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Grandma time

Chris unfortunately had to go to England for another 3-week work trip when Lily was about a month old, so my mom stayed with Lily and me while he was gone. I loved having that time together with my mom! She taught me a lot about raising babies and encouraged me when I was frustrated (which was a lot. Why won’t babies do what the books say they are supposed to do??). She also ensured I was getting enough water to drink and food to eat so I didn’t starve or dehydrate while breastfeeding Lily. It was remarkably difficult to make myself lunch every day! I’m so grateful for her and the time she sacrificed away from my dad to be there with us and to help me through this new transition. This time will always hold a special place in my heart as a time when I really got to bond with my mother and we got to spend so much time together as 3 generations of girls.

 

The 4 weeks she was here were pretty chill. We went on one adventure to Oslo, but other than that we mostly napped and played with Lily at home, went on walks when it was sunny, shopped for baby things and watched a LOT of movies (especially during Lily’s growth spurts). Almost every night we played a fun game where the next movie we watched had to have an actor from the previous movie we watched in it.
Thank you again for all of your help, Mom! I couldn’t have done it without you!

 

Lily’s Blessing Day

In the LDS church babies are given a special priesthood blessing in the months after they are born. Chris gave Lily a beautiful blessing and my dad was able to be a part of the circle of priesthood brethren along with many of our good friends. I am so grateful to have the power of the priesthood in our home and family!

My mom and I stayed up late the night before to sew Lily a blessing gown (based on this tutorial) and while in the end it was hard to find Lily in all the ruffles, we think it turned out pretty cute!

After church that day I tried to get some cute mommy-daughter photos while she was still in her dress.
Some turned out precious…
Others not so much…
She cracks me up on a daily basis!

 

Grandma and Grandpa Osborn come to visit

When Lily was 3 weeks old we received some special visitors:

Grandma and Grandpa Osborn!

Lily is their very first grandchild so this first meeting was really special. Grandpa stayed for a week and then had to get back to the U.S. for work and Grandma stayed for the next 4 weeks to help out with the baby. It was a huge help to have them there since Chris’ paternity leave was over and it was so special to have them spend time with Lily. We didn’t do very much as Lily and I were still in the eat-sleep-eat-sleep groove, but we enjoyed having them there to share this new experience with us.
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Familia de Hill 2012

The Hill Family Reunion of July 2012 was a very momentous one. For one thing…it was my very first Hill reunion and, since the world is ending in December, probably my very last. Also, it was Grandma and Grandpa Hill’s 80th birthdays and 60th anniversary. You can decide which of these was MOST worth gathering for :)

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Tian approves of this family reunion.