Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Little Girls...

I love having a little girl mainly because I love MY little girl. But, there are some other advantages of little girls. Here are a few of my favorite...

Sweet dresses with her monogram... the one on the left is from my mom and the one on the right is from a student that I tutor. Thanks mom and Mike!

Cute shoes... Cole, a co-worker from my school, handmade all four of these pairs of shoes! They are all different sizes so she can wear them for the next year. I love them! Thanks Cole!

Pretty painting for the nursery... this was done by Beth Price, a friend and artist from our church. I asked her to paint the verse Colossians 1:16, something that I have been praying for Mary since I found out I was pregnant... that Mary would know she was created by God and for God's glory.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Danny and I love to wake Mary up and watch her 5 minute stretch routine. We also love to take pictures of it... here are a few.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mary & the Beard: Charting Mary's Growth

Lisa went into labor on Tuesday, April 14, early in the morning. After waking up, I went into the bathroom and trimmed my beard, knowing that there'd be an onslaught of pictures taken over the coming days. Not being a naturally photogenic person, I figured I ought to give myself a fighting chance to look halfway decent.

Anyway, it's been fascinating to chart Mary's growth alongside the growth of my beard, no doubt worthy of scientific analysis. Here's a photo essay:

For the father of a newborn, it's important to associate your beard with an enjoyable activity for your child, such as feeding. This introduces a comfort level with your facial hair that can only bring about positive feelings between your baby and your beard. In this picture, Mary is only a couple days old and was probably down to about 8lbs (she was born at 8lbs 13oz, but lost a good amount of weight in the first few days), and my beard is still nice and trim.

Here is a picture of Mary getting some quality time with my beard a couple weeks later. At this point, Mary was just passing 9.5 lbs. Also around this time my beard and I began looking at listings for a shack in the mountains of Montana. You know, just planning ahead.

On Mary's one month birthday, she weighed in at 10 lbs 7.7 oz and 22.5 inches long. Quite a milestone for her. As for me, my beard has been officially categorized as Substantial and is well on it's way to Unruly. Here's a photo of Mary and my beard taking a nap together.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Meeting Mary's Friends: Jude

A few days ago Mary and I enjoyed our first "playdate." We met at Meghan's house (who should be having her baby girl any day now... we will be introducing Lily Grace when she arrives!) and were joined by Sarah Bianchi and her son, Jude. Sarah, Meghan and I have been able to go through pregnancy together and we are now all becoming mothers within a few months. It is so great! Sarah and I love to run along the river together... we hope to join her and Jude again soon! Jeff and Sarah are great friends of ours and we are thankful for the way that they bless us and help lead our church.

Mary and Jude seemed to really enjoy one another... well, as much as Mary outwardly enjoys anything these days. We laid them down on blankets beside one another and they just stared. We thought Jude was trying to make a move on Mary...

...and I think he succeeded! We'd like for the older boys to stay away from Mary for now!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Our Big Date

I have every intention of being a dad who takes his daughter out on dates. You know- hold doors open for her, buy her favorite type of ice cream, go to Red Sox games. Basically treat her so well that every other guy will look like a scumbag and she won't want to date them.

I didn't necessarily intend to go on dates when Mary's just a few weeks old, but we ran out of coffee at home. Thus, Mary and I went on our first date, to Panera.

First, after feeding her, I picked out her outfit and dressed her all by myself.

Now, I'm not entirely sure if a blue shirt goes with pink pants. Originally I had picked out a pair of jeans for her, but after I put this blue onesie on her I realized the jeans were too big. Since putting a onesie on Mary is quite an ordeal for me, I wasn't about to undress her and go through the painful task of redressing her. I had to choose between these pants and a brown pair with a pink bow on it. For some reason I thought the pink bow wouldn't go with the blue shirt. Yet, in my weird mind, pink pants were better than the little pink ribbon? Sigh.

Lesson learned: don't try to be someone you're not. When I'm dressing Mary, I'll have to do it on my terms. Ease + comfort always override good fashion.

After this adventure, I loaded her into the stroller and walked to Panera. She was an angel. I got to read my Bible and some of Tim Keller's book, The Prodigal God (good book, by the way), and drink far too much coffee. She didn't fall asleep ever; she just relaxed and enjoyed her surroundings.

And after all the fun, we beat the rain clouds home and Mary was wiped out from her big day. Apparently watching Daddy ingest unhealthy amounts of caffeine was a little too much for one morning.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mary's Many Faces

Here are close ups of Mary. Which one is your favorite?






Friday, May 8, 2009

Mary was dedicated

This past Sunday our church held a baby dedication and Mary was one of the five babies dedicated. The baby dedication is a time when parents commit to raise their children in the fear of the Lord and the congregation commits to help families do this. We are so thankful for our church community and feel blessed that Mary will have so many friends with similar values.

This Sunday was extra special because Mary had a few guests to witness this event. A lot of Danny's family was able to attend and my best friend, Amy Murphy, was in town for the weekend. Mary had a very special dedication outfit from Amy... the pictures don't really do it justice, but it was adorable! Her bloomers (which are featured below) were given by my sister-in-law, Kelley. Thanks for making her look extra sweet for her big day!

These are her monogrammed bloomers... even though Mary is a New Englander her heritage is a bit southern... so yes, she has quite a few MPM items. I love them!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Meeting Mary's Friends: Charis

Lisa and I thought it would be fun to have a series of posts introducing everyone to Mary's friends from church. Since we have an incredible amount of babies being born every year (there have been 4 this calendar year, with 7 more to go before October- and who knows if there are more we don't know about), Mary will have the opportunity to have many friends to play with. So, we'll introduce you to them over time, mostly as we collect pictures with everyone together.

Our good friends, the Neaves, had a baby girl, Charis, 2 days before Mary was born. It was an exciting week for us as we had the pleasure of rejoicing with our good friends, Matt and Pam. Here's a picture of Mary (she's on the right, in case you forgot what she looks like) and Charis' first meeting when they were both about a week old (you can see more of the Neaves at their family blog):

This past Sunday we had a baby dedication at our church service. Matt and Pam (and their son, Gideon, who will be 2 very soon) were standing next to us during the ceremony. Yes, that's a burp cloth hanging out my back pocket, and no, Matt and I are not having a beard contest.

We are both so thankful that God has placed Matt and Pam in our lives. They are wonderful friends, great role models as parents and manage to serve awesome meals that don't involve red meat. We look forward to seeing how little Mary and Charis grow up together over the years to come.