Friday, March 1, 2013

So much!

This is not my birth story post. Sorry. I am super excited to post about that though, but I am going to need a bigger block of time to do that any justice. I'll just say this though—it was awesome!!!!!!!

Things have been moving along really quickly in the Collett household.

Valentine's Day came and went. Jeffrey surprised me with a Kindle Fire. I was very surprised. It has been very convenient—it is a lot easier to read while breast feeding with an e-reader. It stands up by itself, I don't have to use finger strength to hold the pages open, and turning the pages takes like a millisecond. It's pretty fantastic. Here are the kids with the cake we made for Daddy.

It's a silly thing to be sad about when there are so many other things to feel sad about, but I was feeling bummed thinking that I wouldn't get to see any of the beautiful spring flowers that I had planted at our home. I am beginning to hope now that perhaps at least one of them will bloom before we move on Tuesday. The daffodils and crocuses have buds, and the hyacinths and tulips are up out of the ground as well. I will miss not getting to smell the hyacinths. They smell so unbelievably good.

Jeffrey had his last day at Citywide Maintenance of Cincinnati. He honestly could not have asked for a better group of people to work for and a better family to work with. The Degenhardts are an amazing example to us of kindness, charity, and good work ethic. On Jeffrey's last day, one of his coworkers and good friends, Ryan, drove me and the kids down to the office in Kentucky, so we could be there for a good-bye party for Jeff.

Here is the last belly picture. I'm a little frustrated that I didn't remember to get one when I was still wearing normal clothes, but I am really just glad that my mom mentioned wanting to take one at all, because I had completely forgotten that I wanted one!

And here is one of the very first pictures of Alice Grace. (That is my mom leaning over and giving me a kiss.) And if you can't tell what that expression on my face means, it means "I can't believe that I just did that." That is the phrase I kept repeating over and over again as my body went through shock and euphoria and utter, complete joy.

This one shows how happy I felt a little better than the photo above.

This is one of my favorite pictures so far. :)

 These are kind of self-explanatory.

Alice Grace Collett
Born February 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm
9 pounds 1 ounce
20 inches long

Jill is completely in love with her new baby sister.

Danny seems to like having a baby sister, but he is pretty interested in stealing my attention from her. :) And now that he can open the refrigerator, he has been stealing her milk quite a bit. Apparently he still likes the taste!


  1. congratulations on your new baby!!! she is a doll. :) good luck with them move. i know how stressful that can be.

  2. Yay! Beautiful pictures! Isn't it the craziest feeling in the world, that "just had a baby come out of my body" feeling? Sooooo wild. Again, I'm so proud of you, and excited that you got to have that moment.

  3. I am so happy you posted! What great pictures! I love the one of Jill holding Alice. Does Alice have dark hair? She definitely has her own look. So fun! She is a beautiful baby. I am anxious to hear your birth story. What an exciting week you have a head of you! Good luck with the move!

  4. Congratulations! Can't wait to meet Alice Grace.

  5. Meems! Your life has been crazy! Congrats on Alice. She is a beautiful little girl. I'm not going to lie, I would be sad about not getting to see my flowers bloom either. I feel your pain on that one. I hope everything goes well over the next few weeks with moving and getting settled and recovering from having a baby. You are a Champ!

  6. How sweet! So happy for your family. Thanks for sharing. A little side note...she was born on Scott's 20th birthday.

  7. Meems! Oh, how I envy anyone with a green thumb. (Heck - anyone who just doesn't kill a plant within a week, haha.) I don't think your flowers are a silly thing to miss at all! You know what I was most sad about leaving behind when I moved to Hawaii? My bike. And coats. And warm, fuzzy pajama pants lol. I think we're entitled to sentimental stuff like that.
    Congrats on your big move and baby Alice! I hear more and more people choosing to do births that way, and I'm very intrigued. But I'm glad things are going so well, and I'm very happy for you!


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