Friday, June 29, 2012

I played Barbies today

 ...and I am ashamed to say it is the first time I've done that in a LONG time.

This wonderful, intense three-year-old has gone through a somewhat difficult adjustment period as a new big sister--meaning more than average amounts of tantrums, screaming, bathroom accidents, spitting, etc...

I so love this girl. In the right moments she can be so polite and mature and rational and clever. She makes me laugh, and gives great hugs, and asks interesting questions. And so often she is great at occupying herself with imaginary friends and pretend play and singing and arranging baby dolls around the house. Which is part of the reason why I know she is not getting enough of my attention. So today I sat down on the carpet with her and a box of Barbie-like dolls and accessories...and played! I didn't bring with me my phone, or a pile of mail, or a magazine (to help me feel like I was simultaneously accomplishing something--do I have a problem?) It was just me and my little girl and some toys of her choice.


It really felt good. I believe in the power of one-on-one time with kids, and I know they need to share happy times with me--playtimes. I've gotta fit this into my life more!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our happy Father's Day

Authentic Swiss (or foul-smelling) cheese fondue. Ansley came downstairs from her nap while we were making it, saying, "I smell something so stinky!"

A lactose-break with a team of amateur massage therapists.

Then came the chocolate fondue. Let's just say, thank goodness I'm supposed to be eating 500 extra calories per day as a nursing mother. I think I took care of that quota in a matter of minutes.

It was first-class treatment for our first-rate Dad.

Friday, June 15, 2012


There is a reason why they call it "labor." It is work, and it is not easy. But like anything hard that is worth doing, the reward at the end is so satisfying. The reward at the end of this kind of labor is more than just satisfying, it is amazing! Every time I experience it I remember what a miracle it is. It is so clear to me that the human body was divinely created, and a woman's body was meant to do this.

I am grateful for modern medicine, for doctors and midwives and hospitals...but it is an incredible thing to witness labor and delivery unfolding naturally without intervention or complication. Again, was this process easy? No. But smooth? Yes. And I know that is not always the case. We are very blessed.

I am so happy to have our baby boy here, to hold and snuggle and gaze at. I am trying to cherish every minute of his newborn-ness.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Eli Thomas Ransom
born Saturday June 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm
weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces, measuring 20.5 inches

We have all fallen for this guy, and we'll never be the same.