Friday, October 28, 2011


My sister Lesley and I had a fun time going through our pregnancies together. We were due 5 days apart both having girls! Lesley is my best friend, and I have always loved having a sister. It has only gotten better as we have gotten older. I was so excited when Tripp and I found out we were having another girl because that meant Caroline got a sister! There is just something so special about the relationship between sisters. Lesley and I are 3 1/2 years apart just like Caroline and Catherine. I know growing up they will have so much fun together. It is so neat to see that sisterly bond already starting to form between Caroline and Catherine.

Lesley and I at the beach in August. We had to take a picture in our matching outfits! We did not go out in public matching though! (Maternity clothes are hard to find in Jackson, so we ended up with some of the same clothes!)

Caroline loves Catherine and wants to do everything for her. She likes Catherine to wake her up in the mornings and after her nap time! And she loves to hold Catherine all the time. She has been such a sweet big sister and a big help to me!

I love this picture of Caroline holding Catherine and Olivia. Caroline is just as smitten with her cousin! I know these girls will all be like sisters growing up!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bringing Home Baby

On Monday we were discharged from the hospital. We were excited about bringing Catherine home and being with Caroline. We were missing our big sister since she stayed with the grandparents while we were at the hospital. Puppy came by Monday morning to help us get Catherine ready to go home.

Catherine wore the same dress Caroline wore home from the hospital.

These booties were made by Catherine's great-grandmother, Mary Jo Smith. My Dad, Aunt Di, myself, Lesley, Caroline, Olivia, and Catherine have all worn them home from the hospital. They are so special to our family.

Tripp wanted to take a picture of us leaving the hospital with all of our stuff. It is amazing how many things a tiny baby needs!

We got home and Catherine was sleeping from the car ride. We laid her down in her bassinet and waited for big sister to get home from school.

Caroline was so happy to have her sister home!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Catherine's Birthday

Catherine Ann was born Saturday morning, October 15, at 8:21 am. She weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long. Her due date was October 14. I went into labor Friday night around 11:30 pm and arrived at the hospital around 1:30 am Saturday morning. Tripp, Caroline, and I are all so in love with our new baby girl!

Around 2 am on Saturday morning. We were ready to meet our baby girl!

Daddy and his baby girl

Our family of four

Catherine meeting her grandparents for the first time

Caroline is so excited that Catherine is here. She loves her so much and wants to do everything for her. She loves to hold Catherine and if anyone else is holding her she says she wants a turn!

Mommy and the big sister

Catherine meeting Aunt Dodo and Uncle B.G.

Catherine meeting her great-grandparents Gomme and Dandy

Catherine and Uncle Tyler

My precious baby girl

Aunt Bessie, Uncle Jeremy, and Olivia came to visit us on Sunday. Catherine and Olivia were excited about meeting each other! They are already best friends!

Puppy and Granddaddy holding their new granddaughters

It has been a busy week for our family! We are so thankful that Catherine and Olivia are here and healthy! And Caroline is excited that she is now a big sister and cousin. Our cup runneth over!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday we went to a local pumpkin patch with our life group from church. We all had a great time and enjoyed getting to know people from our life group better.

Before the hayride out to the pumpkins, we met at some picnic tables and had snacks. Caroline loved her pumpkin cupcake!

Picking out the Dixon family pumpkins!

Caroline found a pumpkin just her size!

It was a fun Saturday! I was so glad I got to go along to the pumpkin patch. The hayride was not that much fun for a 39-week preggo but I would not have missed such a great day with my family and friends!