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The Cavalry Has Arrived

Mom + Dad are in town – I am alone no more!!!  I am saved!  Thank the stars!!!









I survived the six weeks alone with my newborn!!!  For those of you who are new to this blog, Jeff has been gone on location for work since Langdon’s been 2 1/2 weeks old.  In the beginning I was running on adrenaline alone, thinking I could get everything done.  Towards the end I was feeling so burnt out + done.  DONE.  An empty vessel robotically washing bottles, feeding, changing diapers, comforting – on no sleep.  I was like Frodo.







I just couldn’t anymore.  It’s like my body knew my parents were on their way + it was shutting down.

Except, Frodo was surrounded by other Hobbits.  I had no Hobbits.  Well, no I stand corrected.  I did have Hobbits – thankfully I had my family on the North Shore where I would get love + support!!!  Thank you Deb, Tom + boys for being there for me during this time + doting on Langdon endlessly!!!Deb - 10

I tip my hat off + salute single moms!  They deserve a medal, a bouquet of roses every day + to be showered with cotton candy.  They are the strongest, most resilient people in all the world + I admire them so much!!!  It is the hardest job in the whole world – caring for babies is all consuming!

Here comes mom arriving at YVR!!!  So excited to see Langdon – she hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a week old!Blog - 01

And here comes grandpa!!!  Welcome back to the beautiful shores of Vancouver!!!  It’s been awhile!  Aloha!!!Blog - 03

Langdon has been talking up a storm lately!  He was singing + chatting while we waited for grandma + grandpa!  I call him my Wolf Cub because of some of the sounds he makes!  Awoooo!!!!Blog - 02

After the arrival of my parents, we immediately went out for delicious Chinese food – it’s so plentiful + crazy delicious in Vancouver!!!Blog - 04

Awwwww.  First grandson.Blog - 05

It’s been so amazing having mom feed, change + help me with Langdon.  An extra pair of hands are golden!!!  Here she is settling him down to sleepy time.Blog - 06

We’ve been galivanting around town here + there.  The other day we went out for Indian food at Rangoli’s.  Shaka!!!!!  To da max, brah!  For reals!!!!  As you can see my family feels very intensely about a lot of things.  We are a passionate peoples.Blog - 07

I usually wear Langdon because everywhere we’ve been has been tiny with limited seating.  He is a very good boy.Blog - 08

Yum!!!  Good eats!!!  So much nice tasty foods!  So berry berry happy time!  Engrish!Blog - 09

Developmentally, Langdon has been changing so rapidly!  He is loving his activity center + is grabbing at things, fascinated with motion + color!Blog - 10

Neck control is strong!!!photo

Mirrors have been entrancing him.  This picture cracks me up of Langdon looking at himself during bath time with a very satisfied facial expression.  He is going to hate me for posting this picture.  Also, his classic hairline + Dr. Seuss cowlick in this pic are too adorbs.  He has outgrown the bathroom sink + has graduated to his big boy bath!Blog - 11

Oh snuggly bug!!!Blog - 12

Laughs, squeals + big smiles are big around here!!!Blog - 13

And so are chubby cheeks!!!  I just want to pinch them + snoozzle up against them 24-7!!!Blog - 14

10 weeks old!!!  Lang Lang is such a big boy already – lookit him!  Time is flying by!!!Blog - 15


Dad is out working hard + playing hard out in Alberta on Hell on Wheels.  Here’s Jeff with the awesome cast enjoying some down time – it’s like a rugged facial hair bonanza – my kind of party!Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 6.40.44 PM

It’s been truly great having my mom + dad around.  I miss them so much being up here in Canada!  I’m so glad they’ve been able to spend this time with Langdon!  Thanks for everything you’ve done for me mom + dad!  You are the best parents EVER!!!!!!!


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  1. I don’t think I’ve seen you with your hair up before – it looks great! Glad to hear you survived your six weeks alone – I realized today I hadn’t heard from you in a while and wondered… 🙂

    June 19, 2014
    • Aw, thanks Michelle! I know I HATE wearing my hair up! I usually never wear it up but now that Langdon’s been clutching at things I’ve got to wear the updo!!! I’ll be in Alberta soooooon!!!!

      June 19, 2014
  2. Deb Fayle #

    “Lang Lang is the best – says Tobin. We looove hanging out with Langdon!”
    You did it Shelli, so proud and happy for you. Hurray for Rocky and Kenny … I think Langdon looks like your dad, wow!

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Deb!!! I definitely couldn’t have done it without you guys!!! I think Lang Lang looks like my dad too!!!

      June 20, 2014
  3. Lizzzzz #

    I love reading your blog shelli! I love seeing all the pics of Lang-Lang and you and the rest of the gang: Deb, tobs, Jeffrey and you parents. We miss you all so much but are glad to see you are all doing so well. Xo

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Liz!!! We miss you guys so much – so funny cuz my parents + I were actually talking about Encinitas + about the awesome Hoiles family!!!!

      June 20, 2014
  4. Kenneth Kenny Dads/Papi Nishino #

    Yep, AWsuM 2 be here with our Grandson, Langdon…
    Lang-Lang, he’s amazing so cute & adorable, I think he
    looks more & more like his Daddie, Jeffrey…I catch myself
    calling, him Jeff JR. at times of course also great 2 C our
    daughter dearest, Shelli, TOO!!!!! she’s been a trooper
    driving & taking us around town…’s been great!!!!!

    June 20, 2014
  5. Yay, glad your parents are there to help out 🙂 I can’t even imagine 6 weeks by yourself…we’re already apprehensive about when my parents take off at the end of this week and we’re by ourselves with Olive – GULP.

    June 22, 2014
    • It’s pretty crazy how anxious a little mini human being can make you, eh?! You guys are going to rock it out!!! I’m over here in Canada with my pom poms, rooting for you! Siss boom bah!!! Rah rah rah!!!

      June 22, 2014

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