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June 14, 2012

Kennedy - 1 month old

With my efforts to keep things "fair" between the girls I am staying true to form and posting monthly updates a tad behind schedule. I would hate for either of them to think that I favored one over the other in the blogosphere ;-) So as I most often did with Madison I am posting Kennedy's monthly update a few days (weeks) late...can't show favoritism :-)

Dear Kennedy-

First off I can't believe that you are here and a real part of our family. Please don't misread what I am saying, I am so incredibly happy and joyfully overwhelmed by your presence. Its crazy to say this (especially since it has only been a month) but I can't imagine our family without you.

I know you and your sister are close in age and will grow up having many similarities and common interests but I also know that you will absolutely be your own person, as will she. You are already showing signs of Kennedy individualisms that surprise us daily. For starters you are way more active than Madison was at this age. We are betting that you will be the jock. You also rock at tummy time and aren't picky about what bottle you drink from. You are however quite particular about what you eat. Breastmilk was a total no-go for you. It didn't matter what I ate, or didn't for that matter, my breastmilk caused your SEVER pain when you digested it and made you beak out in an even worse diaper rash. There were a few times we had to air you out multiple times a day to help you heal. We have tried multiple formulas. The one we decided to stick with that had the least negative effect on you is now starting to come up immediately after you take it in. I'm not talking about a little spit up, I'm talking the entire contents of your meal covering both you and I within seconds of you finishing your bottle :-( not fun!

On another note you have acquired a few nicknames. The first being Sissy. This is primarily what I call you. Others include KAM and Kenni. You are also "our little bird". Your dainty features, dark eyes, petite nose and pouty lips paired with your ever growing appetite has resulted in this animal assignment :-) My girls, the bear and the bird. This sounds like a childrens book. The Bear and the Bird, a tale of two friends. I might need to add this to my bucket list!

To keep with the bird theme you are very "vocal". You are constantly making these little squawks and squeals. As if you are wanting to join into the conversation. It's pretty cute.

Seeing how month two is right around the corner I better stop the small talk and show you some pictures.

We love you so much and cannot begin to thank GOD enough for adding you to our family.

May 17, 2012

Miss Kennedy Ann McCauley

I took Kennedy's newborn pictures last week. I have edited a few of my favorites and wanted to share them with everyone!

She is holding Matt's baby rattle in this one :-)

Big sis helping out!

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

What a great day today's Mother's Day! First off I want to wish MY MOM a VERY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! She is an amazing person and an incredible mom (and Kiki).

This is my second Mother's Day of actually being a mom! And this year I am a mother of two under two...and what a ride it has been. Miss Kennedy (my second) is just over two weeks old and Madison is almost 16 months. Recently the nights have been occupied more and more by feedings and diaper changes and less and less by sleep. The laundry has doubled, the bottles have tripled and the number of times I run the dishwasher per day has multiplied by what feels like 100! But I would take all of these changes plus more in exchange for being blessed with my two little angels. I am not going to lie it has been harder having two as apposed to one, but not harder in a bad way. Like I just said the adjustments that have had to be made have been EASY because the reward of our family has been immeasurable!

Me and my girls

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! Keep up the great work!!

April 29, 2012

Family of 4

We are now officially a family of 4!!! Kennedy Ann McCauley blessed our lives Thursday April 26th at 11:07 am. She weighed 7 pounds 6 oz.

I couldn't have asked for an easier delivery. I spent a total of 15 minutes pushing (6 total pushes to be exact) and was even told to stop at one point or Kennedy would have arrived before the doctor.

The overall experience of Kennedy's arrival was a lot more relaxed than what we experienced with Madison. Maybe it was because we knew what to expect and the fear of the unknown wasn't there this time....I'm not sure what contributed to our more relaxed state of mind but I'm glad it went down the way it did!

Although the delivery was completely opposite than the first one, Kennedy and Madison actually have a lot of similarities. The first is weight. There was only a one ounce weight difference between them. Another likeness is hair. Kennedy was born with a full head of dark hair. I really think they will grow up to looking like each other.
Madison has done great with the arrival of Kennedy. She gives her kisses, counts her toes, pats her when she's crying, and even tries to help feed her. It is so sweet to watch Madi be a big sister! I really hope this continues.

Two is definitely more to handle than one. I know this sounds obvious but with myself being under doctors orders not to lift Madison for two weeks has made this addition to our family even more of an adjustment. Matt has to lift her in and out of her crib, the car, the bath, the changing table and anything else that is above waste high. This for me has been the hardest part thus far. Not being able to scoop up my baby on cue has not been fun. This might be the longest two weeks ever.

Here are some pictures that we've taken over the past few days. Most of these are from phones. I have not had any time to get the ones from my camera yet. So stay tuned for more photos.

Sunbathing today trying to get rid of her jaundice

Look how similar Madi and Kennedy look just after being born...Madi is first followed by Miss K.

We are incredibly blessed and thank GOD everyday for all he has given us!!

- Posted using from my iPad, sorry for any typos
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