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stay-at-home mommy by day
program manager by night
children's painter somewhere in between


back in the saddle again


from this little announcement, twelve weeks ago...


... to this family portrait, taken today


as you can see, we're still alive and well. blair just finished up his second year of medical school and is gearing up for the big step 1 test. emmy's almost done with her first year of preschool (gulp!) and is two-and-a-half going on thirteen. amazingly, it took nine weeks for the new baby honeymoon to end for her but she's been 99% sweet to little maddie. and "little" maddie just ain't so little anymore; weighing in at 13 pounds, 5.5 ounces at two months put her in the 95th percentile for chunky goodness. as she approaches the three month mark, she's wearing 6 month clothing, sleeping through the night (most of the time), and babbling away.

and me? well i'm getting the hang of this expanded motherhood gig, although i still find it difficult to balance the needs of two kids (and i'm sure that won't be changing anytime too soon). i've become a pro at nursing one-handed while fixing a meal, helping emmy in the loo, and doing the rest of my toddler-mommy duties. it definitely helps that i'm not headed back to work anytime soon, courtesy my maternity leave and personal leave of absence. in fact, i'm not expected in the office again until july 2009. ain't life sweet?

i hope to start posting here every now and again but don't hold your breath - it all depends on how the moons of (toddler) moodiness align with the stars of sleep in this household. until then, leave me a comment if you'd like to see our *shhhhh* super-duper secret photo site.

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12 Responses to “back in the saddle again”

  1. # OpenID Lori

    Welcome to the butterball league!! I'm having seriously sleeping-through-the-night envy (since some people around here feel like they have to get up at 11, at 3, and at 6 nowadays...).

    Beautiful picture! This is probably going to sound so stupid, but your husband reminds me a little bit of Alan Muraoka on Sesame Street...maybe it's his eyebrows?  

  2. # Blogger Superha

    oooh, i want in on the super secret pics. :)

    sleeping through the night? what? please have her teach my 8 month old!

    :) welcome back!  

  3. # Blogger Rachel

    What a beautiful family you have. It's nice to see you posting again. I admire anyone who can juggle two little ones.  

  4. # Blogger Cary

    Can I get in on the super-secret picture site? Love the picture!  

  5. # OpenID alessandrastarr

    Kiki Lilypad is huge! And Emmy looks so grown up!  

  6. # Blogger bokumbop

    Oo! Oo! I want to see!

    Gorgeous, gorgeous family.  

  7. # Blogger honglien123

    Awwww....look at those cheeks! And those thighs! What a cutie and Emmmy too. (I would love to see more pics too.) You're probably going to get to post as often as I get to post these days.  

  8. # Blogger Beloved

    I don't know how anyone manages to take care of one child, let alone two but you seem to be doing it beautifully, as expected. I'm glad to know that you don't have to go back to work too soon.

    I love your family photo. You're all so gorgeous!  

  9. # Blogger Mama Nabi

    Aw... you guys look so wonderful - hey, where's mama's green shirt?? You're such a rebel!

    Thank you for the update -it's sooo nice to "see" you again. Man, you do have some gorgeous girls in the family!  

  10. # Blogger valerief

    Beautiful pics! Please share more :). Glad to hear you have more time off. Hope to catch up with you soon -v  

  11. # Blogger angie

    i just want to eat those turkey legs up! (here in south texas, smoked turkey legs are pretty popular fair fare.) i miss turkey legs. *sniff*

    beautiful family photo!  

  12. # Blogger Sun

    Congrats on the new baby!

    Funny, my first daughter's middle name is Gee-Hae (she's 2.75YO). And my 2nd daughter was born 2 weeks after yours. :-)

    Love the baby chunk! I thought my 2nd was big, 10.5lbs at 2months, but wow 13+lbs! She's seriously got the cheeks & leg rolls going. I can't wait for mine to chunk up some more! :-)

    So awesome that you can take such a long maternity/personal leave! I'd love to see your photo site, too.  

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