Thursday, April 18, 2013

Veronica is Two!

It's hard to believe that it has been two years since the scariest day of my life.  Part of me still feels like it was yesterday.  I have so many mixed emotions about this day.  I am sure there will be moments of reflection  and probably some tears.  But for the most part, this will be a day of celebration and of gratitude.  Happy 2nd Birthday, Veronica!   What an amazing little girl you continue to be!   

Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12

Along with birthdays and anniversaries, April 12 will always be a significant date for me.  April 12, 2011 was the day I went into preterm labor, 17 weeks before my due date.  After five full term children, I never imagined that I would go into labor months early.  I still think about that day, although not as much as I used to.  But lately, of course, I have been thinking more and more about it.  I still find myself asking the 'what if' questions.  What if I had gone to the hospital the night before when I wasn't feeling well?  When I woke in the middle of the night and felt fluid leaking, what if I had gone to the hospital then instead of changing and going back to sleep?  Instead of waiting for my doctor's officer to call back, arranging for child care and taking a shower, what if I had left for the hospital immediately upon waking at 6:00 am when I began to feel contractions?  Would any of these things have made a difference?  I'll never know of course, but will probably always wonder.

As difficult as that day was and the memories that are associated with it, all I have to do is take one look at Veronica to bring me back to a better place.  She is a constant reminder of how incredibly blessed we are.  We could not have asked for a better outcome.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cherry Blossoms 2013

It's hard to believe that just six days ago, we took a quick trip to Great Falls of the Potomac River.  It was a great outing but it was windy and so chilly.  Today, I took my two youngest girls to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC in near 80 degree weather.  It was wonderful.  Spring has finally arrived!  I have lived in the Washington, DC area for over 20 years and I can only remember a handful of times that I visited the blossoms when they were in full bloom.  I think I always used the excuse of it being too crowded and just too inconvenient to make the trip down to the Tidal Basin.  But after a lovely visit last year, I knew we had to go back.  Today the traffic was horrible and the parking was a challenge, but it was all worth it to see the beautiful blossoms at their peak.  And the girls loved getting out in the warm weather.    

Andrew and Veronica - Great Falls.

Sebastian at Great Falls.

 Theodore was on a playdate but our neighbor Tegan joined us instead.
Our picnic lunch and Veronica's first Capri Sun.

Veronica loves dogs!

She smiled for most of our outing except when the camera was in front of her face.

Flat Stanley was visiting us from Canton, Michigan and joined us for the fun.


Josephine was afraid she would fall in.

Veronica wanted no part of sitting in the stroller.

I can't remember why Josephine was mad it me - but she's darn cute even with that scowl on her face.

Veronica - climbing the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

There's a smile!

Monday, April 1, 2013


Easter Sunday has always been one of my favorite holidays. What could be more joyous than celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the people you love.  This year, as we did last year, we couldn't help but reflect back on Veronica's first Easter.  Two years ago on Easter Sunday, Veronica was on her seventh day of life and had developed an infection which prompted one of the doctors to contact us in the middle of the night.  I will never forget how I felt as I watched Andrew from across the room as he spoke on the phone.  For a moment, I was certain that Veronica had died.  Even as I think about it now, I get tears in my eyes. Looking back, we were reminded of how incredibly blessed we are.  Although that isn't something we could ever really forget.  

Happy Easter!!    

It's so hard to get a good photo of all of us.....

Veronica and her daddy.  

Veronica loves kisses!

Veronica, me, Linus

Me and Josephine.

Josephine loves pink!

Veronica with a jelly bean in her mouth. 

Trying to look out the window. 

Two little girls.