On Christmas and New Traditions

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There was some serious Christmas magic in the Buehler household this year, oh yes there was.  This year was a pretty special one for us; it being Amelia’s first Christmas as well as the first Christmas where Everly truly got a taste of the season and all of the merriment that goes along with it.  It was so exciting to see everything through her eyes and for Marty and I to start some new traditions that we’ll be continuing with the girls over the years.

Everly and I managed to sneak some cookie baking in on the day before Christmas Eve (we made these sugar doodles which were amazing!). We also watched lots of Christmas programs and read plenty of Christmas stories (The Polar Express and Twas the Night Before Christmas- a recorded book narrated by Everly’s Gobble himself).

On Christmas Eve, Everly and Marty set out cookies and Maker’s Mark for Santa (Marty insisted) and left a few carrots and celery for Santa’s reindeer.  The Big Man definitely appreciated the refreshments too, as he left Everly and Amelia a nice little stash of presents and maybe even a few for Marty & I.  After opening her gifts, Everly was happy to put on her new apron and help make breakfast before the rest of the family festivities.

All in all, it was a very happy holiday for us.  Marty and I are just truly thankful for two happy, healthy girls and that we’re able to spend the holidays with those who mean the most to us.  We couldn’t ask for anything more.

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright, and full of love and laughter. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

Love,
E

Sugar in My Bowl.

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Amelia actually turns two months old next week, but I still wanted to post these pictures of her at 2 and 3 weeks old.  This little sugar plum is growing up so fast and is just the sweetest thing ever.  At her one month checkup we learned that she gained about 2 lbs and is doing fantastic, just as we expected.  We are really starting to get the hang of parenting two littles, and while life is sometimes crazy, we are loving each and every minute of it and truly counting our blessings.

Love,
E

Adjusting

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It’s 9 pm and both babies are finally sleeping.  Finding the time to write has been a bit of a challenge as we adjust to having two littles in the house these days.  Two mouths to feed, two sets of tiny hands to hold, two little faces to kiss, two teeny bodies to snuggle.  Maternity leave has been a blessing, however I’m not going to lie and say it’s been completely easy.  There have been plenty of sleepless nights, cranky girls (and parents), messy rooms , overflowing laundry baskets, and attention-starved pups.  But, all in all, we are adjusting and we are doing the best we can, knowing that in time it will get easier.

It’s quiet, calm moments like this, sitting in the dim light of my room rocking Amelia and watching Everly dream, when I can find a moment to catch my breath and just take it all in.  Throughout all of the craziness, I can’t help but feel so incredibly lucky and thankful for everything in my life in this moment.  One day, I know I’ll be an old lady and long for these days when my girls were young, so I’m enjoying each and every second.

Thank God for my amazing husband, he is truly my rock and I would not be the mother I am without him.  And my parents and Mother-in-Law – we are incredibly thankful for your constant willingness to help us out anytime.  Much love to all.

Love,
E