Isabella Muriel Barrick is here! We named her after my Grandma Church and Rob's Great, Great, Grandma Watson. Bella wanted nothing to do with a Christmas birthday like her Mom. She surprised us five weeks before she was due. We expected her to have breathing and eating issues, but she must have been ready, because she was perfect! She is 6 pounds and 18 inches. The doctor said that if she was term she'd be a 10 pound baby. . . thank you Bella, for having mercy on your mom!
You can't imagine my relief when I could see for myself that Bella was strong and healthy and perfect! I feel more blessed than I can express! This poem was given to me by my friend Louise Leavitt about 11 years ago. It's one of my favorites.
Hunter thinks that Bella and all of her little clothes are really cute. He, like the rest of the children, are very insistant the Bella be happy at all times. They are quick to inform me if she is crying or seems to be unhappy.
We weren't really ready for Bella since we thought we still had over a month before she was due. I didn't even have a car seat to get her home in. Plus they had to do a carseat test before they would release her. So Rob ran to Wal-Mart before he went to work and Craig, Rob's dad, brought it to me. Kathy, Rob's mom, came and picked me up and took us home later that afternoon. Thanks for your help everyone!
Grandma Barrick let the kids pick out an outfit for Bella. They picked straws to see who's outfit Bella would come home from the hospital in. Hunter won, and he's the one who cared the least. The yellow outfit is Brycen's choice and the pink one is Kelsie's.
We had a great Halloween. Brycen was a Disco-Man. Kelsie was a Fairy-Princess. Hunter was Bat-Man. And Bella was a Jack-o-lantern. The kids went trick-or-treating and then we went down stairs and watched "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and ate treats!