a week in arizona

I’ve just returned from my week with the Carlsons. Taylor and Beth are holding up remarkably well with the addition of two tiny babies to their family: calm, cool, and collected, a bit sleep deprived but blessed with sweet mild-mannered daughters. Of course I fell instantly in love with Avery and Emery; so much sweetness in eleven collective pounds is almost unbearable. I was so happy to participate in their care, though that mostly falls on the mama, who nurses both of them.

My biggest contribution was playing with two-year-old (in two weeks) Declan.

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He learns new words every day and puts them to use often. “Car” and “vrrrroooom” go together.

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He had almost-daily invitations to join one or two parents in the “puel.” I don’t mean to brag, but does your grandson walk on water?

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A little fish, I’d say.

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Taylor shared this two-parent production from their under-water camera.

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Jumping in has recently been added to his bag of tricks.

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Aunt Quinn made a surprise appearance my first night. She’s been launching or preparing to launch her three: first Cassidy to 8th grade, a day or two after this picture came Bailey’s departure to his junior year at Dordt, and in a week will be Marissa to her freshman year at Grand Canyon University.

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This gives perspective to the size of the handful babies.

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The sleeping beauties in their dockAtots.

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Practicing for future squabbles.

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Avery (she’s the oldest).

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Emery (she’s the smallest). Their bone structure is the same, so in all probability Emery will catch up to Avery in size.

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Can you tell them apart? (This is Emery.) The difference in size makes it easy when they’re together. I use other identifiers when there’s only one. Ears, for one. This little peanut has big eyes and very long fingers.

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Avery has chunky cheeks. And oh just looking at these pictures as I post them makes me miss the little loves.

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I even miss this task! You can’t quite imagine how many of these get changed every day.

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So yesterday Beth’s sister Tara flew in from Virginia to help for a week. Taylor travels for work and Beth isn’t quite ready to go solo with the 24/7 care. Knowing I was heading home, they all indulged my need for pictures.

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One with Gus!

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And one with big brother! Oh my heart.

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And since everyone was dressed for pictures, we decided to go out for lunch at a local Verrado restaurant. . .

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…where the babies slept blissfully, giving all a bit of normalcy before heading home for the next feeding.

A day at a time, that’s the approach, and these “kids” are going to do just fine with all their kids.

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PS: Declan is hard to capture with a smile, so I feel compelled to share this shot of my little buddy.

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One Response to a week in arizona

  1. Faye pruitt says:

    They are beautiful! Congratulations, Sherry!

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