Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Fun

Liam after eating a chocolate-dipped rice krispy pop:

Silas lounging in the pool:

Liam watching a parade in early June:

Silas monkeying around on his chair at the parade:

Liam playing with his Cozy Coupe:

Silly Silas and his bubble-blowing lawn mower:

A family photo on Father's Day:

Liam with a sticky, red face from a sucker he got at a 4th of July parade:

Silas enjoying his dum-dum sucker at the 4th of July parade:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"I Gave You Words / Field Of Cradles" Exhibition

Our sweet Myles was creator, Susannah Pabot's, inspiration for this project and is among those babies being honored. The poem that was written for Myles is beautiful. I will share it along with photos of the exhibit after the event. If you are near Brown and can go experience this beautiful, moving exhibition, I would highly recommend it. I wish I could be there to experience it in person.

I Gave You Words / Fields of Cradles Exhibition Description
by Susannah Pabot

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only in pregnancy and the postpartum period, characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Worldwide, preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death, claiming the lives of an estimated 76,000 women and 500,000 babies each year. There is at present no known prevention or cure, except for the delivery of the baby, often much too early in the pregnancy.

In the US, morbidity and mortality related to preeclampsia is predominately linked to the affects of the condition on the baby. Preeclampsia can cause intrauterine growth restriction, a state in which the baby does not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to grow normally, or it can cause placental abruption, meaning that the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before the baby is born. Risks to a premature baby include incomplete lung development and many other potential health problems.

Although there is no cure, knowing the warning signs of preeclampsia can lead to more timely diagnosis and better outcomes. Despite this fact, almost half of all pregnant women do not currently receive information about preeclampsia during their pregnancies.

This exhibition aims to raise awareness of preeclampia and related conditions by honoring the lives of the many babies lost each year to this disease. Writer Susannah Pabot (BROWN MFA '12), herself a two-times survivor of preeclampsia, worked with over twenty families from throughout the United States to create poems for the exhibition. Each cradle in the exhibition displays one of these poems and is dedicated to the memory of a baby who died as a result of preeclampsia or a related hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. Side by side, the cradles tell a story of the devastation left in the wake of these conditions, but also remind us that each tiny life lost to preeclampsia was that of a little person who was here, who was loved, whose life mattered and always will.

The poems are printed on cotton and displayed on individually designed and knit baby blankets, created by Alyssa Fu (textiles, RISD '11) and Eliza Squibb (textiles, RISD '13). The cradles are designed by Rebecca Lee (furniture design, RISD '11) and created with the generous assistance of Bud Saggal (Precision Laser Inc, Pawtucket, RI).

The exhibition's sound environment, which includes recordings of the poems by members of the Brown and Providence communities, was composed by Ling Zhou (composition, RISD/BROWN '13).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Weekend 2011

Yesterday we had a fun-filled day shopping, dining, and playing. We took the boys to the play area of the local mall and they had a blast.

Last year the boys were too young to really participate in the holiday, but this year they really got into it. They found Easter eggs that were "hidden" in the yard and located their Easter baskets in the house. We had a beautiful sunny day and had a ton of fun playing with the boys outside. Here's a few photos of our fun-filled day...

After a long day of playing outside the boys still had energy to play with their mommy. Silas kept saying "cookie" (he says it as plain as day) and I couldn't help but think he was asking for just one more cookie:

Liam played hide and seek with me (one of his favorite games next to "chase Liam") and kept hiding behind the door. This is photo shows Liam's sheer joy when I "found him":

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Big Birthday Wish for Auntie K

This is a week late, but I was unable to post on my blog. J made some upgrades to my laptop, which resulted in me not being able to post, but now it's fixed. Liam & Silas sent the following birthday wishes to K last Wednesday:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Silas & Liam's One Year Photo Shoot

Check out the photos of the Liam & Silas from their one year photo shoot! Enter the password "mondovi".

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Three Years Ago Feels Like Yesterday

Three years ago my heart broke in two. Three years ago I watched as the beautiful sparkle left my son's eyes. Three years ago we faced the toughest decision of our lives and had to let go of our sweet Myles. Three years ago I held my first-born son and watched the life slowly leave his body. Three years ago my life changed forever. Three years ago seems so long ago, yet three years ago also feels like it happened just yesterday.

Myles, I think of you daily and miss you just as much today as the day you left us. I am grateful for every single minute of the 26 days we were able to spend with you, but I have to admit that I'm greedy and wish there had been more. I wanted a lifetime with you. I had so many dreams for us. I wish you could meet your brothers. You continue to inspire me today and promise to continue to live my life to its fullest in your memory. I love you sweet baby boy! Hugs, kisses & love always, Mommy

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday Funday

Yesterday (and today) the weather was in the mid-40's, which feels like a heatwave in WI when we just had -30 last week, so we took the boys out for a ride in the wagon. Both Liam & Silas seemed to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

After our walk around the subdivision I made homemade finger paint (flour, water, and food coloring) for the boys to use to make Valentine's for the Auntie K, the nanny, and their grandmas. Silas seemed to enjoy eating it, but did manage to make beautiful masterpieces. Liam was more meticulous with his painting and also created a couple of amazing pieces of art.

Happy Valentine's Day!