Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ian at Rest

Originally uploaded by Ryan Claycomb
So, do we begin to describe you?

We spent a lot of time chronicling the twins' first days, and since, honestly, moving from 2 kids to 3 has changed our lives so much less dramatically than starting out with twins did, it's less easy to observe those changes.

This is all the more true since Ian is a mellow sort, eating, sleeping, and chattering more or less predictably and smoothly since he came home a week ago.

As a father of singleton this time around, I'm doing a lot less infant care than I did with the twins, though I am doing about as much twin-care. Today, father's day, I got to nap with Ian, but I also took the twins to the park for soccer, catch and races. Ian, as a result, spends a lot of time like this: in Ann's arms, awake or asleep.

He doesn't like to sleep on non-human surfaces at all, and it's been a challenge to get him to sleep for more than about 45 minutes in a crib or bassinet...but he's slept for an hour and a half in the sling with me, and done similar stretches napping, snoozing, and outright passing-out with Ann.

But he's a beautiful boy, and I say that not only because he seems to resemble my baby pictures a lot, but because he's just plain beautiful. So far he's got my blue eyes, but I'm still holding out for them to change to his mommy's beautiful hazel.

But so far, perfect: healthy, strong, affectionate. And even if he weren't, I'd love him anyway.

Attic project complete!

Lilah's room (From bed)
Originally uploaded by Ryan Claycomb
At long last, the attic is complete, and the kids have moved into their new rooms, which they love. There are several pictures up on Flickr, so you can see the results if you so desire, but the end result is this: after downsizing from 4200 square feet to about 1600, we're back up to about 2100, which seems just right for the family.

The kids love the new space, with separate areas for each for sleeping and playing. Lilah's got her new bed with a bookshelf headboard and drawer storage, while Collin has moved up to a full sized bed nestled in the eaves (though we couldn't manage to fit a full sized boxspring up the stairs, so it's a low bed....

Playing features include space for Collin's air hockey table, and a new "hammock" in lavender/blue/ink striped fabric in the corner to hold extra stuffed animals. The kids are actually asking to go play in their rooms this weekend, so the renovation seemd to be complete. We now have a few things to move into the guest room from the garage, and a little rearranging in our room now that the path to the attic stairs needn't be quite so open, but within a week or so, we should be really and truly settled in after late April's move.

A photographer captures the image

We have what one visitor affectionately called a postage-stamp yard: about 20x25, it's a big room, but a tiny backyard. Still the kids have found things to do back there. A quick jump over to the Flickr page will reveal a game of Monkey in the Middle, and a snback break under the hanging grapevines. Plus, Lilah and I (and Collin some too), have begun a few small gardening projects, along the back of the house and the side of the freestanding garage: tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli...basil, dill, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme...butterfly bushes, delphinium, morning glories...

It seems, actually, that I've finally found a yard small enough that I'm not wasting my energy simply maintaining, and instead am working to cultivate it. It's tiny, but it fits...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ian Beckett Claycomb: June 11, 2009

In the Delivery Room
Originally uploaded by Ryan Claycomb
More to post later, but for now, you can follow this link to our photo page.

That stats: Ian Beckett Claycomb, 6/11/2009, 9:56 a.m. 8lbs even, 19 3/4 inches long. Nursing well, filling diapers, looking around a lot. Everyone healthy and happy.

Daddy's kids

Daddy's kids
Originally uploaded by Ryan Claycomb
The kids were super excited to meet Ian. Collin did a great job of holding his baby brother, while Lilah literally climbed my body to get her first glimpse of him. Her response? "Awww! so cuuuute!" Exactly ehr response to all of her favorite tiny adorable playthings.