Thursday, August 23, 2012

Introducing...

...our new baby girl!


Violet Mae
Birthday: August 3, 2012
Weight: 5 pounds, 12 ounces
Height: 18.5 inches



Violet entered the world at 9:18am via scheduled cesarean at 36 weeks and 1 day gestation. Having never really heard her sisters' cry, Violet's sweet voice was like music to our ears. Her Apgar scores were 8 and 9. Results of all prenatal testing were "normal." She passed her newborn hearing screening and her carseat test with flying colors. Spot checks of her blood oxygen saturation were 100%. We visited the NICU where Holland and Eden spent 110 days, but just to say hello and to show them our pretty new baby who would not be checking in. One of the neonatologists, who was there on the day that H and E were born, was rounding and cried happy tears seeing our new baby girl with her big sisters. Violet and mom were discharged after 48 hours, and our family of five rode home from the hospital together.







We have a take-home baby!!!

70 comments:

Megan said...

Congratulations!! So happy for your whole family!

Losh said...

Congratulations! I was hoping that the lack of posting meant you were busy with the new baby so I am so pleased to hear of her safe arrival.

I love her name and she looks gorgeous - you must be absolutely thrilled!

Well done mama and thanks for the happy update.

Colleen said...

Beautiful! Congratulations to all of you on your new addition. Violet is an adorable name!

Happy for you guys! Best wishes!
Colleen

katie said...

Congratulations! She is precious!

Elizabeth McKinney said...

Wow, that's not what I was expecting when I clicked over to see if you'd updated! Congratulations! She's gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Have been waiting to hear the good news! Holland and Eden look to be very good big sisters. Enjoy her!
Claire

T said...

Congratulations! I bet the girls love her :) x

Cora said...

Congrats on your take home baby! Such wonderful news, & I love her name!

Michelle said...

Congratulations to your whole family! I don't even know you, and I cried when I saw your post. So happy for you! And I'll bet Holland and Eden will be fabulous big sisters.

christie said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for all of you!! Ive been reading your story for years and never commented ;). I got teary eyed reading this post (among others) but thought this time I'd comment so a great big congrats!

Heather said...

Congrats! She is adorable!

Ann Smith said...

Congratulations!!! Wonderful news! I've been hoping and waiting to hear that your baby had arrived! She's beautiful! And she's so lucky to have Holland and Eden as big sisters! Sisters are the best!

Ani said...

Congratulations!!!! She's just precious, like her big sisters!

Anonymous said...

congratulations!!! so glad everything went well.
onwards to new adventures ...

barbara

Danielle said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful. I'm so glad everything went well.

It's kind of funny that her middle name is Mae, because that is my little sister's middle name (same spelling)...and she too was a post-micropreemie baby born via scheduled C-section at 35.5 weeks. Just an odd coincidence.

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Love her name!

Andrea said...

Congratulations!! I love her name. She's beautiful and looks like her sisters already. Eden and Holland (and you) look really happy -- I bet they will be super big sisters. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

congratulations!!

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Congratulations! Violet Mae is just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Dear Billie,
Congratulations to you and your family on Violet's birth! I bet Eden and Holland are so excited to have their own "baby".
Nancy Roddy

Sara said...

How wonderful! Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you. She's beautiful, just like her sisters.

Anonymous said...

Yay! I've been watching for this. She looks like Holland! She also looks ridiculously tiny next to those girls, which must be so strange to you considering they were much smaller than she is!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I know you are feeling exhausted but very much at peace at being able to brings your little one home without an extended stay in the NICU. H and E will be a wonderful help to you I'm sure.

Snoopyfan said...

Congrats! I have been hoping you have been too busy with a squishy baby to update. Hooray for take home babies!!

SaraBeth said...

Oh what a sweet sweet baby! And I could not love her name more. Violet Mae <3 <3 so pretty. You look so extremely happy billie and I'm so happy for you. I've been looking forward to this announcement and am so thrilled she is so healthy and perfect. The pictures of her with the girls is amazing. Please keep updating on your new experience and pictures of her with Eden and Holland. A million congrats!!!

Dream Mom said...

Congratulations...that is wonderful news!

Allison L said...

The best news I've heard today! The girls look so happy to be big sister!

Florence said...

So sweet! Best wishes to her and all of you. Make the best of these unforgettable and so precious moments that fly so fast.

Antonia said...

Congratulations, she is PERFECT just like your other two blessings!!

Maureen said...

Congratulations!

Elliesee said...

Congratulations! That made me cry...

Anonymous said...

What a cutie pie!

And y'all are just the best at naming babies. I love your three names: Holland, Eden, and Violet - all so lovely, feminine, unique, complementary but not matchy. Just love them.

Would love to know what are your top boy names, since I am expecting a boy! I might need to steal them! :)

Tammy said...

OMG Congratulations!! I've followed your blog for a long time and I'm just so happy everything went well made my day:) What a gorgeous baby girl and Holland and Eden are the cutest big sisters ever! God bless your beautiful family;)

Holly said...

Aww! What a great way to start my day, seeing your post! So happy for you guys! Going home, baby in arms is the best feeling! Blessed day to you all!
Ps.....my name is Holland too

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news, so happy for you all. Absolutely love the photo of you all together.

Kate Giovinco Photography said...

Congrats. I was wondering if she had arrived yet! So happy for you all! Yay for a take home baby!

Billie said...

Boy names were Rowan and Nico. Feel free to use them!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've been following your blog for six years now!

Please update us on how the girls are doing as eight-year-olds! Time flies!

Amy said...

congratulations Billie! Nice job baking that baby--Violet is beautiful, and what a great size/weight/#s/etc.!! I'm sure H and E are amazing big sisters!

Kellie said...

Congratulations and welcome to the world little Miss Violet! She is beautiful just like her big sisters. Enjoy your take home bliss.

Kristina said...

Congratulations!

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Kim said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and what a wonderful name!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!!

I've followed this blog for close to 5 or 6 years and I am so over the moon happy for you and your family! I teared up reading this!!

Sari said...

Congrats -- have followed Holland and Eden since before they were two, (your first post I saw you had made them a mailbox, it was so cute) so happy for you!!!!!! Beautiful name!!!!

K said...

I never thought I'd say this about a baby under six pounds, but she looks absolutely, positively chubby and huge next to the girls! I'm so happy for you and your family that your dream was realized and you have a "take home" baby! I'm so glad that you took the leap of faith to add to your family since I know how long you've been wanting another baby. I hope you heal fast and well from your surgery and that Violet eats like a champ. I'm looking forward to watching her grow up with her sisters here on your blog. Congratulations!!!

Beth said...

How did I miss this?! Happy Birthday Wee Violet!
Bet the girls are AWESOME big sisters!
Mazel Tov!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've commented before but I've been reading here for awhile. Congratulations on the birth of Violet. She is lovely!

Anonymous said...

you DID it!!! I had my "take home babies" one year ago and I've been waiting to see your pregnancy unfold for a few weeks now. I'm so, so happy for you. It's an amazing feeling!! Janet

Anonymous said...

congratulations! i also have followed for years (via tertia) and have never commented. had to wipe away a few happy tears reading your news!

Jungletwins said...

She's a stunner! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

I am sooo happy for you! Enjoy your "normal" baby experience this time. And remember the joy of this day when you're going crazy with three teenage girls in the house :-)

lb said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 'take home baby'! The girls are going to have SO much fun together.
Sarah

Jennifer said...

YAY!!! She looks like Holland!! I'm so excited to see your beautiful new girl! Love the name :)

Nitesister said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter! XXX

Elisabeth Schell said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations Billie, I am so happy for your family ;)

Anita said...

Congratulations!!! I have been following you for many many years and I am not sure if I have commented before but I wanted to let you know I am happy that you and your family were richly blessed AGAIN!!!

Keri said...

I found your Blog through another CP Mom on here and have read through Holland and Eden's story - which I loved! I am from Michigan and I think I read somewhere along the way that you were as well. My son Alex has CP too.

Congratulations on your beautiful new addition. I hope all is going well. Keri

Missy said...

Congrats on the safe arrival of you new baby girl and she is gorgeous!!!!

Alice said...

I've been thinking of you so much the last few weeks and hoping all was well - so excited to hear that everything is truly fantastic! Massive Congratulations

Alice said...

Billie, After the initial excitement, I have to comment again, just to say how amazing you look so soon after birth, how much I love the name (also love Rowan) and why did they pick 36 weeks? You are making me broody! Hope you are all settling in okay at home

Billie said...

Alice,
Thank you!

From the beginning my docs told me I would have to schedule delivery before 37 weeks. I had a classical incision with my previous csection, meaning it is vertical rather than the more typical horizontal. It was done at the time because it was believed to be safer for Eden who was breech. With a classical there is a higher risk of uterine rupture (which is usually fatal for the baby) IF the mother goes into labor. 36 weeks is just shy of full term and we were all hoping it would be a safe point and I would not go into labor before then. During the surgery my doc said that there were some thin spots on my previous incision, so we were glad to do it before anything tragic happened.

Fiona said...

How lovely! I'm very late to the party I realise! Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for QUITE a while, love to hear the updates on the older girls, and what a bonus, Violet was born on my birthday! She has amazing eyes.

Best wishes to all the family

Jacqui said...

So happy for you all.

Vannessa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Sorry so late, I have been a bit out of blog reading of late. It is so awesome to see the pics. Such a different experience for you to be able to go through a 'normal' birth. Yay! She is gorgeous.

The Hull Munchkins said...

Oh, Happy DAy!! I haven't checked your blog in a while and was so excited to see Violet made it to full term. I'm sure many happy tears were shed that day!!!

I'll never forget how overwhelmed I was when our full termer was born and screamed! It still makes me cry, 6 yrs later.

Congratulations... a little late. She is beautiful, just like her sisters!

Anonymous said...

Hi Billie, I found your blog 4 1/2 years ago, after my own twins were born at 27 weeks. It helped me way back then, and I check in from time to time to see how you guys are doing. Your girls look amazing! And you are the strongest woman ever, to be brave enough and hopeful enough to have another baby. You have so much to be proud of. Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there...I've been following your blog for years (since I had my own preemie twins in 2006) and every once in a while I check back here.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family...You have a lovely family, and are clearly amazing parents. I realize I only know you through your blog, but if I could vote anyone in to be mother of the decade it would be you. Congrats again, and best of luck with the new addition to your family.

misfortuneofknowing said...

Congratulations! I have stopped by your blog from time to time over the years, after my twin daughters were born at 26 weeks (they're almost 5 now). You have been such an inspiration for me. It's wonderful to see how well your adorable twins are doing and to learn that they are big sisters. We also have three girls now. After our twins, we had a third little girl, born at 35w4d (5 lbs 13 oz and 18.75 inches). It was amazing to hear her cry and hold her immediately.