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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

291 Comments

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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