So we had another baby!

I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to introduce her, but here she is!

June 8, 2010
7 lbs., 15 oz.
20 inches

Two girls! I’m over the moon! That is to say, I’m completely and utterly exhausted. I’d like to publicly thank all the people that didn’t laugh in my face when I used to say things like, “It will be so much easier when the baby’s on the outside. Babies are easy!”

Yes, I really did say things like that! I will blame it on the delusions of pregnancy. I’m not a good pregnant woman. It hasn’t been the easiest three weeks for sure. The c-section was much harder this time than the first. It all started when they couldn’t find a good spot for my spinal. 87 spine tingling pin pricks later, I ended up with an atypical spinal headache that started the day after the baby was born and lasted a good five days. It was horribly painful, but not painful enough that a patch was required (or requested.)

I missed Meli terribly while I was in the hospital (I only stayed three nights. I figured if I was going to be miserable, I might as well be miserable at home. I was right – it was much better being home.) She freaked out when she visited me there, so we only tried it once. When we got home, it took her a few days to warm up to her new sister, but everything is good now. Unless the baby cries.

Meli does not like it when the baby cries. She gets all upset and starts barking orders at me. “She doesn’t want your booby!” “She doesn’t want her diaper changed!” The baby has a GREAT set of lungs on her and can go from 0 to 60 – meaning full out hyperventilating screams – in about 2.3 seconds. When Cali gets going with her screams, Meli has taken to screeching at the top of her own lungs. This usually happens when we’re in the car. Just the three of us.

Yes. We’ve been getting out. If there’s anything I learned the last time, it’s that staying in the house makes me crazy! I’ve started my walks again – my family gave me this fantastic (HUGE) stroller that I LOVE – and we go to all of Meli’s classes and the mall and anywhere else that isn’t our house. I’m really bummed because we’re having a tremendous heatwave this week and I’m not going to be able to walk in the park.

We’re getting to know our Cali slowly. Right now we know she likes to nurse – a lot! – and burp and fart and spit up. She’s not so into the sleeping. But that’s okay! We love her anyway!

She looks a lot like her big sister, but different too. Her nose, for one thing, and her long skinny fingers and toes. She’s a lot bigger than her sister was, which works out well clothes wise. All of her sister’s summer clothes will fit her! Yay for same sex siblings!

All in all, it’s quite an adjustment, one to two. Especially when one IS two. But we’re getting along and learning and changing and looking forward to what tomorrow brings. Unless it’s more heat.

I’m not sure when I’ll be back to the blog. It’s tough to do anything that’s not kid related right now – although I did knit a few rounds the other day and instantly felt the possibility that sanity is attainable! I’ve actually been dreaming about future knitting projects. Man, that feels good!

Meli will be starting school in the Fall, a couple of hours a day three days a week – who knows? Maybe I’ll get back to this thing on a more regular basis. Hopefully I’ll have a kid that naps then. Meli gave up the nap a million years ago. Yeah. My kids don’t sleep. But they sure are loves!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying life! Thanks for reading!
L, C


  1. Congratulations! They sure look like each other and like you. 🙂

  2. Congratulations, you have two wonderful cute girls. I love the choice of names too. Very cute pictures and such a proud big sister. Enjoy.

  3. I’m so glad to hear about Cali. How wonderful to have two girls!

  4. Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations!
    You take the very best baby pictures I have ever seen. I just love looking at them. Thank you for sharing Cali with us.

  6. Congratulations!!!!
    Beautiful name….our baby girl Calli (Calliope) was born in November…little girls sure are fun! Sending some sleep vibes your way…enjoy your girls 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness, the photos! They look so familiar, and yet so different… as your girls* are, and will be, forever and ever and ever. All you can do is love!
    One of the first things that popped into my head was, “Is that a roll? She’s a CHUNK!” ; ) And the hair… it’s lighter than Meli’s was… red? -der? -ish??
    *I’ve always loved saying “my girls,” “the girls,” “GIRLS!”!!

  8. Congratulations! Your girls are beautiful. My girls are 26 months apart (they’re 8 and 6 now), and when they are both young it is challenging, however as they get older it gets easier. 🙂 They will play together and have a blast! Enjoy them. Hope you get good sleep.

  9. Congratulations to all of you!
    You make the prettiest little girls. 🙂

  10. Congratulations!! I have missed you in blogland, and I’m glad things are going well. I am so happy for you! We’ll be here when you return to your blog. Enjoy your children in the meantime.

  11. Katinka says:

    She’s lovely! 🙂

  12. firstly, god bless you for blogging with a young daughter (who seemingly went from 2 years old to like 6 in a minute!) and a baby. Second, they both are gorgeous! hopefully we will hear from you soon!

  13. Congratulations! You’ll be in my Google Reader until you get back around to blogging more. No worries. :^)

  14. Congrats!!!!!! It’s all so exciting! Cali and Meli are both beautiful!!!

  15. Wow! Hurray! Beautiful! Missed you! Enjoy! We’ll be here when you’re ready.

  16. Congratulations! Both of your daughters are beautiful – enjoy them! <3

  17. Aww, thank you so much for sharing pictures of Cali with us! What a doll! She does look a lot like Meli, but also different. I hope she brings you lots of joy, and congratulations!

  18. Congratulations on the new baby. My first thought was “Meli 2.0”, but I see the differences. All the best to your family.

  19. Congratulations to you and the rest of your family!

  20. Aw, she’s a cutie. So’s the other one. Congratulations!

  21. How wonderful! many congratulations on your family! Meli is stunning, and Cali is just adorable. Thanks for the update!

  22. Congratulations to the whole family! Cali is every bit as beautiful as Meli and that’s saying a lot. Hope you heal up fast!

  23. You look fantastic! Must be all that happiness and love.
    Good work with your second girl. She’s a beauty. Meli is quite the older sister now. Eat your Wheaties, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

  24. Melissa says:

    Congratulations! What beautiful girls you have, and you look great!

  25. Yay! And Congrats! Enjoy!

  26. Gillian says:

    Congratulations on the growing family. It’s good to keep you on an RSS feed and see when you post.

  27. Ruthanne (in Seattle) says:

    Wow – two girls – Congratulations! Mine are 21 months a part and I remember nothing of the year I had a two year old and a baby. Hard work, but oh so fun as they grow up. . . Thanks for posting such great pictures. All the best to the four of you!

  28. Congratulations! So beautiful!

  29. She’s beautiful. Congratulations!

  30. Cali is beautiful, congrats!
    And I Meli is adorable! She looks like a big girl now!

  31. Aww, so cute!
    Glad you’re still around and hanging in there.

  32. Congratulations! Such beautiful girls. Enjoy!

  33. Congratulations!! She is just beautiful…and Meli is beyond cute still!!

  34. Aw, congratulations! I had my second daughter on May 28th. We’re going through it all at the same time, sister, and what a ride it is! I’m glad to hear that you’re well and your babies are thriving. Meli is gorgeous and Cali is so precious. Love to you all!

  35. Orghlaith says:

    Congratulations. I wish you nothing but joy. And sleep (grin).

  36. Kathy L. says:

    Congratulations … you have 2 beautiful girls!

  37. She’s gorgeous! Congratulations!

  38. So many congratulations! Someday Meli will appreciate your bringing Cali into her life. In the meantime, you’ll have amazing pictures. Look forward to the next update…whenever.

  39. Congratulations on the new addition to your family; I’m always happy to see news from you.

  40. You have the most beautiful family and YOU look marvelous! Cali and Meli will be such good friends (most of the time). Just wait until they start ganging up on you. xox

  41. Congrats!!
    What a beautiful girl! Of course both girls are priceless.

  42. Yippee! Congratulations and I’m glad all went well. I agree Cali looks like Meli and I think Meli looks a lot like you!
    We have two boys, two years apart and I thought we would do the hand-me down thing too, but youngest son turned out to be almost the size of eldest son. Maybe the breast milk was more powerful the second time around, I don’t know, but I ended up with not so many handme downs. However, they did get to share bunk beds for a few years. That was fun!
    Here’s wishing you and your family many, many fun times.

  43. Judy Foldi says:

    She is beautiful I’ll bet that Meli seemed sooo big when you came home. Thank you for updating us – I was beginning to really worry about you. Enjoy your little family because in the blink of an eye they will be presenting you with grandchildren – at least it seemed that way to me.

  44. Congrats!! I’ve been waiting for this post – since I knew you were due in June! She is absolutely beautiful and does look a lot like her big sister when she was a baby!! Glad to hear everyone is doing so well! Don’t give up on Meli’s naps yet, my daughter gave them up at 2, but now at 2 1/2 she’s back to napping full swing, it just took a schedule adjustment and always having a “rest time” so she didn’t get out of the swing of calming down and relaxing for a bit, and now she’ll go 3+ hours if you let her!

  45. Congratulations! She is lovely as is her big sister. So happy for you.

  46. Congratulations!!!
    All three of you are so beautiful! And Meli is getting so big!
    You’re looking great! Thanks for posting – always great to hear how you’re doing!

  47. Woohoo mama! Well done you – congratulations all round – how lovely to hear the news of little Cali! Two is great – a challenge – but really great. We wish you lots and lots and lots and lots of fun with your lovely girls. And you look fab too 😉 (Oh, who needs sleep? Our second baby is now 10 months and still hasnt got close to sleeping through the night….!)

  48. Congratulations!! She is beautiful! And she looks so much like her sister. You look wonderful- congratulations again! 🙂

  49. yay! congratulations! i’ve checking back here to see if the baby had come yet. she’s gorgeous! (so is her sister and her mama). be well. sleep when you can!

  50. Congratulations! I’m so glad to hear you are all doing well (loud and well – :)).

  51. Carlotta says:

    Congratulations!!! Your girls are beautiful. Little Cali is precious. Good to hear you’ve recovered from the birth…those spinal headaches..ow.

  52. Oh, it’s so good to hear from you, and congratulations all around.

  53. You do beautiful work. (Not just the photos–your girls are beautiful.) Congratulations!

  54. It’s great to see you WHENEVER we get to see you! Congratulations and ENJOY!!!!

  55. Kathode Ray Tube says:

    Congratulations! Your girls are beautiful!

  56. Congratulations! What beautiful girls. I’m a long time lurker of your blog and appreciate whenever you are able to post. Enjoy your little ones.

  57. Congratulations! Welcome home, Cali. She’s beautiful.

  58. She’s adorable. Congratulations! 🙂

  59. Congratulations!! Cali is beautiful. So happy for you (aside from the screaming 🙂 )! As we prepare to try for #2 (dealing with age and IF), I know there will be days I wondered what the hell I was thinking but all the same….. what would life be like without the magic of little ones?

  60. Aww! Congratulations!! She’s beautiful!

  61. Congratulations! She’s a cutie — sorry she doesn’t sleep! And, as always, your pictures are great.

  62. Congrats, Cara! So happy for the whole family (and hoping that she sleeps a little more as the hot days stretch on). Meli looks like she’ll be an amazing big sister!

  63. Colleen says:

    Congratulations!!! You have two beautiful girls!

  64. Cathy Goldman says:

    Oh how sweet! And Cali was born on my Birthday….so I know this is a special baby. congratulations to you all. a beautiful happy and tired family1 CG

  65. Heather says:

    Congratulations on your new little girl! I agree with same sex siblings being the best- and not just for the benefit of hand-me-downs. Your pictures of Cali are stunning and I love the one of Meli and Cali- too precious.

  66. I think she looks SO much like Meli!! She’s beautiful, congratulations. I’m expecting my first in September, can’t wait…but I’m sure it will be chaotic as well.

  67. Congratulations! Cali is beautiful!!!! And, how can it be that two years have passed since I read about new baby, Meli???? Doesn’t seem possible. Wishing the best for you and your family.

  68. congratulations! and remember that all life is change- no change, no life- it’s a beautiful thing!

  69. You and your girlies look just beautiful. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

  70. Congratulations!

  71. Hey you! You sound really happy, and look beautiful. That Meli looks like her momma. Congrats on the new little one.

  72. awesome! congrats! I”m so happy for you!

  73. aprilshowers says:

    Congratulations! They are both so sweet. I am a year and a half out from #2 and get to knit every night now. Woohoo! Of course, time moves even faster with the second one – I miss those newborn days sometimes. But then that passes 🙂

  74. Congratulations! Your daughters are beautiful, but look at you glow. You are stunning.

  75. Congratulations

  76. You look so tired but SO Happy and SO BEAUTIFUL. Proud MAMA!

  77. Both girls are absolutely gorgeous! And you look great! Many congrats!!!

  78. Congratulations!
    I have a new one, too; big brother is almost 2 years old, and the new one is almost 4 weeks. Wow did I forget how hard the first bits are!
    Meli is very cute (and big) now!

  79. Congratulations! You have beautiful children. Thanks for the update.

  80. Beverly (db81971) says:

    Congrats! She sure is precious! Your whole family is just perfect! Sleep will come in time. Best of luck to you, and remember you are out numbered if you have another one! ( Trust me, I know)

  81. WOOT! Congratulations, Cara, and welcome to the world of TWO kids!!! All happiness to you and yours.

  82. Congratulations Cara. Your daughters are just beautiful and you look great with long hair.

  83. Congratulations, Cara! She’s beautiful.

  84. Oh, I’m so glad to see this post. I’ve been looking every day since the beginning of June. SO happy to hear you’ve given Meli a sister even if she doesn’t appreciate it right now. She will later. I think Cali looks much like Meli’s baby pictures. You can sure tell they’re sisters! We just got back from a week w/ our 8.5 month old grandgirl. She’s magical! Adorable, laughs a lot. I hated to leave. Good luck w/ the two-some, Cara.
    Oh, and btw, I had an epidural for back pain problems and got the headache, too. Had to have the patch. Which negated the benefits of the epidural! Oy! Not too fun.

  85. P.S. Meli is adorable. She’s gotten SO big.

  86. Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Glad everything went well, and that you are both healthy and happy.

  87. P.S. Meli is adorable. She’s gotten SO big.

  88. Such a beautiful baby, moma and big sister. Congratulations and blessings to your family. Thank you for the update.

  89. Debi S. says:

    Congratulations on your newest love! What a beautiful family!!!

  90. Awwww! Just checking in – congratulations! And WOW has Meli grown up recently. Your girls are gorgeous, and it’s nice to read that you’re all doing well.

  91. Congratulations!!!

  92. Congratulations from a Mom of 5 boys! They made up for it! I have 7 granddaughters! Welcome Cali. What a beautiful family!

  93. Hey mama! Congratulations on your TWO adorable girls!!! I can’t believe how much hair Meli has… or that she’s a big sister. So grown up!
    And Cali… well, I guess I’ve kind of forgotten that they start out that small.
    Congrats again! Sending good sleep vibes your way.

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