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Day Two with Baby

It’s been a beautiful few days. Sleep is obviously going to be the trickiest part of the puzzle in the coming weeks, but even two days beyond the birth, and I’m regaining strength and feeling good overall. The family is all adjusting well to the upset routine of things, and the husband I’ve always known to be great has stepped up even more than ever to love the rest of us well — making sure I eat and rest, spending time with the kids, keeping the kitchen going and clean, and being an all-around Super Dad. I love the guy with all my heart as it is, but there is something truly attractive about a strong, burly man serving his wife and family in the most humbling ways. I don’t mean to brag, but I can’t help but gush my gratitude for him. Thanks babe.

I’ve been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and encouragement coming in from friends and family over our new addition. People are asking me what they can do to help and support us during this time. Truthfully, I feel upheld in prayer, at peace with our current challenges, and optimistic that we will get through the next few weeks with relatively few bumps. I guess we’ll see!

We welcome visitors as long as those visitors are healthy and not at risk for exposing us to illness. We are open to meals, although, I’m really more interested in meaningful visits with friends (with or without food) than anything else. If there is a time you would like to stop in, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I promise I will be honest if a particular day or time isn’t good for us, but we really are looking forward to quality time with people we care about and for the opportunity to share our little bundle.

This week we did a simple photo at home of the 7 of us together. The other photos in this post were also taken in the same hour of this sweet baby, at 2 days old. I love wide-awake newborn photos — seeing straight into those brand new eyes that are taking in the strange world around. It feel like an intimate look into the personality that will unfold as the months go by.

One photo a week of our family throughout the year. 9/52

Thanks again for following our journey and for the enthusiasm surrounding our daughter’s birth. Be in touch if you would like to visit. Many thanks!

4 Comments Day Two with Baby

  1. Judith A. Genaway

    Hi Emily
    I look forward to every post….I just wish I COULD drop by for a visit with you, and hold your baby! (Lynne told me her name)….

    Your children are USED TO BEING in the camera’s eye!
    No big deal, right, Mama is always taking pix of us. But all of them are just so photogenic. I keep wondering how your next to baby littlest is doing with all the transition to NOT being the baby!

    Today was church day for me….and our Pastor here in Naples Fl. preached on Psalm 122….a Psalm of Ascent. He talked about the privilege of going to the house of the Lord, and what a difference it makes in our lives. He said a lot more than that…..but it made me grateful again for the fellowship of believers, the unity of the Spirit, and how much we need each other.

    Then….I came home and took a nap on a sunny bright shiny day in Paradise. I’m so glad I’m wintering here.

    God bless you, Emily! I remember your Dad (?) made little drawings in the books you read to the kids….for them to find. I loved that idea, and have tried to do it a few times. You have such creative ideas in your family.

    Best wishes….

    Lynne’s Mama….Judy 🙂 🙂
    Psalm 27:1 ‘The Lord is my rock and my salvation, whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.’

    1. Emily

      Thanks for all your kind words Judy! It is actually my husband’s grandfather that draws in the kids’ books. We love those books so much!

  2. Courtney

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this story, for going the extra mile to take the opportunity to be an encouragement, not just in this story, but to those who read your blog. I’m not a mother, but sometimes feel overwhelmed with life myself and find your words and honesty encouraging.

    Glad you linked up!

    1. Emily

      Thanks for your comment, Courtney. I’m glad I linked up too! That’s my first time linking up anywhere, ever! 🙂


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