Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sweet Caroline

Here she is, our beautiful daughter, Caroline Nicole, born Oct. 24, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She is a lovely baby and growing and becoming more interested in the world around her each day. Yesterday, she started smiling real smiles at us. She is more than we ever imagined or dared to hope for.

We are so thankful for this baby and the joy she has brought to us and to her brother, who is absolutely head over heels in love with "Blue Eyes," which is what he often calls her.
And so here we are, a family of four. We went to my parents' house for Thanksgiving and some of our mail is still being forwarded to their address. My dad handed a stack of envelopes to Greg and among the junk mail and the bills was the questionnaire that follows successful fertility treatments from our doctor. It was so fitting that it arrive in our hands on Thanksgiving Day, because we count our IVF babies as our greatest blessings. It was with a lot of joy and a grateful heart that I completed the form, added a birth announcement to the envelope and sent it on its way to Louisiana. Words can't express how grateful we are to have found our beloved Dr. V and his staff. Though we fought hard not to move back to Louisiana after Greg's deployment, we know now that it was all part of a bigger plan for us. Our family is complete and we are home in North Carolina where we are surrounded by our family and lots of old friends.

Andrew and Caroline, my sweet miracle babies -- living proof that dreams do come true -- sometimes twice.