an extraordinary acorn has arrived…

June 8, 2011

I want to tell you so many things. It has been a scary and exciting and lovely couple of days. I’m too tired to type out all the details, so for now, let’s just welcome…

*really fast and suspenseful drumroll please*


Elsie Jane!!!


(That’s EJ of the EO, I just realized…ha.) 

Yes. Elsie Jane is here and she’s just…pure…goodness.  


does she look a little suspicious to you?

That’s because she’s had a rough night and day, trying to figure out how to breathe. She’s doing so much better now though–breathing more peacefully on her own and slowly getting well enough to leave the special care nursery so we can be together all the time. I can’t wait. She may even be able to come to stay in my room with me tonight or tomorrow morning!

Elsie also got to meet her brothers today. They touched her fingers and toes and beamed at her while she slept. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen…



Thank you to all of you who heard we were having a rough time and sent your thoughts and prayers our way. They are felt and appreciated more than words can say.

Elsie, we’re already totally crazy about you. Thank you for being you.

More soon…

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Arianne June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Aw baby! Tears of happy for you and Elsie. Prayers that this time apart goes swiftly. So so happy for you. <3
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Corinne June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Congratulations!! She’s adorable… I love seeing your boys loving on her :)
And the name… perfect.
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Michelle June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Oh sweet, sweet EJ! Way to go, mama, so thrilled for you and your family. Much love to you all… xoxo
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Ashleigh Baker June 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oh my goodness. I might be crying a bit too much right now but I don’t really think so. She is so beautiful… takes my breath away. And her NAME? Oh heavens. I’m in love, Heather, with your daughter. I’m sorry. I want to kiss her cheeks and bring you mucho food and play with your boys for you and wrap up a package of sleep and tie it with a bow. But all I can do is sit here and wipe away tears over all of it. Love you. So, so proud of you.
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~j. June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Lots of love and CONGRATULATIONS to you!
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Jen June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

awww, I love the look on her face. And I love when babies have one hand up by their face like that. I want to snuggle her. Awesome name too. Congrats!


nic @mybottlesup June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

oh heather… oh my my… i’m speechless and in awe.

she is perfect. welcome elsie jane.

sending you so much love.


Kimberly VanderHorst June 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Oh Heather, you and your little one have been so much in my thoughts and prayers. I remember when Claira was due to arrive and all the fear that choked our hearts. So glad Elsie is doing well now. The pictures of Miles and Asher greeting her as SO darling. Full of joy for you right now.
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designhermomma June 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! This is the best news ever! I can’t wait to get to know her better. She is so beautiful, and her name is perfection. (and has always been on my short list)
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lynsey June 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

so so so SO happy for you!

she is beautiful.

congratulations, EO family. :)
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Jean June 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Wow! Awesome… I’m speechless. She’s beautiful.
Elsie Jane … perfect … can’t wait to meet her!
xoxo, Jean


Christine June 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Oh my goodness!! I am crying in happiness for you. Welcome beautiful baby Elsie!
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Lora June 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

There is nothing quite like big brothers with their baby sister! They will always look after her, I know it.


Bri June 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Congratulations!!!! She’s beautiful and LOVE her name. Glad she’s doing better and hope the two of you can be together {in the same room} soon!

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Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry June 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Beautiful mama, beautiful baby, beautiful name, beautiful family. AMAZING. Welcome EJ!
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anna June 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Hooray hurrah!!! Welcome, acorn EJ! =)
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Lindsey June 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Congratulations and love to you and Elsie!!! xox


lori peterson June 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Heather-Elsie is just beautiful!!! Thanking God for watching over you and all of the details, to bring Elsie into your world. So, so happy for you! Can’t wait to bring you a meal and see the little acorn=) Congratulations momma!!!


Lisa/MommyMo June 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

She is beautiful, just like you. Congrats!
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Melissa June 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm


Welcome, little miss Elsie Jane!


Rach@InHisHands June 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm


Welcome sweet Elsie! What a beauty. What a blessing.

Congrats friend!!
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heather... June 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you. Welcome to the world Elsie Jane!!!
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lisa June 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Congrats on such a beautiful little girl! May the coming days be filled with joy!


Sabrina June 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Oh Heather! She is precious! Congratulations to you and your family!!!!
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Danielle Smith June 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Love and joy and goodness and just a little slice of heaven for you and your family – I am beyond thrilled for you – cannot think of someone who deserves this type of treasure as you do… Sending love from deep in my heart gut, my friend. So happy you are both breathing beautifully! xoxo
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Glenn June 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Birth is such a wonderful experience. It melts the hearts of those around it. May God bless EJ with continuing health and strenght as well as you, Heather.


Melanie Jacobson June 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hooray and congratulations!
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Christy Mensi June 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Heather, I’m thrilled for you, and Elsie Jane is beautiful! Congratulations to the entire EO family :)

Love, love, love,


Sharone June 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Elsie is so, so beautiful! Congratulations to you, and sending lots of love and prayers your way! :)


Jami June 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

What a beautiful acorn! Congrats–couldn’t have happened to a nicer mom!


Jen June 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I saw your tweets. I am so glad that everything is better now.

And Elsie is beautiful.
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TheKitchenWitch June 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Congrats! She’s a beauty, and I’m so glad everything is right with the world. Asher’s expression is priceless.


Allison Zapata June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

CONGRATS!!!! She is just perfect. xoxo


Adventures In Babywearing June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I love Elsie Jane!!!!

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Ann June 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

She is exquisite!! You all are. Oh I had no idea things were rough–I almost called you just to chit chat a few hours ago.

I guess I was holding you in my thoughts anyway ;)

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Stephanie H June 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Oh preciousness! What a beautiful gift, Heather! Praying she’s breathing better soon and you can hold her in your arms without any tubes. Our son was born 2 1/2 weeks early and had premature lungs. He spent a week in the NICU and had to be given medicine through a tube down his throat to pump start his lungs. It was scary, but we had been the NICU route with our daughter, so I knew he was in good hands and I was just so thankful to have a son.


Kellyn June 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Heather she is perfect…perfect isn’t even the right word. Elsie…such a special name for me, someday I will share stories.

Congrats, and so glad she is figuring it all out!! Much much love!
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liz June 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Yay! Claps! Cheers! Yay!
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Natalie June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

What a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl!!!
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Becky June 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

AH! CONGRATS! She’s beautiful!! So so happy for you.


Lisa Rae @ smacksy June 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Elsie is gorgeous.
You guys do nice work.
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Robin ~ PENSIEVE June 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh, Heather…….she’s perfect! Her name is so happy :).

After a rough start, I’m so thankful y’all are on this side of all that.
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Amy June 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

oh boy, oh boy, oh girl. I know, how corny! Tears of joy for you and your family. I love her hair. Prayers coming your way. How fun that people that have never met you or talked to you have tears of joy for you! Elsie Jane has a pretty special new mama! Congratulations, Heather!


Suzanne June 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Congrats! I’m so glad to hear things are getting better for your beautiful baby girl!
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Meagan @ The Happiest Mom June 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh my gosh!! Congratulations, congratulations! Elsie is a FANTASTIC name and she looks so very deliciously chubby and full of spirit already. I’m sorry to hear you (and she) had a rough time and will be keeping you in my thoughts for smooth sailing after this. YAY!


Amy @ Never-True Tales June 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

What wonder! Congrats, and be well!
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Sherry June 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I am so happy to hear you all are doing well, I don’t know any of the complication details or anything, but am relived to know everything turned out ok. I’m guessing a c-section? The curtain in front of you clued me in (I was there exactly 3 years ago next month).

Oh and can I just say that I LOOOOOOOOVE her name (and her hair!).



Nina June 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Congrats Heather! Love the name Elsie!!!!! I promise not to steal it (due in Nov)
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Erica@PLRH June 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Congratulations! Baby day is always a happy day! What a lovely name for a lovely little girl.


molly June 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Yay! Congrats, you! And welcome to the world baby Elsie.

Girls, causing the drama already. Typical ;)

Hope she’s 100% with ya soon!
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Anti-Supermom June 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Heather, congratulations!! She is stunning, in every sense of the word. I’m thrilled for you and your expanded family!
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Susan Berlien June 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Congratulations!! Sweet name for a sweet baby. Love it! Enjoy every minute of her baby goodness.


Kim June 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh my goodness my love, I am SO excited for you!!! She is beautiful and looks like Miles to me. What a precious bundle of love.
Congrats Mama. Enjoy your babymoon. Love you!
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Rebecca @ The Road Home June 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Congratulations! So glad to hear Elsie is doing so much better. She is extraordinary :)


Carrie June 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Adorable!!! And what a beautiful name!!! I love it! :) Praying you and she both feel better soon! :)
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Elizabeth @claritychaos June 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Oh, Heather. Congratulations. I am so thrilled for you. What a beautiful baby. Praying you two can be together soon soon soon. Much love.
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Jamie June 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

YAY! Congratulations!! She is beautiful and so is her name. Praying for you both!!!


Jodi June 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Oh, I knew it! I was just thinking today that I bet you had your baby–especially with all the other ones around you arriving too! :0) CONGRATS! She is beautiful! I will keep you all in my prayers. What a blessing!


Tracie June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I want to send so many congratulations your way……..that congratulations does not seem a big enough word.

She is absolutely beautiful, and I love the name you gave her, it is perfect.

The pictures of the boys looking at her are fabulous.
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Sarah-fortheloveofnaps June 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Much love to all of you as you being little Elsie’s little life. She is beautiful. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Enjoy every second. It goes so fast. Enjoy the pink! It really is so much fun…I have two boys and we welcomed our little girl this past January. Four months in and I am just starting to think about other colors :)


Jenn June 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Wow! She is a beauty and I will be praying for all of you! Congratulations! ♥
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carina June 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

She is beautiful, so is her name, I am SO HAPPY for you all!


Elaine June 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Sweet baby girl. SO glad she’s doing better. She gorgeous in every way, name and all. Love her, love you! xo
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pamela June 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

how wonderful.
and what a beautiful name.
prayers for togetherness.
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Jenny P. June 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

So happy for you Heather. What a sweet baby girl and such a perfect name! I hope she continues to get strong so she can be in your arms all the time!
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Steph @ Diapers and Divinity June 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Yay, Heather! Yay, Elsie! Every birth story is full of miracles. Can’t wait to hear about yours.
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Sarah June 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Lovely. Some people doubt that there is a God, and then you look at a small baby, and think “It *is* a miracle!”

But she does look suspicious. Slightly Inspector Clouseau?


Sara Sophia June 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I’m dead on the floor with gratefulness and love and jumpings and OH MY SOUL.

She’s perfect.
I knew i was holding my breath for some reason…..and I am just glad everything was alright.
After three days with no internet this was utter DELICIOUSNESS to find in my reader.

Elsie Jane. You are the best acorn, and the most perfect pink peep to ever grace the world.
I promise to never ever bite you.

One of Your Thousand Aunties
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Alison@Mama Wants This June 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Beautiful! She’s BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations Heather! So glad to hear she’s doing well. Yay!
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Karen Duggan June 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

Elsie was my gran’s name — I Sooooo love that! Congratulations! Hang on to your hat for that amazing newborn ride!!! Sending so much love… xox


Barbie June 9, 2011 at 1:37 am

Oh happy day! Congratulations on your precious new bundle of joy! She’s beautiful!
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Moosh in indy June 9, 2011 at 2:58 am

I want one! She’s simply perfection. Just like you.


tracy June 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

Congratulations! Oh sweet babe – she is just sweet perfection. Good job mama. xoxo
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Barbara June 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

Little Elsie is one lucky baby to be welcomed home by such a loving family! Congratulations!


Margaret June 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

Congratulations! What a miracle. Glad she is breathing better, so Mama can breathe better too. :)


Honey Cane June 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

Congratz mother. She’s a very cute baby. Take good care of her.
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Kazzy June 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

Look at her little perfectly round head! I love that!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for you both. XO


Deb Rox June 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

Welcome EJ! We are so glad to meet you!
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Shel June 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Congratulations! She’s beautiful!
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Becca June 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

So many congratulations. What a perfect addition to the family. And hooray for big brothers!


Kirsten June 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

scarcely know what I could possibly add to make this most amazing of weeks any better, but sending much love & congrats to you & your beautiful girl with a name that evokes a life full of imagination and joy.
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JC June 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

Aw! Congratulations!!


alita June 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

CONGRATULATIONS HEATHER!!! :) She is gorgeous.


Lee June 9, 2011 at 9:53 am


Wow my beautiful friend. I am all life happy right now looking at your DAUGHTER and your BOYS looking at their SISTER. I am so damn happy for you and your journey and I am sorry it has been scary at different points along the way but that’s you and in the end it’s all good and love-filled happy life stuff because that’s YOU Heather.

Congratulations! And I love you. And I want to meet that chick of yours. Cool name. Elsie. Dig it.

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Issa June 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

She’s absolutely beautiful Heather. Super congrats.

I hope she’s doing better today.
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Ginny June 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Yay! Go Team EO!
Congratulations all round!
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Teresa June 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

Congratulations to you and your family!


Johanna @ These Prices June 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations! And welcome to Elsie Jane!
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Megan {Velveteen Mind} June 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Heather! She is a million times beautiful and already clearly has a sense of humor. Congratulations!

(checking MapQuest to see how far a drive to MN is from MS… you’d think it’d be close. just one letter off.)

And woman, that name! That name. That name. I want that name.
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Mrs4444 June 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! And of course, I’m partial to the name. I love it. So happy for you and your family…


LisAway June 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

She’s LOVELY!! And she looks SO much like Miles’ sister in that first shot! Super sweet. I’m glad she’s getting stronger and that you’ll get to keep her with you soon. Hope you are feeling well! Super happy for all of you. And I love the name, too.
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ka-Lee June 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Welcome miss Elsie Jane! Congrats to your family of 5!


amy turn sharp June 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

congrats and so much love xxxxxooooo she’s perfect


dawn June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Prayers of thanksgiving! Hugs abound!!
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debi9kids June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Will be praying for continued healing.
What a beautiful blessing! Congrats!


JachiCue June 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Congratulations!!! Sending all good thoughts and prayers in your direction.


Amanda June 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Oh my goodness! She’s perfect! And I love love love the name Elsie! I hope she’s able to stay with you tonight and every night after! Well, at least until she’s college aged, or so. :)
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Cheairs Redefining Typical June 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh!!! She is beautiful, just beautiful!!! Congratulations!! I hope that she is doing better. Again, congratulations!


Sharry June 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Oh how I long for those days! My baby girl (child #4) is 28 years old! And as I now am in the process of giving new life to myself I will hold EJ’s sweet suspicious face in my heart. Though I have over 9 years of sobriety I know my life change is going to challenge this. Blessings to you and your new and improved family!


Angie June 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Oh, welcome, sweet Elsie! So thankful you are here to bless your mommy and daddy and brothers! :)
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Traci June 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations! She is beautiful!


Sandy June 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Welcome Elsie and Congratulations to Ryan, Miles & Asher – – and most of all, CONGRATULATIONS to you, Heather!!!! Daughters bring there own awesome to this world! God Bless & keep all of you in His tender loving care.


deb June 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Welcome welcome , sweet precious , Elsie. and God bless.
tears . joy. awe at the miracle of it all.

congratulations to all of the EO family.



Suebob June 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

So happy for you and I love seeing the pics, especially with her sweet brothers. Many blessings to your family of 5! (I feel especially aunt-like because I was there the day you found out and I KNEW something was up and oh my gosh now she is here!)
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Erin June 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

Awww! Congratulations to you and your family! What a sweet little sweetheart. Elsie Jane – how cute!
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Kaycee June 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations!!!!! What a precious little girl!


Marisa June 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

A belated congratulations! Seeing her brings tears to my eyes. I guess it just brings back memories of my sweet son’s birth six months ago. So glad she’s here. Just beautiful!


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