I've been thinking about tone during my break from posting: how to avoid making it sound like our lives are perfect, and how to avoid sounding like we're wallowing without making progress. I may be especially guilty of comparing and trying to measure up to people in blogs I read, but to the extent that there might be a few people who actually try the things we do, I want to figure out that balance. Until I figure that out, here are pictures that hopefully are a good representation.
Since Eli was born,
|We still go to the aquarium pretty often.
|I still make sourdough, though it now takes 16 hours to rise (with the winter), which is actually better. I want to branch out, but I'm going to stick with the tried and true sourdough until Eli is a little older.
|We don't have nearly as many pictures of Eli as we did of Noah, and for some reason we struggle to take good pics of him.
|We celebrated Noah's birthday at my brother and sister-in-law's house. We said no gifts, but Noah got this incredible train anyway.
|I love their living room and the beautiful fireplace.
|Cousin Ethan is also expecting a new brother. He's practicing on this doll.
|This is how we multitask. Poor Eli.
|He's not actually going to school or anything. Just wanted to wear the bag.
|This is how crammed we were before the sofa. Yay for the sofa!
|This is our beautiful fireplace- it makes our living room feel like home.
|I started pumping 1 bottle/day two days ago, because apparently babies need to get used to bottles around 6 weeks or they may reject them totally. Eli is ambivalent, but willing to try.
|Noah loves the new couch so much he pretends to go to sleep on it.
|The bathroom floor is almost complete after the long wait for the cement. Eug keeps having to do extra adjustments, so it's a lesson for us in DIY and patience.
|Runaway capitalism: we bought a soda stream to celebrate buying our sofa. No, really it was a planned purchase since Noah associates daddy with coke, Eug wanted to try something more natural- we won't' use the syrups.