Wednesday, November 14, 2012

miriam | one month

It's been over a month now since Miriam graced us with her presence. We love spending our time watching her different facial expressions - especially all the smiles she's giving us now. Miriam is a small but strong little girl who loves playing and being held. Jon and I feel so blessed to have this little gift.

As new parents, we have truly had to rely on the Lord's strength and help from people. Our church continues to bring us meals and family and friends offer support at every step. The Lord has brought us through a pretty eventful past 5 weeks. In light of November being a month of thanks, I want to give some gratitude to those who have gone out of their way to help us.

Thank you to all our family who came up for Miriam's birth!
Thank you to my mother-in-law, Sarah (Nana), for staying that first week and helping around the house and hold Miriam.
Thank you to our friend Kristen, for being our on-call pediatrician. :)
Thank you to our friend Carrie, for keeping me company in the ER when I had a terrible headache.
Thank you to my mom (Gigi), for helping us out - cleaning our home, running errands, and giving us a date night.
Thank you to many friends who have helped me with breastfeeding.
Thank you to our wonderful visitors - you have been encouraging for my soul.
Thank you to everyone who has brought us food. It has been very good and extremely helpful.
Thank you to my friends and family who have called, emailed, texted, and prayed for us.
Thank you to my dear husband, who has worn so many different hats - cook, host, husband, father, counselor, hard worker.  I couldn't do this without you!

I feel as if I'm coming out of a small valley. Figuring out our little one's schedule has been a difficult task for me, among other things, and I have had a hard time getting out of the house. I haven't felt like myself and do feel relationally disconnected. I expected to get very little sleep, but I didn't expect everything else to be so difficult in this first month! Again, though, there is much more to be thankful for.... and we are blessed to have such a great support system.

My daily sanity has been Counter Culture coffee and Gilmore Girls while playing with our baby girl.  I cherish her smiles and snuggles. I like dressing her up in cute outfits and watching her sleep with furrowed eyebrows. I like watching her dad soothe her to sleep in the middle of the night. My new favorite thing is when she opens her mouth when I give her kisses.

And, of course, I have lots of pictures to accompany this long blog post!

quality time with Nana

quality time with Daddy




first time in the Moby wrap - not her favorite carrier.




so funny


trying on some clothes

the bumblebee slept through Halloween

fun times with Gigi

a visit from Uncle Will

smiling with Daddy


crazy baby

first walk to our favorite coffee shop - Big Bear Cafe

a very active one month old!