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4.20.2009

Home Sweet Home

Savoring our last morning in the hospital yesterday...Life doesn't get any better than this :) 
Love that little face
Getting a visit from the hospital photographer, she's so long and lean isn't she?
One of the poses we loved :) Let's be honest though, was there one we didn't love?
Both of us, dressed and ready to head home.  Me and my girl :) 
Sucking on those long fingers in her first outfit.
Daddy and Ava, in the darling little outfit he picked out for her.
She LOVES her daddy and I think she loved her outfit :) That's just a guess though!
The big moment, all strapped in and ready to go!
Travis' new accessories, the car seat and diaper bag.
Of course I made him pose after he snapped her seat in place!
What a totally surreal thing to be bringing her home!
Look at that little angel face :) 
We had a welcoming committee waiting for us!
And some beautiful flowers from my family too.
Welcome Home Ava Page!
My new favorite photo of the Armstrongs, all three of us :) 
But of course not to be forgotten, the 4th member of the family happily joined us!
He was so good with her, totally interested in what I was holding!
We sent a blanket home with her scent on it the night before and he must have recognized it because he sniffed her for a minute and then laid down.  It was a much calmer reaction than I anticipated.
The boys and Ava.
Grandpa with his girl.
Is she cute or what??  I'm obviously totally and unashamedly biased!
Grandma and Ava.
Love this one with the little baby gap emblem on her tiny little rump :) 
Aunt Jennie and Ava
Uncle Jesse and Ava
Aunt Stacie and Ava
And the little sweetie herself :)

It's Monday morning and we had a great first night at home.  She is spending lots of time in lots of arms and loving it.  I have a million things running through my head and hopefully I'll be able to steal some time to sit down and process it soon.  This has been the biggest whirlwind of my life and yet the best blessing ever.  I'm enjoying every feeding, every diaper change, every snuggle session, even those little infant cries.  I'm also begging the Lord to slow time down and let her stay this little and sweet as long as possible.  Travis and I just fell in love with her all over again last night, pouring over every little detail, praising and thanking the Lord for her.  We're in Heaven over here and we're so grateful.  Thank you for all the comments, emails, phone calls, visits, gifts, etc.  You have made this time in our family so dear.  

Have a blessed Monday!  I've got a little baby to tend to :) 

35 comments:

Kaycee said...

Oh she is precious! Congratulations! I am glad you are loving every minute. My baby is one and I can hardly believe it! Definitely continue enjoying those snuggles - they get so big so fast!

amy said...

LOVE the pics. she is just sooo sweet! enjoy every moment!

Brian and Cherie Landowski said...

Thanks for all the pictures! She is beautiful and so tiny! I love the picture of the 4 of you-it should definitely be your new banner or whatever you call it for the top of your blog :). Or even one of the ones of her by herself so every time I visit your blog I can see her sweet face since I can't see it in person yet!

Katie Spinks said...

she is beautiful!! congrats and enjoy every minute of it all !!

LyndsAU said...

thank you for sharing these pics. From one expecting mother to a new mother, she is beautiful and your posts recently have had me in tears. I can't wait to meet my little one :)

Sarah said...

The first picture is my favorite. You look radiant and she darling. So happy for you guys!

Aimee said...

Congratulations! SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

Anonymous said...

Looking Good!! She is the apple of quite a few people's eyes, huh? Peggy

Heather said...

She is a DOLL!!! That last pic is my favorite...but I love them all! Steph- I am so, so happy for you and praying that God will let you savor every single moment!!! He is so good!

MELISSA said...

oh my goodness.. she is precious!

where did you find that adorable little headband? i love that she is wearing only it and a diaper in her hospital pics. too cute!

Anonymous said...

She is BEAUTIFUL... I think sofar she looks a bit more like Daddy... glad to see her as she grows and becomes her own little girl in all ways... God is good all the time, all the time God is good... glad to see you looking so refreshed and smiling still...
Kellie Poehner-Clarkston, Michigan

Rebecca Jo said...

She is just gorgeous!!! And SOOOO TINY!!!!! To see her in your arms - & that little rump grandpa is holding - you forget how small they start out!

Love the picture of your doggie sniffing her... he's going to love his new friend!

I love every one of those pictures..

And girl.. you look fantastic coming home from the hospital! Get your rest when you can... soak up every minute with that angel!

sheltonfamily said...

So sweet.... love the pics of Ava with her grandparents. They look so proud. You all look great as well. Did u color-coordinate your outfits?!!! Hope you have a great Monday!

Josh Jill Cooper said...

Stephanie & Travis,
Many blessings to you as you begin parenting! I love reading your blog and appreciate your candor and how your faith just shines through!
Wishing you many happy days to come -

Shanna said...

I don't remember how I found your blog, but I've been following for awhile now. Just wanted to say she is beautiful! Daddy has style...I like the outfit he picked out and the flower bow is my favorite! Congrats!!!

petrii said...

Stephanie,
Oh my stars ~~ she is the sweetest little thing in baby gap =) Travis did a GREAT job picking out her outfit. You look so happy and elated. I am just so happy for ya'll. I've been praying for you and will continue.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful Monday,
Dawn

Faith said...

I can tell that you are soaking up every moment with your bundle of joy. She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations again!!

Hilary said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you guys :)
I have been following your blog for quite some time now (we go to church together) and have been wanting to say "hi" to you when I see you and let you know I read your blog....but I haven't! My husband talks with your husband sometimes b/c my husband helps out with the junior highers.
Oh, and I'm MckMama's sister. I know you read her blog (along with the rest of the world!) b/c I've seen you comment. Oh, and I thought it was so funny/cute when you had a 'sighting' of my brother-in-law at Target!!
But, I just wanted to finally pop out and say 'hi' and let you know how happy I am for you and your newest blessing!!!!

Randi House said...

Ava is absolutely gorgeous...so tiny and perfect! Seeing her makes me so excited to meet my own little one!

Jay & Leta Palmer said...

Love all the pics Steph!!! :) She is so precious! I wish I could get my hands on her!!! :)

Jennifer said...

She is sooooooo precious!! You are so right----time will go by so fast....enjoy every minute of it.

Thanks for sharing--

Anonymous said...

Travis, I had no idea you had such fashion sense. LOVE the outfit you picked out! She is just THE cutest, isn't she? What a shame the poor girl is just not going to get enough attention! Ha!! Love to all and take care.
Sue and Curtis

Jenna said...

Such a DOLL! Loved seeing all the pics! Congrats again!!

Heather H. said...

adorable!!! Thank you for sharing all the pictures that we've all been so anxious to see!!! She's Such a cutie!!!

Welcome to the world Ava Page!!

Heather, Sam and Elli

btw.. they are officially 15 days and 7 Minutes apart... ( i had elli at 3:10pm :) )

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

What a cutie! Love her little flower headband!!

Alexandra's Mommy said...

What great pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us! She is such a doll :)

AmandaHoyt said...

She is sooooo beautiful, Stephanie!
Congrats on making it home! Have a wonderful first week :)
Hugs and prayers,
Amanda

Charity said...

Congratulations, Stephanie and Travis.
She is beautiful.

Jordan said...

She is so pretty!! Love her going-home outfit! =]

Donna said...

Congratulations....she's DARLING!!!

blogreader said...

Stephanie,

She is precious! Congratulations.

Meredith said...

Armstrongs!
Little Miss Ava truly is a beautiful baby! Congratulations!!

Kari said...

She is so adorable! I have been reading your blog for months and months! Ava is a beautiful baby! Congrats to you and your family and God Bless!

The Martins said...

Amazing. Congratulations!
-Ed

Toni :O) said...

Wow...she's beautiful...love the giant flower bow! Welcome home sweet Ava! Congratulations on your beautiful family...you did good!