Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Haven't posted in a while... just wanted to news about the newest member of the Allen family to sink in!

Recently, Alex celebrated her first Thanksgiving and Alyse, her second. Though Alyse's sampling of all the Thanksgiving menu items was a slight more appetizing than Alex's bottle of Enfamil formula, it was a festive occasion to remember just the same.(I'll spare you the seventh-grade essay-esque drollery of the foods Alyse "seemed to enjoy" and "the things she did," etc.)

Photos for your enjoyment:

Allen Sisters
Alyse understands the concept of posing. Alex does not.

Thanksgiving Participant
A king's ransom of Thanksgiving food!

Alexa's First Thanksgiving
Waiting for the turkey-flavored formula bottle.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Number Three is on the Way!

Yesterday morning (i.e., Tuesday, October 23, 2007), Charlotte and I were shocked to find we are pregnant with our third child! This pregnancy, by far, caught us the most off guard, as Alex is only 4 months old.

The past year has been a really remarkable time for our family as we've moved into a much bigger house and Charlotte is able to stay home with Alyse & Alex now, which is more of a blessing than we ever dared dream.

Just to ward off any future questions, yes we are hoping for a boy this time around, but obviously will not in any way be disappointed if we are blessed with another little girl.

I'll keep you updated here.

Pregnant with baby number three.

Pregnant with Alexa.

Pregnant with Alyse.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

This past week was cause for much celebration as the Butlers (i.e., Jeremy, Amy, Jack, & Evie) were down visiting from Wyoming. The primary significance was it was the first time any of the Allens (i.e., Drew, Charlotte, Alyse, & Alex) had got to see little Evelyn (a.k.a. "Evie"), and the first time any of the Butlers (i.e., see parenthetical notation above) got to see Alexa (a.k.a. "Alex").

Of course, Alex and Evie together ranked top in the cuteness department. Below are some pictures of this happy reunion (initial union is some cases).

(You can see more pictures from the Butler's Visit on Flickr!)

Evie & Alex
Evelyn Jane Butler & Alexa Lylith Allen

Unky Jeremy & Alex
Unky Jeremy & Alex Bear

Evie & Aunt Charlotte
Aunt Charlotte & Evie

Alex & Aunt Amy
Aunt Amy & Alex Bear

Evie & Alex
Evie & Alex Close Up!

Jack Give Alex an Extra Big Kiss
Jack Greets His Newest Cousin

Big Hug
Aunt Amy & Alyse

Upset Cousin Toddlers Eating
Alyse & Jack

Sleeping Babies!
Worn Out from all the Attention

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

First Laughs!

Yesterday when I got home from work, I was holding Alex while Charlotte was on mom's computer, somehow patient enough to commence internet operations on a dial-up connection.

Alex had just woken up about fifteen minutes prior and was all smiles. Charlotte began intermittently thrusting her face back and forth toward Alex while speaking baby-gibberish and a half-garbled voice...

Alex's noise started out as a sort of high pitch grunt that translated into something of an affirmation of her amusement, but as the intensity of Charlotte's bizarre activity increased, the grunt evolved into a laugh, though awkward at first because of its virginity. Although a new vocal ability was being exercised, it quickly matured to resemble a much wiser laugh, possibly one of the sweetest sounds acknowledged by the human ear.

As my video camera is on lend and our camera is dead, this moment escaped digital immortalization. But the memory of it is will remain sharper than almost any other in my lifetime...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My Girls...

Much apologies as to the recent absences of posts, what with moving and all...

Here are a couple of cute pictures, though:



Friday, July 27, 2007

Funny Girls...

One never knows what to expect when Alyse & Aubrey get together except, of course, for hilarity. Two videos for you to observe this claim:

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Our Little Cutie

Pleasant Look
Originally uploaded by drewesque
As is the case with most babies, capturing Alexa's smile in a picture is particularly difficult, but she will throw looks at me like this all day long.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's Been a Little While...

July 11, 2006

July 21, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Funniest Picture Ever.

Funniest Picture Ever.
Originally uploaded by drewesque
This picture kills my head. Alyse & Aubrey were doing a performance, using the fireplace hearth as a mini-stage. I don't remember just now if there was music or if we were prodding them on, but hilarity ensued.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Don't It Make You Smile...

Alex has started smiling a bit, though mostly whilst dozing off. Here is the closest photographic evidence I have to support this claim:

Alex Dozing Off 3

Monday, June 25, 2007

Noticeable Similarities.

This seemed inevitable. I guess that's why I'm doing it.

Alyse 3D 1
Alexa Sonogram Pose

Waiting Room
Waiting Room

Ready to Deliver this Baby.
Ready to Deliver Alexa

Alyse Enters the World
Alexa is Delivered

Alyse 8 lbs. 3 oz.
9 lbs. 7.8 oz!

Mother & Child
Charlotte Holds Alex

Newborn Alyse with Daddy
Daddy Holds His Little Girl

Alyse Closer Up
Sweet, Beautiful Alex

Unky B & Alyse
Uncle Monkey & Alexa

Andy & New Cousin
Andy & Her Newest Cousin

Going Home
A Sort of Homecoming

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day

For Father's Day this year, we spent a quiet day just spending quality time as a family. We went to eat in the afternoon and, despite the excruciating humidity, made a stop over at the park for a while.

Falling Back Down is Fun!

With the attractive playground equipment, Alyse experienced a bit of sensory overload which manifested itself in a sort of adamant protest when we decided to leave.


Arguably, Alex's time was better spent napping:

Alex Enjoying the Park

Alexa has matured to a stage, however, where she is actually awake more often than she is asleep! Fortunately, for the most part, she is still a very content infant. She cries when she is hungry, and cries if she wakes up and no one is holding her.

My Little Alex Bear

All in all, the girls are absolutely loving their mom being home with them all day (even though Alex can't appreciate that concept like Alyse can!).

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Alex's First Video!

After being peppered by several requests to show Alexa in video form, especially after a particularly nasty one that took on the form of a veiled threat, I decided to lazily compile this montage of Alex at 4 days old.

At the first, I tell Alexa that she is so pretty; immediately the clip cuts and Alyse may be heard mumbling in the background to which I reply, "Not you, Alyse." Just for clarification's sake, this was not a response to the "so pretty comment," but rather something entirely different.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Monday, June 04, 2007

Alexa Lylith Allen

Alexa Lylith Allen was born at 3:03 pm at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, TX on Saturday, June 2, 2007. As the "pushing" phase only lasted about 10 minutes, Charlotte and I were dually surprised when Alex registered a whopping 9 lbs. 8 oz. on the scale! (She was 20 inches long.)

We're infinitely blessed to have had another incident free delivery, not to mention a second perfectly healthy and beautiful baby girl!

Many more pictures to follow, but be sure to visit the Flickr! photoset from her birth.