This afternoon I have about five minutes to post this, but I figure that's better than nothing! Funny how having a newborn makes you terribly efficient and inefficient at the same time.
Here she is, Sarah Grace Elisabeth Hartfield, born October 2, 2012:
I think she is about three weeks old here, with her fan club. The kids adore her, think everything she does is absolutely wonderful, and are amazing helpers! It has been so much fun to have a baby after a long space, because my other three are all old enough to cherish her. She has it good, no doubt!
We named her Sarah after me and after another Sarah I admire very much, Grace because she's a gift I didn't think I'd ever receive, and Elisabeth after both Addie (her middle name is also Elisabeth) and Elisabeth Elliot, who was the original inspiration for Addison's middle name. We call her Sarah Grace, except for Caiden, who still calls her "Baby." He is head-over-heels in love with her.
It has been a big adjustment having a newborn in the house again. I'd gotten used to having independence and sleep and a normal body! But it has been so good to hold a warm, soft little lovey all the time, and I am enjoying this even more than I did the last time. Even the lack of sleep isn't really bothering me, nearly six weeks in. I know how fast it goes, and because she's probably our last, I intend to cherish every minute. It's so fun to watch my children graft her in to their little sibling club and adore her simply because she's "theirs"!
And of course, one of the biggest delights of having her is seeing this little girl finally get her very own sister:
It is so sweet to think that I have daughters now! I'm already dreaming up girl trips and girl traditions for the three of us!!
Worth every labor pain, sleepless night, interrupted moment--these four children have been the greatest blessing. I am so thankful.
(And now Grayson has found me and told me Caiden would like a break--he's been holding her the last hour while she sleeps, so I could get something done. So I'm heading back to love on our little bundle!)