10.17.2013

Introducing Miss Kenley

At 2:59pm on Saturday, October 12th, I became a mommy.

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Kenley Grace made her big debut around 24 hours after we arrived at the hospital on Friday afternoon, and just two days before her due date of October 14th.

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She ended up coming home on her due date, the day we’d marked “K-Day” ever since we picked out her name.

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She weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

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And she gave my mama the best birthday present ever. I think someday she’ll think it’s pretty cool to share a birthday with her Grammy.

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The fact that she grew beneath my heart for nine months is an amazing miracle to me, and I’m completely overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that she is here and that she is healthy.

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I just can’t believe this beautiful little girl is mine.

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And although it doesn’t seem possible, I love her even more today than I did yesterday.

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I’ll share her whole birth story someday, but right now, the product of that birth is sleeping snuggled up against my chest and all I want to do is love on her and memorize every little bit of her sweetness.

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Yes, at 2:59pm on Saturday, October 12th, I became a mommy. And life now is better than it has ever, ever been.

50 comments :

  1. Congratulations! She is beautiful and so is her name. Glad everyone is doing well.

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  2. What a gorgeous little nugget! I love her name and her sweet rosy cheeks. Congratulations to your whole family!

    I was born on my grandmother's birthday. xx

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  3. Congratulations! She's a cutie. We just had our first girl on the 9th.

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    1. Oh wow congratulations to you guys! :)

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  4. i am crying tears of joy for you! becoming a mommy is the most beautiful thing in the world and i am so so happy for you! much love! and love the name, too!

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  5. Yay! Congratulations! She is so beautiful. I love that silky newborn skin, it is seriously angelic. I'm 14 months into my parenting journey and can honestly say it gets better every day. More in love and more fun than the day before!

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  6. I have been following along, awaiting the arrival of this beautiful girl. Congratulations, guys! Love her name!

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  7. The picture of your parents and Beez makes made me laugh out loud and then tear up. :-)

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  8. HURRAY! I am so very happy for you. Enjoy every moment of it.

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  9. For your next post I would like to see what the cats think of Miss Kenley. :-p Especially grumpy old Squirty.

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    1. Gingerbread is jealous, Zoe is scared, and Squirty is oblivious. She did growl at the baby once, though...probably thought she was yet another cat. She IS half blind...

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  10. Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful! :)

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  11. She is beautiful!!! Congrats and God Bless!
    PS-LOOOOOOVE her name! My mother in law is from Kenley North Carolina and we always said if we had a girl that name would be a front runner! :)

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    1. That's awesome! I had never heard the name Kenley before...it seriously just popped into my head while we were at a concert. And the rest was history. :)

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  12. Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

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  13. Oh Erin! She is soooooooo gorgeous! (Did you take all the awesome photos?) Congratulations to you two & Happy Birthday, Grammy! Good job.

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    1. Thanks Melody :) I did take the photos. I already have like 140 of them and she is only a week old. I just.can't.resist. :)

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  14. Awww she is absolutely adorable!! Huge congratulations to you, Rick and your families! I adore her name- it's on my name list for when this day comes along for us- haha. Enjoy every minute- I hear they go by quickly!

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  15. Congratulations!!! She is beautiful! And I LOVE HER NAME! If I have two daughters that will be the second one's name. So pretty!! I am glad to hear you are doing well!

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  16. SOSO cute. congrats to you and your family. And love the name, def a better name than Kardashian ;)

    looking forward to many more photos!!

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  17. Congratulations, Erin and Rick! She is absolutely beautiful! So glad everything went well and you are both happy and healthy!

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  18. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! She is so very beautiful and I'm so glad all are healthy! Tons of love and hugs to your family of 3! :)

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  19. Oh you guys, Kenley is so adorable! Yes, it is amazing how you never realized how much you could love someone else until you have a child of your own. Congrats - so thrilled for you guys!

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  20. Congratulations!!! She is absolutely gorgeous! So happy for you and your little family! :)

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  21. I've been thinking about you and hoping your birth would go well. She is a beautiful baby.

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  22. Congrats! She looks like a doll with those cheery red cheeks! :)

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  23. <---- crying!!! she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats to you and Rick! I can't wait to hear the birth story (is that weird?). Oh gosh, I can't wait for my little man to get here!!!
    Love and HUGS!!!

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    1. I was the one crying with every birth announcement before Kenley came along, so you're in good company, mama! Can't wait to see pics of my baby girl's future husband. ;)

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  24. Miss Kenley is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  25. Anonymous10/17/2013

    Lovely baby - well worth the wait eh? Yes I am Canadian ;)

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  26. She is perfect.
    Welcome to the other side.
    It's a wild ride ... hold on tight and love every dang minute of it!
    xoxox

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  27. Congrats! She is beautiful! I love the cheeks!!

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  28. Wonderful news, love the family photos - looks like she is going to bring much joy to lots of people. Love your blog by the way.

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  29. Congratulations, Erin & Mr. Erin!!! She is beautiful, you are glowing I'm sure. What a lucky little girl to have parents like you.

    Enjoy this precious, precious time. And don't forget to sleep when she does.


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  30. congrats enjoy your baby it goes by way to fast

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  31. And now all house projects are thrown by the wayside. But that's okay, because you have something much more special to work on! Congrats!

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  32. Congratulations on your beautiful blessing!

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  33. Anonymous10/18/2013

    Love the photo with yor mum - pure joy!

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS, ERIN!!! She is BEAUTIFUL! Love her name!

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  35. She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  36. Congrats!!! Love the pictures!

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  37. Oh, Erin. She is stunning! That picture of your family with her brought me close to tears. And I'm a mighty tough pharmacist. Congrats!!!

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  38. Ah! I cannot get over what a doll she is! Praying for a smooth transition to parenthood! So glad she is here and healthy!

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  39. She is gorgeous!! I'm late to the party but I'm so happy for you! Congrats!

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  40. She's so precious. She looks like a real live, baby doll. Congratulations!!

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  41. What a beautiful baby. Congratulations!

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  42. Doesn't get much cuter than this! What a doll

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  43. Kenley is the most adorable, beautiful, precious baby! I know you're just oohing and aahing over her every waking minute (and a lot of her sleeping minutes, too!). I know you've probably heard this, too, but cherish every one of those minutes because they fly by much too fast. Congratulations, Mom and Dad!

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  44. So I've been meaning meander over here to see an update and well as I am sure you now know being a mama means you get absolutely nothing on your to-do list done! ;) Anyways, a BIG belated congrats! Kenley is precious. She looks like a doll in some of those pics in pink. Hope you are adjusting to motherhood.

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  45. We would all LOVE to see some Christmas pics of sweet Baby Kenley (and her parents, of course!). We wish you all the Happiest of New Years!

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