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happy 2013

Hello. It has been a while, okay a long while. I swear I’ve been busy and by busy, I may or may not be talking about cuddling our precious little girl.

On November 9th, Blake and I were at a rehearsal supper for a wedding, in which Blake was supposed to be a groomsman, when it hit me that I may be in actual labor. The whole week I had Braxton-Hicks contractions off and on but this seemed different so I told Blake I was ready to go home. On the way out, there were a few jokes about hopefully they would see Blake & me at the wedding.

By the time we got into our driveway, we decided to gather our things and go to the hospital. My mom and younger sister were at my house since I had wanted some backup for when Blake was at the wedding. As we were walking out the door, my sister said, “This is nothing like they show in the movies.” Apparently, she was hoping for more action.

We got to the hospital and were admitted after a few hours of being there. The doctor who was on was busy so it took a while to be seen. Once admitted, it was about midnight. (Insert eight hours of nothing fun.) I ended up having to get an epidural at nine centimeters and was able to rest for about an hour and a half. Although it actually was a quite comical delivery, it may be a bit graphic for this target audience so here is the shortened version. At 10:30, it was time to push and 11:20, Briar Mae was born. 8 pounds even, 21 1/2 inches long, a full head of hair, and the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Yes, of course I am biased but really, she was absolutely perfect.

Once we got moved to our family suite, we let our families know Blube was here and it was a she! I had thought our baby was a boy, Blake thought otherwise and there is no denying he was right. Other than our families, we had no other visitors, which given our level of exhaustion, was a good thing.

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Two weeks before Briar was born.

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Briar Mae, 11•10•12, 8 lbs, 21 1/2 inches

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At the hospital

Since coming home, things have gone really well minus a few hiccups like having to pump exclusively and getting mastitis. At Bri’s 2 month checkup, she was in the 75th percentile in height, weight, and head circumference so the challenges have been worth it. Briar stays home with me and thus far, we’ve been able to stay healthy this especially nasty cold and flu season.

Here are some more pictures of our little peanut.

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Thanksgiving day, 12 days old.

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Just over a month old.

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Christmas Eve.

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Getting quite the personality!

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Today!

So, as you can see, I’ve been busy loving on our daughter, spending time with Blake, and enjoying our pretty much done house. Next week, Blake and I are attending the Custom Harvester’s National Convention and I can’t help but think how soon it will be before it is time to pack up and get on the road for Harvest 2013. This year, we’ll be packing a little extra.

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