Monday, May 18, 2015

~~~lately, part 1~~~

heeyyyy! so last week ben went to tennessee (a little outside knoxville) to run an experiment & generally be science-y, leaving me as president of the shayla-&-norah fun club (but let's be honest, norah is kind of the one who is in charge here these days...i'm her co-president, at best :)). 

papa ben was gone for almost a week, & although i wasn't worried about the logistics of taking care of norah by myself, i was worried about how exhausted i'd be by the end of the week. it was hard not having any sort of backup at all. in between taking full responsibility for night wake-ups, morning playtime, or replacing the paci during her naps, i tried to really enjoy all my special one-on-one time with her & not feel...otherwise.* plus my respect for single parents shot even more through the roof. 

*a conundrum: one wants to be real & honest about the more difficult parts of motherhood (to seek solidarity, support from other mothers, & such) yet one wants to be sensitive to those for whom children, conception, childbirth, & etc are sensitive or difficult topics. i.e. not totally throwing it in their faces & appearing like an ungrateful brat by appearing to complain about this thing that can be tricky, painful, &/or elusive for many women...are these sentences even english? :) 

& it came to pass that on the first day of the shayla-&-norah fun club, we met up with a few friends (including baby-sized friends!) for lunch. i love that photo on the right:

norah also flashed this sweet smile:

& it came to pass that on the second day of the shayla-&-norah fun club, norah became mama's most perfect (if not heaviest) shopping companion ("heaviest" only by nature of the fact that i've never carried anyone else while shopping at the same time) :

in a perfect display of sartorial prowess, norah donned this wonderful "hi" hat for our shopping outing:

& it came to pass on the night of the second day of the shayla-&-norah fun club, i witnessed this excellent series of faces:

on the third day of the shayla-&-norah fun club, we met up with friends at the park (sunshine, too!)

on the fourth day, we lay side-by-side:

on the fifth day of ben's absence, we continued in our tradition of mama staring intensely at her baby out of the deepest, truest love she's ever felt, & also out of having no one else around to stare at:

& it came to pass that on the sixth & final day of the shayla-&-norah fun club, i did the hardest thing, the single act that strikes fear in mothers & children everywhere: i took norah to church.

once again, norah's fashion game was on point, appropriate for the weather (spring), the event (church), & the holiday (oh yeah...mother's day happened somewhere in those six days :) )

but then, FINALLY, benny the backup returned home in glory! as you can see in that photo on the right, norah was preeetttttyyyy nervous about the close proximity of the blue-eyed, bearded men who suddenly re-entered her life:

to be continued! complete with tears (4 month shots), laughs (a #tbt photo of me as a baby!), spit-up (always), & the shrieks of a baby enclosed in the VERY SMALL SPACE (of an airplane!)

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