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//Reed: enveloped in soft, summer light — he could spend all day standing in thresholds, watching life in motion around him

//Finnlagh: our beach king splashing in the waves, and looking as though he is surrounded by thousands of shimmering diamonds

//Alina: never without a book — ever. She fell asleep (as she does each night) reading one of her favourites, which depicts a land where it rains lemonade and gold-horned cows produce soft-serve ice cream like milk.

//Baby #4: snapped on-the-go, geometric wrap dress and all, on an early Sunday afternoon… and I do believe the belly has dropped a wee bit  (36 weeks + 5 days)

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Wishing all the fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers of the world a most wonderful Father’s Day today! Hoping that you are all feeling sufficiently appreciated and adored.

XO,

N&N

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//Reed: snug-as-a-bug…asleep in his toddler bed for the very first time

//Finnlagh: digging with his favourite beach spade; he lost it in the ocean only moments later

//Alina: after the 2nd grade end-of-the-year picnic, she thoughtfully picked up some sweets for her brothers

//Baby #4: airy pregnancy silhouette taken in Week 35 by my dear, sweet Grant

XO,

N&N

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Beach Reed_May31:2014 Finnlagh_May2014Alina_disney day May 2014Baby #4_34w+5d//Reed: fishie swimming trunks, oversized shovel, and determination

//Finnlagh: always engaged in some activity requiring a helmet

//Alina: headband and summer up-do in the late-afternoon sun

//Baby#4: feet peek-a-booing out from under a generous belly umbrella (34w+5d)

XO,

N&N

ps: Grant and I celebrated a decade of love-at-first-sight on May 31st…Has it really been 10 years? I am so very grateful every day for the wonderful life we’ve built together.

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Reed_22mos.8Finn_baseball badgeAlina_tutu skirtBaby #4_33w+5//Reed: toddler-sized pincer grasp clutching a rose-coloured wildflower —sublime.

//Finnlagh: wearing his personal baseball badge with great pride.

//Alina: resident ballerina lifting airy layers of tulle.

//Baby#4: big belly, black tea, beach bucket and bright sunshine (33w+5d)

XO,

N&N

 

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Reed_18May2014Finn beach gladiator_18May2014Alina surf jump_18May2014Baby#4_32weeks+5//Reed: arriving at the beach with Papa and reaching out gleefully for the ocean

//Finnlagh: not quite sure how he came to choose a gladiator hat as a suitable accessory, but anything goes on a Sunday morning

//Alina: surf jumper extraordinaire, captured at just the right moment

//Baby#4: marking 32weeks+5 with a whole lot of love

XO,

N&N

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//Reed: the precise moment he learned that he needed to stop hitting the piñata and let someone else have a go at it. Very real emotions indeed.

//Finnlagh: waiting patiently outside the auditorium until it was his sister’s turn to perform in the Spring concert. He was very proud that he “looked sharp.”

//Alina: my first-born posing with one of the many handmade gifts she made me this Mother’s Day. Inside this envelope are beautiful hand-printed notecards, complete with cupcakes and MOM tattooed across them.

//Baby #4: taken at the start of Week 31 several days ago. I was sure to wear my colourful dress for our Cinco de Mayo festivities.20140511-213505.jpgHappy Mother’s Day! I awoke this morning to a toddler latched onto me nursing, my bedside table covered in handmade flowers and cards, and not-so-quiet sounds coming from the kitchen: “SHHH! You’ll wake her up!” The big kids came charging into my room, wished me their best greetings and hurried me outside to the surprise that awaited me on the patio. Chef Grant and the children had gotten up extra early and prepared a lovely and thoughtful breakfast of heirloom tomato salad (complete with edible flowers), smoked sausages, grilled bread cheese, avocado, Ojai pixie tangerines, chocolate croissants, and my very favourite chai tea. The table was adorned with baskets of miniature roses and a generous vase of sunflowers.

This is a very special post for me today, and for all the mommy bloggers who are participating in The 52 Project. For my family, these are the four little blessings we have in our lives brought front and centre— the high-spirited, extraordinary children that have made me a mother and forever given me a greater purpose in life. Although our fourth child is on the way, this is in fact my sixth pregnancy.  On Mother’s Day in particular, I also mourn the two babies that we lost due to unexplained miscarriages and hold them close in my heart. We have always wanted four children and feel now that our lives are brimming with a gentle whirlwind of joy and chaos —there is no greater happiness than today.

ps: This is the Tree of Life necklace from Birth Designs. “Where there is love there is life” is a quote from Mahatma Gandi and it could not be more appropriate. Whenever the older children ask how they came to be in my tummy and birthed, we always explain that they are the products of the love that Grant and I share for eachother (a good cover until we really have to explain the birds and the bees, although Alina is 7.5 years-old and pretty much onto the idea already). Grant had this necklace made for me for Mother’s Day in 2009 (when we still had just Alina and Finnlagh). Since then we’ve added Reed’s name. We had to get a different jeweler to add it, and while it doesn’t exactly match, the important thing is that he is included. If you glance at the upper right of the circle, you can see that there is space for one more name… a name which we have already picked out for the little man who will make his appearance come early July…

XO,

N&N

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Reed_4May2014 Finnlagh_4May2014 Alina_2May2014//Reed: a tad miserable from the heat and the itchiness of mosquito bites, he found a cool patch in the shade all his own

//Finnlagh: fetching a broken-off branch of meyer lemons to be re-planted in the garden

//Alina: guaranteed to turn any narrow path into a makeshift balance beam

XO,

N&N

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