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We attempted a bit of a photo shoot a couple months ago. It sure is hard to sit still and follow grown ups’ instructions, but I think the two little monkeys did pretty well overall.IMG_7327 bwIMG_7453_bw2 IMG_7339_FotordlIMG_7340_Fotor sepia









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Studying Up

Autumn’s been going through her New Baby book over and over these past few days. And like any good student, she took her book to bed with her for nap time today and fell asleep with her fingers still gripped on the pages. Don’t worry little one, it’s gonna be crazy but you’ll be the best big sister around and you’ll always be my little dragon.



Sleeping Sisters



Get Ready Kids

 Here’s the official picture

IMG_6976(1) copyAnd here are some fun outtakes


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It’s been a great two weeks since baby Autumn joined our family. We’ve had lots of visits from family members and we’re enjoying this sweet newborn time. It has been such a great experience going through pregnancy, birth, and welcoming a new baby the second time around. Having been through this once before, we are not only more relaxed but also much more conscious about really appreciating every moment. We know how fast time passes and how quickly kids grow. I read somewhere recently that parenthood is a mixture of both happiness and sorrow – happiness with all the growth and new accomplishments that you witness your children making, and at the same time sadness for the younger stages that are forever gone. How true!

Here are some snapshots from our household over the past two weeks.

Meeting Auntie Kimmy and Uncle Kyan
Meeting Grammie

A rare quiet moment from Luca

Luca gives Grammie a temporary tattoo (I believe it was a flaming motorcycle!)

Daddy love

Meeting Grandma and Grandpa

Meeting Uncle Travis

Nap time with Mama

And Daddy

Getting to know big brother 

This is how Luca likes to eat his apple slices lately

More nap time

First outing to the park

Play time with Mama and camera

Visit from Auntie Barbie and Uncle Justin

To infinity and beyond!

Oh Buzz Lightyear, how I love you so

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37 Weeks

It’s hard to believe but we’re 37 weeks along now and less than 3 weeks away from meeting our new baby! Time seems to have accelerated during this final stretch. Chris and I took a tour of the hospital this week and, more than anything, it served to help us realize that it’s probably time to start making final preparations for baby. Things are so much busier this time around with a 2 year old in the house – we don’t seem to have as much time to think ahead. Life these days is more about living day to day and moment to moment. We decided to dedicate this weekend to getting ready for baby, because ready or not, here she comes!

Even though we’ve been busy, we have found some time to enjoy summer. Here are some fun pics from the past couple weeks.

We took a few moments before going out for our anniversary dinner to snap some family portraits:

Luca takes a moment to play with our porch squirrel:

Luca and I took a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Corvallis this past weekend, and he had a blast soaking up the summer sun with his relatives.

Riding bikes with Uncle Travis:

Mama hangs out in the shade:

The ultimate picture of summer:

Flying a kite with Grandpa!

Up on the play structure with Grandma and Uncle Travis:

Mama soaks up a few rays too:

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Time for a baby update! As Luca successfully predicted on more than one occasion, he’s going to have a baby sister! Never mind that he doesn’t even know what a boy or a girl is…  We weren’t hoping for one more than the other, but we are definitely excited to have one of each. We’ve been talking a bit more to Luca about his baby sister and asking if he is going to be a good big brother and help take care of her. Sometimes he says yes, and sometimes he says no. He usually asks if he can hold the baby, but seems to be okay with having to wait a little longer until she’s ready to come out. One time he asked if he could eat the baby – hmm, not sure where that one came from. Who knows what goes on in the mind of a 2 year old…

We’re all doing well – plugging away with the day to day busyness of work and day care and dishes and laundry and always thinking of new ways to get Luca to listen and do what we want. Yes, I realize getting him to do something that wasn’t his idea to begin with is the inherent flaw in our logic, but we keep trying nonetheless. I’m feeling pretty good these days – no complications thus far, and always tired but with as reasonable an amount of energy as can be expected for a working mom with a busy toddler.

Here are a few pics of baby and belly and family to keep you all up to date:

Here she is waving hello

25 weeks along now!

This is Luca's version of cooperating for a photo

A rare moment of stillness

We found ourselves face to face for a moment, and Luca said, "Mama's eyes - Luca in there!" Sweetest moment ever!

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We wanted to take a couple belly pictures (I’m 16 weeks along now) and thought it would be fun to have Luca doing cute big brother poses. Of course, when you’re 2, you usually don’t want to do anything that anyone else wants you to do. So we managed to get a couple of cute shots, and plenty of silly ones.


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It’s the year of the Dragon and a perfect time for us to share our little dragon with the world!! Kitty is now 3 months pregnant and we got our first ultrasound pictures today.  Kitty is tired, but doing well and her baby bump just started showing.  She recently met with a midwife from the OHSU Nurse-Midwives Program and we are pretty excited about having this option available to us.   The snoogle has been unpacked and we’ve started talking with Luca about the new baby.  Of course, every time we point to the baby in his mama’s tummy Luca pulls up his shirt, points to his tummy, and says Baby Baby!  I think he’ll eventually catch on.  As always we’ll keep you posted on all our adventures.  We love and appreciate having all of you in our lives and are so happy to share our news with you.


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Baby Luca Lee Bowling

Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and name suggestions.  After much thought and discussion we decided on Luca, “bringer of light”.  His middle name will be Lee after my grandfather Cyral Lee Bowling, my father Steven Lee Bowling, and myself Christopher Lee Bowling.  Baby Luca is doing well and pretty much moves continuously throughout the day.  We continue to attend different classes at Huntington Hospital.  It’s such a great hospital and we’ve learned a lot of great things.  I’m definitely getting more and more excited as his birthday approaches and can’t wait to finally see him.

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