The End

by Kayte

I originally started this blog to keep our many family and friends in the loop when Max & Lola were first born and things were changing so quickly every day. While they were in the NICU it became a daily therapy/outlet; a way to organize my thoughts and feelings, and to record all the medical minutia. The blog continued to evolve when they came home, becoming a celebration of their triumphs and a journal of our daily life. It also served as a way to keep in touch with far-fetched family, a medical record book, and a reason for me to organize the thousands of photos I take.

But in the past months I have found it harder and harder to keep up with as life starts moving faster around us. Lately the blog has felt more like an obligation than a fun hobby, and I feel guilty whenever I don’t post. To top things off, this week I was offered a job and will be going back to work! So with a heavy heart I have decided it is time to say goodbye to the blog. Thank you for being part of our journey these past five years – your support and love kept us afloat through some of life’s hardest moments, and we will forever be grateful to our loving community.

I would like to continue sharing photos privately with those who don’t mind being inundated with kid photos, so just leave a message in the comments if you’d like to be added to our shared private album. I will also leave the blog online for the time being, and there’s a fun little “Memories” widget on the right sidebar >>> where you can look at past posts from today’s date. And because I like to leave things nicely rounded out, I’ve gone ahead and finished up the posts in the month leading up the kids’ birthday:

Thank you for everything!

Much love,
Kayte, Brody, Max & Lola

Five Years

by Kayte

Five years ago Max and Lola came into our lives unexpectedly and tumultuously. We set out on a parenting journey that we weren’t prepared for, but it has taught us so much about love and strength and who we are and what we are capable of. In the years since their birth we have celebrated countless victories, overcome unimaginable adversity, experienced unconditional love, and felt our hearts break into a million pieces.

In the early days I naively thought that “this NICU thing” would be over when we finally brought Max and Lola home from the hospital, but I have since realized that this is something that, for better and for worse, will shape us for the rest of our lives. I’ve often wondered if I would go back and change things if I could, and I think as parents we would do anything to protect our kids, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

We remind ourselves that we are incredibly lucky to have our family together; thriving, happy, mostly healthy. Every day together is a miracle, even in, especially in, those most mundane of moments when things just feel ordinary. Happy 5th birthday Max and Lola. We are in awe of you. We are SO proud of you. We Love You.

Birthday Bikes

by Kayte

After the birthday party at school, Brody surprised the kids by coming home early and unveiling their big birthday present: new bikes! We had hidden them next door since they had to be preassmbled, so we had a little mini celebration with the neighbors. After present-opening we took the kids to early dinner at a teppanyaki restaurant where a chef chops and cooks all the food on the grill right at your table. The kids got a big kick out of it. It was a perfect celebratory, joyous birthday day.





PALs Birthday Party

by Kayte

Max and Lola got to be royalty for the day as their classes joined together for a big birthday celebration. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” and I brought strawberries and whipped cream for a snack. We have really gotten close to the preschool teachers and families these past two years and I’m already starting to feel sentimental about the end of the school year. It’s been a great experience.

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Easter 2017

by Kayte

We had a busy few days with the kids being on Spring Break last week, Brody spending some time in the ER for a hernia/heart murmur Friday (long story short, he’s ok!), and hosting Passover Seder yesterday, so Easter today was a fairly mellow affair. We went through the motions of egg dyeing and egg hunting, but no one really had their heart in it.



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Passover Paintings

by Kayte

We hosted a Seder dinner for our family and neighbors this year, and the kids were in charge of the decorations. Lola was in charge of taste-testing the brisket – she is a carnivore!

Kite Festival

by Kayte

With Lola’s love of kites we thought that the kite festival in Santa Monica would be a perfect weekend activity. The kids were initially impressed with all the kites, but ended up more interested in the sand and water. There was a craft set up so both kids got to make their own kites and fly them with the big guys. We also took a ride on the ferris wheel which I had never done in all the years I’ve lived here. It was windy and chilly and a beautiful view of the ocean and the kites.

PALs Egg Hunt

by Kayte

The kids’ classes both celebrated Easter in their last few days of school before spring break. They dyed eggs, made their own baskets, and went on an egg hunt. We sure are going to miss these classes at the end of the year.