Eight on the Eighth (Special Edition)

On August 5 at 2:08 am we welcomed our new arrival!

20140805-IMG_7568Phineas Samson Hodges

9 lb 14.5 oz, 22.5″

And here’s the full gaggle:

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Seven on the First: August 2014 (Final Edition)

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Workbook Time

Workbook Time

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Estella is Four

It’s hard to believe my little peanut is turning four. She’s my tiniest and most precocious, starting at birth where she was a full pound smaller than most of her siblings. Taking after her dad and two tiny great grandmothers, she is affectionately termed ‘the runt’ of the family and it makes her extensive vocabulary and excellent grammar even funnier. So has the fact that it took her about 3 years to grow any hair at all. Finally in her fourth year she started getting some beautiful wavy locks.

Estella has lit up our lives with her sweet, hilarious and witty presence and we can’t imagine life without her! Now for some pictures.

About an hour old, following a pleasant and relaxed home birth! IMG_0218

Six months old!

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First birthday

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Age 2

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Holding her new baby brother

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Fermenting like a pro

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Happy fourth birthday, Estella!

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Jireh is 10

I remember how crazy it felt to have my first child turn double digits. Now I’ve got two!

Sweet Jireh. Hair straight as a pin, but otherwise the classic “girl with the curl.” She is earnest and quick and fiery and smart and capable and talented in every way. Kind hearted and loving and quite an instigator. She loves reactions – giving them and getting them. What a whirlwind. Her father’s daughter in more ways than one – she is the lone Hodges side lookalike and also has lots of her dad’s temperament traits.

These preteen years are tough to navigate. I usually don’t feel qualified to parent until, like, the fourth child crosses a stage, so I’m still bumbling along.  It’s one of my greatest joys to see how diligently my second born assists at Mass and prays. No matter how difficult a day with her might be this gives me hope that she is developing her own relationship with Our Lord and the sacraments.

How about a photo walk down memory lane?

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photo by Julia Greer Photography

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20140718-IMG_6726Happy birthday, Jireh! God bless you now and always.

 

 

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Afternoon Nap

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Stocking up

So… I wanted to make some freezer meals for after baby is born and decided to go to the grocery store one last time to gather all my ingredients and make sure we had plenty of easy meals, etc.

Of course, with all the shopping, I was too exhausted to cook anything when I got home – even dinner.

Oh, and the receipt was longer than I was.

 

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