Thursday, August 14, 2014

The greatness of EIGHT!

Oh, that greatness of eight.

It's a magical number.

Or wait... maybe it is just YOU that is magical.

Every day, I see tiny little glimpses of the beautiful woman that you are growing in to. It is a such a present for your Mom. Furrowed brow when concentrating, guarded smile when nervously happy, insanely high pitched giggle when amoungst your siblings in your safest space... it is all so beautifully and wonderfully you. Your intensity in life is matched equally in your concerns for the world and the love that you pour in to those you care about. While small and carefully selected, the people you choose to love arealways in the very best of care. You are such a warrior for those you love. 

I don't know what this next year is going to bring us. You see, that is joy we get to experience with you being our first baby. Every year is so new, so unknown and so full of such beautiful potential. I can't wait to see it all unfold. If last nights big girl date is any indication of the year to come, I cannot wait for it all. 

I love you so much, Molly. The light that exists in your heart is such a treasured gift for those you choose to share it with. How lucky am I to stand in that daily glow. You make my heart sing, kid.

Here's to a celebration of your next year of you. 

Love love love,

Molly's Eight! from Julie May on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Very Annie Day.


For all the preparation that went in to Beluga's sweet arrival...

Our sweet GIRL, surprised us in so many ways, and came a day later than expected. 
My goodness, she was so very worth the wait. 

Annabel Jane May (Annie!) was born on August 3, 2014 weighing in at 7 lb and 1 oz. and 18 inches long.
 Smallest by a long shot. Such a little love bug. My Mays sure are smitten.

Annie has such a gentle little spirit. In fact, aside from opening her eyes only just a handful of times a day... this is what we live with...

Much like her siblings, she had her own little bout of jaundice which required additional phototherapy at home. Poor Annie, we all had a really good laugh at her expense.

Being cute is just so very exhausting.

For all of us!

So, now we are easing in to life with a new tiny in our lives. The phone calls, meals, playdates for big kids and visitors have been such a beautiful blessing to our family. Our hearts are just bursting with love.

 More Annie updates to come!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

A birthday.

I woke up this morning to the realization that today is going to be the last full day as a May family of five.

Tomorrow, it would seem is a certain special's very big birthday.

It is a weird thing to know the day that you are going to have your baby. Ultimately, the decision for induction was sealed by my gestational diabetes status, current early labor/dilation and some key out of town grandparents that are currently en route to Austin now. While I wasn't so sure that I would make it today before greeting our newest May... here we are. I couldn't be more thrilled.

The love texts and calls from family, friends and co-workers have been so incredibly comforting today and yet another reminder of the awesome community we have. Seriously, I cry every time I think about it... and it isn't just because of baby hormones. We couldn't be more thankful for you all.

So here's to soaking up the last few hours of normalcy with swimming, family and Chinese food... only to replace it tomorrow with something all new and way more wonderful.

Stay tuned!!