Monday, September 20, 2010


Baby Girl,

Do you know how loved you are already? I've already told you how much Mama and Daddy love you, but there are so many others! Your Daddy and I have had this crazy week of no sleep, figuring out our daily plan to take care of you and balancing visitors who just can't WAIT to meet you. Considering our severe lack of sleep, we keep getting told that we have had too many visitors, but guess what? It is really important to us to allow people into your life that will love on you. A little scheduling has provided a good balance for us to get some more rest, visit with family and friends and allow you the snuggle and love time with the folks who want to meet and spend time with you. Here are some of those people. Mommy and Daddy haven't been completely on top of things to snap photos of everyone, but this is a pretty good selection. In no particular order:

Grandma Francie. She has sat up with you a few nights your first week. Swaddled you like a pro and helped Mama when she hit her lack of sleep "wall". She saved Mommy and Daddy that first week! We love her so!

OJ. OJ is Mama's very good friend. When she got the call Mama was in labor she drove straight to the hospital and waited for your arrival. She sang "Jesus Loves Me" to you not one hour after you were born.

Aunt Molli and cousins Tanner and Maggie. Tanner wasn't so sure about you when he heard I was having you, but Maggie was excited from the start. Tanner changed his mind when he met you. He had a huge grin and gave you a kiss. These cousins are pretty excited about you and so is their Mom!

Maggie is so excited. Her Mommy said she would live here with us if she could just to be near you!

Uncle Corey. Your Uncle has been wanting Mama to have a baby for some time now - particularly giving him a niece. He couldn't be prouder or happier!

Aunt Keri. Aunt Keri is pretty excited too. She has taken good care of Mommy and Daddy bringing us good dinners and yummy snacks since we brought you home.

Cousin Carson. Mama was there when Carson was born and it was very special to her when you two met. He's pretty happy about you!

Aunt Jody. Your Aunt was made to be a lover to her nieces and nephews and you are no exception. She was so excited to meet you and loves you to pieces already!

Aunt Vickie. Aunt Vickie knew Mommy was pregnant before we even told her. She knows how much we've been through and is so happy for us!

Anna. Our friend Anna is very supportive. Here she is clipping your fingernails for the first time. Anna helped paint your room AND your furniture preparing for your arrival.

The "H" Family. Daddy is best friends with Shaun (not pictured). He and Tammy and the kids are so happy to meet you.

Grandpa Brad. Mama wasn't raised by Brad - we only met 15 years ago. He has been a great support to us and boy was he excited to learn we were making him a Grandpa at the same time as my sister, Talea. Within a week, he became Grandpa to a grandson AND a granddaughter. So proud!

Libby. This girl has been watching over you since you stepped foot in the door. Every little coo and squawk has her attention. She has licked your head and always wants to sniff you. We watch her carefully since you're so new, but know already she knows her job is to watch over you.

Aunt Marcie. This is a very important person in your life. She has supported Mommy throughout her pregnancy and was there when you were born. She is IN LOVE with you and we couldn't be happier about that. We couldn't do it without her!

Grandma Evelyn (Gram-E). Not the best picture of Grandma, but it is all we've got! Evelyn has been a wonderful support to Mommy and Daddy and will be watching you two days a week when Mama goes back to work after Christmas. She has stitched your quilt, curtains, made you two afghans and sat up with you at nights allowing Mommy and Daddy to rest. She loves you very much!

Karen. Karen had a very scary health episode right before you were born. We were terrified we could lose her. This picture itself is a miracle. Karen is doing GREAT and holding you! We couldn't be happier!

Dr. Reppuhn. Your doctor is also Mama's doctor. She has been so patient with your Daddy and me as we stumble in for your appointments barely able to function. Here she is showing us another way to burp you.

Cousin Warren. Here's your cousin Warren born just about five weeks before you!

Cousins Cierra and RaeAnna. Mama rocked these girls when they were little and now they're loving on you and holding their own babies!

Wilson. We were worried this guy would never come out of hiding once we brought you home. He's actually been pretty good. He is pretty interested in you!

Cousin Chelsey. Chelsey lived with Mama and Daddy last fall. She's pretty special to us and she's super happy about you!

Aunt Sue. Aunt Sue is your Grandma Kathy's sister. She moved here to be near your Mama when Grandma passed away. She was so excited about you and was there when you were born. She loves you very much!

Uncle Tom. Tom was heading out for Costa Rica and then Columbus, OH after you were born as he coaches the Seattle Sounders. He just got back into town and couldn't WAIT to meet his newest niece!

Aunt Talea. Talea is Mama's sister and she had your cousin just one week before you. She was super excited to meet you and came to the hospital as soon as she found out you were born!

Mama will keep adding to this list as we take more pictures. It is a long list because I'm telling you, sister. YOU ARE LOVED.


Chelsi said...

Congratulations on your new bundle!!! She is soooo cute! Looks like you have a lot of support also! That Doc is my SIL & nephew's doctor. She has really loved taking him there instead of a Ped clinic and she loves Dr. R!!!

Courtney said...

Thanks so much, Chelsi. We're pretty darn happy! And yes, we really like Dr. Reppuhn. It is really nice (especially right now) that she is both of our doctors. :-)

Seizing My Day said...

SOOOOOOOO much love!! ;) beautiful post for your beautiful baby!! Except I didn't see a picture of the mommy in there!! ;)

Norma said...

What fantastic photos of such a darling family...and terrific extended family. The memories you have started with this blog are so precious...Blessings to All of You and especially little Elyse.
Love... Jeannie & Ted
PS .. Waiting for our chance to hold your precious little one next time we're in your area!


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