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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Because I can do this now...

One day there's this big old belly you think you'll have forever...and the next, there's this sweet little life that enters the world and officially makes you "mommy".

The miracle of what I experienced through this whole process is seriously incredible. The craziest thing I've ever done. The most outstanding thing my body will EVER do. The most beautiful gift of love we could e v e r receive.

The first few moments after birth when it hits you.
Wow.
We're a family.
She's ours.


Not a big 'fresh out of the womb' baby photo fan...but, I love her little face here in all her tender sweetness. I wish you all could smell the 'baby-ness' that comes from her. It's heaven in baby-form, I'm telling you.


My husband is the most amazing man ever. I feel more then words can even describe-blessed to have him. He coached me through every single step of the way. He held my hand. He let me squeeze-it-to-pieces. He became a daddy instantaneously. He was totally head-over-heels from the start. Watching him become a dad...oh my heavens...already one of my top 10 moments in life.


Yesterday was a whirlwind day---after having her only at 2:40am. The rest of that day felt like an eternity. Guests visiting, galore. We're loved...she's loved. I managed to get myself somewhat-decent---and our little girl, only about 10-12 hours old had already changed so very much.

You guys...I'm a mom.


...and I love her so much I want to eat her up, kiss her cheeks all day long, rub my lips on her soft hair, hold her little hand, and smell in all her sweet baby smells.

Because holy cow...we made her. Well, God of course and his genius design and plans...


and honestly, all I can say right now is...

Thank HEAVEN--


...for little girls.

Thank you for all your sweet comments yesterday. I'm glad you love her name as much as we do. Miss Emeline Kay is the best gift we've ever received. Hands down.

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*We'll be in the hospital until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. I'm recovering okay--but ohmygoodness labor recover is oh so painful. I'm laying around a lot and kissing my baby girl (currently writing this post with her all cuddled up on me and loving.every.second). Beginning this crazy, fun, exhausting, yet-so-rewarding future.

65 comments:

  1. Congratulations again! She is beautiful and what you said was amazing....I had goosebumps! ;)

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  2. She's GORGEOUS congrats mama! And the name is beautiful! :)

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  3. She is truly and utterly adorable!!! Congratulations!!

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  4. Oh those photos are amazing she is sooo beautiful. Congratulations to your gorgeous family, you are going to be an amazing mum- the love is just radiating out of you! I cant wait to feel this in the next week or so : )

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  5. Beautiful. What a miracle. You moved me to tears. You made me even more excited for November when I can bring our little one into this world. God bless you all. Stay well, and I can't wait to read more :)

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  6. She's just beautiful Katie!!



    xx

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  7. This post makes me cry.

    I can only imagine the joy and love you must feel right now. It makes me want to feel all of that, too. Someday.....

    I can't say it enough.... Congratulations to you, Declan, and little Emeline!!!

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  8. This was absolutely just beautiful and she is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  9. She is a doll, love all her headbands!!!

    Enjoy momma!

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  10. She is gorgeous! You are so blessed & I could not be happier for you!! Enjoy every second with your sweet baby girl :)

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  11. Congrats!!!! She's beautiful :D

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  12. She is absolutely precious! Beautiful! You guys are a sweet little family. Glad everyone is doing well. Congratulations on your piece of heaven on earth!

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  13. This post made me cry! Katie she is beautiful - and the three of your together is breathtaking! Congratulations Mom! :)

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  14. She is absolutely beautiful! Love all of the pictures. :)

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  15. Hey Mommy!! :-) How does that sound? I bet it's amazing. I'm so very happy for you. She is just perfect! I LOVE that she has already gotten to wear her headbands! She is so very lucky to have parents like you and I imagine she'll be a pretty fantastic blogger just like her mommy too! haha Enjoy your time together and I cannot wait to enjoy more pictures of her as you post them! CONGRATS!!

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  16. Congrats! The pics are beautiful :)

    http://peace-love-tbell.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh Katie, what a sweet post :). She is absolutely precious. I am so happy for you and your family!! XOXO, KA

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  18. She is absolutely precious! I could just melt looking at that face! And the happiness that you are officially her mommy just makes me cry with happiness!

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  19. she is just SO beautiful!! I mean GORGEOUS!!!!!

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  20. she's beautiful!!! Congrats and lots of love to the three of you :) :)

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  21. Congrats! She is beautiful! Your post made my day! So excited for you both.

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  22. I love your hair in the photo of you and Emeline.

    She is beautiful! I love the headbands she is wearing. She looks like a little angel!

    Congrats again :-)

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  23. I don't comment on here very often, but I have followed your blog for a while and throughout your entire pregnancy. I just wanted to tell you congragulations mommy!! =] You're both going to be amazing parents and it's the most rewarding job ever! My little girl is now 2 1/2 and it just amazes me every single day that she can look and act so much like me, I made her.. It still seems unreal to me sometimes, it's like I blinked and she went from a newborn to almost 3. Have fun snuggling with that fresh smelling bundle.
    Lots of love,
    Raychel

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  24. Congratulations! I mean this when I say that she is beautiful and I just read the post below. Her name is so unique and I love the meaning behind it. I love the words that you wrote about your experience so far. She will be lucky to have parents like you.

    The photos of her with the pretty headbands all swaddled up are precious.

    P.S. You look great in these photos too. Seriously. You don’t even look like you just had a baby!

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  25. What sweet pictures! She's adorable!

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  26. teary eyed after reading this she's beautiful.

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  27. How gorgeous!! I hope your recovery goes smoothly & quickly!

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  28. Not only is she beautiful, but you are too. Will you fly to STL after I have Baby Boy and braid my hair all cute like that? I am so jealous of your lack of puffiness still! :) Love these photos. I cannot stop looking at them and tearing up! Enjoy every second!!

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  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Oooohh my goodness she is the most precious little thing! And that first picture..0f your sweet family in each other's arms - AMAZING!!!! Enjoy this special time!

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  30. i cannot believe you managed to 1) look as amazing as you do hours after giving birth, 2) managed a front braid!! i can't do it WITHOUT pushing out a baby!! you're a rockstar =)

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  31. Awwww, she's beautiful!!! Congratulations to you both! I love, love, love that name! So cute! :)

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  32. Your picture with her looks beautiful. Not like you just had a baby at all!
    And I loove the green flower headband she has :)

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  33. Beautiful pictures and gorgeous baby girl! You can tell from the pictures, just how much you both truly adore and love Emeline! Congratulations! :-)

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  34. Oh Katie she's beautiful...absolutely beautiful. And those pictures are amazing...I love the one with the green headband. I missed your post yesterday, stupid work...and woke up this morning wondering if you'd had that little baby yet. Looks like I got my answer. Congrats mama!

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  35. So glad you shared pics with us so quickly. I wish I could hold her! {HUGS!}

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  36. oh wow Katie, she is just BEAUTIFUL! congrats to you and Declan! these pictures are precious. I am so happy everything went well and you finally get to hold her in your arms! ps-her name is fabulous!! xoxo

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  37. Oh Katie. I'm so happy for you!!! I'll tell you this over and over again, but she's GORGEOUS!!!! Congrats lovely lady!!!

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  38. omg i love all these photos... especially the one with the green headband. did you take that?

    i'm so happy my niece is here!!! yay emeline!!!

    ps- you are amazing. watching you birth her was hands down one of the most incredible things i've ever witnessed. so glad i could be a part of it! :)

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  39. She is beautiful!!!!! Congrats again. I know you waited along time for her.

    Now, you have made me even more excited for my little man to arrive!

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  40. She is just precious. I love all her little hair bows! Congratulations once again.

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  41. It's amazing how much she's changed from her first photos! Enjoy every breath of that babyness, every sweet coo, because it all goes so very fast!

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  42. :) She is perfect. Every picture made me melt! How beautiful. YOu are a perfect looking mama! seriously. goodness!

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  43. those photos are beautiful. congratulations again.

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  44. Hi there.
    Congratulations, and let me tell you, it only gets better.
    :)

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  45. She is perfect, Katie! Congratulations again! And I love her middle name...my name is Christa Kay!

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  46. Congratulations! She is beautiful and you look great too!

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  47. Awwww, these photos are just precious.

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  48. What a beauty! The headbands! Ohmygosh...

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  49. So happy for you and Declan. It may be the hormones, but heck I'm sitting here bawling now. She is so beautiful, love her rosy red cheeks!

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  50. wow! She is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats again!

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  51. Beautiful Little Girl! Congrats!!!

    I'm new to your blog... but it looks like I found you at a perfect time! :)

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  52. She.Is.Beautiful! I love that she's had a million different headbands on already! I would expect nothing less.. ;)

    You look gorgeous, yourself lady!! :)

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  53. Congratulaions! She's beautiful and I love her name! :)

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  54. She is gorgeous! Congrats!

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  55. I got chills reading your post today! I just love the hairbows! The big ones are just too cute for words!

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  56. She is one of the prettiest babies I have ever seen. Promise! I am so happy for you and your husband. I can not wait to her more from you.

    Hope you have a quick recovery!

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  57. I can't get over her! She is absolutely gorgeous! I think she looks a lot like you! I'm SO happy for you! You are already a great mommy! :)

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  58. Congratulations! Your daughter is simply beautiful. You can see all the love she was greeted with in all of her pictures! Congratulations again!

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  59. So happy for you!! I only recently started reading your blog, but I am SO happy for you! :) She is beautiful and tears were forming in my eyes as I was reading this!!

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  60. She is so beautiful!

    This post brought tears to my eyes, so happy for you.

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  61. The pictures are great! I'm so happy for you both!

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  62. She is absolutely gorgeous Katie.! I am so happy for you.!

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  63. Ummm can I just say that she's gorgeous! Such a beautiful little girl. Congrats again you guys!

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  64. She is just stunning and you look like a perfect mommy!!

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