As you can see, my blog has been given a facelift! :) Thank you Jaci, designer at Freely Me Designs, for my beautiful new blog. It makes me HAPPY to see both of my children on the header!!
We celebrate everything! 5 weeks old and Daddy being home by 5pm! :) By the way, this onesie is a 3 month onesie. Certainly it shrunk in the dryer! ;)
Grey Danelle, you are 5 weeks old today! My heart is so full, sweetie. We celebrate each day we are blessed to wake up with you. I pray every day that I can be a Mommy that teaches you what is right, how to live like Jesus wants you to, and gives you the love and care you need. I cherish the gift of every second I get to be with you.
You are changing more and more and have a million funny expressions. You look like your Daddy most of the time, but on occasion I will see a little of me in you. You make me laugh all day, and I spend hours just staring at you.
A week in iPhone snapshots of our beautiful princess:
Today, Thursday, 4/26
May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 104:34
I had my postpartum appointment yesterday. It was nice to visit with my doctor again, since she has become a very special person to our family. I was beginning to miss her and our weekly visits (crazy that I would miss hospitals, doctors, NSTs, and all that, but I do)!
Grey had a bit of a meltdown (poor girl was hungry and our car bottle warmer takes forever) in the office, but that did not hinder Dr. P from holding and loving on her. :) What a SWEET doctor I have to love our baby (and our son) so much. The second I walked in her office, I was reminded of my last postpartum appointment. What a blessing to be on the rejoicing side, and with a baby in my arms!
I have healed perfectly from my c-section so far. I feel great, and everything looks good. I did find out that our home scale wasn't lying to me though. Hmph. :) Grey is worth any kind of weight gain in the world though!
We decided to weigh Grey while we were there, since my doctor's scale is much better than ours. She weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. with a diaper and clothes on, so we estimated her to weigh 6 lbs. 2 oz.! Our little "chunk"!
What JOY to see Grey's announcement on the wall of announcements at the office. This wall was so difficult to see 20 months ago.
...so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:10-14
I really don't think there is anything sweeter on earth than seeing Chet with his baby girl. And does his baby girl ever adore him! Oh my. I love Chet in such an intensely new way...he has always been my best friend, and the best husband I could ever have, but seeing him as a Daddy to his daughter is something my heart can almost not handle.
Thank you Tisha (my "mom) for capturing the first moments of Chet with his daughter (first 25 photos courtesy of Shuffield Photography).
Chet changed Grey's second diaper in the NICU, and has been changing them since. There's not a baby task he won't do. He loves and protects his daughter fiercely. Just ask anyone who visited Grey in her first couple weeks of life. :)
I think Chet actually spent more time with Grey in the NICU than I did, because of me being in recovery, talking with doctors and nurses, etc. He spent hours on end holding her - and still does.
From the moment he leaves in the morning until he arrives back home, we miss Daddy. Not a lot of women are blessed enough to have a husband who works long hours (way more than 40) a week, yet is still happy to help out when he gets home. Chet has helped me during the long "night shift" with Grey since the first night home.
The past two weekends I hosted baby showers, which meant Chet was on "Daddy duty". I may have texted 100 times while I was gone, but he had a peaceful, happy, healthy baby for Momma to come home to.
Grey is also Chet's little "mini-me". I am amazed at how much they are alike, even down to attitude and expressions. It makes my heart skip a beat when I see her doing something especially like her Daddy.
We love you Daddy!
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24
I get to wake up each day next to my very best friend Chet, who I married on June 6, 2008.
We were blessed with our firstborn child on August 28, 2010. Holden Newell had already gone to be with Jesus when he was born, but his life has changed us forever.
Our second sweet little blessing, Grey Danelle, arrived on March 22, 2012 (World Water Day).
We were given the extreme honor of being parents to our third, precious Rose Catherine through the gift of adoption, born on December 23, 2013.
Our daughters have captured our hearts in every way, and both are such testaments of the Lord's goodness to us. I was created and put on this earth to be their Mommy, and through that I daily realize how blessed beyond measure I am.
This is our family journal of our ordinary life that is blessed in an extraordinary way.