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Tennessee Spring Break

2014.04.02
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We've really been talking to Lila a lot lately about how she's going to be a big sister, showing her mommy's belly, reading her lots of stories about new babies and big sisters, and showing her pictures of herself when she was a baby. When you ask her, "where's your baby sister?," she'll pat mommy's growing belly. I'm not sure how much she can really comprehend about how much her life is going to change very soon, but we're trying to prepare her as much as possible. I know the transition is always a big one for older siblings, but this one is going to be especially disruptive for Lila as we have to relocate for 2 months to a new home and her Mommy and Daddy will be spending nearly a month back and forth at the hospital with her baby sister. Thankfully, we have Grandma and Grandpa S. who will be able to be here for that time to care for Lila, and many other offers of help and generosity to get us all through it together.
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Lila has continued her swim lessons twice a week for the past month and continues to get more and more comfortable in the water.
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We spent a week in TN over Craig's spring break, which was lovely. Lila enjoyed the longer daylight in the afternoons in the backyard, especially with this golf toy set.
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with her new tricycle from Grandma and Grandpa, as Great-Grandma Southwood looks on.
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Enjoying the Maryville Greenbelt. We don't see many people outside biking or jogging in Mississippi, unfortunately. There are no parks and not even any sidewalks, so how could they?!
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Enjoying big smiles with my sweet girl
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Craig and I planned an overnight "babymoon" to the Smokies for one night while we could take advantage of grandparent babysitting. This was my first night away from Lila in the 21 months since she was born! We all did just fine, and it was a wonderful chance to relax.
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Here's the beautiful sunset view of Mt. LeConte from our room at the lodge where we stayed near Gatlinburg.
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My handsome husband, looking very professorial.
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Watching the sunset from the "sundowner's perch" at the lodge.
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Baby bump at 26 weeks.
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Happy to be back with our girl
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Feeding the ducks
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Giggling at the bubbles with a neighbor friend.
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We also had the chance to schedule a professional photo session with our wedding photographer, who also takes wonderful children's photos. Since we'll be very busy around the time of Lila's 2-year birthday in June, these will serve as her 2-year pictures. After the photo session, we ran into another photographer who was photographing 5 Bernese Mountain Dog puppies--so cute! The puppies and Lila were instantly attracted; she sat down and they just crawled all over her.
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She's in this stage where she throws her head back, looks to the sky, and lets out the most contagious belly laugh. Pure, exhuberant joy.
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"Cuteness overload" I called it.
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Bedtime stories with Grandpa (while doing her nightly nebulizer routine for her cold-induced asthma)
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a severe case of bed-head after naptime
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Throwing sticks into the water with Grandpa at the Greenbelt.
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Visiting with her great-grandma, who had a wonderful bag of toys for Lila to play with.
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Snuggling with Grandma
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Collecting sticks to the throw into the creek at the park.
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Grandpa joined in on the fun this time. Sure wish we could bring these parks back to Mississippi with us!
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We spent a week in TN over Craig's spring break, enjoying my last chance to travel before Baby #2 arrives (and yes, we're close to announcing a name!). Craig went on to a conference at UNC for a few days, but Lila and I got to spend the whole week with Grandma and Grandpa Southwood.
2 Comments
Lyn Cuteness overload INDEED- love them!
Lyn · 2014-04-03: 05:47
Jessica Looks like a wonderful spring break trip!
Jessica · 2014-04-06: 17:41
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