September 17, 2008

Girl


How does it feel to have a girl? I am asked this a lot these past few days. To be honest, I am enjoying every sleeping and waking moment of my new baby. Of Ivy. And the fact that she happens to be a girl hasn't really mattered just yet. Sure, there's the changing of the diapers and little girly squeaks and songs (she sings already, I tell you.)

But she's my baby. Gender not really thought about.

Maybe when I start to pull out more of her pink clothes and very non-boy outfits, maybe then it will start to sink in. But for now, I'm in baby bliss. It's all snuggles and kisses and her warm head resting in the nook of my neck. It's just right. And she's my girl.


Photos by Beth.

80 comments:

  1. And a beautiful girl at that!

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  2. So sweet...the photos and the writing. She is beautiful!

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  3. Oh, I can't wait to snuggle. Those photos are perfection! She, is perfection!

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  4. What a beautiful little baby. I love baby bliss! A warm head snuggled close to your neck. jealous.

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  5. I can't even tell you how much all of these posts and pictures are making me want another baby RIGHT NOW! She's beautiful, and I love the picture of the two of you.

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  6. You've just described how much I'm loving my second son. We have three daughters and a boy who's almost 9. I have a sister and was raised by a single mom, so the girl thing just seems normal. But boys, to me, are just pure magic, and getting to do the boy thing again is a special grace that I thank God for every day.

    Also, did you take the photos yourself? I'm have ZILCH luck getting something sweet and, you know, not-potato-looking of my new little man.

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  7. I am in awe of you. Even amongst all that beautiful baby bliss, you still blog and respond to blog comments. You are amazing and Ivy is so lucky to have such a fabulous mommy. By the way, she is really gorgeous... love those cheeks.

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  8. OMG! She is so adorable! Enjoy those warm fuzzy moments - Congrats!

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  9. Ohhhh so sweet! I can't wait to snuggle mine!!!!!

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  10. Loving the photos, she is so cute and she is so lucky to have you as her mother!

    All these bloggy babies are definitely giving me the baby itch...that and my little girl growing up on me so fast!

    Take care,
    Steph

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  11. When I was expecting my first girl, a mother who'd had 2 boys and then a girl said it didn't feel different for her until her daughter was about a year old. For me it was different immediately.

    She's a little cupcake!

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  12. She is the most precious little gift. You look like a natural with a baby girl. She is so lucky to have you for her mommy.

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  13. You guys are always on my mind...... I love the pix! Can't wait to meet Ivy!

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  14. I so need another one now. She's gorgeous!

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  15. She looks delicious- I could just eat her up. Soak in that sweet baby smell.

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  16. Yeah, at this age the biggest difference is that girls pee on you less.

    She is lovely.

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  17. She looks like she's about a month old already! So full and round:) I'm on my way to talking theFM into another one:) he usually says "NO!" and the other night he said "we'll see." Woo Hoo!

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  18. She is absolutely beautiful. I love the photo of her all curled up. What a doll - she's amazing!

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  19. Changing diapers must be a little different though, right? I don't know if I would know how to change a girl! HA!

    What sweet pics - keep 'em comin'! : )

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  20. It really sank in that I had a GIRL after she began requesting dresses and frills. When she wanted bows in her hair and princesses as her first choice of things to play with. The fact that I am taking her to ballet class tomorrow? Still blows my mind. I HAVE A GIRL!!

    She certainly is delicious...

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  21. Oh wow - she is adorable! Congratulations and welcome to the world sweet, sweet Ivy (I love that name).

    And you are right, gender aside . .. she's YOUR BABY! Enjoy!

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  22. Oh that first pictures makes me want to "smoosh" on her, as my family would say. Those cheeks resting on those little fists... oh they are only this tiny for a little while. Enjoy, my friend. Although it sounds like you are!

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  23. the little head breathing on the neck. there's nothing else quite like it.

    she's practically perfect, and beautiful, just like her mama.

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  24. The pictures you've posted are so darling... she really is one of the cutest newborns I've seen! And your contentment and happiness are infectious :)

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  25. Well, you know I've walked this same road (a girl after three boys). I felt just what you described. I think she was well over 1 before I stopped thinking "baby" and started thinking "girl".

    But OH, honey...we started ballet lessons last week. And let me tell what yumminess you have in store.

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  26. congratulations. She is Gorgeous! What beauty in your writings! I could feel the love and the beauty! Amazing!

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  27. Girls are gorgeous - but babies in general (no matter what gender) are devine.

    She is devine, and so loveable. Now go and enjoy her :)

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  28. She is so beautiful. I jus melt whenever Stella tucks her head into the crook of my neck too.

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  29. I'm so happy for you, Stephanie. She's beautiful, you're a beautiful new mom, and I love her name! (and all along I thought you were going to give us another Ruth)

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  30. Simply lovely!! And such wonderful photos!

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  31. Beautiful photos... again! : ) When we had Elizabeth, diaper changes seemed to be the most different thing about her! And my husband wouldn't do it, he said, "She's broken! See, she's got a crack!" ; )

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  32. Enjoy every moment. Beautiful!

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  33. I just want to cuddle her! Just looking at those pictures makes me want to smell a new baby.

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  34. So sweet! That little face just begs to be kissed. The pictures are precious.

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  35. Steph,
    she is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. I would love to cuddle with her too! She's too cute to resist! :) I'm glad you're enjoying it so much!

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  37. She is beautiful!! Love the pics, too :)

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  38. I love the photos of her!! She is so cute!!

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  39. I haven't had internet so I haven't seen pictures. She's adorable! I'm so happy everything went well! Congrats! Enjoy your girl!

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  40. She's so cute! I love the baby part - the snuggling and the baby smell. And your boys are too sweet.

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  41. I loved hanging with you two GIRLS so much yesterday...and Gray, too. With his dinosaurs. When can I come back?

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  42. such tender photos mama

    hope all is going well

    notice any big differences between your babe's personalities just yet?

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  43. What a wonderful time for you and your family! Children are the greatest miracle of all. :)

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  44. What an angel!

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  45. Lovely lovely lovely. And I know just what you mean. Peabody's sortof gender neutral still too. He wears cute little boy things but still, he's just a little lump of sweet babiness now, just like his sister was at his age. I'm sure the boyishness will kick in soon though, and Ivy's girlishness!

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  46. Goodness, what a beautiful baby she is! I can see why you are so proud. Congrats to you:)

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  47. Awww adorable picture!!! Gender make no difference babies are just cute!!!!

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  48. You both look so beautiful! Congrats to the eager big brothers and daddy too.

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  49. Beth took some awesome pictures. Ivy looks darling! Oh, the way you describe the sweet newness of a newborn almost makes me crave another. But then I remember they grow up (too fast) and the baby memories fade. I'm just going to have to get my baby fix elsewhere. Savor each moment!

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  50. Love those pictures!! She looks so much older than just 3 days old! She's ADORABLE!

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  51. Isn't it amazing how easily you can go from being miserable and hugely pregnant to a state of utter and complete overwhelming bliss?

    I love that time in the beginning the best before the baby realizes it is separate from you and you still don't quite believe it either.

    She really is precious.

    Your pics make me wish I was much farther along then 10 weeks.

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  52. I NEED A FOURTH BABY TOO!
    Ahhh, she's so beautiful. Lucky, lucky you.

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  53. I was thinking the same thing. I wouldn't think there is a difference in the feelings in the very beginning. Just the same baby bliss with a boy or a girl :) She is adorable.

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  54. I don't think the gender issue comes up for at least another month or so... although with Jasper the whole diaper change/pee thing rocked my world... ha!

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  55. She's just adorable! I'm so having a baby craving right now, and mine's only 10 months old. I miss his little newborn noises and the constant cuddling. Enjoy!

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  56. awe girl u are making me want a 3rd!! stop that! :-) she is just beautiful... if you are ever in NC let me know I have got to photography a baby named Ivy :-) w/ all her brothers.

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  57. I hope you'll share Ivy's birth story sometime :) I'm so happy for you, and I really want to see some great babywearing photos of you two! Has she been enjoying the sling?

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  58. How precious! I love the pictures of her; it makes me yearn to hold the little girly one in my womb! (Only 8-ish more weeks!)

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  59. Oh wow- she is so cute. Congratulations!!!!

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  60. Oh my. You sure know how to make a gal want another baby. And what a great job Beth did. I'm wanting to see the rest of them now.

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  61. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl! I'm so jealous...I want a baby now.

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  62. It's so funny that you remark about that - I had our 7th child in April and we only have 1 girl, and we waited to find out the sex and everyone wanted a girl but turned out he was a boy. And now people ask me "do you still want to have a girl?" I just say "Now that he is here, I realize, I just wanted a baby. He was the first in 10 years. I so missed it!

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  63. Steph,
    She is absolutely beautiful!Congratulations! :)

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  64. She is just so cute! Keep up the good work, mama!

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  65. Getting to play with my daughter's hair and when she started liking dolls was when I think it really sank in for me that I had a girl.

    I'm glad you are enjoying her so much! She is adorable!

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  66. I'm squealing right now. Totally. Squealing.

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  67. OMG, I am drowning, just drowning in the precious! She is so gorgeous and I hope she grows up to look just like you!

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  68. Oh she is just so precious - what a sweet, sweet girl you have there. :)

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  69. Ahh, she is PRECIOUS! Good job mommy...and daddy! ;)

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