The Instant Family » the first months
Apr 4

The new wide-angle lens is a whole lot of fun, but sometimes you have to be careful about getting too close to the baby when you take the picture.


Mar 24

Adriene’s parents came into town this weekend and the whole family visited Jeff’s parents for Easter, so all the grandparents were with their babies, and very happy!

Jeff’s mom made some adorable Easter bonnets for the girls. They even let us take some pictures of them wearing them without trying to take them off!



More photos here!

Mar 18

It’s starting already.

Mar 2

Jeff rented a fisheye lens for his camera this past weekend (basically, a fisheye lens makes everything look like it would through a fish’s eye – things in the center of the picture wind up being a bit larger than things around the edges). He found three (un)willing subjects to test the lens on in our house. Much hilarity ensued:




More pictures of Jeff’s deviltry here.

Feb 19

The girls are 5 1/2 months old now, and are doing something new just about every day! They’re enjoying tummy time a lot more, and Gracie has even figured out how to roll from her back to her tummy now (the only bad news is that she seems to forget that she already knows how to roll from her tummy to her back, and gets upset sometimes and we have to roll her over). Erin’s just about gotten rolling from her back to her tummy down, but she’s not quite there yet.



Feb 13

These girls better like sports. At least, they better if they plan on living in the same house as their daddy.

(Erin seems excited. Gracie, not so much.)

Feb 1


Not only does Erin look like mom, but she sleeps like mom!

Not only does Gracie look like dad, but she sleeps like dad!


Jan 24

We made a trip down to Savannah this past weekend to see Adriene’s parents. The girls were incredible on the trip. We had no idea how they would handle a four-hour trip in the car, but they slept almost the entire way. We’re very happy that the first long road-trip went so smooth.

While in Savannah, Jeff went to a hockey tournament and Adriene stayed home with her mom and played with babies all weekend. I think everyone came away happy. If you want to see pictures of the hockey tournament, here’s the place for you.. If you want to see pictures of babies, you’re at the right place right now!



Jan 15

So, the girls are becoming more mobile every day. They’re not crawling yet, but they’re starting to roll over and have gotten to where they can move themselves around by pushing their feet against the floor, turning themselves around.

Our morning routine is usually feeding at 7am, then a little playtime, then they go down for a nap around 9am. Since Mommy usually needs a shower by then, we usually put them in their crib for this nap so we can hear them if they get upset. The other day, I went to get them out of the crib after naptime, and imagine my surprise when I saw this:

For reference, I had laid them down to where they were side-by-side lengthwise, with their heads pointing to what would have been the left side of this picture. Sometime during the nap, Gracie turned herself perpendicular to that, and Erin did a complete 180.

Oh well. At least they seem to be happy about it.

Jan 8

My (Adriene) good friend from high school and college, MegAnn, and her husband Ben were in town this past week from California, visiting friends and relatives. They stopped by with their three girls for a little visit. It was nice to get back in touch and to see how much their kids have grown.


Gracie, Erin, and their new friend, Lucy.


Meg, her second-oldest Alice, and the babies.

Nicole and babies.

Nicole, Meg and Ben’s oldest, entertains the babies (Note: Nicole was in Meg’s tummy during our wedding back in 2000. She’s so big now!).

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