Friday, September 23, 2011

Our Daily Chaos

Our friend Felicia came to take photos of us in the NICU to put on display at the Just Relax benefit.  Hard to believe this was already over 2 months ago!

We decided right away to not really change anything in the room. Because why try to pretend we are somewhere else? This is our life right now, and it won't be this way forever. It's hard sometimes but that doesn't mean I don't want to remember.


2 year Old + iPhone + NICU + Netflix Streaming = Winning.

Hello, I refuse to stand still so I think I'll carry around my illegal snacks, kthxbai.
I love how we are all trying to convince Olivia to chill out.
Even Ainsley.
Love this one.
They had just started rounds and Ainsley was being totally nosy about it.
Olivia finds the NICU to be exhausting, dahling.
As does her mother.
The estrogen that will rule Mark for the rest of his life.
Start getting comfortable with tampon purchasing, Mark!
Ainsley, getting a taste of what she's in for when she comes home.
I think instead of smiling for these pictures,
Ainsley was going for "fat and intrigued."
Nailed it!
I love daddy because he lets me lay down and be lazy.
Could I interest you in a raspberry?  Or a nibble of wrist chub?
We have a giant canvas of this one.




33 comments:

Liz said...

Beautiful Family Photos, thank you for sharing these! (Ps - you look gorgeous and so proud, Momma... I know I don't know how to understand all that you are going through - but I wish you strength and hope and health.)

Debbie said...

Beautiful family!

Vaso said...

Beautiful pictures of a wonderful family!!! Thanks for sharing these moments with us.

Dre said...

I love these! I could just nibble her wrist and leg chubs!!! And you do look fabulous! Thanks for sharing them... you will actually cherish these. When my youngest was in his "box" with all the wires and tubes attached, I still instructed my Mark to take pictures to bring back to show me, and my parents took a ton of him. My inlaws, however, refused to take any photos of him "in that condition" because it was just "too sad." F them. I still love the pictures of the "baby in the box." And he was the biggest in there, which prompted many inappropriate comments by us as to how many of the other preemies he ate.

Stephanie said...

Great pictures - thanks for sharing! Loving the chubs. And yes, we also give our two year old an iPhone to keep her distracted. :)

nyanarose said...

Fat and intrigued. Love it. Beautiful photos. Beautiful family.

seussgirl said...

She is so precious! As is your family. I love that you can look ahead enough to know that you'll want to remember these days, even though they're so hard. Thinking of you all!

clearness said...

Your family is just gorgeous and wow.....I can't believe how chublicioius Ainsley is!

MNgal said...

Absolutey fantastic family you have. Your girls are Adorable. And you and mark look good too. I can't imagine what you must go through everyday. But I hope ainsley is able to come home soon. Take care and thanks for sharing the pictures!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Love these pictures!

Tarah said...

They turned out beautiful! You have two angelic daughters. LOVE Ainsley's dress too...sooooo stinkin' cute!

eggsinarow said...

I'm with Ainsley. I always look fat and intrigued.

iamstacey said...

I love their fluffy pink dresses! Too much cuteness! Poor Mark, before ya know it he'll be wearing pink fluffy shirts, too. And think it's totally normal menswear.

Laurel said...

Lovely photos. And I haven't been there, but your second paragraph seems so right on. I do hope she gets to come home soon, but right now, the NICU and what's happened there is a hugely important part of your lives.

Abs said...

She's beautiful! I love Olivia's contraband snacks. I hope you're in one of the rooms with a window to the outside.

A New Beginning said...

Those are so wonderful! What a beautiful family you have.

lparsons15 said...

Awwww..such great pictures! Beautiful girls!

evsmarie said...

The cheeks! Oh mah gawsh - THE CHEEKS!!! What fabulous family photos.

B's Mom said...

I would get a giant canvas of the last one, too. That is an awesome picture.

Leah - Bogue Living said...

Gorgeous photos!

areyoukiddingme said...

It's good to see something pleasant in the NICU. Can't wait to see it when you're able to do these at home too.

Greta said...

You do look beautiful - the whole family does!
What precious, precious babes you have.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful family. I am in complete awe of your strength. Wishing all the best for all of you.

Kahla said...

Two raspberries and an XL nibble of the wrist chub... she is freaking adorable!!!! Of course you knew she would be because her big sister has already laid out the guidelines on being cute! Great photos, love every single one!

JP said...

Such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them!

Molly said...

Gorgeous photos! I think Ainsley does "fat and intrigued" beautifully. Look at that chunky lil lady. LOVE it!

RaT Babies said...

Ainsley is chubbalicious :)

Olivia is drop dead cute and gorgeous.

Thank you for making the photos real, and not disguising what your reality is. Thanks for sharing your journey with us all :)

SHS said...

Highly interested in nibble of wrist chub!

Hope you continue to keep your head up through all the suckiness. All the best wishes.

Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful family! I think of you often--your strength is amazing! Bring that baby drama queen home soon!

Leah said...

Beautiful pictures! The captions you include with the photos always seem spot on.

kharris said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures!

Kate said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful family. Can't imagine how hard it is to do what you're doing. We spent a couple of weeks in the PICU when my youngest was born because she stopped breathing and turned blue when we took her home (9x in all, over 12 days in the PICU). And I was at first reluctant to take photos of her in there, all hooked up to the stuff and with oxygen in her nose and EEG gauze wrapped around her little head, but then I thought, why shouldn't she have her own pictures from when she was 3 days old, 4 days old, just like her sister? So now we have them. That is your life and it's nice to document it, even if it isn't nice to be there. Stay strong and know that there are lots of people out here rooting for you and Miss Ainsley.

G+D said...

Love these.