Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

On the Friday after Thanksgiving we spent much of the day with Marc's family. In the morning, we took family pictures. That evening we had pizza and put up Christmas decorations. It was a really fun night. Joseph has reached the age where he remembers about Christmas. It was so fun to see him thrilled with each box of decorations that came down from the attic. He was most looking forward to finding the box that holds the train (hand made by Joseph's Great Grandpa Baxter) that goes around the bottom of the tree.  Joseph asked if we could sing Rudoph, so we did. Christmas is going to be magical this year! 

Marc setting up the tree

Joseph and Uncle John unpacking a box of decorations

Joseph loved this little dog that sings

Aunt Rachel on light duty

Aunt Elizabeth and Joseph

Grandma and Elizabeth with the baby cousins, Abigail with Grandma and Lucy with Elizabeth

Grandpa Lincoln and Joseph

Our guy Joseph

Abigail's First Christmas

Aunt Gwen and Cousin Lucy


Merry Christmas!
November 26, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Day 2010

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving hosted by Marc's parents. They filled the house with dinner guests--it was a great party.  I believe there were 19 adults, 2 teenagers, 4 children and 2 newborns.  We ate and visited, played charades and just had a wonderful time. Joseph enjoyed sliding down the stairs with friends Madison and Scarlett. Both Joseph and Abigail got to meet their cousin, Lucy, for the first time.


We took too long getting ready to go so Abigail just dozed off on our bed

Aunt Joyce and Uncle Dave with Abigail and new Cousin Lucy

Marc holding Abigail after dinner

Grandma Donna with her two grandbabies
Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I'm Thankful...

For these two beautiful children--my treasure Joseph and my miracle Abigail.


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours
November 25, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Visit from the Greats

Great Aunt Joyce and Great Uncle Dave were in town staying at Cousin Missy's house. They all came over to meet baby Abigail--and brought delicious dinner from the Amish market.

Great Aunt Joyce, Abigail and Joseph

Aunt Joyce rocked Abigail right to sleep

Missy has the best baby faces and sounds

She had Abigail smiling in  no time
November 19, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Abigail Meets Aunt Elizabeth


Aunt Elizabeth just moved back from Utah!  We're thrilled to have her home. Joseph has been telling Abigail all about her.


November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Joseph's First Primary Program

Joseph participated in his first Primary Program. All of the children ages 3-11 sing and have speaking parts in a program that is presented during the sacrament meeting--which is the main, entire-congregation meeting of the day at church.

Joseph memorized his line and gave a great smile as he recited it during the program.  He really enjoyed getting to be at the microphone at pulpit at the center of attention.  However, just as the Bishop was announcing for the children to come to  the front to begin the program, Joseph decided he didn't wan to to participate.  He said, "I don't want to do the program."  He had been so excited--they've had practice after practice including a pizza party on Saturday.  For some reason on Sunday he was in a grumpy mood. If there is one thing I've learned as Joseph's mom it is that he always wins the power struggles.  So, I just said okay and held my breath hoping he would change his mind. Without saying anything else, he turned and went up to the stand where his bad mood evaporated. Although, he didn't sing much during the first song because he was seated next to the little boy who was playing the cello.  Joseph seemed entranced with watching the instrument.  He was very engaged in many of the other songs. He did have a moment during the program when he was signaling for me to come up there. He mouthed that he needed to go to the bathroom so I waved him down. He took care of business and then went right back up to singing.

 We've been having him recite his part to everyone because he's just so cute!  I made a little video of him giving it (in the backyard with his bike helmet on--classic Joseph). 

video

November 14, 2010

Abigail's First Day of Church

I went back to church for the first time since Abigail's birth in order to see Joseph's program (just for one Sunday, after that we're keeping her home again until December). Abigail's debut at church went well; she pretty much slept through the whole thing (except for a break to eat). I enjoyed holding my sleeping baby in my arms for three hours--without worrying about putting her down to do the dishes or run a quick load of laundry during her nap.



November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

I took my first field trip with both Joseph and Abigail. We went to the zoo per Joseph's request. It took me a few detours before we made it to the zoo because I was driving as opposed to taking the metro--which is what Joseph and ususally did. But it was beautiful fall day and we had a great, low-key visit to the zoo.  It was nice to realize we can still take our field trips--on a slower pace. 

Joseph and Abigail (trust me she's in there!)

Joseph got to pet the cow and see the alpaca up close.
November 10, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My Joseph

 I love this kid! He is my sweet child who is full of energy and passion and kindness. He is independent and smart and destined to be captain of the debate team! 
I will always remember how Joseph offered to hold my hand and help me down the stairs to the car when he could see I was in painful labor with Abigail. He is so sensitive to what other people are experiencing. When I was in the NICU with Abigail, I felt helpless.  Knowing that Joseph needed me, and that what I did for him really mattered was what kept me together. He needed me--and I needed him.

Joseph loves to take care of Abigail. He isn't allowed to hold Abigail by himself--much to his dismay. Often, once we've put her in his arms, he'll say, "I've got her; if you want to go get something to eat or a drink, go ahead."
In the past couple months, Joseph has really gotten into drawing and coloring. Here he is in the car on a drive back from Front Royal.
 Don't you just love him?  Puppy dog Joseph on the way to the ward Halloween party.
Big Brother Joseph. He loves his little sister and takes his job very seriously. Yesterday, he came onto the bed where I was changing Abigail. He kind of landed on her leg--no harm done, but he needed to be more careful. He burst into tears and said, "I don't want to be a big brother anymore if I cracked her leg."

Friday, November 05, 2010

One Month

Abigail is one month old today!
We love you Abigail. We're so glad you're in our family.

November 5, 2010

Abigail's First Month




















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During her first month, Abigail has been a delight. She hardly cried at the beginning even when we brought her home. The neigbhors who share a wall with us in our townhouse came over a week after she was home and brought a meal and gift and said, "We didn't realize you had brought her home yet because we didn't hear any crying.  We did hear Joseph's crying."  That was true, in the first few weeks, Joseph continued to be more drama and crying than Abigail. But, Joseph loves being the big brother helper and getting diapers and wipes or whatever we needed. He loves holding her and kissing her. One night Abigail was crying while we were trying to get Joseph to sleep. Joseph came out of his room and said, "I think she wants me."  Grandma Charlotte gave Abigail her first baths while she was home, but I've started doing it now and love giving her the baths that she enjoys. During her first month I was overly concerned about keeping Abigail warm so she wore a hat a lot and almost always bundled in a blanket. Abigail learned to smile early and we all enjoyed her smiles. She has very bright eyes and is very alert. She likes to look around and will crane her neck back so she can look up--it kind of appears that you're not supporting her neck, but once you hold her you realize she pushes her head back against your hand in that position. During her first month Abigail has been a good sleeper and a good eater (once we got her eating in the first place in the NICU). The nurse in the NICU said she was sucking the pacifier so hard that her oxygen levels dropped.  At home we have never had to wake Abigail to feed her. At first I set my alarm so she wouldn't go too long without eating, but I quickly learned that Abigail wasn't going to miss a meal (though we got good 4 or 5 hour chunks of sleep from her during the night at the beginning). She is a sweet little baby

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Just a Regular Day

Joseph announced with pleasant surprise, "It's just a regular day." This past month has been full of a lot changes and eventful days; it seems now we're getting into a groove. We went to the park for the first time with Abigail, Joseph had a playdate, Joseph had a flu shot at Kaiser... just regular stuff.
This morning I woke up kind of dreading the day. I was tired and ready for bed before I was even out of bed. As I was nursing Abigail in bed, Joseph climbed in too. She was attached to the front side of me, Joseph cuddled up to my back side. Joseph said we were pretending to be a mouse family in our nest. I read aloud to Joseph from his first chapter book as we snuggled in our mouse nest. And it made me grateful for the day and this special, sleepy, quiet time we have together.
November 3, 2010

Cuddling in bed October 30, 2010

Abigail can go to the park with us if she's all bundled up. October 29, 2010




Joseph and Abigail October 30, 2010



Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Halloween

Happy Halloween from our little family!


Abigail seemed to enjoy her first Halloween. She walked in the parade--her debut outside of the "baby cave" I've had going on at our house--and then enjoyed being doted on by Grandma Donna and Aunt Rachel at our house while Joseph and Daddy made the rounds.


Marching around Penrose Park in the neighborhood Halloween costume parade.


The cutest construction worker ever? The wheelbarrow was his idea--he came home with it full of candy! Joseph loved trick-or-treating, but what he really loved was handing out candy when he got home. He asked Dad if next year they could go to five or six houses and then spend the rest of the time handing out candy. Marc and Joseph sat on the front porch with the scary music playing and all the Halloween lights, flashing lights, etc. (We are that house that I was afraid to go to as a kid). We handed out fruit snacks as our treat--per Joseph's request. In fact, when he got home the first thing Joseph ate from his wheelbarrow o' treats was the fruit snack pack he received when he knocked on our door. Cute kid!

Marc loves Halloween. We love Marc!

This picture is the only picture I got at Joseph's preschool party before my camera battery died. Joseph was a puppy dog for the ward party and the preschool party. On the actual night of Halloween, he switched to the construction worker. My mom says he is a true Moore because we always wanted new costumes for every event.
October 31, 2010