Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 19, 2014 - Four Weeks

It is hard to imagine that Aya is both already four weeks old because WOW THAT WENT FAST, and also that she is only four weeks old because she has done a lot and met so many people in these first four weeks, and of course we can't really imagine life without her.

Earlier in the week Jean (aka Bibi) and Jen visited us from New York City.  Some highlights of their visit were: a trip to the New England Aquarium (always great, but a bit of a disappointment in the shark department since they have removed the big sharks from the big tank since it was redone), a swim in their hotel pool that had a big, fun slide, and the discovery of a cool playground in Plymouth that we hadn't been to before.  I am sorry that I didn't take more pictures, which will be my mantra for this whole blog, because damn it if what everyone says about your third child isn't true?!?! 


The next big event of the week was the arrival of Uncle Mark, Aunt Carrie, Matthew and Nathan for Aya's baptism.  On Saturday we hosted a little party at my sister Meghan's house - desserts and drinks only! - for some family and friends to meet and celebrate her.  The pictures below are misleading - she was passed around and held by very many people and I just didn't get the chance to take very many pictures. But I promise that a lot of people met and loved her :) And the weather was so beautiful and it was truly wonderful to be around so many people we love here.  A really great day!

Thanks to Mark for sharing the following four pictures of his family meeting Aya...
(Aya's selfie with her Godfather)
 (Rock On, Aya & Matthew!)
 (Nathan was the baby whisperer...she was like that with him for a long time!)
 (Aunt Carrie and the girls!)
And later at the party, one of the two dessert tables...

 A very pretty Auntie Meghan...
 The guys (husband, brother, bro-in-law, cousins, nephew...) playing the just-about-annual basketball game.
 My cousin Jonathan held Aya for a LONG time.  He was a natural :)

After a great Saturday, we had a big Sunday driving up to St. Augustine's church in Andover for Aya's Baptism.  This was special for us because this is the church where I made my First Communion and Confirmation, and where Kristoffer and I were married, and where Grace and Noah were also baptized.  It is not convenient, but it is lovely and I think worth the trip up there for it.  The same priest who baptized Noah performed the sacrament (along with two other babies) and Aya was a pure angel throughout.  She didn't wake up during the ceremony at all, and she actually looked so, so sweet when she was being baptized.  I felt it was emotional - our last baby! - and special and I am so grateful to my family for making such a lovely weekend happen.  It was really lovely that Mark and Carrie, Aya's Godparents, made the trip for the weekend.  Despite having not taken very many pictures of the weekend, it is one I will never forget.
Just before getting into her Christening gown...


During the ceremony...
 Sleeping beauty being baptized...
 Aya and her Godparents...
 Fr. Rich with our family...
 Everybody together...we missed Christine, Kevin and Zoe but were so glad we got to see them the weekend before.  We are so blessed for all everyone making this happen.




 My cousin Kelly meeting Aya :)
 Cozy girl...
 My cousin Patsy, who hosted us all at her house for lunch after the baptism, got to hold Aya after waiting very patiently for everyone else to have a turn!

And today - phew.  Aya has been resting after her big weekend.  She is four weeks old today!  And we had to say goodbye to Kristoffer, Grace and Noah who have gone on to have a vacation in Denmark for the next 10 days.  It's always hard to be separated from them, but 10 days doesn't seem so long after our 40-day separation before Aya was born.  And all three of them were incredibly excited for the Danish leg of their trip - I hope they have a great time and that I can try to catch up on some sleep before Aya and I head to Tanzania.  We have a few more doctor's appointments to get through, and I hope to get her a little bit on a schedule before we travel (although with the upcoming jet-lag, should I even bother?!).  I feel that the last few days she has been a bit less fussy - maybe her gas is getting better - and has definitely been increasingly awake and alert.  Kristoffer noted yesterday, "She's getting really cute!"  She seems to do a few more 3 hour stretches between feeds...although mostly during the day ;)  Classic Welsien baby!

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Aya this weekend.  We feel very blessed!
LMW

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