Making a conscious effort

It is already painfully obvious to me how the old stereotype of firstborn children receiving more attention (especially as babies) has become so prevalent in our society. There’s just no denying it…parents will never be able to give as much undivided time and attention to their other kids as babies as they did to their first. In my own life, twisted as it may be, sometimes love and attention is evident through photos. I have HUNDREDS of photos of Carson from birth through the present. I had a scrapbook almost entirely completed for him BEFORE HE WAS BORN! I know. I’m a dork. And it turned out I didn’t like that method anyway, because some of the pages didn’t fit with any of my pictures. So, Sydney has an empty scrapbook. BUT, all of that to say, I’m making a conscioius effort to take lots of pictures of Sydney as a baby, and take plenty that don’t necessarily have Carson IN them.
Here are some pictures of Sydney’s first real non-sponge bath. The fact that she is over 2 weeks old before she GOT her first bath is another sign that she has a time-consuming sibling around. But at least we got her cleaned up and documented it!
She tends to have her head tilted to the right a lot of the time, so Dr. Trent has asked me to be doing some neck stretches with her at every diaper change. I’m not kidding.

I used the “blur” tool on this one to make it blog-appropriate.


  1. So cute! That is hilarious about the neck exercises! Don’t worry..we haven’t given Madeline an official bath yet..and we don’t have a toddler as an excuse. No scrap book for her either. second child is really going to get a raw deal!!
    Btw, you look great! I am not photo ready yet- at ALL! But Madeline does have a photo shoot with our wedding photographer today, so cute pictures to come..:)

  2. For what it’s worth, Sydney looks very calm and content in her pictures. That’s saying a lot for a first time bath!! Must be your hands of experience. You look great, btw.

  3. I’ve been thinking about you a lot this week. I’m impressed by her calmness for her 1st bath. Abby was screaming. And Jen, everyone is saying it cuz it’s true, You look great!

  4. Sydney is just so chill. She’s like, “Hey world – what’s up? A bath? It’s cooooo.”

    What a cutie! She looks so much like her mom – watch out, world!

  5. Dionne–is this Dionne G from PCC? It is so great to hear from you! Do you have a blog or are you on Facebook? BTW, everyone else, thanks so much for encouragement and suggestions. It really does help!

  6. Jen T – Sydney is so cute! Did you know that we are celebrating your birthday at choir tomorrow??? Are you and Sydney coming? I think you should…even just for the birthday time. See you soon!

    Jenn B.

  7. This is Dionne G from PCC (I feel like I should say RA! RA! RA! after that). lol

    I read your blog often. 🙂

    I am on Facebook. My married name is Sincire. I have recently started a blog on hotmail’s “Spaces” (which is a shameful imitation of myspace) at:

    As a mom of two, you might appreciate the “And the cookie goes to…” post.

    Diane Davis is trying to coerce me into joining blogspot. I might be considering the move, there are so many great people on here.

    Anyway, I just want you to know that I think that you’re doing a wonderful job being a mom and you and your family are gorgeous!

  8. Go new mommy go! You’re on day 3 solo…almost the weekend!!!! See? You can do this! (And just for the record, we ALL knew you could.) Oh, and Eva still hasn’t had a good bath since we brought her home 1 1/2 yrs. ago.:) Kidding, of course. And on the scrapbooking…sheesh! You’re amazing. Yes, Elisha has several more albums than Eva, but I committed to do a baby album (no sibling pics) for each kid for their first year. That seemed more reasonable. (Plus, I really don’t think Elisha is gonna care that one whole album of hers is a picture of EACH present she opened on her 1 yr. b-day. Talk about overkill!) I still keep up on all the other albums, but going back to scrapbook is gonna have to wait until they’re in college!:) Still praying for the rest of your week…

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