Remembering the “Things”

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As Autumn grows older, I have had no trouble getting rid of certain things.  Clothes were quickly passed on or donated, saving only a few favorites in her “special box” like her first onesie or a knit hat.  We said goodbye to the baby food maker and moved her from a crib to a toddler bed this past weekend. Continue reading

Stuck in the Space

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When I was pregnant with Nelle, we started talking to a contractor about putting an addition on our house.  We knew what the additional space would look like, how much it would cost, and had a contract in hand.  I was going back and forth with the contractor on some of the particulars of the agreement when Nelle died. Continue reading

Planning for the Future

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Several years ago, Ger and I sat down and did some planning for the future.  Separately, we wrote out our various short- and long-term goals and then compared our lists.  I don’t have a hard copy of what I wrote down, but I am fairly certain that one of my goals for our family was “have another baby.” Continue reading

Playtime Evolving

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Playtime evolving

We had planned for Theo and Quentin to be about two-and-a-half years apart, and it happened that way.  We had a toddler that could walk, talk, and eventually was potty trained, limiting the overlap in two kids in diapers.  Outings eventually became a breeze with a double stroller.  They shared a room and played well together. Continue reading

Getting Bigger

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Last night, I took a bath with Autumn.  She has been sick lately, and we had noticed that she seemed skinnier from not having much of an appetite, but last night her little belly was the roundness I would expect from a toddler.  She happily splashed and wanted me to keep filling a small, orange plastic cup with water and then pouring the water over her hands.  Each time, I clearly said the word “water” accompanied by the sign.  Eventually, she raised her hand to her chin in a faint copy of what I had been trying to teach her. Continue reading