Special Day

Our sweet baby girl was given such a lovely blessing on Sunday by her daddy.  She wore the same dress I wore when I was blessed.  IMG_1223_edited-1 
These two. ..they adore each other.  She gave him her first smiles, and still gives him her best ones.  He has loved all our chidren. But this little girl, he definitely has a soft spot in his heart for her.  And it makes me happier than I could have imagined.   
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We are so very thankful for our family!

Back to School

Another school year has started and all three boys are in school this year.  Wade has been so happy to show Sam the ropes at his school and Sam has loved riding the bus home with Wade. 

Luke is also riding the bus to school this year, which honestly I feel a little guilty about since it take a half hour there and back.  But he loves it and loves to feel like a big kid, and since I have a new baby it is a tremendous help to not have to drive him.  And it is only two times a week.  Luke's speech has made tremendous progress over the summer, but there are still a few things he says that we can't understand.  School will be so good for him this year.  

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My entire pregnancy with this last baby was so hard.  I was so sick, and then so hot, and then so miserable.  My last two babies came early on their own, so I was sure this one would too.  But the days kept ticking by and this baby would not come.  I was pretty discouraged, but I had an induction date set for the 15th of August so I knew there was an end in sight.  However, the Sunday before my induction date, the hospital called to tell me that there wasn't any room for me the next day.  Discouragement hit an all new level and I spent a good portion of the morning sobbing on my bed.  

Much to my surprise, when I called the hospital the next morning to double check there was a room available.  We grabbed our bags and ran out the door as fast as we could before they changed their minds.  Labor and delivery was so easy and fast.  Because I was positive for StrepB  I had to be pumped full of antibiotics for 4 hours, but thankfully we had the Olympics to keep us entertained.  Once I had the full dose of antibiotics, I had my epidural put in and then the doctor broke my water, and two hours later the sweetest little baby joined our family.

Tessa Katherine was born at 2:25 pm weighing 7 pounds 13 oz and looking very much like her older brother Sam and her mama.  She is named for her Great Grandmother Katherine who was one of the sweetest Grandmothers one could ever ask for, and for her Aunt Katie, who we know will be one of the greatest influences on this little girl.  

Tessa has not been the easiest newborn, but after Luke, we have been much more prepared for taking care of a baby that cries a lot.  She does have a lot of happy time, and when she is awake she is surrounded by her doting older brothers.  We all love this little girl and are so excited to have a little head to adorn with bows!