5 kiddos). Those two mommies look awfully good for having 4 & 5 kiddos! I’ll just be sticking to my two and trying to take notes from them ;):

All the mommies and our babies
All the mommies and our babies

Easter…belated

I’ve fallen behind, and have had requests from family to post some pics. I cannot believe looking at these pictures from Easter that Asher is already SO MUCH bigger and more “real baby-ish” now than he was then, but nevertheless, the pictures are cute and I know that the grandmas & great-grandmas would like to see their grandbabies. So…here was our Easter weekend:

Dyeing eggs with cousins:

Selah & Alyssa (who she cannot stop talking about!)
Selah & Alyssa (who she cannot stop talking about!)

Look, Mommy - S-E-L-A-H!  It's MY EGG!
Look, Mommy – S-E-L-A-H! It’s MY EGG!
The crew
The crew
Dyeing with the girls
Dyeing with the girls
Look, Mom!  Blue egg (and hands!)!
Look, Mom! Blue egg (and hands!)!
Another eggs bites the dust...
Another eggs bites the dust…
Here, Gramma - this is Asher's egg!
Here, Gramma – this is Asher’s egg!
Asher & GG
Asher & GG

And Easter day spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, where we had an egg hunt and visited with Nana and Papa – who got to meet Mr. Asher for the first time. Selah sure likes introducing her baby brother to everyone! Here’s a few photos:

Nana, Asher, Selah, and Grandma
Nana, Asher, Selah, and Grandma
I love, love, love this one too - Nana, Asher, and Selah
I love, love, love this one too – Nana, Asher, and Selah
Nana and Asher meet
Nana and Asher meet
One of my favorites - Nana kissing Asher's hand, while Papa tries to get her attention.  Good luck, Asher is some stiff competition!
One of my favorites – Nana kissing Asher’s hand, while Papa tries to get her attention. Good luck, Asher is some stiff competition!
Showing Nana
Showing Nana
Bringing eggs back to Grandpa
Bringing eggs back to Grandpa
Nana holds Mr. Asher Keith
Nana holds Mr. Asher Keith

Quick Update

I just can’t get tired of this precious face:

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Which is handy because we’re pretty tired in general these days! I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gotten more than one hour of continuous sleep since he was born (5 weeks ago now!). Selah certainly wasn’t this demanding during the wee hours, but she also wasn’t battling a cold – a gift from his older sister. So goes the life of a second child…and I am honestly treasuring the moments, knowing it won’t be long before he’s done needing me constantly and smelling so sweetly newborn. (OK, I treasure them except between the hours of 3 AM and 5 AM – for some reason those hours are REALLY hard to be thankful for ;)).

What he lacks in nighttime courtesy to Mom & Dad, he at least makes up for in cuteness, and those constant feedings are paying off with a big weigh-in today of 10 lbs, 13 oz! Now if I can just be making progress in the opposite direction… 😉