I knew when we brought Atley home to meet Lincoln the first time that she needed to wear the duck jammies. Every day he would pull those footie jammies out of the clear plastic totes that housed Atley's wardrobe, and he would carry them all over the house. "Baby? Baby?" he would ask me. The gender neutral size newborn duck jammies, were actually a gift for Lincoln when he was born - from a friend in the Singles ward Squire and I served in together. However, 9+ lb. babies don't really fit in clothing that size very well. ;) But, we made them work just long enough for Lincoln to hold her for the first time while she wore them:
|Lincoln holding his baby sister for the very first time.|
Later that same day, in 0-3 month sized jammies, getting to know baby sister some more:
|Getting acquainted with baby sister.|
Oh, little baby feet! Gotta love them. :)
A few days after Atley was born, we took an outing to the Reid Park Zoo to see the lights and Santa. I think this is the very first picture of our entire family together after Atley was born.
|Atley's first picture with Santa - 4 days old.|
My mom helped us out and took a picture of our family together while she was still in town.
|Atley and I getting ready for the picture.|
And here it is - Hepworth family 2012 - with the newest addition!
|Love Lincoln's sweet little smile in this one.|
|Lincoln visiting Mimi in her room early one morning - wearing the hat she got him.|
|Atley, smiling in her sleep - 4 days old.|
|Atley, looking like a sweet little doll - just 5 days old.|
|Mom and I having fun dressing Atley - 5 days old.|
Here is my
sister Mom. :) Yes, this is "Mimi." I hope I look as good as my mom when I'm her age! Pretty much everyone who met my mom, said she could be my sister. For reals.
|Mom, taking one last picture with her grandbabies. :)|
|Me with my mom.|
These are just two pictures of Lincoln I took that I really liked. :) Is my son a handsome little boy or what?!
|Lincoln, 22 months old.|
|Lincoln, 22 months old.|
|Our Christmas tree this year.|
|Our homemade Christmas tree star.|
My mom gave us two of our Christmas gifts early this year, so that we could enjoy them this Christmas Season. One, was this beautiful handmade polymer clay nativity set by Emilie Kamachi. Check out her facebook page or website to see more of her work. She is incredibly talented.
|Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and Angel.|
|Three awesome bejeweled wise men and one attractive camel.|
|Shepherds, sheep and a donkey with character.|
The other gift was an ornament for Atley's first Christmas - also by Emilie.
My mom and dad gave us ornaments by Emili for our first Christmas married back in 2008:
And also for Lincoln's first Christmas, last year:
I really wanted to get a cute newborn in a stocking picture. First attempt, Atley didn't fit in the stocking:
And she was upset that we tried to put her in it:
Another day. Second attempt, with a gigantic stocking - and success! Sort of . . .
But, that ended with the same result. This little girl does not being in stockings.
|Love this cute picture of her crying though. :) Thanks for the flower, Granny!|
|Lincoln and Atley on Christmas Eve 2012 - in their Christmas jammies.|
|Papa Hepworth with Atley.|
|Grandpa with his grandkids.|
|All the boys. Lincoln, ready to not be photographed anymore.|
|Proof that were all together at one time! December 26th, 2012 - wishing Grandpa a good trip back to Page.|
Squire tried to pull the, You-forgot-something-and-you-need-to-come-back-now-to-get-it trick on his dad, too. It didn't work on him either, unfortunately. So, for the last few days we have been left alone in a pretty quiet house - that is when Lincoln isn't playing the piano or randomly screeching and running around the house like the little wild man that he is. ;)
What a fabulous December this one was for our little family! The stillness of our house without family visiting reminds us of how much we loved having them here with us. Atley's blessing day can't come soon enough! We hope your Christmas was filled with as much joy as ours was! And in case you don't hear from me before then - Happy New Year!