Gwendolyn!! My dark haired, sweet as pie, perfect in every way baby girl! ♥
Hi hi hi hi!! It feels like I haven’t checked in in exactly 4 years, though it’s been less than two weeks. What can I say, old habits die hard. So much has happened in the past 10+ days though that it feels like a lifetime has passed. In between welcoming Gwen and bringing her home, we’ve hosted family, thrown a birthday party, a BBQ, and almost bought a house. Sounds crazy but it was actually good to keep busy! (We did NOT buy the house, by the way. Can you even imagine attempting with this crew?!)
But back to the important stuff – sweet baby G! Gwendolyn made her way into the world quickly, safely, and with nearly zero complications in regards to my gestational diabetes (she had one low blood sugar measurement a few hours post-birth, but reached a normal level after a feeding and another hour, praise God.) Weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds plus a few ounces, she is perfect in every way. Although she’s just barely two weeks old, Gwen has been our easiest baby yet. We’ve seen her eyelids more then her deep blue eyes, and the only time she squeaks is when she’s hungry. I think God knew what we could handle in terms of adding another child to our family, and he delivered. I keep saying it, but this girl is SWEET. And did I mention the brown hair? I was so tickled to finally have a brunette. Both Lincoln and Cameron had light colored hair when they were born, and still do I guess – I don’t know, it’s just funny that our girl came out looking like me. :)
The boys are doing great. Lincoln, having done this once before, has been a natural with her. Our little homebody has become even more so, wanting to stick around the house to be close to baby sis at all times (it’s also a good excuse to have more Lego time. #obsessed ;) )
Cam has been extremely affectionate with Gwen too. The first week plus was rough in regards to his behavior outside of baby sis – it’s hard being one years old and not understanding how and why everything is all of the sudden different – but we’re seeing improvements or I guess I should say a return to his normal self a little bit more every day. Bottom line, Ben and I couldn’t have asked for either of them to react better to bringing Gwen home in our wildest dreams, and for that we are very thankful.
In other news, I knew Cam would seem huge compared to Gwen, but he literally feels like a NFL linebacker now. His diapers are like parachutes compared to hers. This little love muffin is a tank!
I’m doing really well. My third c-section recovery has been the slowest, as I assumed it would be, but at two weeks post-birth I feel like I’m operating at 80% physically. Decent?! The first week home was tough emotionally thanks to shifting hormones and I cried over things I normally wouldn’t cry about (see house buying above – LOTS of tears,) but am feeling so much better this week. Having Ben home on paternity leave, keeping our twice a week sitter for the boys, and having a ton of help from our families has been so nice in the sense that I don’t feel like I’m being pulled in a million different directions each day, and can ease into this new life of a Mama of three. I am incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve received, and for three healthy, happy babies. Man am I a lucky lady.
I’m trying hard to keep resting and recovering though Ben and I are both anxious to get back into a routine with this squad. I love to work and am eager to get back at it too – it keeps me sane! That said, more from me soon, hopefully, though these cuties are keeping us pretty busy!
‘Til next time… xoxox
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Dawn Marie Calvin 09.05.2018
Kristin! I am so happy for you. I pop by once in awhile to catch up and I could not be happier for you and your wonderful family. Little Gwendolyn rounds it out nicely.
I have been following you for years and years!!!
Dawn in Cali
She sure is a cutie. I have a new grandson. He is now 6 months old and very attentive to everything going on around him.
Sarah anderson 08.13.2018
Aww she is so cuteeee!!
Wish her a good health!
Congratulations on the safe arrival of your sweet baby girl, Gwendolyn. She is beautiful and has two adoring brothers who will be her protectors. All of the best to you and your family. Congratulations!
your family is just so cute and that picture with dad and all 3 kids is too adorable! I am so glad things went well and little girls are just so much fun! Enjoy her sweetness and blessings upon you as they grow and learn, it goes so fast! My 3 are now 12, 10, and 8 and I look at your pictures and I remember those preschool/toddler/baby days being so full and going so fast (although at the time they seemed endless :) Love that you shared a little photo, it is fun to see little glimpses into your life, feels like we are old friends since I have been reading this blog since before you even had kids! Congratulations!
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Oh so sweet. Take care!
Congratulations! What a sweetie pie.
Tove Pape 08.07.2018
Congratulations on the sweet addition to your beautiful family! Yes, you are blessed. Take your time getting back to work. These little ones grow up so fast.
Kristin Flewelling 08.07.2018
What a beautiful baby girl! You have a wonderful family. Congratulations!
Wow! Imagine my surprise when I came to your website after not visiting it for over a year and find news of a new baby! For some reason my subscription doesn’t seem to be working so I don’t get your regular notice of posts. Hoping I can fix that somehow. Congratulations on the new baby. It sounds like she’s already headed towards being the center of the universe for your family.
as I am reading about the part u couldn’t of asked for better sons bringing home your daughter, etc. I just had a flash back that I had not even thought of in………………………. well I am 57. My mom came home from hospital with our brother, to which me and my 2 sisters promptly locked ourselves in the bathroom, and put 3 rolls of TP, in our bath water! Cause we wanted a SISTER!!!! I do remember getting in trouble. And my grandma, was in trouble too…she wasn’t watching us. :) god rest her soul I am really happy for you and you hubby… I CAN’T believe how old your oldest son is looking!!!! wow
Congrats to all of you! That last picture of Lincoln and Gwen is absolutely heart melting! Big brothers are the best ?
Angie Jozefowicz 08.04.2018
Congrats Kristin, Ben, Lincoln and Cam! Gwen is a beautiful addition to your family! the last picture is completely adorable! God bless you all as you adjust to your new normal! <3
Amy Phillips 08.04.2018
She is so beautiful, Kristin! Congratulations to you and your whole family!
Congratulations! She is beautiful!
Congratulations!! Gwendolyn is absolutely adorable! She is a “mini you!!” Paternity leave for Ben, keeping the sitter for the boys=smart, smart smart! Cheers!
Congratulations – Baby G is adorable. God bless all of you!
She is gorgeous!!! And I love you already have her on chex in snack cup…KIDDING!! Enjoy all those newborn snuggles with your mini me!
08.02.2018 Baby G is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pics and information. I’m glad the delivery wasn’t complicated and that both you and the baby are doing OK. Good luck! J.