Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our little Angel Princess has arrived!

I have other really, really good pictures of her but they've been emptied onto the big computer, which isn't connected to the internet. I could use a flash drive to transfer them but I'm too lazy..I mean, busy....to do that at this point. Maybe later..?!

She's always got lots and lots of loving going on around her...everyone gravitates to where baby is, holding her, holding her hand, holding her pacifier in...can't get enough of her!

Big sister goofing around with the younger ones....see baby nestled in on the crook of her arm? She's a natural with them all!!!

Best Buds, these two are! Still goofin' it up!

And here they are again, just chuckling over their photo shoots! And there's baby, hanging out with them. Isn't she just too tiny? Gasp. I forget from baby to baby just how small they are!

Well, she is 2 weeks old already! I have been getting so crabby at myself for not getting on here and blogging earlier but I guess, after having 8 kids, one is entitled to be a little putzy at getting around to announcing Baby's birth, right? I've been doing lots of holding, nursing, nuzzling, loving, and healing for the past 2 weeks. Oh, and tending to fever-ridden little darlings as well...that tends to take up a little time, energy and focus too!

We are on Round Two of fever bugs since our little dolly has come home. Our Izzy was the first one to get a fever with the first bug (that showed up the day my hubby, E, was laid off from his job). Now we've slowly made our rounds about the household with that one and she nicely popped a fever again tonight! This bug has added the joy of severe sore throat and headache though, thank you very much! Our Viva actually bypassed Bug Number One but yesterday got Bug Number Two that features the sides of sore throat and headache. I'm assuming that's what Little Izzy has now.

But onward to the joyous news: our Baby Girl, born 2 weeks ago (my due date was this coming up Friday, so I once again lucked out and delivered early). She weighed in at a tiny 7 lbs, 4 ozs. For our babies, that's tiny. I still just hold my breath changing her clothes or diaper cause it feels like I'm going to snap one of her teeny, fragile little limbs!

One of the first days home from the hospital, Izzy kept exclaiming over and over again, "Oh, I just love our new baby! I just lOVE her!" Then she would add, "I love her name too! ......What was her name again?....oh, yeah (after I would tell her)...I LOVE that name!"

Well, after about a week of having this lovely baby in our home, Izzy decided that she doesn't like her anymore. "I don't like her. I don't like that baby. Not anymore." I would ask her why. She would just answer honestly, "I don't know. I just don't like her." Then one day, as she was telling me that she doesn't like this baby anymore (and always in between she would be proclaiming her love for her), I told her, "Look at her! Look at her watching you. You're her big sister and she loves you!" She told me, "Well, I do love her. I just don't like her. But I love her. I just don't always like her. That's okay, okay?"

Our little guy just loves the baby to pieces! His whole head gets swallowed up in his grin when he sees her, holds her, or just pauses by her bassinet to chat to her. So far so good with him! I'm always on guard though.... :)

Baby has really been such of a joy and blessing to have around. She's easy to take care of...just feed her, burp her, change her diaper and give her at least several long stretches of just holding and rocking her...or even kicking back in the recliner with her on your chest, and she does just swell! She has minimal complaints.

She's a keeper!
And, last but not least, this video clip says it all. Big Bro taking care of his little sister already! :)


Kristin said...

Awwww.....Congratulations!!! I still didn't even know you were expecting until you mentioned it the other day :) She looks so sweet! You have a beautiful family!

Joni said...

I'm so glad we got to see the sooo precious little dolly of yours, even if only for a short visit! She behaved beautifully, coming just at the right time, hey?!! I mean, the right time so I could meet her! The video is just great!!! Big brother is already looking out for her!

kristin said...

So precious! I can't wait to see her again. I love the video of big brother with her. :)

16 blessings'mom said...

so so cute! Congratulations! take it easy, just enjoy her...ha, I know it is easy to say...but it goes by so fast, that precious time when they are so small and needy. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and I wish you a speedy recovery!

cheryl said...

You are so very fortunate!! 7 girls and 1 boy (I only had 7 girls, who are "grown up", some married, but now have a grandson:2yrs., and I see him a lot!) Your family is lovely, and your newest little one, well what can I say other than I am jealous!! I love how they, and you, enjoy...

Darla said...

Thank you all....we've just been basking in her newness and tinyness... She's been a bit fussy but that doesn't rattle me too much.. sometimes it's a bit hard not to have time to do too much but still I know how quickly this phase will be gone and she will be too alert and involved in the household to even sit snuggled against my chest. So I will sit and enjoy this time, even the fussiness.