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The Two of You January 2017

Liv-and-Ryan

The weather this past weekend was crazy warm– as in 60 degree weather! We went for a family walk and I asked Ryan if he wanted to hold my hand. He shook his head “no” and said “sis!” Little man wanted to walk next to his big sister (cue my mama heart melting into a puddle!).

Oh, how I love you both! I’m holding these moments close to my heart, especially since I’m increasingly feeling like a referee on most days. My loves are learning so many lessons on sharing, managing their frustrations, and negotiating conflicts. There’s usually some variation of Liv taking something out of Ryan’s hand or Ryan pulling Liv’s hair… all with a healthy dose of tears, dramatic pouting, a few screams, and some kicking the floor thrown in for good measure! Growing up as an only child, it’s fascinating to watch their sibling bond grow. I loved reading through this article, including the linked TIME piece on brother/sister relationships. One of my greatest wishes is for them to always be able to count on each other.

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Ryan Oliver

He’s here!

Baby-Ryan-Arrives

Our sweet boy was born on April 17th at 39 weeks exactly. He surprised us all with a very quick labor! The past few weeks have been a blur of appointments and getting used to life with 2 kiddos. I’m still processing so many parts of his arrival and our postpartum experience- more to come later! For now, I’ll leave you with 3 things that surprised me after delivering:

  1. Olivia’s Size: Our “baby” girl is HUGE compared to her newborn brother. I think that she grew a foot taller and aged 5 years in the span of 1 afternoon. No joke!
  2. My Body: My constant prayer throughout this pregnancy was to carry Ryan to term. I was so incredibly grateful to have made it to Weeks 37-39. What a blessing! After delivering, I also realized how ready I was for this journey to be ending. This duality –desperately wanting to stay pregnant and also wanting my body back– surprised me.
  3. Reality of Beginnings: Transitions and growth phases are challenging! Even when things go perfectly, life can be a complicated, beautiful mess. We are in the thick of navigating curve balls that come with getting started on any journey (breastfeeding challenges, sleep deprivation, sibling jealousy, etc…). Once again, I’m surprised at how accurate this phrase continues to be: “The days are long, but the years are short (Gretchen Rubin).” Time has marched so slowly on the days filed with frequent preschooler meltdowns, endless nursing sessions, and general feelings of overwhelm. At the same time, I’m pinching myself that nearly 3 weeks have already gone by!
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