Friday, April 30, 2010


Our team, Tiny Feet, walked in the annual March for Babies. We have raised over $4,000 for our little premature miracles. It was a rainy, somewhat cold day, but it was a good day. Four years ago a doctor told me that because of prematurity we would not have anymore children. Looks like we proved them all wrong, because this year we crossed the line as a family of four. Keep your mind and your heart open to all the possibilities life has to offer. The answer to your troubles might surprise you, but it could be the perfect one.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


He can't run THAT fast... not YET.


...There is no stopping him. This mama is blissfully exhausted these days. We are so proud of our boy.

Monday, April 12, 2010


I am not a morning person. Despite the fact that I've been a mother for over 4 years now, I still struggle with the early morning wake up call. I drag myself out of bed, put Kalvis in his highchair with his milk, and make myself my daily hot chocolate (Yes, I am a child that drinks hot chocolate instead of coffee). I dream of my pillow, then I turn around and see this little face smiling at me. Suddenly our early mornings together don't seem so bad and I'm ready to start my day with a smile.

I wish I could be this cute when I first wake up.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Kalvis is doing beautifully with his new family. We had some nighttime sleeping struggles for awhile, but they are now behind us. Looking back, I am amazed at how well he has transitioned. Almost 6 months ago he transitioned to a new family, new language, new smells, and a new life. Those struggles seem pretty mild when taking all this into consideration. He loves his crib now. We tried some co-sleeping when we were having the sleep issues, but he did better in his crib. He now takes two 2 hour naps during the day. He goes to sleep at 7 or 7:30 pm and will typically sleep until at least 6am. If he does wake up, a quick snuggle will usually satisfy him before he is reaching back to his bed and his beloved pillow.
Kalvis loves books and will bring them to me and sit down and listen while I read to him. As soon as I finish the book, he reaches for it and hands it to me to read again. If I ask him to get a book, he will walk to the bookshelf and bring one back to me.
He is loving the warm spring air, and has started walking on the uneven ground really well. He will walk to his little car and climb in. He'll sit in it up to a half hour, opening and shutting the door, playing quietly. He loves when Livija pushes him in it across the grass. He has even begun sitting on a small tricycle and using his little flintstone feet to walk it across the floor.

Another big step, is the use of babysitters. We've done it a few times now, and he really seems to do great. He's gotten to know both set of grandparents very well, and enjoys time with them while mama and papa have taken the time to get the yard and garden ready for the summer.

It's going to be an awesome summer. We have big plans of getting out on a few trips and lots of day trips to enjoy the season. I am especially excited to introduce Kalvis to the beach and Latvian camp.

It's really hard to believe that one year ago we were still waiting for that first picture of our boy, and here we are now barely able to remember a life without him.



We headed down to my sister's house to see what the Easter Bunny brought to South Jersey and found an Easter egg hunt for the kids. More cousins, more food, and much more chocolate.


This year the Easter Bunny hid the baskets. Kalvis was the first to find his basket (or bucket) of sand toys. He also got some eggs filled with cheerios and goldfish, but I think he's eyeing up Livija's chocolate.


Monday, April 5, 2010


Our little miracle, Livija Diane, born at 26 weeks. Just 2lbs 3 oz. Each year we walk in the March For Babies in celebration, in memory, and with hope for the preemies of tomorrow.

Please support us in reaching our goal.