Thursday, May 28, 2015

What a Princess!

We took Brooklyn to the studio for her first photo shoot.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

We love our little princess!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Oh, the Places He'll Go!

The Ethanator is now a preschool graduate!  And may I just say he's about the cutest little graduate ever!  We attended his graduation ceremony just a few days after I had Brooklyn.  He took the whole thing very seriously . . . we're talking laser-focus while he sang his songs!

He wanted to make sure we were early so he could snag a seat next to his "love" . . . Gretchen.  He's had a crush on Gretchen all year.  His teachers informed me that he calls her "my love" . . . as in "No one can sit next to my love!" and "I'm giving the best treat to my love."  We're in trouble . . . 

They did a little spotlight on each of the kids.  Previously they had asked the kids questions.  Then they read their responses to those questions.  Here is a video of Ethan's spotlight:

Posing with his teachers.  They were seriously the best teachers ever!

And he had to get a picture with Mom and Pa:

Congratulations Eth!  We love you!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brooklyn's Birth Story

I am a chronic over-planner . . . the opposite of spontaneous.  I know you can't always plan things with the arrival of a baby, but I needed SOME sort of plan this time (Especially with four other kids to think about).  I talked with my doctor and decided to be induced so I could have everything ready when baby girl came.  My mom picked the kids up early on the morning of the 15th so Jason and I could be to the hospital by 8:00.  My doctor felt certain our baby would arrive quickly since this was my fifth baby.  Our little girl had other ideas though . . . It was a LONG day of contractions.  By 6:00 that night I was exhausted!  I had stayed up all night cleaning my house (dumb, I know), and I was just so ready for her to come.  Fortunately, about 15 minutes later I knew it was finally time!  I began to push, and just as her head was starting to crown . . . she turned.  It was beyond painful . . . the most pain I've had with any of my babies.  Two big pushes later, she had arrived and I was so relieved that I sobbed.  She was here, she was perfect, and she was so darn cute!

Because she had turned her head just as she was coming out, our baby girl's face was bruised.  She looked so purple that the nurses had to put a sign in her bed that said, "I'm bruised" so the other nurses wouldn't worry about her coloring.  

Our family went back and forth the entire nine months of my pregnancy trying to agree on a name . . . Kendall or Brooklyn.  By the time we'd arrived at the hospital, we'd decided on Kendall.  We told all the nurses that's what we were going to name her.  But the moment she arrived, Jason looked down at her and said, "She's not a Kendall.  She's a Brooklyn."  I looked at her, and immediately agreed.  She was definitely a Brooklyn . . .

The kids came just after Brooklyn arrived.  They fell in love immediately.  Olivia wanted to be the first sibling to hold her.  She was so happy to finally have her baby sister!

We love you sweet girl, and we're so very blessed to have you in our family!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

She's Here!

Brooklyn Nicole Davis

Born May 15, 2015   6:36 pm
7 pounds, 0 ounces       19 inches long

She's perfect in every way and we are in LOVE!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Bags Are Packed!

Tomorrow morning I am being induced, and our baby girl will finally be here.  I have a mix of emotions going on right now . . . fear, excitement, relief, anxiety . . . I know our lives will be forever changed by this little girl.  I can't wait to see her and hold her for the first time.  What a blessing she is going to be!

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's Great to be Eight!

Olivia is now officially an eight-year-old!  She wanted to have a Girl's Day to celebrate . . . my favorite kind of day!  Grandma Dalby picked us up and we went to the movie theatre to see the new Cinderella movie.  We laughed, we cried, we died over her dresses . . . a good time was had by all! 

Then we got lunch and headed to the salon for pedicures!  Livi loved having the royal treatment.

Once we had been sufficiently pampered, we headed home for cupcakes and presents.

We love our little girly-girl!  We are so blessed to have her in our family.  Happy Birthday Liv!!