Sunday, July 28, 2013

10 photos of life with three boys (Monday listicles)

This week's Monday Listicles should be an easy one. These are photos chronicling my life as a parent. 

1. Holding Chris for the first time at 5 weeks old. Pure joy and relief. I couldn't wait to get my hands on him, at last, and I could hold him for only 1 hour the first time. Each day for a month, Mike and I would have to alternate holding him. So hard! As a result, when the next two kiddos came along, I could not put them down. 
Holding Chris, who was born at 24 weeks gestation and very, very sick
 2. Christopher's baptism, in June 1997, when we finally took him out into public

With our pastor and friend Laurie, and my sister Nadine and her husband, Christopher's godparents
 3. Christmastime with Chris at 1 year old, after he was hospitalized for a week with RSV/pneumonia 
Family in December 1997
 3. We had a little family of three for six years
Visiting Paris, August 2001
4. And then Kieran came along in 2003, after four miscarriages
Kieran's baptism, surrounded by wonderful godfamilies
 5. Christmastime, 2005

Alpenrose, Storybook Lane, December 2005
 6. And then--surprise!--pregnant with #3 at age 41
On the Oregon Zoo train at my company picnic,
 days before Nicholas was born in September 2006
7. Nicholas' baptism, welcoming him to the world

With one of his pair of godparents, our pastor, and our priest (November 2006)
8. Adjusting to life with three kids!
Portland Farmers Market, fall 2006
 9. Traveling with three kids has its challenges but also rewards
At Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2009

Oregon Coast, 2011
10. Our family of five

Last November 2012, professional photo by Capturing Magic Photography
(Nicholas, age 6; Chris, age 16; and Kieran, age 9 [now 10])
Check out the other listicle photos at The Good Life, especially our host Stasha's gorgeous, professional photos of her boy and two gorgeous Newfoundlands!


  1. Stopping by via Listicles. :) Nice pics!

  2. wiping my tears son was in the NICU for two weeks, nothing compared to your son...but I felt all the emotions through that pic...

    Love how you showed your family growing, so great babe. You are blessed.

    1. Thanks, Karen--any NICU stay is too long!

  3. Beautiful story told with your pictures! Ellen

  4. watchng how your family grew and changed over the years.

  5. I have had 3 miscarriages (2 still births) in the past 1 1/2 years, so I can understand what a surprise and blessing any baby would be after all that. Thank you for sharing a lovely set of pictures with us about your life. I especially love the last one. You all radiate such happiness and love. Blessings to your family.

    1. Hi Casandra. Still births must have been really heartbreaking--I am so sorry! I hope you have success soon as well. Infertility and infant loss is so devastating. My thoughts are with you!

  6. What a great documentation of your life and struggles! What power and strength you have. And what a handsome family!

    1. Thank you, Kerry--you are so kind!

  7. I spent 6 weeks in the NICU ward: from 24 to 30 weeks to keep pre term labour at bay. so grateful to that wonderful unit and the DR's and nursing staff who take care of me and made sure I stayed in bed! was so difficult being in that ward; seeing both tragedy and miracles every day. but so blessed that baby #3 arrived safe and sound AND full term!
    beautiful family pictures. And hey - Niagara Falls - hope you enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Rory. It's amazing to hear how many women had to deal with NICU scares--either actual or near-misses. You are lucky that you were able to keep that baby baking! :)

      Yes, we loved Niagara Falls and Toronto!

  8. What a journey to a family of five. Beautiful photos.