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independence day

It's been a busy week for our family... and a bit of a roller coaster ride. On Thursday evening, our baby decided to assert her independence and make her way into the world, four and a half weeks before her due date! She took us completely by surprise, and we are still amazed that she is here already.

It was a fast and easy delivery.. but nervewracking none the less as babies born over a month early often have breathing and other issues that can keep them at the hospital for weeks. We feel very lucky that our little girl is doing so well. She has always been able to breathe on her own, is nursing and eating, and is gaining weight quickly. We are very hopeful that she can come home soon to be with her family and meet her siblings (C and Bee aren't allowed in the NICU, and are super anxious to meet their sister!).

I will admit I feel very torn running between the NICU and home, trying to spend time with Bee and C, but also be at the hospital as many hours a day as possible. I am counting my blessings daily, so happy she is healthy and that my husband can be home with the kids when I am away. We have high hopes that she will be home by the weekend. Fingers crossed that she gets to see a firework or two. Happy 4th to you and yours..

(Directions for these star cupcakes, which would be perfect for the 4th of July, here.)

UPDATE: Thank you, for all your kind comments. After 8 long days in the NICU, Baby M came home last night! We are so so happy to have her home.. Bee and C are beside themselves and literally cannot stop touching her tiny little fingers (there is a lot of hand washing going on here!). She will be on a portable monitor for the next few weeks so the doctors can continue looking at her heart and breathing, but she is doing great!

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Congratulations on your sweet little girl! Last summer my baby girl spent 2 weeks in the NICU with a big brother at home, so I know how hard it is to split your time between two places at once. Hang in there! It's the best feeling when you have your whole family together at home, at last.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

congrats on the healthy arrival of your daughter! i'm so glad to hear that despite an early delivery, all went well and may she be home with her family soon:) blessings to you!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucinda

congrats! to you and your family. Hope your new bundle makes it home soon.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

Oh Brooke! So glad to hear she's doing well. Congratulations. Can't wait to hear that she's home and happy in your arms.

Congratulations! There is nothing sweeter than bringing a new baby home to a loving, waiting family. Hope that happens soon!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate's mom

Congratulations and I hope she's well, growing fast, and ready to meet big brother and sister soon. Hope you are getting some rest in-between-times too.

07.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Congratulations to you and your family, it sounds like she will be home to meet her siblings before you know it. My second child had to spend time in the NICU, so I know how you feel about the travelling between home and hospital. All the best to your family from mine, all the way from Sydney, Australia.

07.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEngracia

Congratulations! It doesn't seem all that long ago that we saw that silhouette of a new little person coming into your family! Time moves quicker than we think. Hope she is home to celebrate her First, 4th of July!

07.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Wren's

aww she was just eager to meet her lovely family! A huge congrats to you all - enjoy the special, getting-to-know-each-other time x

07.2.2010 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

Happy 4th of July to you and your family! The blog is looking impeccable as always, you are such an inspiration!


Miss B.

07.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B.

wow, congrats! hope she'll be home soon! we may have our little one ON the 4th, we'll see...

07.2.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Congratulations!! My twins were born at 34 weeks~ one came home with us and one had to stay in the NICU for 3 weeks. I absolutely know how torn you are between being home and at the hospital. Prayers that your sweet babe will be home in the loving arms of her family soon!!
(I hope you are feeling well otherwise!)

07.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren M

All the best and here's hoping that your girl will be home soon. Can't wait to see her silhouette!

07.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDestiny

congratulations and blessings to all of you!

07.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentererin


07.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBenita

Congratulations! The cupcake pictures are sweet, really sweet.

07.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentergilding lilies

Oh my goodness! Congrats to you and your family! Thankful she is home and with all of you.

07.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina P-M

Brooke! Super congrats!! I'm so happy your little girl is doing well and home with you all. Wishing you all the very, very best.



07.5.2010 | Unregistered Commentermer

Congratulations! Glad she made it home! Hope she continues to do well!!

07.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz B

Oh, so thrilled for you!! I hope you are getting a little bit of sleep :) and lots of time to just sit, stare at, and smell your little one. Congratulations to your family!!!!!

07.6.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

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