I'm finally getting around to sharing the photos from Rhys' newborn shoot! We've never done newborn photos before, so it was a whole new experience for us, but I'm so glad we did it. I found a photographer in Raleigh who has been doing newborn photos for 14 years (MichelleStudios), and I was so impressed by the way she handled Rhys. She really has a magic touch. The weather was perfect to get a lot of shots outside in her "fairy garden." I couldn't believe how well Rhys slept through all the moving and positioning. We did the shoot when he was 10 days old - still in the sleepy phase - but still! My mom was in town, helping us with Rhys, so she came along, and Kevin stayed home with Ian.
On September 20th, baby Rhys was born at 4:59 pm. The last four weeks have flown by in a blur (probably due in part to the lack of sleep), and we're settling into life as a family of six. I went into labor the day after my mom arrived - I think my body was waiting until she was here, because we didn't have much of a backup plan for what we would do with Ian while we were at the hospital. The delivery was fairly quick, and we were home two days later. Ian and the girls have all been really sweet with their new baby brother. Here are some photos from Rhys' first days and life lately.
One of the top things parents of toddlers worry about is food. Is the kid eating enough? Is he eating too much? Too many snacks? Not eating vegetables? Only eating bread? Toddlers are known for being picky eaters, but there are ways to help ensure that they develop a taste for healthy foods and don't become picky eaters for life.
It's ironic that food is one area that has gone really well for us with Ian, since I'm a pretty picky eater, but I give credit for our success to the French feeding habits that we've implemented. The French have a whole different attitude towards food and meals, and French kids just aren't picky eaters. If you're dealing with a picky toddler or wanting to help your baby sail through toddlerhood without stressing about food, check out some of the tips I've borrowed from the French.
Wow. This pregnancy is going by so fast! Of course, the next six weeks will probably crawl by, but I can't believe it's so close already. I suppose having a toddler (along with the two teenagers) doesn't give me much time for just hanging out preparing for baby. Our days are packed and it's only going to get busier. We did get the nursery painted already, and I ordered most of the baby stuff, so at least that's done. I don't remember being this tired last time, but I didn't have a toddler then...
We had so much fun taking a family trip to Myrtle Beach. It was our first time there, and it didn't disappoint. We spent a week at the Hilton's Kingston Plantation, and it had all the right elements for a great family vacation. We stayed in a two bedroom villa, which was more than big enough for a family of five. In addition to the two bedrooms, it had a full kitchen, dining room, living room, patio, washer, dryer, and two bathrooms. There were several pools on the property, including a kids splash park with water slides and lots of spray elements. We tried to spend a little time on the beach every morning, and Ian absolutely loved it! Bea did a lot of body boarding, and the girls had fun in the waves.
Moving from America to France with two preteen girls, two dogs and a cat was an incredible adventure. After four years living just outside of Paris, the Family McLean is back in the U.S. (minus the cat, but with a new baby boy). There's always something new to discover, whether it's a family outing, a new recipe, or the next fun vacation.