Today is Ryan’s fifth birthday! Today we will celebrate with a family dinner, and this weekend, we will continue our celebrations with a party. Sweet Ryan brings so much joy to our family. He is kind and curious, thoughtful and creative, careful and generous, and always up for an adventure. And this year, watching Ryan love and care for our tiny Jack, has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Happy birthday Ry!
I'm so excited to share that we welcomed Jack Andrew on his due date, Monday, Sept. 10. It was evening and the sky was dark but still alive with light, the way it is when the sun has set, but there’s a glow that makes the blue intense and luminescent. It was a hopeful glow for me, as I tried to emotionally and mentally prepare myself for the changes ahead, and it was the perfect sign of transition—moving from day to night, pregnancy to birth. He joined us with a swift arrival; his labor started after 6 pm and by 9 pm he was here, with barely one push, coming in at 8 pounds, 5 oz and 20.5 inches. Welcome to the world little Jack, we are so happy that you have joined our family!
The day you came / Naked, afraid / Young mother screams and pushes you / The day you came / Oh joy begin / Weak little thing / More precious there’ll be nothing, no / Oh joy begin / Let’s not forget these early days / Remember we begin the same
This week we've been celebrating Connor's third birthday! We started the celebration with a small breakfast party at a local playground with a splash pad on Saturday, we opened some presents on Sunday, and tonight we will have dinner with our family to kick off his new year of life.
Three year old Connor is unstoppable; he is determined, animated and knows no boundaries. It is both thrilling and exhausting being his parent, because he lives with full force, always talking, laughing and playing—and never letting anything slow him down or get in his way. Connor has brought so much life and love into our lives, and we're excited to see what this next year has in store. Happy birthday Connor!
We spent last weekend at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. Time away from the routine, and especially time to let the boys run free, always helps me loosen up a little bit—to let go of the things that seem overwhelming during the week and to appreciate the simple things that are really the most important. It's in these moments, where I strongly feel the urge to remember; to remember the things that are true to Ryan and Connor and our family and our life, right now.
I want to remember that Connor calls a guitar a 'sing song.'
How the boys will wake in the morning and if I'm showering they will come in the bathroom and patiently lay on the floor with their blankets while I get ready.
Both Ryan and Connor love to dance and they each have their own style; Connor more physical jumping and grooving with his whole body and all of his limbs, and Ryan a little more smooth ;) stretching his legs and full body rolling on the floor.
How Ryan puts small dabs of lavender oil on his feet and hands before bed at night and calls it his 'power.'
I want to remember how they seemed like little, perfect birds playing on the beach, running so fast at the edge of the waves as they rushed in and swept out.
Yesterday we celebrated Ryan's fourth birthday with an outing to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and dinner at home with the family. This weekend, we will continue our celebrations with a party with his friends.
When Ryan was born I was so full of anticipation. My first child! There was so much unknown to me and I had no idea what to expect, but I tried to not read too much or ask too many questions, and instead get to know him and let him become his own person. I’m still trying to do that, now four years later; trying to give him space to explore, discover and figure things out—and I am daily amazed by his curiosity and knowledge.
My four-year-old Ryan is so many things. He’s a collector of rocks, big and small; a lover of chocolate; he’s sweet, but feisty; my partner in the kitchen, as he stands beside me on his step stool to help with cooking and baking; he's competitive and also likes to run fast, climb, and throw balls; he’s a builder, and loves to create with Magna-Tiles and Legos, and play in the dirt; he's introverted and loyal, and he's also a great storyteller; he loves cars, trucks, trains, fire trucks and construction sites; and when he says, “Mommy, you’re my best friend,” nothing else matters in the world.
Happy birthday sweet Ry!