How She Got Here

My water broke at 6:40 p.m.  Mike and I got all three kids situated and got to the hospital. 

Hattie Cecile joined us just a few short hours later at 1:21 a.m. on November 13.

She was a smooth and easy delivery and has been a smooth and easy baby ever since!



November 12

We spent November 12 like this.

Hanging out, watching George's two soccer games while Mike worked.

We snacked and played.

I was almost a week overdue with Hattie, so Vince and Denise came along to give me a hand.

George played well.

And Carli Grace had a great time playing with all of us.

She may have known what was coming that day because she gave Uncle Vince some baby care lessons.

And was sure to prove herself as an awesome big sister.

Seven hours later...my water broke and November 12th became and even better day then it had started out as.

Announcing

Introducing Miss Hattie Cecile

Weighing in at 9 pounds 8 ounces and 21.5 inches long...

...she joined our family on November 13, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.

Happy Birthday Princess

Today is Carli Grace's third birthday.  When I look at her next to Hattie I just can't get over how grown up she is and how much I remember her being SO little.

This is the first year Carli Grace completely understands birthday.  She knows that, as of this morning, she's 3...and she knows which fingers those mean.  She picked out treats to take to Ms. Kelly's for her friends, she's getting a special dinner and treat tonight and she knows...oh, does she know...that there will be presents.  

So, as I do on each kids birthday.  Three things of interest this year:

This year my big girl has gotten over being shy.  We started this year with a girl that wouldn't talk to anyone but us, wouldn't go outside if someone was mowing their lawn within 3 miles, and wouldn't go on most things at the playground.  Well let me tell you...that is no longer the case.  Between her dance recital, trick or treating and her introducing her "new baby sister" to every stranger in Target she has definitely moved past being shy and reserved.

This year my big girl has become independent.   Sometimes we roll our eyes and shake our heads at her sass, but let me tell you...secretly, I'm proud that she knows what she wants and even prouder that she knows how to talk you into also wanting it.  I'm sure this post will come back to bite me in the years to come, but I still just can't help smiling every time I hear her reason with one of "her boys" or Daddy.

This year my big girl has fallen in love with her new baby sister.  It was immediate and it is beautiful to watch.  I'll be honest.  I worry about the huge responsibility it is to raise two little women...sisters.  But when I see how Carli Grace gravitates towards Hattie I just feel like it's all going to work out just fine.  That my Carli Grace has it under control.

Happy birthday my princess!  I love you more then you can possibly know until you're a momma yourself.