Natalie Emolyn.

She is here! Our daughter was born on January 30, 2017. Even as I type that, I get a little teary… partly due to hormones that are still settling, but mostly due to that fact that I am completely overwhelmed that we have been given such a blessing. I could go on and on with the sappy stuff, but I think I will spare you that and just show you pictures/quickly relay her birth story instead. If this isn’t your jam, feel free to skip – I have a really fun repurposed thrift find to post about soon!

Andrew and I went to my OB the morning of the 30th with the expectation that Natalie would be delivered via C-Section the upcoming Wednesday. After my exam and a quick chat, my OB said “It’s time. Let’s have a baby… like, today.” You can imagine our excitement! We made the necessary phone calls, headed home to do some last minute things around the house, and then returned to the hospital for a 4pm C-Section!

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Our girl was born at 4:31pm… 8 pounds and 18 3/4 inches long. She has a (surprising) headful of dark hair and the sweetest temperament.

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Sidenote: Our experience at St. Thomas Midtown – from the time we checked in to the moment we were discharged – was amazing. I just finished writing thank you cards to the staff for the wonderful care they provided… I cannot say enough good things.

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Mac was cared for by both sets of his grandparents while we were in the hospital and came the morning of January 31st to meet his baby sister.

He is very ready for her to be big enough to play! And so far, fingers crossed, her arrival has been a non-event in his mind. He acknowledges her presence but doesn’t smother her, and he doesn’t seem to be jealous. We’ll see how it goes, but I think we have all been pleasantly surprised at his reaction to the big change!

Natalie was born Monday afternoon and we came home on Wednesday afternoon. I was so ready to be in my own bed! So far, she is doing fairly well at night. Nursing has been a challenge this time around as well (#samestorysecondkid), so we are muddling through that. We seem to have a system of pumping and supplementing that is working now, and generally she is as content a baby as you could ever hope for.

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My mom just left this morning after being here for two weeks to help. She and Andrew have been such amazing help… I truly could not have done this without them, and I am so thankful for their support and care.

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Andrew goes back to work tomorrow, and his mom has offered to help out with Mac this coming week. We have so appreciated the meals, visits, and calls from friends – thank you for loving on us so well! We are glad to be home and starting the adjustment to two kiddos… It’s tiring and hard, but anything worth doing is tiring and hard.

We are so thankful to the Lord for a healthy, happy baby. Psalm 103:1 has been continually on my mind since Natalie’s birth… “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.” Sometimes there is nothing to do but bless the Lord for his undeserved goodness and favor on our lives.

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