Holly Update

And here we have a post that demonstrates our new schedule in Baby Land. I can’t believe that it’s been a month and a half since our last posting. Eek! Sorry about that.

A little update for you all. Holly is just awesome. Wonderful temperament, laid-back personality, and quite smiley. She is very agreeable, but not a push over. If she needs something, she let’s us know! Her ability communicate is sensational. She can tell us when she’s hungry, has a dirty diaper, tired, over stimulated, or bored very clearly. Rarely are Kate or I at a loss to comfort her.

Believe it or not, she’s almost sleeping through the night. More nights than not, she sleeps from roughly 10:00 PM to 5:00 or 6:00 AM. We fully understand how great this is for us and are very grateful! But let’s get onto the good stuff! Here are some photos over the last month and a half:

Grandma Barb and Cousin Tess with Holly at the Joel/Barb birthday gathering on Aug. 4th:

Holly’s brand new belly button. The cord stub just fell off (Aug. 6th):

Baby’s first Starbucks with Mommy (Aug. 8th):

Our friend Alex (3 years old) visiting Holly (Aug. 10th):

Holly and cat Gary keeping Dad warm on a cold morning (Aug. 11th):

In the bed with Mom, and her cowlick (Aug. 11th):

Drying off after baby’s first bath! (Aug. 11th):

Mom filing Holly’s nails (Aug. 12th):

Surrounded by colors! Holly in her farm animal bouncy chair (Aug. 14th):

The whole family in Nintendo Wii form (Aug. 18th):

I guess she’s not perfect all the time (Aug. 30th):

In her new pretty dress from her friend Sophie. 5 weeks old (Sept. 5th):

First photos

And by popular demand (and I do mean popular, and I do mean demand), here are some of the first photos from the hospital, and a few at home. Finally! My apologizes for the delay. Kate and I have officially discovered the baby time vortex. As far as I’m concerned, it’s yesterday right now and tomorrow is coming today.

This is just a photo post, but here’s a quick status update: baby is healthy and awesome. Parents are coasting on sleep dep. and joy. More photos to come in a few days. Thank you so much to everyone for well wishes. Kate and I feel humbled by the show of love and support.

Introducing. . .

Holly Josephine!

Born July 28th, 2010. 8lbs, 14oz. Healthy and gorgeous, with all 10 fingers and toes. And she’s ours!

How it all happened: Today at about 4pm we got a call from our social worker telling us that there was an “instant baby” born yesterday. This means that the birth mother hadn’t contacted the agency until after the baby was born. We agreed to show her our family book, and about two hours later, she’d picked us and we were on our way to the hospital. We meet her birth mom and family and got to hold her. Man, did I mention she’s gorgeous? We don’t get to bring her home until Saturday, but we’ll get to spend all day tomorrow with her at the hospital. We’re very much in shock and so happy!

More later when things have calmed down a bit. As of right now, it’s 2:00 AM and this is how we feel: