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04.02.12 / XX!!

It’s a GIRL!!!!

Mabrey Larew {MAY-bree luh-ROO} was born Friday, March 30th at 5:00 a.m. on the dot, weighing 7lbs 12oz and measuring 21 inches long. She is healthy as can be, eating well and filling diapers like a champ. Learning our baby’s gender upon birth was so wonderful and such a true surprise! I think we were all subconsciously assuming that this baby would be another boy – which we would have gladly welcomed. We feel lucky to get to experience life with two boys and a little girl.

Pops of pink are already showing up in our house. Layne came to the hospital to meet his new sister with a pink bouquet that he picked out himself. The boys are in love with Mabrey. Layne has a lot of concern for her, wanting to know how she’s doing at all times. Everett can’t get enough of her, asking to hold, kiss and hug her every 5 minutes. I’m sure this selfless sibling affection won’t last forever, so I’m savoring it while I can.

Today is our first day home from the hospital and we’re quickly learning that having another person – a newborn – in the family will be an adjustment. We’re taking it one day at a time and learning along the way. Please forgive me if posting is sporadic over the next few weeks. I’m guessing my days {and nights!} are going to become filled with feedings, diaper changes, baby-staring and cuddling. Not to mention trying to find small snippets of time to show my boys how much I still love them.

Our last day in the hospital, Handy Hubby went back to the apartment to shower and I stood holding Mabrey looking out the big windows of our room. The world below seemed so distant and busy compared to the quiet of our room, Mabrey’s shallow newborn breathing being the only sound. I was completely present in that moment and grateful for her, for HH, for our boys, for our family. We’re healthy and happy-tired and so thankful for the sweet gift of life.

Throughout my pregnancy, I kept telling people that “this one wasn’t planned.” But at that moment standing at the window with Mabrey, I realized that this one was planned. Maybe not by us. But planned nonetheless.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!!!

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02.April.2012

How beautiful! This brought tears to my eyes. My unplanned 3rd who is now 4 has brought so much joy and laughter to our home that we keep saying how boring our lives would be without him. Enjoy these next few weeks of newborn wonder.

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02.April.2012

So sweet! Congratulations.

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02.April.2012

AH! I am so excited for you, and her name is so beautiful! Having a daughter is so wonderful. Congratulations!!

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02.April.2012

Welcome, Mabrey! Congrats, Dana and family!

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02.April.2012

I’m so happy for your! what a wonderful story!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! She is precious and I just love her unique name.

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02.April.2012

What a lovely thought about your sweet surprise :)

Congratulations! She’s darling.

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Congratulations! What a sweet moment you shared toward the end of your post. I’m happy for you!

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02.April.2012

Yeaaay!!! I checked in almost frantically Sunday to see what was happening after your cryptic post from the car! BEAUTIFUL name!!! Wow…your new house is going to be a “home” to some really great kids!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is a gift, isn’t she? I love her name, I hope there is a story of labor and her name planned for the blog :) Savor your time, we’ll be happy to see you whenever you pop up on the internet again.

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Aww…Congratulations! She is beautiful. I hope you enjoy every moment of your sweet girl. You will soon see how different they are from boys! You are so lucky you have both boys and a girl to raise. Blessed indeed.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations she is beautiful!! And such a cute name – I love it!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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02.April.2012

So wonderful! I have two boys and a girl too and it is so fun seeing them all play together in their own ways. Congrats!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! Yay for little girls! I would love to hear her birth story on the blog! :)

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02.April.2012

Oh, this is all so beautiful! Congratulations x1,000,000!

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02.April.2012

OMG – congrats!!! Your post completely brought tears to my eyes – especially the last paragraph. We’re pregnant with a surprise #3 as well – total shock, actually, as we found out the DAY BEFORE hubby was going in for the big V. Whoa! We’re also not finding out the gender (we have a boy and girl and knew with each of them) and can’t wait until that moment of birth. Such true words – planned nonetheless!

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02.April.2012

The Greek have two words for time. “Chronos” being the time that we live in – life going about at it’s normal speed, and then there is “Kairos” – a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. I like to think we live in Chronos, and every once in a while God gives a glimpse of heaven – Kairos.

Congrats to your family!

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02.April.2012

Congrats on your sweet little angel!! Im sure her big bros will always love and protect her- even though some squabbles will show up :)

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! I had a feeling you might be posting this announcement today! Love her name.

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02.April.2012

Congrats and all the best wishes for you and your whole family – Greetings from Germany

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02.April.2012

Congratulations she’s beautiful!! And such a cute name – I love it!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! Have fun adding some pink to the Underdog! She is a beautiful addition to your family!

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02.April.2012

what a beautiful post–thank you for sharing your news! Congratulations!!

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS!! What a beautiful baby girl & beautiful name! I can’t wait to hear more stories of the older brothers adjusting to life with their precious baby sister. I’m sure they will protect in the many years to come, and what a blessing she will add to your new home that is coming together so wonderfully! Now, let’s get your new family of five moved in :) Good Luck these first few weeks!

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02.April.2012

Love her name!!!!! Congrats to the whole family!!!! How absolutely wonderful….New Baby to love on, 2 little boys to expierence becoming big brothers and the underdog is coming together. I would say the “Entire” lovefest was planned :)

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02.April.2012

Adorable – congrats!

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Congratulations! My husband actually watches your blog along with me after seeing it as a favorite on mine. He asked me this weekend if your baby had arrived. :) I’m so glad she’s here! Enjoy your time with her.

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02.April.2012

Wow, what a joy and a blessing that sweet little girl is! I was teary by the end of the post. Enjoy every moment with your family, they go so fast!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!! I am THRILLED for you that it’s a girl. What a beautiful blessing for you and your family. I cannot wait to see more pictures and see how you incorporate some girly colors into the underdog. SO EXCITING!

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02.April.2012

Congrats, she is beautiful. I love the name.

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02.April.2012

Yay! Congratulations. She is beautiful. Our little girl is three months today and has two big brothers to take care of her as well. What a blessing!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! I’ve been checking the blog nonstop the last couple days thinking “I bet she had a girl!”…which strikes me as silly in 2 ways– first, that without having met you, I so anticipated hearing your news and second, that I’m so happy for your lovely little girl! Silly or not, my happiness for you is genuine and I hope all the good wishes I’m sending reach your sweet family!

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Congratulations. She is beautiful and what a head of hair! Our little girl was “not planned” as well and I feel the same way as you described. Enjoy your new family!

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02.April.2012

Yay!! Congratulations on a healthy, beautiful baby girl!! Mabrey is such a unique and sweet name, can’t wait to hear the story.

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02.April.2012

So precious! Enjoy every minute of her! I too have two boys and then I had a girl, and she is my best friend. You will love it!

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02.April.2012

Wonderful!!! So, so, SO happy for you all!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! Ever since I started reading your blog I thought you were having a girl. You have such a beautiful family!

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so excited for you and your family. I also cant wait to see how this influences the house – little bits of pink and glamour sneaking in?!

Enjoy lots of time with newly expanded family!

~tara
http://www.aslongasitsfancy.com

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02.April.2012

I had a feeling the baby would make an appearance this weekend! Congratulations on a beautiful baby girl! She will be well loved and taken care of by her sweet older brothers! And she was most definitely planned! Welcome to the world, Mabrey!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! Glad everyone is happy and healthy!

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02.April.2012

She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to you and your family.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations – she’s beautiful!!

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02.April.2012

I’m so happy for y’all! My (unplanned) third is a girl after two boys, and I was amazed how smoothly and quickly we were able to make the transition to a different gender.
Best wishes to all of y’all!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations Dana! I am really happy for you and your whole family!

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02.April.2012

Wonderful news!

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02.April.2012

the sweetest of thoughts on the darling mabrey, and i love the name!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations to you and your family! We have our first due in June, and will find out the gender on delivery day as well. This brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart, and excitment all around! So happy for you!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! I’m waiting for my #2 to arrive any minute/day now. Soak it up, Mama!

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02.April.2012

A big congratulations to you and your family!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! She is beautiful, and I love her name!! So sweet to hear how the boys have taken to her :)

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02.April.2012

congratulations on your little girl!! she looks just like you!!!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! What a beautiful and unique name. I am so glad she is here safe and sound.

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02.April.2012

So, so, so happy for you and your family!! I was hoping that you would get to experience a little girl this time!!! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see how the nursery changes with some other girly touches!!! :)

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02.April.2012

Congrats!!! I think we’ve all been expecting this every time we visit House Tweaking and the moment has finally arrived : ). She is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the good news with your “blog family.”

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02.April.2012

Sooo very happy for you. What a gift she is! Definitely planned :) carefully and precisely for your sweet family.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations! What a beautiful little girl!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! In the back of my mind I just felt like a girl would be a great addition to your family. I can’t wait to see the pretty little outfits she’ll have and what her room in the Underdog will look like.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations to you on your precious baby girl! LOVE her sweet name. Your last paragraph honestly brought me to tears. So happy for you!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! What a beautiful post for a beautiful little girl. I know she will be spoiled rotten (in a good way) by your HH–I was the baby sister to two older brothers, which I thoroughly enjoyed once I realized how to work the system ;)

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02.April.2012

Congrats. We had a surprise girl after 2 boys and you said it perfectly she may not of been planned by us but she was planned by someone. I lost my mom 2 months before my daughter was born, and I realized then I would now have the chance to have that relationship once aagin with my daughter. Even though at onetime I couldn’t imagine life with a daughter I can’t imagine life without one now. She balances out the boys. Enjoy your new gift!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!! You picked a lovely name for a lovely little girl!

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS!!

She is truly beautiful, and has such a beautiful unique name! I love it!
May your days (and nights) be filled with joy, happiness, some peace, and some sleep <3
Take your time, no rush in updating!

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02.April.2012

Many congratulations from down under!! So thrilled for you all – a girl is wonderful, but a healthy baby and mum even more so. I remember having that quiet moment in the hospital with my girls, just us in our little hospital room cocoon before taking them out into the BWW (Big Wide World). Enjoy this precious time, and sleep (don’t blog!) when you get a spare moment. We’ll still be here.
Anne xx

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Congratulations! It’s obvious you are so in love right now, these moments when you would do anything just to slow down the clock and breathe. The name you choose is beautiful. So excited to see the nursery. (Eventually, no hurry. :)

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02.April.2012

Congratulations Dana! What a wonderful, beautiful surprise. Her name is almost as lovely as she is. Best wishes for a smooth transition to your new family of five. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is gorgeous and I love her unique name. Enjoy your mother/daughter bonding time!

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02.April.2012

Dana,

So beautifully written! Congrats to you and your family!

:)

Jenn

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02.April.2012

Congrats to you Dana and your lovely family. You definitely brought tears to my eyes! Mabrey is absolutely beautiful and you’re so lucky to have experienced the ‘surprise’ aspect of the whole thing. Way to go mama!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby girl!!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is beautiful! :)

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! What a happy, happy day! I’d love to hear the story of her name (and if you’ve had the girl’s name chosen since the first boy!). Enjoy this exhausting, wonderful time!

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02.April.2012

Totally teared up at your post – enjoy baby on the chest naps and all of the other wonderful, exasperating, difficult but wouldn’t trade it for the world moments. And LOVE the name.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is SO beautiful. I’m a long time reader of your blog but haven’t commented until now. Figured this was the best possible occasion to start :) SO happy for your family and your new baby girl.

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02.April.2012

Awwwww … congrats! Darling girl, darling name.

We were wonderfully surprised with a baby girl, not knowing the gender ahead of the birth. Nothing like that excitement! (We had one boy already, and a bunch of nephews, so she was the first girl.) My husband kept saying, “no way! no way!”

Of course, our next two baby boys were happily added to the family too, including our “surprise” #4 … I think surprise babies are the best, and the truest example of a gift you didn’t even ask for or know you wanted in the first place.

Many blessings to you as you enjoy these magical newborn days.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! Your precious girl is so beautiful! I love her name (and your boys’ names too!)

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02.April.2012

This gave me tears in my eyes! Congratulations to you and your family!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! Love the name too!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! I discovered your blog a few months ago and haven’t missed a post since. :)

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Aww, congrats! She’s beautiful! So very happy for you all. :) Enjoy this time and take care of yourself and that beautiful baby girl.

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02.April.2012

Awwww!!! I’m so excited for you guys! Congratulations! I love the last few lines of your post; it’s so true. Some of the best things in life are unplanned by us.

MyersMaison.blogspot.com

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02.April.2012

I love that the title of this post is XX! Congratulations!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. Love reading your blog and seeing all your beautiful decorating.

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS! she’s gorgeous. hope you are feeling great! LOVE LOVE LOVE her name. :) rest up Momma, we’ll be here when you do post. And even just a quick pic and couple of lines is a post too you know! :)

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02.April.2012

Just wonderful all around! Lovely little lady, likely to grow into gifts as individual as her name. As always, thanks for sharing.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! I LOVE the name.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! A beautiful little girl with a beautiful name. So precious!

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02.April.2012

Aw! Congratulations! She so precious – enjoy every moment with her because you know so well how quickly they grow!!

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! She’s a stunner!

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02.April.2012

She is so beautiful and that name! Destined for greatness for sure. Can’t you see it on a Broadway marquee or as a leading lady. Swoon!!!!

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02.April.2012

What a beautiful little girl (and name)! Congrats!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! “Planned nonetheless” – we felt exactly the same way with our #3 and we couldn’t be happier :)

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02.April.2012

She is beautiful! So happy for you and your family. Your post was so sweet and brought back memories of when my boys (now 20, 17 and 15)) were born and all of those amazing feelings that came along with them.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! Congratulations! This will be so much fun for us all! So glad you will get to experience a girl child. Boys, girls, all so wondrous!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

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02.April.2012

Congrats!!! She is absolutely beautiful. . .God knew you needed a little girl to share your life with.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is such a pretty baby! Her name suits her!

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02.April.2012

Congrats!!! How exciting!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations. I am sure you and the rest of your beautiful family will love her to pieces (hopefully not literally). I am the youngest with two older brothers who saved torturing me until I was able to walk and talk. The fawned until then. :)

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02.April.2012

Congrats! She is beautiful and she shares a birthday with my youngest son who just turned 3:) I have 2 boys and would love to add another baby to our family.

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02.April.2012

I don’t usually ever comment but was so excited to hear of the new arrival, I just had to say HIP HIP HORRAY, BABY NEWS TODAY!!! My #3 was a surprise too… Now 5 years later, he reminds me of what was always meant to be. Enjoy this time with your family!!!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! She’s beautiful!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations – she’s beautiful!

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02.April.2012

That last paragraph made me tear up. Congratulations. I’m so happy for you and your family.

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02.April.2012

Sweet, sweet congratulations! Glad all is well. : )

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02.April.2012

Yay yay yay!!! I was hoping it was a girl!!! ;-)

Congratulations to you and your whole family!!! :-D

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! I’m so happy for you and your family!! I have two older brothers myself and she’s in for a ton of fun with them :)

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02.April.2012

WoooHoooo!!! I’m so pleased for all of you. I kept checking your site for any updates! So thrilled for you! Enjoy every moment!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations, she’s beautiful. Get lots of rest and enjoy this special time.

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02.April.2012

many congratulations to you and your family–she’s a beauty! take time to enjoy be in the moment *every day* (even if it’s literally just for a second!)

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02.April.2012

This is why I love your blog— inspiration in every well-written post. Congratulations to you and your family!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations to you and your family! She is beautiful:) Enjoy this time with your family, and get some rest when you can!

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02.April.2012

HOORAY! Congrats and best wishes to your family and adjustment! I kept thinking it was a girl…weird b/c I haven’t met you…but funny! Mabrey is a lovely name and she shares a birthday with (2nd child)my little guy Brennan who turned 5!

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02.April.2012

Such sweet news, thank you for sharing your life with us all. Btw, my mom said all four of us were planned, “We found out you were coming and we started planning!”

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02.April.2012

What a beautiful post, you are right, she was definitely planned. I absolutely love the name you picked out- Mabrey is gorgeous- and I’ve never heard it before. Bonus. Oh Dana, she is beautiful and I am so, so, SO happy for all of you. Congratulations!!!!

xo, Jenna

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is beautiful! I am so happy for you and your family.

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02.April.2012

Congrats! She’s gorgeous and her name is beautiful!

And honestly, with two boys, I kind of was thinking #3 was going to be a girl! So glad you’re all happy, healthy, and enjoying the new little one!

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02.April.2012

Yeah!! Every time you posted a pic of yourself, I thought it was a girl ;) Enjoy every moment. Love to hear the birth story if/when you feel up for sharing.Congrats to your whole family! xoxo

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! She is beautiful!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! Beautiful baby girl and beautiful name! Those quiet moments alone, just newborn and me are some of the most cherished of my life!

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02.April.2012

THIS is the best news I’ve heard all day!! Congratulations :) Love the name, and after following along with all the pregnancy updates…I was secretly hoping it would be a girl!! We chose to wait on the gender for my last baby…what an awesome surprise!!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations to all of you, and welcome to the world Mabrey. Delivery room surprises are the best, and my two boys were thrilled to visit their little sister on the day she was born. Enjoy this special time!

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02.April.2012

Welcome to the world little one …..

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02.April.2012

Congrats! I had a feeling it would be a girl. After 2 boys you need a little pink! I just discovered your blog a few months ago and have read the entire thing. I really like your style. :)

Congratulations again~

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02.April.2012

huge congrats!!!
welcome to the world beautiful Mabrey!
well done Dana.
enjoy every moment.
cheryl xox.

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Congratulations!!! She is gorgeous & I love the name! I am sure the surprise of finding out you have a baby girl was so exciting! We adopted and we open to either gender so when the got THE CALL we got surprised to learn we had a daughter!

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02.April.2012

I was so thrilled to see this post today and to see your daughter’s beautiful face:) I also love your choice of words at the end and it truly opened my eyes to the mystery of life and how each if us truly is “planned” and created to contribute something beautiful to this world!

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02.April.2012

Beautifully written…..enjoy for they grow up way to fast !!!

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02.April.2012

Enjoy your time with your new baby. Best of wishes to you and your family.

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I think one of the most wonderful things about being a blogger is the ability to share our joys and passions! Your new daughter is a beautiful treasure – just as your sons are. Congratulations!

Posting can wait. There are no blogs without the lives behind them, and your life needs you to be EXACTLY where you are and with the people you are with. Enjoy this time with all of them!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! I’m so happy to know that you are all doing well during this blessed time.

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02.April.2012

She is so precious! Congratulations on your newest bundle of joy! God bless!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! So fun to have a little girl to add to the mix :)

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02.April.2012

Congratualtions!! I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before but I read your blog regularly. My third pregnancy wasn’t planned either, (by us at least), but the day our daughter was born was so special. She is the best thing we never knew we wanted and can’t imagine life any other way. I’m so happy for your and your boys!!

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02.April.2012

Wishing you all the best, congratulations!

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02.April.2012

She is so beautiful! I am so happy for you and your family.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!! :) Praise God for a beautiful, healthy baby girl! So glad you’re doing well, and that your sweet family is so excited to have a daughter/sister.

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CONGRATULTIONS! So happy for you all.

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02.April.2012

What a lovely post! I am so happy to hear you have a darling little girl and everyone is fine. We have an unplanned #3 that has been a great delight in our life. God bless all of you.

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02.April.2012

How exciting! Congratulations to you all and I would LOVE to hear where her name came from at some point. It is beautiful!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! She is beautiful.

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02.April.2012

Ohh Congratulations to your and your family! I. Love. Her. She is so adorable! I knew it was going to be a girl! Oh I can’t wait to see the little room you set up for her in the underdog. You enjoy her and spoil her and give her lots of kisses.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations Dana! I had been wondering all weekend and was so glad and excited to see the newest post and a picture of your beautiful little girl. So happy for you all <3

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02.April.2012

Mazel Tov! So exciting! Congratulations on your gorgeous addition to the family. All the best to you, Handy Hubby and your boys as you begin this next chapter.

Can’t wait to hear more about her and the story behind her unique name.

I will secretly hate you — just a little — when you post a pic of yourself in a couple of weeks looking svelte and pre-baby fit ;)

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Nothing better. Congratulations and God bless!

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I’m not gonna lie…I cried. Such sweet words and sentiments. Congratulations on your new little gem. Enjoy each minute. <3

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is perfect!

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02.April.2012

as a new comer to ur site , and a mom of two ive been on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what came first, baby or finished house. She is a beauty , Congratulations :)

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02.April.2012

Biggest congratulations!

Enjoy a little girl, she will be lucky to have 2 wonderful big brothers to watch over her

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02.April.2012

Congratulations Dana! Lovely baby, lovely name!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! You are truly blessed.

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02.April.2012

She is beautiful. And I love her name!

I can relate more than you know. Our last baby was a bonus baby as well. I spent 9 months of pregnancy in a bad mood. It was not until I heard him cry, as he arrived into this world, that I realized this baby was meant to be. He was here for a reason.

He is our biggest blessing and just turned turned 3. I say all the time that God knew what was missing in our family.

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! I’m glad the delivery went well and she arrived safe and healthy. We’re expecting #2 in about 3 weeks. Almost there.

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02.April.2012

Oh Dana – I am so glad that you had a girl! I mean seriously…the female gene pool needs your baby girl :) She is striking!
xo – kb

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02.April.2012

Oh she is beautiful! Rest as much as you can and enjoy these sweet new days.

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02.April.2012

CONGRATULATIONS!! Welcome to your beautiful little girl! My not-exactly-planned girl (after 2 boys) is now 3, and we can’t imagine life without her. I know your boys are going to love having a baby sister to take care of.

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Congratulations, she’s wonderful!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations on the birth of your darling baby girl. I am so happy for you and your family. Enjoy being home with your new little one and her big brothers for lots of private nesting time!

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I’m so excited to see the pictures and hear the news!! How wonderful!! What a beautiful and sweet thing! I’m happy for you and your family!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations Dana! I just welcomed a little girl in January (gender was a surprise as well!) after two boys! So much fun, and I’m so happy you’ll get the chance to experience both as well! What a beautiful post! I had the same moment as you in the hospital – the busy streets, quiet room, newborn breathing & reflection…so special :) Thanks for sharing!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations! She is so precious.

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02.April.2012

Sometimes God has a very different plan than we do. I have two VERY planned boys, conceived by fertility treatments. My husband and I wanted a third child but planned on waiting a few years before starting on a third baby. Well I conceived naturally, while breastfeeding, and without having a cycle so now I have three very wonderful boys. It sure wasn’t my timing but it was God’s timing and we are so blessed.

Congratulations!

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02.April.2012

Congratulations!!! I’m expecting my third any day now too. Your posting brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy the time with your family!

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02.April.2012

Congrats! What a great surprise…the baby is so precious….remember to get some rest!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is adorable.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!! So happy for you that all is well and she’s healthy. I was hoping it would be a girl. She’s beautiful, and I like the name you chose for her. Enjoy every precious moment, they grow up so fast.

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03.April.2012

oh. my. word.
the cutest little girl with the best name ever.
welcome, welcome, sweet mabrey larew ♥

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03.April.2012

So happy to hear your news and that both mom and babe are doing well! As someone waiting out the next month to meet my new little one, it is always encouraging and lovely to hear about other littles being born. :) Savor the moments . . . man I’m getting excited for the smell of newborn again!

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03.April.2012

CONGRATS!!!! many blessings on your new addition. what a beautiful little girl and i love her name:) i also became a nana again on 3/30 to a little girl. i believe DIL was same time as you. enjoy every moment with her and the boys……

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03.April.2012

Congratulations to the new family of 5 ! Hugs from France !

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03.April.2012

Congratulations, she looks so sweet! I’ve been coming by the see if there are any news, and I had a feeling this one would be a girl ;). Can’t wait to read more about your life with the new family member!

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03.April.2012

Congrats !! such a beauty, wish i can kiss her indeed.
I was wondering when the birth will take place and this post is the answer :)
congrats once again, you do have a wonderful life, i’m green with envy :p

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03.April.2012

Beautiful! I have 2 boys and my oldest who is 4 will every so often ask for a little sister. Im pretty sure we are done but a little part of me second guesses myself when I hear “I want a baby sister”. Congratulations on your beautiful family!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! I am very happy for you and your family and was so excited to see your post! I wish you all lots of happiness and she is just adorable. There is nothing like a precious newborn!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is truly beautiful!

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03.April.2012

eeeee! A baby girl- congratulations! Enjoy

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03.April.2012

Congratulations Dana and family! Such wonderful news. Welcome to the world beautiful baby girl! With love from online friends in Perth, Australia xx

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03.April.2012

congratulations!!!! she’s so beautiful!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!

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03.April.2012

What a beautiful post. Such a precious girl that little Mabrey. So thrilling for your family to be blessed with a little girl. Continued blessings for all 5 of you!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! I can’t wait to see how you decorate her nursery in the underdog!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is gorgeous. Our son loves his baby sister as well. I think it’s something about having a baby sister that makes a brother suddenly protective. Have fun. P.s. I took your advice about swaddling and she now sleeps through the night. Thank you so much

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03.April.2012

Blessings to you and your family..enjoy!

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03.April.2012

Congrats to you and your family! She’s absolutely beautiful! I have 2 boys and my daughter came along last…and yes, I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

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03.April.2012

congratulations on your sweet new addition to your family! she is beautiful :)

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03.April.2012

A little girl! You know this was meant to be. Congratulations, and take it easy!

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Congratulations! I had a sneaky feeling all along that it was a sweet little girl.

She looks beautiful. Wishing your family all the best!

xo.

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That last paragraph made. me. cry.

CONGRATS! She is beautiful. Enjoy this time with her :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

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03.April.2012

Congrats!! Look at all that hair!

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03.April.2012

Congrats! She’s beautiful!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!!! My first is due in June and I cant wait to hold my baby girl!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations on your precious little girl!! You said it very well about being “planned nonetheless”. Reminded me of the verse, ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord” Jeremiah 29:11a
Again a big congratulations to you and your family!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!!! I am SO happy for you and your family……that beautiful baby girl just seems like the perfect addition! I can’t wait to see how life at the underdog evolves with this new baby (and how you decorate the nursery!). We are expecting a girl in July and my son couldn’t be more excited….seeing this post for me is like a glimpse of what my life will be like soon and it makes me so happy. Thank you for sharing this!

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03.April.2012

Wow! Congratulations to you & your family! I’d say you definitely had an eventful weekend! :D

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03.April.2012

Congrats Dana!! She’s beautiful! Enjoy this wonderful time with your beautiful family.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations. What a cutie!!

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03.April.2012

Congrats Dana! What a sweet family you have!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!! She is beautiful!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations, Dana! She is beautiful! Take care of yourself. :-)

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03.April.2012

Congrats to you and your adorable family! What a wonderful surprise!

News like this always makes my day. Get some sleep!! :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl! Thank you for sharing that last bit and the end of your post. Very lovely, the gifts life will bring. Cheers!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! What a blessing. Big families are so much fun! Our 4th wasn’t planned and turned into our 4th and 5th (twins!):-) Just remember…..we make plans and God laughs. Enjoy your family time.

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Congratulations! I’m so happy that you and the baby are healthy and happy. :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations to your family. She is so cute. Enjoy your new little one and get lots of rest when you can.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is so beautiful! What a blessing!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations, she is beautiful!

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03.April.2012

Man, that is one cute baby – Mazel Tov!

PS I am loving the name you picked for your new daughter.

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03.April.2012

congrats on your baby girl! what a wonderful blessing for your family!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!!! She looks just like her Momma!!! She is just beautiful and I’m sure you guys are enjoying every minute of her! It truly is amazing how even though you didn’t plan it, God did and it’s perfect! So excited for you all!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! Beautiful baby and a beautiful post. Enjoy your little one!

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Hooray! Congratulations! I was so hoping you and HH would welcome home a baby girl! And wow! Such a perfect name! Love it, and it flows so nicely. Best of luck as you go into this new and wonderful adjustment period! :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations on our newest addition!!! I have never heard the name Mabrey before, but I really like.

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03.April.2012

Congrats! I’m 2 days past my due date with my first, a girl as well. Can’t help but be jealous of you with your little Mabrey :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful girl! Love the name!

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03.April.2012

YAY!!!! Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL little girl! What a blessing! Aren’t you glad that God’s plans aren’t always the same as ours? :)

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03.April.2012

Congraulations! 3 times a charm is really true! My 3rd child, a boy that is 19 now, is the sweetest most helpful loving child a momma could have! Love my oldest son and middle daughter just as much – but the baby is the baby no matter what!!!

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03.April.2012

Congrats! So glad all went well. I really thought you’d have a girl- Here’s to including pops of the colour pink in your decor!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is beautiful…love her dark head of hair :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations on your sweet blessing! Love the name and loved what you said at the end. We were surprised to find out we’re expecting our third in November! This post has me even more excited! Enjoy this amazing time with Mabrey!

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03.April.2012

She is BEAUTIFUL! How exciting! And her name is fabulous! Glad you kept it all a surprise! So fun and worth the wait! :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!!! Yes, she absolutely was planned! :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!!! Mabrey is beautiful! My husband and I had our first in January and her gender was a surprise at birth as well. It’s so much fun anticipating it!

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03.April.2012

Oh my goodness – congratulations!!! I am so shocked and happy to hear that it was a girl and I love the name you chose! That last sentence of your post brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills all over. It’s funny how life works itself out. Congrats again!

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03.April.2012

Congrats on the safe arrival of the young miss. She’s beautiful.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! Mabrey is BEAUTIFUL! Sometimes God’s unplanned surprises are the best…we had two boys, went for our third & last child (hoping to get a girl) & got TWIN boys! Although it is a testosterone filled home, our home is filled with joy and blessings beyond our dreams. ENJOY your unexpected blessing!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! Girls are a lot of fun!

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03.April.2012

I’m choked up after reading your post and so happy for all of you. Congratulations on your new sweet girl.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! Best wishes to you all.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! She’s beautiful…

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03.April.2012

So happy for your family! I also have two older boys, one 6 and the other 4 and a sassy 2 year old little girl, and let me tell ya, she rules the roost at our house! So excited for you and can’t wait to see more pics and posts from you!

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03.April.2012

Hello from Cleveland, OH! I have been quietly reading your blog for awhile now :) and wanted to share that your last two paragraphs of this post really touched me. What a beautiful sentiment. We are expecting “suprise” twins this summer, and I feel the same way: perhaps not planned by us, but certainly planned. Thanks for helping me to remember that :)

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03.April.2012

Congratulations. It will be such a change having a little girl but I think you will love every minute of it. And lucky her, she will have two big brothers to look out for her.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! Enjoy this special time.

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03.April.2012

Congrats. Beautiful words at the end of your post.

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03.April.2012

Congratulations, she’s beautiful and I love the name!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations to you and your husband!!! Mabrey is absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your stories and pictures with us out in the blog world. I feel like we are one big happy family. Congrats again to you and your beautiful family!!!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations – Mabrey is so precious!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations!

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Congratulations!!! What a blessing for number three. :-) Enjoy it!!

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03.April.2012

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Oh she’s beautiful God bless her n ur family. Girls are so much fun I have two little girls at home n they are my best friends. The boys are gonna take so much care of them. U must be exhausted n happy. God bless u, have fun honey.

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So happy for you guys! And that last paragraph made me tear up a little! :)

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03.April.2012

Aww! Congratulations, and what a sweet sweet moment of realization… brought tears to my post-partum/back at work after maternity leave/hormonal self…

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a beautiful girl :-)

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03.April.2012

SO Beautiful! Congratulations to the whole family!

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03.April.2012

She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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03.April.2012

Congrats. She is beautiful and her name is also as well as unusual. Glad the boys are taking to her so well. Blessings to you all.

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03.April.2012

What a true blessing!

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03.April.2012

Dana,

Congratulations! It’s kind of crazy how excited I was for you, and I’ve only ever read your blog. Each time there was a day or two between posts, I kept thinking… “maybe today’s the day!” Lol…. what a gorgeous name as well. So original and unique, she is gorgeous.

I’m home with my 3 month old little girl… been reading your blog for a while now – you should know, I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls for a bathroom paint job upgrade! Thanks for the idea!

Enjoy your newly expanded family!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations Dana and HH! What a beautiful post..

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03.April.2012

Congratulations to you and the entire family!

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03.April.2012

What a beautiful post! Congratuations on your little girl!

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03.April.2012

Congratulations! Only really special people are born on March 30th (day I was born and my amazing Grandma)! ;-). So wonderful you get to experience a girl. I have two boys and a baby girl and it is fun to have both genders. Don’t worry about your blog,..take all the time you need! Those of us who have been there can completely understand the first few months can be pretty down right rough:-/. Take Care!

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03.April.2012

So jealous. I’ll hit 40wks on Thursday and want to have my girl in my arms-but you were faster. Congratulations and enjoy the baby bliss.

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03.April.2012

God bless you and your family! What a special special time in your lives. Enjoy this gift!

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03.April.2012

Huge congratulations to you and your family. A girl! What a wonderful sweet surprise. Such a beautiful post Dana. Enjoy these first moments.

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03.April.2012

Congrats!!!! She is lovely!! Love her sweet name. Is there a story behind it?
I have two boys and then had a little girl. I told everyone when I was pregnant that I would be truly thrilled with adding another boy or having girl. But – oh – how very wonderful it’s been to have a sweet little girl in our home!

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04.April.2012

Congrats to you and the family. The boys are just going to love her.

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04.April.2012

Congratulations!

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04.April.2012

Congratulations!!!! Glad you both are healthly and resting. She is BEAUTIFUL and I adore her name :-)

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04.April.2012

This post made me tear up, and I’m usually not a crier. Congratulations to you and your family!

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04.April.2012

So happy for you! Enjoy! I Love her name!

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04.April.2012

So happy for you – Congratulations!

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04.April.2012

Congratulations! I love her name. We are in a similar situation with an older Ranch to remodel, two young boys, and a surprise baby #3 on the way. I love how you describe your feelings a the end of the post.

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04.April.2012

Congrats to you and your family for welcoming your sweet baby girl into your home! So cute that the boys are falling over there lil sis!

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04.April.2012

Congratulations, with our best wishes from Spain!

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04.April.2012

How beautiful! Congratulations!

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04.April.2012

Congrats! She is beautiful! You are a very blessed and beautiful woman and I wish you all the love, happiness and joy. God Bless you my blogging friend :)

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04.April.2012

love the fact that you have two handsome boys and now a girl. soo hope that it will be the same for me! i have two boys 4 and 2 and anxious for a girl.

ps love the name!

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Congrats! What a blessing. Baby girl is beautiful and I would like a pic with a whole family!

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05.April.2012

Congratulations! I have a daughter (just turned 8) and girls rule! Enjoy!

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05.April.2012

Congrats Dana! She’s absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful addition to your family, a true blessing indeed. I love, love, love her middle name. Can’t wait to see everything come together in your new home. Again, Congrats!!!

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05.April.2012

She is beautiful! Congratulations on your little girl! Enjoy!

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05.April.2012

Congratulations to you and your family! She’s beautiful!

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05.April.2012

Congrats to you and your family! She is absolutely precious!

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05.April.2012

Congratulations!! She’s beautiful! I just adore you and your blog.
xo

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05.April.2012

WOOOOT!!! I KNEW it was a GIRL!!! I just KNEW IT!!! She’s beautiful…congrats and enjoy her!!! YAH!

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06.April.2012

Planned indeed! Praise God for your little girl! Congratulations! :)

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06.April.2012

This post gave me chills! Congratulations!!! We’re expecting our first in June and I can’t wait to experience this same peaceful THRILL! Take care of yourself and family…we can wait. : )

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06.April.2012

Congratulations! Beautiful name. You will love having a little girl. I always wanted 3 boys and ended up with 2 girls! God’s plan is the only plan :) He provides for us in ways beyond our comprehension. That’s what makes life is unbelievably beautiful. Now rest up and enjoy your beautiful family.

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08.April.2012

Congratulations!! Girls are lots of fun!!

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11.April.2012

Yay! Congratulations to you!! Mabrey Larew is absolutely beautiful. You are so blessed.

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Congratulations to you and yours!

Welcome to the world, Mabrey Larew! She is BEAUTIFUL, and y’all must be so happy!

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Congratulations! I didn’t find out until our little guy arrived either. It was such a cool surprise…even though I was totally convinced he was a she!

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30.April.2012

I’m so happy for you and your family Dana. Congratulations on the birth of your healthy baby. And what a bonus that she’s a she!

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10.May.2012

Hi! I had my baby girl after 2 boys on March 30 too! I love the comment about pink showing up, it is unreal, huh? Can’t wait to see how she grows.

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24.February.2013

The little one is lovely!

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