Sunday, February 27, 2011

My personal heaven

Two little angels sleeping soundly in my lap.

Excuse the boobs... I've been lounging around in my nursing bra a lot lately :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sister Loves

Our first week home with Hazel has been a surprisingly smooth transition for everyone. Hazel is a little angel and Charlotte has taken to the big sister role amazingly! She looooves holding her little sister and gets right up in her face to say "hi" or "hello" in a sweet little tiny voice that she must think is the only way to talk to a baby :)
This is a little sleep positioner that Hazel sleeps in in our bed. The idea is that it's plastic frame makes co-sleeping safer because it gives Baby her own little space within yours... Charlotte just can't get close enough! Cute but contradictory! Charlotte sleeps part of the night in our bed also so the arrangement is Charly (by the wall), Daddy, Hazel (in her SnuggleNest) and then Mommy. Good thing we have a king sized bed!!

This is one of my favorite pictures of the girls! Hazel is 4 days old. I was laying the girls down for a nap and let them snuggle because I knew I wasn't going to fall asleep. As I was getting up to rearrange them I noticed this sweet moment. They're holding hands!

I thought that bringing a new baby into our home was going to be an earth-shattering, life-altering, potentially challenging situation for Charlotte but she has shown me otherwise from the moment she laid eyes on her baby sister. It was like she was just waiting for her all along and has this sort of "oh good, you're finally here" attitude about it all. I am so proud of you Charlotte! We all just adore our sweet little addition and are so happy that she is finally here :)
I have been taking a TON of pictures with our new camera (the old one decicided to die the day before I went into labor!) but am having trouble getting them onto my computer. Once I sort it out there will be cuteness overload! These pics are all from my cell phone.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Welcome Baby Hazel!!

Hazel Gwendolyn Bolin arrived on February 16th, 2011 at 1:34am.
8lbs, 10oz and 21 inches long
She is perfect in every way and we are enjoying every little coo and whimper.
Big sister is so happy and wonderful... lots of stories to be blogged soon... for now though,
baby cuddles :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

A letter for Charlotte

Sweet Charlotte,
As we get closer and closer to welcoming your baby sister into our world I am very consciously cherishing our one on one time together. For more than two years now I have had the amazing honor of having you all to myself during most days, and you me. Our Mommy/Daughter bond is one of the greatest relationships I have ever known and strongest loves I have ever felt. Part of me feels like I should be easing you towards more independence but instead I feel myself holding you tighter and just soaking you all in. Things will be changing soon... we'll be sharing our days with Baby Hazel. You are going to be the best big sister there ever was your baby sister is a very lucky little girl. I am so looking forward to seeing you two get to know each other and have no doubt that your relationship is going is going to be just beautiful. I grew up with a big brother and while Uncle RyRy is wonderful I always wished that I had a sister too.... maybe even instead at times through our adolescence ;) In my mind a sister is someone to share secrets with, someone to steal clothes from, a permanent playmate, partner in crime, and a shoulder to lean on. I imagine the two of you giggling together in the car, fighting over toys or other silly things, running around in our backyard and creating a world all your own. You'll have to let me know someday what a sister is to you! We are such a blessed little family... surrounded by love. It is crazy to think that that love is about to grow exponentially again, just like it did when you arrived. I love you Birdie and you'll always be my baby girl,
kiss, kiss, kisses!

We made it...

Full term, Baby!!
These pictures picture were taken about a week ago at 36 weeks.
I am so proud of little Hazel for staying in as long as she has! I was worried that she would come too early and we would have another NICU experience... one was plenty!
that being said :) Now that she is officially full-term I am SO ready to meet her!! We all are!
At my appointment on Wednesday I was 3cm dilated and 20% effaced. Yay for progress but who knows what that could mean... it's different for everyone but I am hopeful that I'll be holding my sweet babe sooner than later.

This picture is from yesterday... 36 weeks, 6 days.