Bringing Sebastian into the World

×This is a day late as life just became too busy to get it published. Exactly one month ago today, Rob and I dropped Lola off at the sitters and told her she’d be a big sister soon. We kissed her goodbye and as we left tears returned to my already flooded eyes. I was just a couple days shy of being 41 weeks pregnant and per my doctor’s advice (for reasons I’m choosing to remain private about), I was going to induce labor. The decision had been made the day prior and for some reason, it wasn’t sitting well with me. While it was ultimately my choice, the thought of forcing our unborn child into the world made me feel somewhat guilty. I pictured our child all...
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We Have a Son!

Sebastian Edward Howell was born on January 10th, 2014 weighing 10 lbs 6 oz (yes…you read that correctly!) and measuring 22 inches in length. We are over the moon with happiness and couldn’t be more grateful to have Sebastian in our lives. Lola is slowly beginning to warm up to him although she doesn’t really seem to care whether he is around or not. She likes to call him Bubba and on occasion she’ll lean in and give him kisses yet this is usually followed by an attempted grab at his face. The terms “touch nice” are currently the most used phrase of the Howell household. I would love to share more, but I’m going to relish in these amazingly precious moments with my family. I’ll be back...
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A Simple Kind of Day

Just like Christmas and New Year’s, Lola’s birthday was simple, quiet (until the sugar kicked in) and low-key. While I always envisioned throwing over-the-top birthday bashes for my kids – in which I’m sure I will someday – I want them to learn birthdays are about celebrating life and reflecting upon another year of achievements. The status quo seems to be “bigger is better”, but we prefer simplistic and meaningful and that’s precisely what Lola’s birthday was this year. Sure she received presents and we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ ten thousand times and she ate an ungodly amount of sugar, but more than all of that, we showered her with kisses, hugs and so much love. Maybe as she gets older she’ll prefer to have an MTV-style Sweet Sixteen...
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Merry Christmas from the Howells

Just a brief post to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever you may celebrate! We had a small, quiet Christmas filled with good cheer, wonderful presents, a delicious dinner and lots of love. With the baby due any day now, we are simply enjoying our family of three, cherishing the small moments and waiting for our fourth to make his/her debut into our world. Peace and Much Love, The Howells...
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Sweet Baby Howell

This follow-up post was supposed to be just that – an immediate follow-up to my last post. But hey…I’m pregnant (29 weeks now) and I’m already a mama to a child who now treats our living room furniture like a darn jungle gym (even gets up on the coffee table with this crazy look of pride) which means no eyes can be taken off of her. Ever. Well I had discussed before about why our family and friends were in Indianapolis to visit…and while the immediate reason was obviously to hang out with the coolest child on the planet, they were also here to help celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Howell. Sweet Baby Howell. The restaurant where I work was graciously donated to us to celebrate my...
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