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My Everything

My heart has been heavy all weekend thinking about those little children in Connecticut. The families they left behind. The parents who tucked them in Thursday night wishing sweet dreams and kisses on the head not knowing that it would be the last time. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said. But in my heart of hearts I will do my best to be a good parent, to raise these two amazing girls with love and compassion, and hope that whatever bit of good this tragedy can inspire will multiply itself ten fold around this broken country full of broken families.




Friday was a big day around here!
Molly rolled twice from her belly to back. And is now literally on a roll. I got a great video of her doing it yesterday. I’m so happy she did it before I head back to work, and that I didn’t miss it! What a sweet baby girl that Molly Francis is.



Eleanor has also been growing and meeting new milestones every day it seems! This age is so fun and so trying. She gets frustrated so easily when she can’t figure something out; I can see her brain working overtime trying to piece words together and mechanics of toys and everyday things. She had a little package of fruit snacks the other day, and as soon as she finished she walked over to the trash can to throw it away. This pleased us so much since we’ve been working on cleaning up after yourself. Also it’s been on my mind lately why people litter or have a lack of care for their environment (example: trash on streets or a recent grocery store opened in our neighborhood and is now just a mess)!

That night Eleanor also used her “potty” for the first time. She sat on it before bath and went pee! We aren’t full on potty training yet; though she has set on it a few times, and usually goes in with me now. I wish we had time or energy to do that on my maternity leave but it just didn’t happen. She’s pretty much ready as can be though as she always tells us when she has gone in her diaper, and hates a messy one. So that is on our to do list soon!



Big week ahead of us! I head back to work, Nathan stays at home caring for two babies, and then my mom moves to NC!! A lot of changes and adjustments on the horizon for our family just in time for the new year. It’s going to be a good one.

All kinds of thankful

We had a nice, mostly quiet Thanksgiving. We sort of meandered about with the cooking since there really wasn’t any rush. The babies are both sick with colds, and are rather cuddly (clingy) because of it. Eleanor wanted me to hold her forever after her nap so I finished up dinner with her on my back in the ergo. She loves that thing…it’s like a constant hug!

I’m thankful for so many things. This was a pretty tough year with equally rewarding experiences. I’m a lucky lady. I’m proud of this family.









It’s Just A Cold

It’s ridiculous that we can’t protect our kids from everything that could do them harm. Big or small. I would do anything to make it so Eleanor didn’t have another cold right now! It came on last night and she’s been a fussy, sad girl ever since. It’s just a cold, and she’s going to have a million colds (she just got over one two weeks ago) and upset stomachs and scrapes and bruises. We will be lucky and blessed if that is all we have to worry about, but I’d really do anything to protect her as long as I could. She just woke up crying from sleep, sniffly. I went in to soothe her. It only took a minute to console her… I think maybe I wanted to hold her longer, but she reached down to be put back in her crib.






I have one week left of my maternity leave. Twelve weeks is an eternity and a flash. I am so blessed to have spent this time with Molly watching her eyes grow brighter each day as she takes in the world around her. And equally as so to spend this time with Eleanor who has grown into a more independent, talkative, loving version of the baby we turned into a big sister three months ago. Nathan is the best partner in the world and somehow we managed to live day in and day out hour after hour with one another, have fun, nourish this family, and survive!

Tonight we all four lay in bed before the girls went to sleep. Nathan teaching Eleanor how to “pretend sleep” and Molly nursing. We spent the day relaxing, raking leaves, baking, and meeting new friends at our neighbors Thanksgiving party. Nathan must have been reading my mind because just like that he said, “I love this family.”

Ditto, love…ditto.





Fall is Brighter Here

The temperatures have been dropping and leaves have even been falling. (I’m slowly trying to identify all the trees, shrubs, and flowers on our property – its a fun project). The mornings are spent wrapped up a little longer, sipping hot cups of coffee, and playing in footie pajamas. The days always warm up, but we are loving the crisp morning air.




Molly Francis, 2 weeks

Happy 2 weeks Molly Francis!
You are getting bigger by the minute. You are such a good nurser, and demand to eat as soon as you wake up. You make some funny little piggy noises when you are hungry and if I’m not fast enough you will start to cry pretty loudly. You had your first serious growth spurt non-stop feeding day yesterday! I’m hoping I can figure out a way to nurse you in a baby carrier so I can still get things done and play with your sister. You also have had no trouble at all taking a bottle from Daddy! This makes us all very happy especially since Daddy loves to cuddle you.

Last week you went with us to see the goats at Central Park, the Raleigh Flea Market, and your first East Durham Neighborhood meeting. You were a quiet sleepy bug through it all. You also met your grandpa, Aunt Heather and your cousins Jacob and Griffin!

You are doing really good at sleeping at night with two three hour stretches and a two hour stretch if I’m lucky. I’m trying real hard to not bring you to bed in the morning but the last two days I’ve been so tired I gave in.

Your sister loves to hold you. I was watching Eleanor cradle your head and was hit by this amazing feeling from your sisterly bond. I told your dad this thing is so much bigger than I thought at times. We gave you life but we also made two people sisters. It humbles me.




We love you baby Molly.

Sisterly Love


If I Didn’t Say It Already…

the days are going by too fast.


She’s here!

Molly Francis Griffin is here!
She arrived on September 2 at 11:51 pm. We made it to the hospital about an hour before she was born! I labored at home for nearly 36 hours, and thought it had stalled. What an experience! She came out beautiful, healthy, and chubby – 8lbs 12 oz.

We just love her!