Monday, August 8, 2011

welcome to the world, baby girl!

i know she wasn't due to arrive until around august 29th but she had other plans...
"she" is my adorable new niece and her precious name is caroline!
my brother called around 8am last wednesday morning to tell me ashley was having contractions (follow her blog here). but she was only 36 weeks so i didn't exactly get my act together for the trip to birmingham. i thought for sure they were going to try and stop the contractions and at most keep her in the hospital but likely send her home. boy, was i wrong! we talked a few times over the next hour and he called about 9 to say they were headed from the doctor's office to the hospital to have a baby! so having wasted a good hour, i had to get the girls and myself packed and grab a shower so we could hit the road. it seemed like it took me forever to get the three of us in the car and it was killing me...i was dying to get out of town to meet this little bundle!
the girls and i arrived safely and more importantly, so did caroline! at 518pm, a 7lb 8oz and 20 1/2 in caroline joined the family and we are all so thrilled to have her with us! another three weeks might have done her poor mother's swollen feet in!
as you can imagine, mom and baby are busy settling into life so i am putting up a few pictures to share (i think ashley will be linking this to her blog to buy her a bit more time to get a post up).

justin (my brother), caroline, ashley and carter
please check out the hair!  it is an insane amount and so full!
just after that glorious first bath
with a very proud aunt sara
all hadley talked about all days was "tickeling her little toesies"
audrey, carter, hadley and caroline (on saturday before we headed for home)
(is it really asking that much for you three to cooperate?!?  i don't think an "adequate picture" with all of them even exists!)

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