Cousins…

To say the kids were excited to find out that they had a new little girl cousin is putting it mildly…

 

 

Tori holding Kimberly

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a little before 5 a.m. after Kimberly was born, I came home and found Zayne asleep in our bed.  His little head popped up and asked “Wha she had?”  When I told him a little girl he smiled the biggest smile, put his head back down and fell promptly back to sleep.  He also practiced saying “Kimbery” all day.  🙂

Can't you just see these two getting into trouble later?

 

Uncle Mark

 

Papa

 

Papa's hand

Sissy…

Emmalynn is now almost 15 months old!  She is busy walking and trying to keep up with the other kids.  She has the most wonderful smile when she chooses to share it otherwise most people get her blinking-close my eyes look, pretending she’s not there.  Here are some of those rare smiles that most people don’t get to see…

 

 

 

 

Big grin!

 

Serious girls...

 

Not too much of a similarity eh?

Meeting Emma…

It is so hard to believe that a whole year has already passed us by and Emma is now a year old.  It is just amazing how quickly it passes!  Most of these pictures I have not shared before, it is with mixed emotions that I share them now.  The first couple of weeks after Emma’s birth is such a blur due to the complications that arose right after her birth, leaving me in surgery for eight hours and weeks to recover.

Looking back to this time we are most thankful for:

  • The prayers of our friends and family through months of bed rest through today.   🙂
  • Wonder children (and husband) who were just so helpful and thoughtful.
  • Pastor Chris and Peggy Sue visiting us right before surgery to pray with us.
  • The prayers and peace that I felt during surgery.
  • Wonderful doctors and nurses.
  • A healthy and beautiful baby GIRL!
  • The Rickel Family for visiting us and praying with us at the hospital.
  • Our parents and family.
  • Our wonderful church family that pampered us for many weeks after coming home from the hospital.
  • God’s sovereignty over it all.
Emma was (and still is) a pretty easy going baby.  She was rarely fussy and one of my easiest babies, it was God giving me what I really needed at that time.  We all have enjoyed her so much this past year, she makes the crankiest of us smile and laugh!

Before surgery.

She's here!

Meeting...on the outside.

Talking to dad.

The littles...

With Hayden.

Meeting Sawyer...

Victoria and Emma...

Madeline and Emmalynn...

Garrett and Em...

Teigen and Emma...

Zayne meeting Emma...

With Daddy and Zayne...

With Auntie Abigail...

With Uncle Jason...

With Papa Ed...

Happy FIRST  Birthday Little Girl!

Nearly Nine Months…

How can it be that she is closer to being a toddler than a baby?

Asleep...

She is still so sweet, but very serious and doesn’t share her beautiful smiles with many people.

Happy and with chompers now!

Tori caught her laughing and showing off her bottom two teeth!

With big brother.

She is always happy when Teigen is with her.

 

Both asleep...

Oh those CHEEKS!

She is mobile now, scooting  around on her bottom and looking like she just might crawl.

~4 months~

And yet another month passes! lol!!

Smiles

 

Em and Maddie

 

Sisters

 

She is growing sooo much and she is still such a sweety!  She is starting to tell stories and loves to babble.  She always has her thumb, fingers, fist or ~tries~ to fit both fists (lol)  in her mouth! She also thinks Teigen is most funniest person around and is always laughing at his antics.

14 weeks!

These pictures were actually taken at 12 weeks while huckleberry picking. ;0)  Ohhh how time flies!

 

She also had her second well-child check that week and weighed in at 12 lbs. 13 oz.  She jumped from the 20 percentile to the 60 percentile for her age!

  She also grew 4 inches~up to 23.5 inches~ going from the 30 to the 68 percentile for her age!

She is such a sweetie!  She still is mostly sleeping through the night and keeps us all smiling with her sweet smiles and cooing.