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Sometimes I still can’t believe I have three daughters! They love each other so much. Sometimes it feel challenging to be mothering two very different phases, but I’m so grateful I get to do it. 

I made Conor take some photos of Maeve and me. I felt like I was art directing, but I want pictures of myself and my baby so… 

I live for Maeve’s smiles! Luckily she gives me the most ;)

Conor’s sister, Elizabeth, drove to Spokane with her daughter, Vienna to take care of us and to take some photos of sweet baby Maeve. Liz sent over a handful of photos and I’m in love. I’m so grateful she made the trek down to us and I’m even more grateful that she so willingly shares her beautiful talent with us! I value photos so much and our family enjoys looking at photographs. I have a whole stack of books from the years (and many more to compile!). Very often, Holly and Greta will pull out the books and flip through them. I love photographs and I’m so grateful that they’re so easy to take (maybe too easy judging by how many photos are on my computer!).

Now that I’ve made it past the 36 week mark where baby is all developed and just putting on the weight, I’m feeling pretty ready to get her out! I have pretty much everything I need, or it’s on the way. I’m getting to that big, uncomfortable stage for sure. I used to be slender! Ha! 

Fortunately my mom is visiting this weekend. We raked up all the leaves in the yard and we’ve been making a couple of freezer meals. 

I’m getting antsy to meet my newest daughter! What will she look like? What’s her personality? I’m so excited to love on her. 

This summer has already been very full and wonderful. But to make things even sweeter and even more memorable, we had baby squirrels for three days and to be honest, I wish we still had them. I miss them.

Long story short, we cut down a dying mountain ash tree in our front yard. It was in rough shape. We didn’t know that it housed a squirrel nest and that we would render two baby squirrels homeless. I would’ve waited to cut down the tree! We tried to return them to their distressed momma a few times, but the neighborhood cats were quite interested in eating them. 

We cared for them for three days. We fed them pedialyte and puppy formula with an eye dropper and syringes. We kept them warm with a heating pad and a hot water bottle and each one of us totally fell in love with those little rodents including animal neutral (often disliker) me. In the end we took them to a licensed rehabber. She told us that we had done a good job and if I had realized that I would’ve kept them another week! But I was losing sleep worrying about them. I couldn’t stand the idea of us taking improper care of them and them dying. I know, I know. Circle of life. But not on my watch! We’re hoping to go visit them in Northeast Washington in a couple weeks. It’s crazy how quick they’ll grow!

Here’s a whole bunch of pictures! The boy was named, “Nappy” and the girl we called, “Squeaker.” They were darling. My favorite was seeing the way they cuddled up to each other and in the folds of the fabric. I also loved that they started to root around on our hands when it was time to feed them. I liked how they’d lay on their backs all warm and cozy and milk drunk after we fed them. They were so sweet. Good thing we have a human baby coming soon. But if there were ever a time we’d get a puppy, this past weekend was it!

I’ll be buying a squirrel ornament for Christmas this week and I ordered squirrel fabric to make a dress for Holly. We have squirrel fever!

July has been a super busy month for us! I’m way behind on sorting and editing all our pictures. Working on it! This weekend we went camping at Priest Lake for one night. It was so much fun! No one wanted to leave. The girls really wanted to go camping and this was pretty much the only weekend to do it. We were really lucky to book a campsite that was right on the water last minute. It was the best. Extra bonus what the 7-week old puppy at the beach. Holly and Greta were in heaven! These sweet family memories are what make life so beautiful!

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