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|
|With our pastor and friend Laurie, and my sister Nadine and her husband, Christopher's godparents|
|Family in December 1997|
|Visiting Paris, August 2001|
4. And then Kieran came along in 2003, after four miscarriages
|Kieran's baptism, surrounded by wonderful godfamilies|
|Alpenrose, Storybook Lane, December 2005|
|On the Oregon Zoo train at my company picnic,|
days before Nicholas was born in September 2006
|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|
|At Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2009|
|Oregon Coast, 2011|
|Last November 2012, professional photo by Capturing Magic Photography|
(Nicholas, age 6; Chris, age 16; and Kieran, age 9 [now 10])