near:

  • feeling so much wonder as my baby begins to be interested in so many new things (no, this photo isn’t staged!)
  • looking at her face and seeing the face of a “big” baby rather than a newborn
  • still not really believing that I am the mother of three children!

far:

  • loving the (continued, ever-present) sisterly love
  • having ups and downs – as a mama, as a wife, as a person of my own
  • feeling already tired of the brief amount of summer that we’ve had, looking forward to autumn

near:

  • happy to have spent a fun night out sewing with some friends (and Fiona, too) last week
  • surprised by the way that sewing has become the theme of the week — my focus seems to have shifted in that direction again lately
  • looking forward to spending the 4th of July with some friends, knowing what a treat a few simple fountain fireworks are to my children

far:

  • laughing at her hat-off, incorrigible, punk-rock hair (yes, it naturally has blond tips and yes, it naturally stands up like that)
  • wanting to crystallize every moment with her, knowing that the most I can do is hold them in my heart, forever
  • turning my attention away from the half-finished baby sweater and instead sewing like mad — so many dresses for so many little girls!

near:

  • so delightfully in love with this baby
  • realizing, just recently, that I can handle three children in public, all by myself — and it doesn’t have to be a disaster!
  • feeling introverted lately

far:

  • feeling a little foolish for congratulating myself on a good parenting day when the very next one is guilt-inducing
  • letting the house go so I can be creative, and it feels so good — like an indulgence
  • surprised that six months have already gone by since we began this project — looking forward to seeing what happens during six months more

near:

  • four months old today!
  • thinking that she looks surprisingly big — and surprisingly small, too
  • feeling tired lately; spinning my wheels a bit

far:

  • admiring her impossibly long lashes
  • thinking she must be having a little growth spurt- lots and lots of time spent nursing
  • marveling at how quickly it all goes, and realizing that my other two girls are still so very little

near:

  • so amazed by Fiona’s new skill: rolling!
  • not quite as excited about her other new skill: thumb sucking
  • feverishly knitting — so many projects to complete in just a few short months!

far:

  • loving that she is getting old enough to have favorite things
  • like being underneath her favorite tree in the backyard — the best mobile
  • and watching the fire that it’s still cool enough to have at night

near:

  • still marveling at the silkiness of her skin
  • staying up too late, even though I know better
  • laughing about how talkative all three of my children are lately

far:

  • watching her admire her big sisters, already
  • thinking about father’s day and what an amazing father my husband is to his gaggle of girls
  • wondering how she manages to be so adorably chubby when she seems to spit up most of what she gulps down

near:

  • loving all of Fiona’s belly laughs lately
  • feeling excited about our freshly painted living room and dining room
  • looking forward to a visit from my youngest sister later this week

 

far:

  • “even baby worms need their little mama, don’t they, Mama?”
  • all of us under the spell of our talkative, engaging baby
  • bringing more mama-made rhythm to our days as the littlest one finds her own rhythm

near:

  • thinking profound thoughts
  • knitting for me!
  • learning, a little bit more each day, how to stop rushing through things with my children, and to stop rushing them

far:

  • loving how much she’s loving her baths
  • taking more time away from the computer and the ever-addictive iPhone, spending more time hugging and holding and kissing and just being with all three of my babies
  • wondering if I’ll ever learn to be proud of my body; she’s done so much for me

near:

  • so many more reasons to love pink every day!
  • still feeling awe at her tinyness
  • getting to know her personality as she “talks” to us more and more

far:

  • watching her try to figure out her thumb
  • amazed by the intensity of her gaze, thinking that those eyes are going to stay blue
  • so glad that she loves hearing us sing to her

near:

  • realizing again what fun it is to have a baby girl (knowing that I would have loved a boy, too, but basking in the girliness)
  • crossing my fingers and holding my breath that we may be finding our way into a new rhythm
  • wanting to gobble up my chunky, happy baby

    far:

    • getting ready to welcome my inlaws into our home so they can meet their littlest grandchild for the first time
    • feeling strong and full of energy, like a better (new) version of myself
    • still marveling that I am the mother of three !!! children

    About near:far

    As many as 85% of women experience some form of blues or depression in the year following the birth of a baby.

    We are two of those women.

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