made from scratch

Here’s a little project I’ve been working on for the past nine months…

Charlotte N
June 17th, 2010
8 lbs 3 oz
20 inches

So, yeah. The baby is here! Early to boot too. 😉 Here’s the story…mostly so I can remember it. I woke up Wednesday morning…er…leaking. All day I wondered if it was my water that had broken. So I called the hospital and they said we should come in. After a quick last minute packing of the bags (I still forgot Rory’s change of clothes, sorry hun!), and finding a family member to stay with Sadie (who knew something was going on but not what), we took off for the hospital. At this point I think we were in shock that this was happening, her being a week early and all. Sadie was 12 days late so we were kind of expecting that. Guess we should have known! We got to the hospital at 7:30 that night and they admitted me after confirming that it was my water that had broken. I was having some contractions, about 5 minutes apart. We spent the night trying to sleep, as my contractions petered off and then stopped. In the morning, they checked me and I was dilated to a 1. (whaa!?) So they decided to start me on Pitocin at around nine, to get the contractions going. It took about 2 hours, but they finally did start. And BOY did they start. They were right on top of one another for the next 5 1/2 hours. youch! Around two I got some IV drugs, which took the edge off a little bit. REALLY just a little bit. It went pretty quickly after that. I think I went from a five to ten in 2.5 hours, I was just happy to be dilating! Started pushing around 4:20, and she was born at 4:32. hooray! I was so relieved I started bawling. It was harder in some ways than Sadie’s birth, but recovery so far has been much easier. thank goodness for that! Now for some pictures.


mama and baby

daddy and baby

just baby

(everybody has commented on her cheeks. they are huge, huh?! Sadie had big cheeks, but not this big!) Charlotte and Sadie were almost exactly the same size, too, just an ounce off, and 1/2 inch difference in their height. Yet Charlotte was a week early, and Sadie was 11 days late. Here’s her birth story if you’re interested.

Sadie, meet baby

she really does like her, just not in this picture apparently. lol. She had a blast hanging out with various family members over the past two days…probably was a bit of a buzz kill when we got back. She says baby Da dot (or something like that), and seems to like her so far. We’ll see how the next few weeks go! Wish us luck at the transition from one kid to two!


  1. Yay! what a beautiful little girl! Her cheeks are so cute! Almost as big as Tabitha’s when she was born! Oh I miss cheeks! I’m gonna have to come over and kiss those cheeks! Congrats! I just can’t get over how beautiful she is!

  2. Jess, you are so brave for going again without an epidural! I’ve had pitocin with my last two and I usually ask for the epidural about 10 contractions after it kicks in! She’s beautiful. Good job!

  3. Aww! Congratulations! She’s beautiful! :)

  4. Oh my goodness!!!! Oh how my uterus is aching right now! She is so beautiful! Congrats to you and your family! What a blessing! -Kelsee

  5. Congratulations to the NEW MOMMY!!!! Charlotte is ADORABLE!!! She does have the cutest and fattest cheeks too! awesome!

  6. Congratulations! (and good luck!) :)

  7. Congratulations!! My eldest was 11 days late & 8lbs 3oz, so a combination of your two!! What a gorgeous girl, enjoy her as you know now, you’re not a first time mother, they really do grow THAT quickly!! Love Posie

  8. CONGRATS!! How exciting! Can’t wait to see all the cute clothes and things you will be making now that you have two! You know, after you start getting some sleep again, lol. And those cheeks! They are just asking for some major pinching!

  9. Yeah!! She’s here. I love her name. Charlotte is absolutely beautiful!! Congrats Jessica. I need to make a trip south to meet her in person.

  10. Eeek!

    So cute & squishy…! *love*

    Congratulations – both on the beautiful bubba & looking so chipper after labour.. 😉

    Now excuse me while I run around clucking for a bit…!

  11. Congratulations on your new baby girl. Way to go mama!

  12. Congrats! She is so darling!

  13. Welcome to this wonderful world, little Charlotte.

    And congratulations to you all! What a lovely little girl.

  14. Many congratulations to you all!
    x Steph

  15. Yay! She’s adorable! And I love the “C” name! Are you going to tell us your “R” option? I do love those chunky cheeks! Good work!

  16. I knew you had the baby! Congratulations, I love tht name, just beautiful. You’ll have so much fun with those two girls. :)

  17. Congratulations! It’s fabulous that you had her early, especially after having Sadie so late. I know the waiting game, especially after being overdue, is hard. As long as you’re ready, early seems like it would be much better! Good luck with the newborn and adjusting to two, and enjoy yourselves!

  18. Congratulations, she’s absolutely beautiful!

  19. Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  20. She is a cutie! Congrats! I’m glad you are both doing well, you look great! :)

  21. Congratulations! She’s adorable. So glad that all went well for mama and baby.

  22. She is absolutely beautiful, congratulations!!!! I love her name too :)

  23. Charlotte is beautiful and you make childbirth look easy! Congrats to your family!

  24. Oh, so happy for you! Congratulations. I love her name, especially the middle name! Enjoy all that lovely newborn stuff and rest as much as you can.

  25. I have the same boppy pillow!! Congrats on your labor and deliver. Glad everything went well.

  26. Congratulations!! So adorably cute! I just received my package of goodies and am so excited to do some projects. Thanks again! Take care! I wish you a smooth speedy recovery so you can enjoy your lil ones.

  27. Congrats! I love her chubby little cheeks.

  28. Congratulations! She’s a beautiful baby, and I love the name Charlotte. You look fabulous after all that labor!

  29. Congratulations!! And a big welcome to baby Charlotte. She is gorgeous!

  30. Scrumptious baby!!! I want to munch those chubby cheeks!!! SO CUTE Jess, well done! And WTH, you look SO good for having just given birth, and WITHOUT drugs?! Way to go sister! Can’t wait to meet her!!!

  31. Congratulations! She is beautiful and I love her name.

  32. Oh my goodness!! She is such a beautiful newborn! Adorable. It sounds like you didn’t get an epidural- is that right? You are so tough! And I have no clue how you look so amazing after a long labor without one. :) Good luck with the adjustment! I hope it goes well for you.

  33. Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Charlotte, you are beautiful, just like your brave, strong, clever mother. Sounds like you did a great job, Jess, enjoy your newest addition.

  34. Congratulations :)

  35. Welcome home little Charlotte!!! You and your mommy are look beautiful!

  36. yay! congrats to you! baby charlotte is adorable. glad all are doing well! best of luck to you all! can’t wait to see more baby pics…in wonderful homemade outfits i’m sure!!! :)

  37. What a sweetheart!! I love the name you picked out, it goes perfectly with her adorable little face. Congratulations!!

  38. Definitely one of your best pieces of work :) And I am so excited I guessed her named correctly in the giveaway post you had last week!

  39. ahhh! she is beautiful. congratulations!!

  40. Hi!

    Your blog is perfect and I always check it! I’m Brazilian and I’m a mormon too.

    My english isn’t good but my husband served his mission in England, so he always helps me translate.

    Congrats for the baby! She’s so cute. Sadie is so cute too!

    “Beijos”(kisses) Camila Goedert

    -This is my husbund account! His name is “Israel , and nick Rael!”

  41. Sorry, my blog is

    (give me ur e-mail and i’ll add you)


  42. Oh, Jess! She is sooooo cute. I love her red hair and scrumptious little face. Sadie looked completely different as a newborn! Good thing she was not born 11 days late! You will do amazing with two kiddos. Many, many congrats!

  43. She’s Here! And sooo cute. You looked great too. (I love that you posted a pic of you, very awesome!)The transitions might be tough at first, but it wont last. In a few years time they will be thick as thieves and you will wonder what happened to your babies as they will be wrapped up in each other all the time. It will be cute and sweet and then one will hit the other one and then tears and time out and repeat. Enjoy them now, they get so big so fast. Congrats!

  44. I heard about “the cheeks” from Logan and Anne – just finally got the chance to check them out! Soooo adorable, and you look great too! Grandma really loves the name Charlotte – she can’t stop talking about it! You’ll have a blast with your two girls! ( I did with mine!) Can’t wait to meet little Charlotte!
    Enjoy every moment as it will go by sooooo fast!

  45. She’s gorgeous! Congratulations! Enjoy and get some rest!

  46. Oh my goodness, what a precious little gal!! those chubby cheeks are so darling…i bet you kiss them all day long!!

    Hopefully you are doing well, take care!!

  47. she is darling! way to go with no epidural and pitocin…very, very admirable!

    would you be interested in sharing one (or both) of your birth stories on my birth blog?

  48. congrats! love the name Charlotte! You look so happy!

  49. AHHH!! I just wrote you an email back, and I hadn’t checked your blog to see that she came!! Congratulations!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! And I’m so glad you didn’t have to go later!! I hope you’re feeling okay!!

  50. Congratulations!!! Honestly, the first thing I thought was “look at those cheeks!”
    I had pitocin twice and it is NOT fun! Way to go! I am glad everything went well for you! Congrats!

  51. hooo…
    she is so sweet!
    congrats! and have fun withthat sweet heart!
    and take care!

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