Wednesday, July 9, 2014

just call me AUNT Kristi

If you read my blog last summer, you remember when I announced that my brother, DJ, and his wife, Liz, were expecting a baby AND my sister, Kelsie, and her boyfriend, Josh, were expecting a baby....and only a month apart!

Well Spencer and Holden were born earlier this year, and they have brought so much joy to our family.  I'm going to try to sum up the past 4 1/2 months in pictures since they both were born.

February 19 we welcomed Miss Spencer McKenzie!
It was a long afternoon/night before she decided she was ready to make her debut, but when she was ready, boy was she ready!  Her mommy did so great!  Liz was so sweet to offer to let me be in the room when Spencer was born, but her doctor limited the people to DJ and our moms.  As soon as we were given the green light after she was born, we couldn't get down the hall fast enough to meet her.  It was such a sweet moment seeing her for the first time.  I was in love immediately.
 DJ gave Spencer her first bath.  I love this picture of him cuddling her as he brushed her hair for the first time.  So stinkin sweet.  I love watching him be a daddy.
 And this picture brings me to tears every time.  It's just the combination of Liz crying tears of joy as she stared at Spencer and DJ's hand moving in to comfort his wife who just became a mother before his very eyes.  Oh, and be sure to note the momma sized bow on top of Spencer's hat.  It's safe to say she's been in bows ever since!
 Precious baby girl.
 Check out Kelsie.  She would end up having her baby less than 3 weeks later!
 Here are some recent pictures of this doll baby...!  Check out that baby fat on her legs.  So so cute!!!
 It's our very own Snow White!

2 weeks and 3 days later...
March 8 we welcomed Mister Holden Finley!
Holden's mommy was in this hospital bed for a very long time before he arrived into our world.  Kelsie basically had to evict him from Hotel Mommy.  I was so so honored to be in the room when Holden was born, and I saw firsthand Kelsie go from my pregnant sister to super woman.  Seeing birth from this point of view was like nothing else in the entire world.  It was, hands down, one of most favorite experiences in my life.
 This is their first family photo.  How priceless is this picture?!  You were a rock star, Rose!
 He looked just like his mommy when he was born.
And here's Holden these days, in all of his nearly 20 pounds of glory!
 What a sweet, sweet boy!
 Rolls for days!
 Hey there, handsome!
 How stinkin' cute is he?!  I mean, really.

After writing this post all I want to do is go see both of my babies right now!  I miss them and need to kiss on their squishy faces pronto.  I know what I'm doing very very soon.  :)  I'm so excited to see what their futures hold, and I'm so grateful that I get to be a part of their lives.  Thank you D&L for Spencer and K&J for Holden.  The joy they've brought to our family and my heart can not be measured.  I love them to the moon and back.

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