Monday, May 30, 2011

The last 3 weeks have been full of feedings, diapers and little sleep -but we've had lots of great help. When we brought our new little one home, my sister Reghan was here from New York. She & my mom were amazing, they took our two big girls to my mom's house for several days. We had the first 3 nights home from the hospital with just us & the baby. The girls LOVE Aunt Reghan and we wish we could see more of her, I'm glad she was able to be here to meet her new niece.

These were taken at a shower for my cousin, held 5 days after Ada was born. We just had to be there, we are so excited for Kristina who is having her first and a girl!
Brock has been fortunate enough to take off time from work to be home and help out. I honestly don't know what I would have done without him. He has taken the girls on daily outings, keeping them busy and giving me time to recover. Here are some "highlights"....
A cousin's birthday party at Menchie's.

Checking out the sleeping bags at REI

Spending a little time on the potty
Eating popcorn & checking out the elephants at the zoo.

The zoo train ride
And the hikes - this one takes the cake. Coming around a bend they came across this incredible field of yellow flowers. The girls loved it and what a cute dad - making daisy crowns for them.

And mom has been home with this little darling. She is so tiny and sweet and I can't get enough.

Love this face & that smile

Friday, May 13, 2011

Holt Girl #3

The newest member of our family arrived on May 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm. She was a few days late and I suspect was up spending time with my dear grandmother who had passed away just days before. I started having contractions on Thursday and while they weren't regular, they kept coming. Thinking it was time, we took the girls to Brock's parents and drove to the hospital -Elsa came so quickly that we didn't want to take any chances. But after an hour at the hospital, they sent me home! I was shocked and a little embarrassed, I've had 2 kids, but the contractions weren't regular. So we went to eat and walk around a lot, and nothing happened, they completely stopped. I am sure now that she was just allowing me to be able to attend Grandma Reeder's funeral and be with all my family at that special time. When Monday morning rolled around, I was ready. We decided to be induced so my sisters who had all flown in for the funeral could meet their niece before they left. We arrived at the hospital about 8:00 in the morning and things went very smoothly. My doctor invited Brock to assist in the delivery which was a first for him! She came out with tons of dark hair and weighing in slightly smaller than her sister but still holding her own at 8 lbs. 7 oz. She is the sweetest little thing and we couldn't be happier to have her here safely. After much deliberation & negotiation, we finally settled on a name.
Ada Ann Holt
We think it suits her beautifully.


First look at their new little sister.

Grandma Elaine
First Bath with Dad

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a fun Easter party at Aunt Lindsey's house with all the Holt cousins. There was and egg hunt, egg decorating and bun-moblie making. Needless to say, the kids had so much fun. Just look at all those girls! They love gettting together.

Easter Sunday - I got this darling dress in white for Elsa. She was outside for about 3.5 seconds before she fell down in the wet, muddy grass just as we were leaving for church. (I rushed her in and luckily got it mostly out.)
The girls had so much fun coming home from church to discover that the Easter bunny had been to our house and left candy and baskets of goodies to find!