Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I'd thought about writing a post about the fiasco that is feeding Lincoln... breastfeeding has been (and is still) extremely challenging for us... healing from a 4th degree tear caused by emergency forceps delivery is extremely traumatic for a body... it totally kills milk supply... 6 weeks later I still feel like I had a baby less than a week ago in many ways... hooking yourself up to a supplemental nursing system almost every time you nurse can be extremely demoralizing... formula is expensive and obnoxious and smells bad...

...but it's Thanksgiving tomorrow...

and maybe instead I should be grateful.

So, here we go.


I'm grateful that I can at least feed Lincoln a little bit so that he can get my antibodies, especially through this flu season.

I'm grateful that Lincoln arrived safely and that we had a skilled doctor who took care of things.

I'm grateful that he knew how to fix me up properly afterwards.

I'm grateful that formula exists so that Lincoln can get enough food.

I'm grateful for a supportive husband who helps me make this all work (even in the middle of the night) and always cheers me on.

And besides, how could I be frustrated for very long when we're doing it all for this cute boy?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lincoln's Blessing Day

Yesterday was Lincoln's blessing day.

It was a really great day. I'm grateful for a husband who holds the Priesthood and lives worthily so that he can do this for our family.

Lincoln was blessed with some wonderful things. He's a special little boy and we're very grateful that he's in our family.

It was so fun to have so much family around to celebrate with us!

(The rest of mom's family didn't want to be in pictures, and Bryan's other grandma and grandpa had to leave after church so we don't have pictures of them from yesterday.)

And now, on to the pictures. :)

4 Generations of Merrill Men :) Pretty cool.

4 Generations on my mom's side. Can I just mention, Grandpa Jones does NOT look old enough to be a great grandpa, right? 
Lincoln meeting Whitney for the first time. Good snuggles. :) 

Lincoln meeting Ventsi for the first time

Annie got Lincoln to fall asleep finally after he fought it for hours

And now a few quick pictures I took of the star of the show.

Lincoln wore the same blessing outfit that Bryan did when he was blessed 25 years ago. :) 

In some light, Lincoln's hair looks so strawberry blonde it's crazy! Some lights it looks just white-blonde. We'll see what happens!

My sweet boy. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter is here

On Lincoln's 1 month birthday it snowed for the first time this season.

I woke him up a few minutes early from his nap so he could go out and see his first snow :)

Bryan's little brother Jeffrey made Lincoln this awesome winter hat. Thanks Jeff!

(For some reason the pictures turned out a bit blurry... sorry.)