Cooing Babies, a Screaming Toddler, and Life as We Know It

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Playing Catchup As We Reinvent Normal Life

So it has been quiet around here.¬†The Engaged Home blog, not our home.¬†Between a toddler and two newborns, we have a fair amount of hustle, bustle, crying, giggles, and impromptu singing. The singing comes mostly from Rebekah. Occasionally from Mitch and I . . .¬†What can we say,¬†Moana¬†has catchy music! This is just normal life in the Clay household. ūüėČ I must admit, part of me is tempted to do a huge photo dump. Mostly because it is way too much fun taking baby pictures, and it is hard to select which ones to include. And Grace, who took our … Read more…

A Busy Two Weeks–Blessings and Adjustments

(So many causes for celebration! Pink decor from Rebekah’s birthday, blue in honor of our boys, and lovely flowers my husband brought home for Mother’s Day. It has certainly been a season of blessing and celebration!) Well, most of you have probably heard our big news (thanks to social media). But I am so excited to finally share it with you here on our blog!¬†Our boys Daniel Alan and Joseph Morris joined us¬†on May 2nd. The past two weeks were full of new adventures and adjustments.¬†Due to having a completely different birth experience (more on that later) than with Rebekah … Read more…

To My Growing Family

Call it pregnancy hormones, excitement, I don’t know, but over the past couple days my heart keeps threatening to burst wide open with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Overwhelmed with excitement for what is ahead, tired at the thought of sleepless nights, anxious and all love-achy to hold my boys, and even sad to say goodbye to our precious trio of a family. Right now I am writing from bed, unable to sleep, with¬†Rebekah nestled down between us softly snoring. (Not something we allow her to do often, but she protested sleeping on her own from 2-5 AM. She wore us … Read more…

The Color Blue on my Mind

Blue. A serene, peaceful color. The color of Rebekah’s eyes. I’d long been saving some lovely blue yarn to crochet into a sweater for her because I knew it would look beautiful with her eyes. A couple weeks ago I finally decided on a pattern and started. But since December 27th, I’ve had blue on my mind for different¬†reasons. I started reading Fantastic Mr. Fox¬†(Amazon Affiliate Link) to Rebekah the other day. She seems to really enjoy it, though I decided not to read it to her before bed because it gets a tad scary for a 21-month-old! It has … Read more…

Big Changes

Leaning back in the examination room, trying to ignore how full my bladder is, I crane my neck to see the screen. Any moment I’ll get to see our baby. Remembering back to¬†seeing Rebekah for the first time, around 11 weeks along– kicking away like crazy, her little legs like a soccer player. This time all I see are¬†blobs. And the¬†dark, watermelon size balloon that is my near bursting¬†bladder. Mitch has¬†a better angle. He is totally¬†engrossed. I rest my head back on my thin pillow, hoping for a better view later, or the ultrasound nurse¬†to enlighten me about this strange … Read more…