Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snuggly Snow Day...

I am really lucky to have a few lactation consultants that are just an email or a phone call away - and I've already been in contact with one!  Those same few consultants taught me so much when Gavin and Brian were babies.  I'm finding that much is coming back to me, but I still worry.  Am I making enough milk?  Is she getting enough milk?  There have been no indications that Hope isn't getting enough - but to be safe I decided that today would be spent skin to skin (Kangaroo care!).  I know from my time exclusively pumping for Gavin (who couldn't breast feed successfully) that it's one great way to stimulate milk production. 

Hope and I stayed in my bed - and this was my view for most of the day...
If it helped or didn't, it's one of my favorite ways to bond with my babies!  I let Hope tell me when she wanted to eat - and today, that was often.  But it turned out that it really helped clear my plugged duct!  So today was a win-win!

We would often have a visitor.  Brian would pop in to say hi and hang out and spread love and sing songs.  He came RUNNING in when the snow started falling, eager to show us out my bedroom window.
He convinced Daddy to take him out in the snow to play - and then came back with his rosy cheeks to tell Hope and me all about it.
I dressed her for a little photo shoot!  Enjoy...
Ed goes back to work tomorrow and has a very busy week ahead of him with long days and late nights.  Please send me all the positive energy (and prayers!) you can.  I'm going to need it!



29 comments:

  1. I can't believe that Hope is just a newborn and looks that alert. She is just beautiful, and Brian is so handsome too. I just love your pictures.

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  2. Gorgeous pics and I love that Hope is such an obvious mix of both of her big brothers! Merry Christmas Leong Family, from my little family on an island off the coast of Maine. :)

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  3. I am smiling ear to ear... God bless you and your family ❤️

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  4. I am smiling ear to ear! God Bless you and your beautiful family ❤️

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  5. Beautiful little girl. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. God bless you and your family, enjoy each moment. Brian will be a big helper this week!

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  7. What a gorgeous little girl! All the best to you and your family.

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  8. You are amazing. I love following your journey! My sister told me about your blog about two months ago. I'm hooked. Best wishes to you and your family! Plus- I am so impressed on how you upload and post photos so quickly! I would love to hear how you do that -- one day in the future! A behind the scenes on your blogging! (Maybe you have one already). I

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  9. Sending love and good thoughts to you Kate as always but today something special for Ed... going back to work after the birth of a child can't be easy for any dad... so here is a great big hug and a bundle of strength for you Ed... to help you to concentrate on the job when your mind will be at home with your lovely family... what a wonderful Daddy and provider you are. I wish we could bottle your kind of goodness!

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  10. So happy for you. Hope is beautiful!

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  11. She is beautiful beyond words!! I am so happy for all of you and I am so sure that Gavin is one proud big brother. :)

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  12. She is so beautiful, and I love the ones with Brian. Priceless!

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  13. Wow! She really does look like both Brian and Gavin.

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  14. Um, hello cute little Hope! Ack! She is so stinkin' cute!

    May your humor and patience be high this week---and rest be deep.

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  15. Brian is such a beautiful boy. It's wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful to watch the photo log of his transition from younger brother to older brother. I have more respect for your young lad than ever.

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  16. Is her hair getting darker?

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  17. It is so beautiful to see how in love Brian is with his new sister. It's just written all over his face. Precious!

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  18. Cute pictures! Glad Hope's doing well.

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  19. Hope is deliciously cute, especially when she yawns! I can see both Gavin and Brian in her, def Brian's mouth. Enjoy her x

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  20. What a gorgeous lttle girl!!!! (: God Bless You All....
    Dee

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  21. She is just beautiful. I have an almost five month old (3rd child) who still nurses around the clock and doesn't sleep at night and these pics are still giving me baby fever! Congratulations to you and your wonderful family.
    Holly

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  22. Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! I loved those days I could just lay in bed and nurse and cuddle my son... they are a precious memory to me. Hope you are recovering well, and best of luck tomorrow -- you'll do great!

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  23. Looking at her pics gives me chills! She has the same soulful wise eyes that I saw when looking at Gavin's pictures!

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  24. she looks serious...cutie pie!

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  25. Oh so cute, what a great view! She is absolutely exquisitely beautiful, she really is exceptionally so, as expected of course!

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  26. I've been reading your blog for about two years and I'm so happy for you. She is so beautiful. Your mom's pretty too!

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