Saturday, July 28, 2007

our family of four

Aiden gently touching Sky's little head. He is so gentle with her it's amazing. A couple of times I saw him pick up her fallen binky and put it back in her mouth to sooth her. I can already tell these two will be very close.

Daddy holding baby girl.

This little Sky baby is super sweet. I don't know if I'm just imagining it but she already seems so feminine to me.

Friday, July 27, 2007

its the begining of a beautiful relationship

I can't help but wonder what they'll be like when they grow up. I really hope they are close...really close. I hope the stay geographically close to each other or if they can't be that they visit each other often. I hope they attend each others events - graduations, birthdays, holidays, etc. I hope they always have a specially place in each other's heart. I hope they always give each other the benefit of the doubt. I hope they always stick up for each other. I hope they always check in on each other. I hope they always trust each other. I hope they confide in each other. I hope they cheer for each other. I hope they always have inside jokes. I hope they tease each other. I hope they hug and kiss each other. I hope they have funny pet names for each other. I hope they talk about the great times they had together when they were little. I hope they remember that they both made their parents very very happy just by being born.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

we got him a sandbox

I set up a sand box (using a kiddie pool) for Aiden on the back deck. The idea is that he can play on the porch in the sandbox and I can watch him from the kitchen window. While catch up with chores. Seemed like a good idea but he insists that I watch him play in the sand and that can't be through the kitchen window....i have to be right there cheering him on. Kind of defeats the purpose. Anyway, he likes it and has fun playing in it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Thank you Nana Beth

Nana Beth came up to stay with us for a week right after Sky was born. It was wonderful having her help. She not only helped with Aiden and Sky, she also help us finish unpacking and got us organized after the big move. I am just amazed at how much "stuff" we've accumulated over the years. I used to be such minimalist...what happened???

We've had a busy summer but its only going to get busier. Seems that we're destined to do big things on the eleventh of each month.

June 11th - moved from Centreville to Oakton
July 11th - little SKY was born
August 11th - we're moving our office from Discover Square, Reston to Plaza America, Reston. I wonder what September and October 11th have in store for us....

*August 9th was our 10 year wedding anniversary... : )

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

sleepy head

Sky is sleeping a lot more than I remember Aiden sleeping the first week. But then again, she was born (c-section) 14 days before her "due date" and Aiden was born 10 days after his "due date."

When she is awake she loves to look all around.

She loves it when I talk or sign to sweet.

sweet perfection

Sky is sooooooo sweet. These are some of my favorite pictures of her because I love her pose. To get to this perfect little sleeping bunny pose, I feed her and let her fall asleep and then I gentle hold her up to see her hold this position. Aiden use did the EXACT same thing. Too bad I don't have a picture of him in the same position.

Monday, July 16, 2007

she feels so good

I love holding this little girl. I can't seem to put her down. She is so warm and soft and smells like heaven. She sleeps on my chest A LOT. Everyone says I shouldn't get her too used to be held....but I think this time will not last forever.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Little Sky, I hope you dance

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

Dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance..
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone)

- Lee Ann Womack

Live your life to the fullest, baby girl. I love you, Sky.

- Mommy

on the green

Maybe he'll be a professional golfer...

I love this picture of Aiden. He looks so calm and cool. Not a care in the world. He loves this little toy. He carries it around everywhere.

brothers and cousins

Aiden and Nora had a great time playing in the yard, eating blackberries from our blackberry bushes, playing with cups in the pool, and sharing Popsicles.

When I look at this picture, I can't believe that when I first met Ben, I thought he and Adam were twins...maybe not identical twins but very similar fraternal twins. I actually asked Adam if he and Ben were twins. Looking at them now, they look almost nothing alike.

Nora came to visit baby Sky

Nora, Uncle Ben, Uncle Jo Ann came up to visit Sky this weekend. Everyone had a great time playing in the backyard and in the pool. Aiden and Nora are really getting to that age where they are more interactive with one another. It was cool to see both of them so intrigued with the baby. They both took turns holding Sky.

my muscle man

Check him out! This little boy is all lean muscle.

the BIG brother

Friday, July 13, 2007

Aiden and Sky

Aiden is doing well with Sky.

He generally is very sweet with her.The only problem can be when Aiden tries to grab Sky, especially on the face. He can be a bit too eager to grab her, so we have to be careful. He is always smiling at her and will give her a hug and kiss if you suggest it. I can tell he is going to be a great big brother. The picture above was taken at the hospital when Aiden came for his second visit.

Sky leaving the hospital

Grandma (along with Adam and Bobba) came to pick up me and Sky up at the hospital today. Seems I'm getting out of the hospital a whole day earlier than know what they say about the squeeky wheel. : )

The nurses at Fair Oaks Hospital are great. One nurse name "Sue" (a very nice Korean lady) is one that I will never forget. She is super charged all the time, she cares very much for her patients, she is totally on top of everything, she has a great attitude and everything else that a top notch nurse would be. I remember Sue from when I was here when Aiden was born. I remember I liked her then too. As a matter of fact, I had even sent her a thank you cared and gift. She blew our socks off so much.

Here's Grandma holding Sky while I was getting my self ready to leave the hospital. Adam was in the car installing Sky's new car seat.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

big brother at the hospital

A few hours after Sky was born, Aiden came to visit at the hospital. He arrived with Grandma, Bobba, Dullah and Natalie around 4 pm. As he came down the hall, I could hear his foot steps and chatter. I so looked forward to seeing the expression on this face at first encounter. He had no idea where I had dissappeared to that day. All he knew was that he woke up and Grandma came to get him from his crib, not Mommy or Daddy.
As he walked down the hall, I called his name (he almost walked right past the door). Then suddenly he stopped in his tracks and ran into our hospital room excited and sort of confused like "what are you doing here?" and "why are you in a bed" and "what are you wearing?". Without any hesitation he jumped up on the bed with me. I hugged him -- you'd be amazed at how much I missed him in just a few hours. I then introduced him to Sky "Aiden, here's your baby Sky". I really wanted him to know she was his and he was hers...perhaps that would hedge off any jealous feelings. Well, guess what? It worked. He loved her from the first minute he saw her. He was super sweet to her. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life.

the arrival of Sky

The little bundle weighing 7 lbs 11 oz arrived on July 11th, 2007 at 8:25 am...we named her Sky.