Wednesday, August 26, 2009

...and baby makes FIVE!

as most of you know, we welcomed jillian claire to our family on monday morning, august 24, at 6:44. our precious girl weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long! she is absolutely gorgeous, with a good amount of dark brown hair (much darker than her big sisters' hair), and so far she is a very laid back baby and we haven't heard much crying or complaint from her. she is eating well and becoming more and more aware with each passing hour... we came home from the hospital today around noon and have been enjoying our first day as a family of five. here are some pictures....(and less rambling from the elated but quite exhausted and discombobulated mommy!)...

with our fabulous OB just after delivery
a first photo of jillian
mommy and jillian

three generations...daddy, grandpa (mike's dad), and jillian
--mike's mom was also there to love on jillian...however our camera didn't like the window behind her, so all those pictures are blurry :(

kate shares kisses with jillian...elizabeth is also completely infatuated, although she hasn't yet braved holding her sister...in fact, she is a bit obsessed with and thrilled by the "ickiness" of jillian's belly button! the girls barely slowed down enough for any pictures while visiting us at the hospital...they did, however, talk NON-STOP about their baby sister to anyone who would listen...and sported some really cute "big sister" shirts their grandma and grandpa found for them

poppy, grandmommy, and their THREE grand-daughters...poppy and grandmommy came down to spend monday night and tuesday with elizabeth and kate while daddy and mommy hung at the hospital. THANKS! :) they also drew a wonderful chalk mural on the driveway to welcome their baby sister home...and had LOTS of other fun as well...i think the girls probably wore gradmommy and poppy out!

up close and personal with jillian...check our her sweet chubby cheeks and the yummy rolls on her arms...i guess this gives you a decent glance of her dark hair as well

you've gotta love the "angelic" little pose....

a better view of her hair

...just can't get enough of this sleepy girl...

wide awake and alert...i think this is my favorite picture so far

i have much more to share...about her name...about our delivery...about what these first few days have looked and felt like as a mommy to three girls....about how overwhelmed i am by God's goodness...and on and on...but for now i will simply let you enjoy the pictures, because a certain "little" lady is starting to stir and sure to be hungry and in need of mommy.

16 comments:

Shelley Fuge said...

LOVE her name!

Nancy M. said...

She's gorgeous! I love baby rolls! Congratulations again! Can't wait to hear more of her birth story!

Lisa said...

Congrats! I have been waiting on am update, she is beautiful!!!
To be honest, I just knew you were going to have a baby boy this time - guess I was wrong, huh...

I can't wait to hear the details, but for now enjoy all the love and sweetness of your baby girl!

sending you all my love....

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Oh Amanda! I am so in love with her sweet face.. She's gorgeous!!

It's amazing to finally see her after praying and thinking of her (even though I didn't think of her as a her...) for so long. :)

I know it's super busy after bringing a baby home - but I could hardly wait till you posted.

Good job mama!!

diashermosos said...

Ooohhh, Amanda!!! Congratulations:D I am so excited for you guys. I havn't commented in forever, but I've been popping in every now and again just to see how everything was coming. And what and absolutly gorgeous name!! Can't wait for more pictures.

Long Family Chronicles said...

Congrats Amanda! She is very beautiful!! I love her name so much!! Can't wait to hear all the details!

Rick and Beth said...

Amanda, she's so beautiful! What a sweet little name. I love it. That photo of Kate loving on her is simply precious. What a blessing!

Rebecca said...

i'm so happy to read this joy-filled post. jillian is absolutely beautiful. love love love the photos. love those sweet little rolls and chubby cheeks. oh so precious! so glad to hear you're doing well. and that libs and kate are enjoying their new baby sister. can't wait to hear more. and i'm so impressed with how quickly you've been posting! when you have a moment, i need your mailing address. congrats again!! love from the goodman's!

Dawna said...

Amanda, she is simply too beautiful for words and you look wonderful! Congratulations to your whole beautiful family!!!

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does she look like Elizabeth? She is just precious! Great job and congratulations on a lovely little girl!

Amy

Aminta said...

oh so beautiful! Look at her! SIGH!
I love that Libs is now a big sister to TWO little girlies. What a wonderful blessing for you all.
I am so glad I saw you up at the time I did..... you had little miss only THREE hours later!
Amazing woman you are for sure!
Loves,
Minta

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

She is absolutely a precious little gift from heaven! I'm so happy that she is finally here and I hope for the girls the transition is easy, as I think they are going to make wonderful big sisters :) I love her name too, I think it's beautiful!!
Congradulations to a very special family of five!!

Leslie said...

I have tears. and not because I didn't know she was born.

I did.

But because you reallly sound so fresh from the baby high as I read these words.. so at peace, so blessed, so greatfull what you have been given...

and what a treasure to have that written down...

and seriously could she be any sweeter... enjoy the coo's, and gassy grins... enjoy the newness... as you know as good as all of us, we really only get it for a split second... :)

Much love to your whole big crew! :)

Cottage Mommy said...

Congratulations Amanda! Wow, three girls...that's awesome! I was one of three girls in my family and it was great...my dad had to wait until we got married to have any boys but boys are icky anyway, right? She is beautiful and the name is so pretty! Can't wait to hear your story!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Ohhhh...how wonderful - you're the mama to 3 beautiful princesses! I love it! She is beyond gorgeous - love the hair, love the preciosu face, love the name (Claire has always been a favorite of mine). Cannot wait to hear more. Love you!

Taylor said...

Congratulations, Amanda and Mike! What a blessing--- she is beautiful!