We had a baby. Then our house exploded. With people. In the six weeks since Jameson was born, we have had about 15 people visit and stay with us. Come one, come all! We’ve had a full house, we’ve seen the sights and have had some jam packed exciting days.
Parks, rivers, oceans, waterfalls, mountains, buttes, hikes, restaurants, food trucks, gardens, sunsets and more. If there was such a thing as a ‘Portland passport’, Jameson’s would be full at the ripe old age of 1 month and a half. I mean, what two week old has been to Multnomah Falls…twice? And then again at 4 weeks? I don’t know how we ended up there 3 times in 4 weeks but whatever. It was a whirlwind of a month and a half, it was filled with fun, little sleep and dear time with loved ones. This is Multnomah Falls by the way.
Our first visitor was my sister Greta. We had a lovely few days traipsing around Portland, slowly sipping coffee, taking in long mornings and lovely Portland scenery, both city and country.
Hanging out under the bridge by the falls. And Greta, we have seen several trains pass there since. Then we headed to Edgefield which is a former poor farm turned vineyard, venue, hotel, restaurant, spa and more (we just went there for the food). That blur of a person is Lucia playing with Matt by the water tower out back. And then my parents, Linnea and her girls got here. Needless to say, Lucia was super excited (as seen above) to see her cousins! And sad to not see her other cousins Addison, Caroline and Renee!And they were super excited to meet there first boy cousin.
We had a fun day at Ox Bow Park on the Sandy River. The river was perfectly cool on a hot day and Lucia took the opportunity to get bold and practice her swimming skills more than ever before.
Sonja got her turn tooWe spent one particularly hot day on the coast at Cannon Beach. My fist time at the Oregon coast too! It started off super windy but ended up being a nice day. It was about 100 degrees in Portland so a perfect day to be on the coast where it was a cooler 85 degrees (probably the warmest it ever gets there). We stayed just long enough to catch the sunset over the ocean after dinner. Back at the house, this was the usual scene: fighting over holding Jameson.Then my cousins Anne and Beth, along with Anne’s daughter Sommar, came for a day to visit. This was our best attempt at getting a picture of all of the kids together.Sommar + LuciaMt Tabor Park SunsetMor mor and Grandpa soaking in one more moment with Jameson before taking off on the road for Chicago.Naomi, Gwen, Sonja and JamesonMy mom finished my quilt when she was here! It’s made from scraps of fabric from all the Christmas and Easter dresses she made for me growing up. Looking at it floods me with memories. It was a high school gift that my mom has been working on since before graduating from high school but weddings and babies coming along meant many other projects getting in the way. Receiving it 13 years after graduating from high school was like the end of an era. This little boy is loved:)My family left and we had some down time which included some much needed rain and a visit from Grandma Debbie. I just love our front porch.THEN, we had dear friends Christine and Ashley come, later joined by Janine, Aaron and fam. Here were are on a short hike by the Columbia River, just east of Portland. I am continually amazed we live so close to such beauty. This is about 40 minutes from our house. Lucia and NateI told everyone to ‘look off into the distance’ for this one. They were all pretty annoyed at me about it but complied. Ha, I love it. Apparently I took the pose the most serious with my closing-the-eyes-soaking-it-all-in pose.Crest that butte! A little windy up hereJameson was cozily tucked away. Hiking while breastfeeding = I can pretty much conquer the world.While the others mounted a nearby butte, we did shows and songs on this mound.
Matt doing his best version of “Let it Go” Lucia and Zeke always have so much fun together. I guess I was too busy enjoying our friends to take more pictures because I seem to have a lacking of pictures from our weekend. Much laughter, love and soul-filling time spent together. I kept finding myself grateful for the ways love deepens when you have over a decade as friends.And so the visitors left and we were left with the dwindling summer. Well, that’s a lie, because actually my dad came back a few weeks later for work. So we set out to enjoy the last 90 degree plus days at Jamison fountain. Lucia had fun ‘taking a shower’ as she called it, in the fountain. But notice the boy in the blue bathing suit behind her? Pouring the water bottle over that poor girl? He was such a punk, splashing and pouring water over everyone in sight.
On the ‘welcome day’ of school when parents could stay, she was so happy to be there and even happier that the next time she came to school I would be dropping her off. Then on the first day on her own, she basically didn’t even say goodbye to me cause she was already so fully enthralled with all the new things at school. So she’s fine. It’s a co-op preschool where I get to come help a few days a month which is a great opportunity to see what her school life is like. We’re grateful to be part of a wonderful school community where we can get to know new friends and families.
Oh yeah, so back to that little baby boy in our lives. Jameson has been gracing us with his presence for six weeks now. When he’s not along for the ride of our busy lives, he likes hanging out on his play mat, bouncer or being held–at all times. It’s okay, he’s still a newborn so we can deal. Between falling asleep anywhere and everywhere, he has been having longer stretches of being awake and happy (as opposed to weeks 0-4 of being awake and usually screaming for something).
Jameson gives us some bouts of sleep at night but seems to have an aversion to falling right back to sleep after eating from 2 AM on, and definitely 6 AM on…so we improvise. Well, I should say the aversion is to sleeping in his bed, not sleeping. He would surely sleep all night in our bed with us and as much as I would love that, it’s just not safe because we don’t have one of those co-sleeper do-dads and we would rather not squish our newborn, thank you very much. I’d rather be consistent and get him used to his bed now even if it means getting up more to soothe him because it’ll mean he’ll be less of a diva about sleeping in his bed overall. It’ll pay off in the future (is what I tell myself). And he’s getting better. Strangely, no matter how little sleep I get, I have had this strange super power (after draining some coffee) to not be very tired during the day. Maybe it’s that second child, second time around magic. I would say, it’s a lot easier getting through these nights knowing that it does in fact get better. The first time felt like “Why God why?!? Will I ever get a full nights sleep ever ever ever again?!?!?!?” This time is a bit more like “this too shall pass”. But anyway, we love our Jameson boy! He’s a pretty mellow little guy, loves his pacifier and keeps getting just cuter and cuter. Here are some pics from his first 6 weeks…
His first bath! He did not like it!
But things turned out alright.Lucia loooooves to hold her brother and help us with changing his diaper, giving him a bath, burping him and keeping him entertained. She’s always asking to “see his eyes”.
Lucia also likes to comfort Jameson and share her comforting items with him. Here she tucked her baby in with him for a nap. Here’s our little man all dapper after bath time.Seeing the world from his Moby wrap.
Love you Jameson!