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Great News!

That title should give it away…..right?
Yes, it’s true, no one is pregnant forever. And oh, it feels so good.
Our newest little kissable edition joined us on March 2nd, at 6:46 p.m.
The moment my water broke, the doctor gasped as she told the nurses to step back.  She laughed as she announced that she had never seen that much water after breaking the water.  And then again as our sweet little baby was born, another batch of waters came flooding out………and the doctor again exclaimed that this baby had so much padding around her.  Wow.
I laughed out loud at this point, remembering that I had just shared with you all the day before that my babies are swimming in resort style comfort.  That was obviously no joke.

Okay, you ready for the weight? Well, bad news is…….my husband won the bet (from here).  Good news is……..she’s a perfectly healthy 11 pound, 22 inch long baby.  Funny thing, is that this was my easiest delivery yet.  Only 15 minutes of pushing compared to 2 hours with the first and 2 1/2 hours with the second.  Thank the heavens above.  All three of my deliveries have been miraculous and it’s always amazing to lay your eyes on a brand new piece of life.  One who is just waiting to be snuggled and loved.  Oooooh, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her.  But they had to check out my little lots-to-love baby before I was able to hold her.  I guess having a small baby can be dangerous as well as a big one…
Okay, enough chatter.  I can’t wait to share this little lady with you.  She’s my reason for being absent for most of the week.  And completely worth it.
Ahhhhh….she’s out.  And it was finally my turn to hold her after the nurses cleaned her up.
I was completely thrilled.
And her daddy couldn’t get enough of her either.
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For some reason…….looking at a newborn is completely irresistible.  And this baby gave me 11 whole pounds to love on.
The next day, both kiddos were so excited to get their hands on her.  They were so giggly…….and thrilled to meet their baby sister.  Yes buddy, she even has toes.  Yep, just like you.
And this little lady felt like she was given a brand new baby doll to hold.  Only this one moves and makes noises.
And grandma (my mom) felt completely at ease holding a baby that seemed like one of her own that she gave birth to.  Yep, just about the same size as she remembers.  (She says that her hair, forehead, eyes, and cheeks are strikingly similar to what she remembers a few of us looking like.)  It was too fun to watch her flash back for a moment…
We’re home now and doing well.
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And are enjoying some incredibly yummy cheeks.
Thanks for all of the comments and well wishes from the last post.  (They really gave me a boost.  I even read some while laboring with my epidural in. Ha.) And also for hanging around to see how everything turned out.  It’s been fun sharing the details……..and I’m sure there will be more chubby-cheek (and non craft related) pictures in the near future.  So thanks for humoring me.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. WDW says:

    Congratulations!!

  2. Abby says:

    Just catching up on your blog. Congratulations. Your 1 baby weighed more than my triplets combined birth weights!

  3. laura b. says:

    Just found your blog. Congrats. My first was 10lb 15oz.

  4. Dacia says:

    Wowza, 11 lbs! I can't even imagine what that would be like. She's an absolute beauty! Congrats!

  5. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    she is SO beautiful!!! I love to read your comments, you are a truly happy mama, it is so nice and refreshing to hear that others love motherhood as much as I do.

  6. Britta says:

    Congratulations, she is so adorable!
    My oldest son, who is now almost 12 and skinny as a rail, was 11 lbs. 9oz. He was beautiful, and such a great baby. We love those BIG babies! BTW, I'm jealous about you only having to push for 15 min. I had to push for 1 hour and a half. But by the time I got to my 4th one labor was shorter. I love your blog!

  7. Katelyn says:

    congrats!! she is just the cutest…i love her chunky cheeks :)
    super cute family

  8. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, she IS yummy!!

  9. Marta says:

    Congrats! She is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. mj says:

    i was ok with not having any more babies until 20 seconds ago. she is adorable. i have big babies too. and i love them. good luck with the next few months. i hope and pray that the transition is easy for you!

  11. Maryann says:

    COngrats! What a blessing!

  12. tiff says:

    OMGsh, she is so precious!! you are one lucky lady to have such perfectly healthy babies. Congratulations!!!

  13. Spring says:

    Congratulations on your not-so-little bundle of joy! She's is beautiful!

  14. Aubrielle says:

    Congratulations!! I dream of the day that my hubby will say I can have another one!

  15. Jordy and Paiger says:

    Hahaha I am totally going to get swallowed up by all these great comments! haha. I just wanted to say congrats! Those cheeks are sooo kissable. It's a big difference from my 5 lbs baby. You look great. You are gorgeous! We have great genes don't we:) Love you cuz! Take care! I hope to meet her one day:)

  16. Adrienne says:

    She is soo cute!! I hade no idea you were even pregnant–Do you have any names yet? Congrats

  17. Rachel says:

    I don't really ever comment but I had to post a comment on this. Congratulations to you and your family. How precious are her cheeks!? I have 2 girls and neither of them had chubby cheeks till later. I LOVE chubby babies. Hope all is well.

  18. Bev Tank says:

    She looks just like her mama! She is beautiful!!!

  19. Karen G. says:

    Congratulations!! She's absolutely beautiful! Just adorable! I'm glad you are both doing well–and keep the pictures coming!

  20. ~ Kim ~ says:

    Adorable! Hope you're getting lots of rest too. She's so cute. I can't wait to meet my little man in June now!

  21. Danielle says:

    This is the first time I've seen your site and I LOVE it! You are sooo generous with your tutorials. Thank you! Congratulations on the new baby girl. She is a beautiful baby!

  22. Annie Perez says:

    I love it. I love her. I love all your kids. I got 5 of my own. But I'll take yours any day.

  23. Krista says:

    Congrats! My "little" boy was born in Nov at 11 lbs, 5 oz :) We love chubbies :) He was also in the NICU, which was even funnier since he's HUGE compared to the preemies in there. One of the nurses said she had preemie twins that didn't weigh 11 lbs together. She's precious. Congrats again!

  24. Lisa says:

    what a sweet baby…congratulations!

  25. kristen hoff says:

    Beautiful! There are always benifits to big babys, they love their sleep. At least that was my how it was for me both of my 10pounders.

  26. Blooming Mommy says:

    Congrats! She is beautiful! Glad everything went ok! Muah!

  27. Mel O'Drama says:

    how do you look that beautiful after just delivering?!? congrats!

  28. Selective Crafter says:

    Your precious baby brought tears to my eyes, I have 3 of those too big now. May God Bless you and your family.

  29. annie says:

    Oh my goodness!! Those are the most amazing cheeks! I had a big baby (not quite that big) and I loved it. He didn't feel as "breakable" as my others. I also felt I could get in there and give him some good kisses right off the bat. Congratulations!! Adjusting to another baby is a challenge, but all the newborn stuff is so worth it! ENJOY!

  30. Aubrey says:

    Oh wow! 11 lbs?! You are my hero! Congrats! She is absolutely beautiful and munchy!!!

  31. Maine Baby Treats says:

    Ashley – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    11 pounds… impressive.

    Congratulations and best wishes as a family of 5 now.

  32. Emreen says:

    Congratulations…!! She's very beautiful !!

  33. Nina says:

    Congratulations from Brazil! My husband and my 8 year-old girl, saw some of your pics here, but since last year i've been reading your blog and I LOVE! Your little girl is very very cute, and you have a beautiful family.
    Nina
    Ps.: I'm from Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

  34. Kara A P says:

    Congratulations! She's a darling little baby! My second one was on the chunkier side too. Love the cheeks and rolls!

  35. Bella Bleu says:

    Congrats and she's beautiful!

  36. Bella Bleu says:

    Congrats and she is beautiful!

  37. The Nortys 4 says:

    Oh my, she's almost double what my last one weighed! Good work! She's adorable! Congrats!

  38. Hannah says:

    Congratulations! She is a treasure!

  39. Annie says:

    What a doll!!! Congratulations!
    My baby girl is almost 4 months…..and 11 pounds! :) Have fun and enjoy every minute! :)

  40. Lizzy Mac says:

    Those cheeeeeeks!!!! I had chunky cheek babies too and I STILL nibble on my 15-month-old's squishy little cheeks. They are so irresistable!

    Congratulations. She is absolutely captivating.

  41. dana says:

    oh Ashley,
    CONGRATS!!
    She's gorgeous and so are you and your family!
    and I'm loving those new guitars today. Very cool!!

  42. EvaMarieva says:

    Congrats. She is beautiful!

  43. KelliSue Kolz says:

    Thanks for posting your daughter's newborn photo. She's gorgeous. One tip as a mother to a 11lbs. 14 ozer – expect that she will drop weight exceeding the expected 10%. She's carrying extra water, and she'll equal out in a little while, so just keep nursing! I'm diabetic- we needed a single ounce of formula to get her glucose up, but then it was just nurse, nurse, nurse the mom's milk. The hospital was unfamiliar with the growth pattern of a nearly 12 lbs. baby so they were quite nervous – in case yours is too, hang in there.

  44. Leslie says:

    Congratulations!!! She is adorable!!! I can't even imagine having a baby that big! My biggest so far was only 6#s 13oz!

  45. Angela says:

    Oh she is so cute! Hope you get LOTS of snuggle time with her. Someone said this great advice to me when I had our little guy: Snuggle as much as you can now with your baby because the rest of "life" and projects, to-do lists etc. can wait and will always be there, but that newborn stage is so fleeting so ENJOY it! (and of course sleep as much as you can :)

  46. Landon and Kylie says:

    Congrats! Such great news!

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