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Thursday, December 22, 2011

One Very Special Christmas

Hi gang!

Okay, okay, I know I've left my blogging peeps hanging for a while now, and I am so sorry about that.  From the time we started our home renovation, immediately followed by finding out that I was pregnant, I just totally and utterly fell off the radar with my blogging (the sharp decline in posts is painfully obvious), and here I am even more behind than ever.  Life, I tell ya!

For my close family and friends, this is old news, but for all of you out there in blogland, I would like to finally introduce you to a very special little lady as we celebrate a very special Christmas filled with firsts...our first Christmas in our new home and an even better first...

Our first Christmas with our new daughter Chloe Fiona.

Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

Our precious baby girl was born on October 22, 2011 at 10:11 p.m. to be exact. She decided to make her appearance two weeks early (my due date was November 4th), and she was a peanut at 5 lbs. 6 oz., 19 1/2 inches long.  Although the labor was difficult...and by difficult, I mean looooong and horrendous, the reward was SO worth it.

I don't know why, but when it came time, I really was more excited than anything and not at all worried about the whole labor thing.  I thought I would be one of those women who have an easy, breezy walk into the hospital and BAM! have a baby in like an hour kind of delivery.

Not so much. Gosh, I love those stories, though (in theory).

After all that hard work and 18 hours of labor later, I ended up having to get a c-section, which I had not at all planned for and had fought against for as long as possible.  However, my little peanut was in distress, so in the end, I do believe it was for the best.

BUT, I can tell you this...after all was said and done, I have the most wonderful memories of holding my baby girl all hours of the day and night those first few days in the hospital and in the weeks that followed.  Who am I kidding?  I still hold her all hours of the day and night!  In those early moments, she was and still is the most beautiful thing in the world to me.  Do all you moms out there remember the feeling? Way cool stuff.

She will be nine weeks old this coming Saturday, Christmas Eve, and I still can't believe how the weeks continue to fly by.  I have no doubt the years will be flying by far too soon.

I can't even begin to explain the overwhelming love my husband and I have for her.  What an incredible gift we've been given! Honestly, there isn't a moment when I look at her that I don't thank the Lord for giving her to us. She is precious beyond words.

Perhaps, I'm a little biased...

Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

The above photo taken by Yours Truly (a.k.a. Me)
The following photos were taken by my sister-in-law Jenna





My handsome hubby...

And here are some more pics snapped by muah just this morning... 

She's got those super chubby "nursing baby" cheeks. I love it!

I have much to be thankful for this Christmas, and I thank God for not only giving me my precious daughter but even more so for giving me His son Jesus. It is in this gift, that I have been given hope and answers to prayer time and time again.

This little one is undoubtedly heaven-sent.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Ciao!

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