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My dear friend, your story is as amazing as you are and the pictures bring a tear to my eye. I am especially fond of the picture of chubby Olive snuggled up in the moses basket. She looks so content and perfectly pink. I couldn't be happier for you Nick & E!

Beautiful. You are right. Perfection is in all of our children. Enjoy Olivia's fiesty attitude and Elias' giant hugs. He's going to be a great big brother!

That is an amazing story....I'm just so happy to see the photos of the four of you. Wishing you much love and happiness as you continue getting to know each other.

Thank you for sharing your story. Olive is beautiful! I'm so sorry you had to go through such a scary experience but you brought such beauty and love into the world!

I am just so happy that you now have the energy to share with us your incredbile journey to bring this pumpkin into the world. You still glossed over some of your harder moments but I know that will come later. She looks adorable and I also need your new address for I have a little something I want to send to both kids.
What a new year you have instore for you all.
Lots of love,


You make beautiful creations, both in print and in life.

Whew. I am so thankful that you and Olive are both okay. I hope you are recouperating and regaining your strength. Something tells me you're going to need it for that amazing little girl!

Beautiful, beautiful! Bravo!

I feel terrible that I haven't commented on your last few entries, but know that I have been here, loving that Olive made it here safely and sending healthy vibes your way. So glad you are on your way to recovery.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Chisty! And I love seeing pictures of the kids together. Elias looks like such a natural big brother!

She is absolutely beautiful!! And what a handsome big brother she has too!!

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Congrats again to all of you!

I love the picture of Elias holding Olive. How perfect! He beat the odds by surviving at 24 weeks and she beat the odds by gestating past your due date and doctors' expectations. Both miracle babies in their own right.

Scary story with a beautiful ending. I had the same feeling when I finally had a C-section with my daughter. I had not wanted one, but I was glad I made the decision when I did. I needed her here and safe.

What a beautiful story and telling. Just perfect.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story -- each and every birth is its own miracle and hearing them does something to me each and every time. I am so glad she is healthy and you are recovering. And Elias holding her looks like a loving big brother -- just wait until he is teaching her to run! :)

Your writing is fantastic!! We need a baby poetry slam! Congratulations, we are sooooo happy for all of you!

Thamks you so much for letting us journey along with you. Beautiful words. Beautiful babies.

Sorry to repeat but, again, beautiful. Beautiful baby, beautiful writing.

Is it just me or does Olive favor you while Elias favors your husband?


Your stories take my breath away...You are an amazing writer and, clearly, an amazing mother. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter.

Elias looks wonderful holding his sister, he is touching her so gently as he studies her face. It will take time for him to adjust, and adjust again as Olive grows and develops new skills :) It's a while before the older kids see the value in their younger sibs. My 3 are pretty good friends now that they are older and share more interests.

That teacher knew what she was talking about! "Focusing all your hopes and dreams on the birth experience is like putting everything into the wedding and forgetting about the marriage." It doesn't matter how we have our children, only that they are here and we love them unconditionally forever.

Olive is beautiful and I'm so happy for your family.

That was beautiful. I love all the pictures.

Amen! I sure am happy for all four of you... LOTS of love.

Sometimes I forget what a poingnent writer you are. Then I read a post like this, and I say "Wow, can this lady write or what?!"

Thank God for bringing you through this. These nights of waking every hour and feeling so tired all the time will pass before you know it! Congratulations Christy, you did it.

I am in tears right now and can barely see the letters as I type...I am so happy for all of you, so amazed by your strength and wisdom, and so honored to be touched by your friendship. You are so beautiful and so are your children:)

Peace & Love to you all!

Whew. What a beautiful family and what beautiful, perfect kids.

you amaze me.

Congrats on your miracle baby.. both of them!

You did it! You did it! You did it! YAY! --Ending theme song from Dora. Popular around my house these days and perfect for this happy ending!

"Focusing all your hopes and dreams on the birth experience is like putting everything into the wedding and forgetting about the marriage"

SO true! I tell people this bit of truth too.

And a word of encouragement, don't yet label Olive as "not easy"-- my middle child was a seemingly difficult newborn, but by three months old, after getting into a routine and no longer being "new to the world", she transformed into one of the most laid back babies people have ever met! These first weeks are full of constant change-- makes things very difficult, but it's also an encouragement that it won't stay 1 way for forever ;)

Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful story, and a gorgeous little family!

Oh, I love you all for your kind words, they give me energy when I have none. Thank you!

And Blanche its early to tell but you may be right with the family resemblance. My mom found some old baby pictures of me and Olive and I look a lot alike.

Thanks Kit, I'm hoping for that three-month transformation...or three weeks?:)

What a touching experience! Olive is beautiful and the picture of her with Elias is so precious. thanks for sharing! Enjoy your little one.

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