It's been a busy week! Busy is good! My great friend, Leah, traveled from Pittsburgh for a visit. (They just moved to Pittsburgh early this summer for Mike's residency.) We got a couple of days to hang out and I'll probably see her in Duluth this weekend too. Leah and Mike's girl number 2 is due in January. So many girls!
Sofia, Josie, and Madeline sitting with Anna in the background. Future best friends!!
My brother, Jon, traveled from LA for almost a week. They really grew since the last time he saw them! Plus, they are doing so much more. He even bottled one of the babies for the first time! He also got to experience the witching hour. Woohoo! No, I think he had a good time and it was so fun to hang out. Now, he's back to his thesis work in California. Good luck!
Josephine and Jon (remember his character from his project is named Josephine!) Grandma Alice and Sofia are in the background too.
Of course, there was even more excitement when my grandma Alice and my cousin Emily came from out east. Right now, Emily is working in NYC in the school system, which she enjoys. Emily was definitely thrown into things and she helped with every single feeding. I wasn't sure if she knew she would be put to work the whole time but she claims she did. Thanks Emily! Hopefully it is not too long before we see each other again! I know the girls will be running around by then, though. My grandma was excited to meet the girls and I'm so glad she could make it all the way to Minnesota!
Emily hanging out with (foreground to background) Sofia, Josie, and Madeline.
Four generation picture! My mom is holding Madeline, my grandma is holding Sofia, and I have Josie.
Emily with Madeline, Josie, and Sofia at my parent's condo.
Sofia is in the low 13's for weight and she is as cute as ever. She loves to babble and laugh. The belly laughs we get are to die for! She is really good at sitting but hasn't figured out how to scoot around yet. You can tell she really wants to, so it should be soon.
Madeline is in the upper 14's for weight and still scooting around. She and Josie get up on their hands and knees and kind of rock back and forth. They will be crawling soon. Madeline keeps getting chunkier- so cute! We get belly laughs out of her too... Madeline must have known I was writing about her because she just got up from her nap! Hi Maddie!
Josephine is mid to upper 14's- very similar to Madeline. We still don't think she looks identical to Madeline! They have different eyes and Josie's dimples are way more obvious. I wonder if they will look more similar as they grow (or less!) Josie is unfortunately our worst napper/sleeper. If someone wakes up at 3, it is usually her. It might be because she sucks her fingers and thumb the least amount. Not quite sure yet how to self-soothe. We are pretty lucky, though, since we more often than not get a whole night's sleep uninterrupted.
This weekend we are heading up north (Dan's even taking Friday off). Lara, Charlie, Dane, and Peter will be in town again. It will be fun for the cousins to see each other. I don't even want to know how much bigger he will be! Moose! Some of Dan's extended family are going north too, so it will be lots of fun!
I had to add this picture. Doesn't Odin look so patient to go on a walk? What a great dog...
Have a great rest of the week and weekend!