Happy face

Partners in crime, these two. And I think Lydia, with all her stubbornness and sass, is exactly what Daniel needs in a younger sister. She won’t let him get away with anything, and that’s good for him. That sweet face gets him out of too much trouble! But when they team up, look out world, because they can do some serious damage 😬

Then and now

Way back when we had no idea what traveling with kids would be like, we went to Hawaii on a family reunion. Kalena was 9 weeks old. It was crazy, but that’s not the point. The point is, we bought Kalena an adorable little dress as a souvenir. Not much of Kalena’s baby clothing has survived the years as hand-me-downs. We’ve passed everything down to my nieces, and received hand-me-downs back now that Lydia is here, but most of that is stuff that was purchased somewhere along the way. However a few things, usually dresses, have ended up back with us. And that little Hawaiian dress is one of those things.

Here’s Kalena wearing it (4 months old)

Kalena Hawaii

And Lydia (7 months)



When I got pregnant with Lydia, I knew I didn’t want to find if we were having a boy or a girl until delivery. I liked finding out during the ultrasound with our other kids, but I wanted to wait this time. And it was a wonderful experience! The moment the doctor held her up and announced we had a girl was amazing. It was unlike any of my other deliveries.

I said, throughout the pregnancy, that I didn’t have a preference. We had a girl and we had boys and truly I would have been happy either way. But. I was so, SO thrilled to have another girl. I’ve hoped since Kalena was born that someday she’d have a sister. And now she does.



Some thoughts on spacing

Kalena and Will are 19 months apart. I like that spacing.

Will and Daniel are 27 months apart. I also like that spacing.

Daniel and this baby will be almost 24 months apart. Seems like, since that’s between the other 2, it would also be good spacing. HOWEVER. Daniel isn’t developmentally at the level of a 2 year old yet. Daniel doesn’t walk yet. Or say any words (he does do a few signs!) He drinks out of a straw cup, but still takes a bottle from me 3 times a day. He doesn’t use utensils to eat (so we have to feed him stuff like yogurt and applesauce) and still does a lot of food throwing at mealtimes. All this is to point out that Daniel is MUCH more like a 1 year old than a 2 year old. And that? That spacing seems CLOSE.

I will have a nursing baby and a toddler who still needs bottles. I will have two children who need carried anytime we’re outside the house. At 19 months Kalena was old enough to fetch me diapers when I needed to change Will. At almost 2 Daniel still doesn’t understand what I mean when I say, “No biting!” let alone follow any kind of direction.

Anyway, wish me luck. I get the feeling this transition is gonna be rough.



Every morning after Kalena goest to school I get a little time with just these adorable boys. Pajamas are the favorite thing to wear. Of course.

Daniel is So Big! Will is suspicious of the camera.


I think I’ll always think of Will like this: finger in his mouth, snuggled up with his Buster Bear.


Laundry basket fun. Will told me they were lizards in cages at the zoo. Daniel wasn’t so sure about that.


Okay, maybe lizards in cages is alright.


Room sharing

We figured Will and Daniel would be sharing a room eventually so why not start now? Mostly because now if there are problems we still have another room to stick Daniel in. (This is one of the joys of multiple cribs. Also Daniel still naps in his own room because no way would those two go to sleep at the same time for naps.) Anyway, it’s been a week or so and it’s been… okay? Definitely not great. It takes them a LONG time to go to sleep at night. Generally 1 1/2 to 2 hours. But it also hasn’t been terrible. Will LOVES to have Daniel in his room (really, he loves to have anyone in his room) and with the exception of a random wake-up from Daniel one night and a poop wake-up (also Daniel) another night, they sleep fine once they get to sleep. They also don’t wake up earlier than usual which I was worried about. (That’s why nobody can share with Kalena. She wakes up at the crack of dawn and thinks EVERYONE needs to be awake then.) I’m hoping that once the newness wears off it won’t take so long for them to get to sleep. We’ll see. Maybe next week I’ll be back here telling you how it all went to hell and we moved Daniel back to his own room. WHO KNOWS.

IMG_1937 IMG_1938

Easter photos

I looked and looked for matching suits for the boys but apparently nobody makes a suit smaller than a 4T. (We bought one for Will for Easter a couple years ago, but have not seen them since.) Anyway, I went with sweater vests instead.

Normally I don’t like matchy-matchy stuff, but look how cute!



Kalena has started having opinions about her clothes (sad day for me.) Her only request for her Easter dress was that it be pink.



The whole family. With everybody smiling! Even if not everybody is looking at the camera!



Happy kids.



Suspicious baby is suspicious of his brother.



I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not notice until RIGHT NOW when I was putting these pictures up that those sweater vests aren’t exactly the same. I mean, obviously they match, but I thought they both had the argyle pattern horizontally across the front. GOOD THING I PAY ATTENTION.



Kalena choose her overalls this morning and then Will wanted to wear his so they could “play farmer” together. (I never saw them do anything that remotely resembled farm work.) And man, if I could bottle Kalena’s enthusiasm and sell it I’d be rich.


Brothers. Not sure when Daniel got so big. Too soon!




Some days these kids make me feel positively sappy about how great my life is. (Other days they make me wonder why any sane person would willingly have children, but you know. The good days outweigh the bad.)



I find Daniel like this multiple times a day. Ready to throw himself down these stairs. (Well, single stair, fortunately.)



Blowing raspberries while he’s at it.

Home again

My parents and Kalena got home tonight. Kalena informed us that she didn’t miss us at all, and that she already misses her cousin Patrick. (I’m pretty sure she’d go live with Kirsta in a heartbeat if we gave her a choice.) I think she was happiest to see Daniel, since she basically ignored us and went straight to see him. I’m sure he was happy to see her too. I think he’s been missing this: