My family, the people that make my world go around.
I’m so grateful for Catherine Abegg who documented our family so beautifully.
I love how she captured our family in our environment. Aside from my hair not being tossed on top of my head and my husband wearing a sweater, this is a peek into our daily life. Our counters have dishes on them. Mason’s toys aren’t organized. I’m still in the early stages of designing/decorating our home. But, it’s cozy. There’s an incredible amount of love under that roof. And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
Now excuse me while I kindly tell my perfectionist self to be quiet… Here you go. Here’s a peek into our lives.
Mason is our love bug. Watching him grow into this kind and gentle little being, makes me so proud. He’s sensitive. He listens and watches what we do. He’s an observer. And he’s such an incredible and helpful big brother.
Every morning between 7 and 8am, he’ll stand up in his crib and yell “mama! dada!” The longer we wait, the more impatient his cries for us become. One of us, usually Ben will get him changed and dressed. Pre-maternity leave, I would pull out one of his toy boxes and he’d play while I’d put on my makeup. Sadly, we’ll get back into that routine in just a few short weeks.
I can’t help it. I constantly smother him with kisses and give him the longest hugs until he starts to pull away. I’m not ready for him to grow up and not let me love on him. He’ll always be my sweet baby.
Gray is the happiest when he’s being held. He’s much more wiggly and requires a little more attention than Mason did at this age, so I’m constantly doing the “mom bounce”. At least he loves to be worn. Sometimes it’s the only way I can get anything done. He’s also an excellent sleeper, thank goodness!
He just turned 3 months and has the biggest smiles and is also very vocal, which has been a lot of fun. Of course that’s not going to make going back to work any easier.
I have loved spending the past several months with him. I’m not totally ready to let him go, but I know he’ll be in great hands. Postpartum was much rougher than the first. So many ups and downs around my mom. On hard days, I’d just hold onto him and cry. Although I don’t see my mom in him, I feel her when I hold him or when I look into his eyes.
I knew he’d be a gift to our family.
I can’t imagine loving anyone as much as I do these two boys.
In the mornings when we come downstairs, Mason helps me get out the changing pad and a diaper for Gray. He’ll cuddle up next to his brother while I change him (as seen as above). When I’m done, Mason grabs the diaper and takes it to the garbage to throw away.
Mason is someone who likes to have a “job” and is very proud of himself when he completes a task. Ben and I are constantly amazed by him!
My sister is a huge part of this family.
After we all lived together for 7+ months while we cared for mom, we’re pretty much become inseparable. She’s a huge help with the boys or even nights when I just need a few more hands, she’ll come help with dinner while I wrangle the boys (or vice versa).
I’ve also loved watching the relationship between her and my husband. They’re more like brother and sister, but really good at calling each other out on their shit. Watching the two of them and their love for scary movies and sour candy makes me so so happy.
I know mom would be proud to see us all so close – and that includes our dad!
Oh that smile.
He’s truly a happy kid.
We have a great window bench that Mason loves to run over to or climb up on and wave to everyone who walks by or any garbage truck – (pronounced “cock”) that drives by.
He also thinks he’s very funny.
A full belly, a soother and a tight swaddle holding down his arms, Gray’s a happy camper.
He also isn’t phased by anything Mace does. Clearly.
We tried to get Mace to lay next to Gray and he fought us and continued to run away. At one point Mason thought it was a game to try and “jump” over his brother.
I love this photo so much.
Having two kids, especially at this age, everything is a juggling act. So many times I’m breastfeeding Gray while entertaining Mason, even if that means making silly faces at each other – as you can see here. This is a very common scene at our home.
Weekend mornings start out slow around here.
My husband makes coffee in our french press. Mason gets excited for his greek yogurt and granola. We’ll watch an episode of Full House (he loves it, no joke!) or something on the Disney Channel. If it’s Sunday, we watch Football.
I wouldn’t change any of it for a second.
Oh and those curls… I know.
The love and laughter captured right here is beyond.
I love watching these two.
I don’t often acknowledge my husband as much as he deserves. He loves this family and is always putting us first. He’s a hands on dad and doesn’t hesitate to step in when things get crazy. And they can get crazy, especially with two! He’s the one who brings it back to him and I. He isn’t afraid to have the hard conversations in order to keep us grounded and connected. We make a good team.
These boys don’t even know how lucky they are. And truthfully, I probably don’t either.
These images aren’t even half of them! Thank you, Catherine for capturing these sweet moments with my family. I hold them so close to my heart.
And thank you for getting me addicted to family photos, I now want to do this every 6 months!