I wasn’t very pleased with my due date when I heard what it was.

It was too close to Cody’s birthday, my birthday, Mother’s Day and the Indy 500.


Upon finding out I was finally pregnant after 6 long years of hoping and waiting and trying I was disappointed to find out I’d be missing the Indy 500 this year.

To be fair I was also bummed to be missing tulip time again.

Cody and I were going to take a real vacation for the first time ever (just the two of us!) for our ten year anniversary in June.

Way to ruin our best laid plans with your timing pregnancy.

you and me both sister.

I will never ever be able to witness enough baby yawns.

one week

I forgot how wonderful that moment is when your baby lurches up from your shoulder and burps in your face.

miss vivi - four days old.

There is nothing more relaxing than a sleeping baby.

one week

Nor is there a bigger turn on than manly men holding tiny babies.

moosh and mozzi.

Addie is in fact the best big sister ever.

true story.

And I finally know what it feels like to be told by a doctor “Looks like I may have been wrong.

God is good.

You are wonderful.

Vacation? What vacation.

I’m perfectly happy right here.


  1. Goosebumps, dear Casey.
    You are beautiful. Your family is beautiful.

    (While I wish I could see you up in this neck o’ the woods for Tulip Time, I’ll hold out til next year.)


    Bridget Reply:

    @Sarah, Tulip Trip 2012. It’s on. I’d drive up for that!

  2. She’s beautiful and as beautiful as these pictures are, I’m sure they don’t do her justice. I’m glad things are going well. A doctor who says he may have been wrong? That’s practically unheard of, isn’t it?

  3. Happy sighs…

  4. She is a perfect miracle. I am so bursting at the seams happy for you.

  5. She’s absolutely perfect!

    No vacations for us either (not until both boys are potty trained) – just a whole lot of “staycations”…

    Enjoy every bit of that yummy baby goodness :)

  6. So happy for you, friend. She’s perfect.

  7. That’s the best news I have had in a week. I am SO GLAD he was wrong.

  8. kristen says:

    Yeah for all of you!! Enjoy every minute of relief and vivi-snuggling!! p.s. fenugreek didn’t do a thing for me but my mom’s oatmeal raisin granola cookies sure did. I wish I lived near you to drop some on your doorstep!

  9. Oh me? Yeah, I just have something in my eyes.


  10. Best words from a doctor EVER :-)

  11. so happy to read this! enjoy snuggling with that sweet little girl.

  12. Simply amazing, wonderful, beautiful, and a whole bunch more adjectives!

  13. Taking big deep breaths of relief and happiness. Yay. Yay.

  14. Awww…

  15. Yay for happy news!! God is good. All the time.

  16. My heart is so full of happiness for you!!!!!! Also? Vivi’s sticky-up hair picture is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  17. I can’t think of a better reason to not go on vacation. Yay for doctors being wrong :)


  18. HeidiLee says:

    Well, what a great post to read! Except photos of yawning babies make me want to snooooze… :)

  19. (Big sigh of relief)

  20. Hot diggity! Yay for doctors being wrong and double yay for you!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I flat out never, ever wanted a 3rd child. My pregnancy was met with disappointment and resignation all the way until I held her in my arms.

    Now? She is the greatest gift God has given me. She is pure love.

    Congratulations! The best laid plans…

  22. What wonderful news! She is so beautiful. I can’t believe all of her gorgeous hair!!

  23. How does she smell? From the looks of her, I’m guessing she wears the divine aromas of blue sky and fresh-baked cupcakes.

    Know why babies smell so unbearably, indescribably, unspeakably good? That’s the breath of the angels who gather around to give kisses for the birth journey. It lingers. :-)

    tifRN Reply:

    @Adrienne, best description of new baby smell ever! I love it! & casey, thank God for medicine being a “practice!”

  24. So happy that everything is OK. Made my heart happy to read that.

  25. Such a darling little girl. What blessing!

  26. Sometimes God knows his plans for us are so much better than our own plans. Baby yawns, nothing better. Hope you are getting enough rest to enjoy each and every one.

  27. I’m so happy that you are so happy.

  28. A miracle indeed! Also, I see a cute Monkey outfit! XOXO

  29. What a relief. I knew she was perfect!

    I’m so so so so happy for all of you!

  30. Michelle says:

    Amen! and such beauty….

  31. Kathy K says:

    So happy for you that Vivi disrupted all your plans. Just as John Lennon said “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” So very glad that the doctor was wrong and that you have peace. Enjoy her.

  32. I’m so glad your doctor was wrong. Such a beautiful family.

  33. See now I have baby fever. Big time. Particularly since I have two boys. This harvests a deep longing for a little girl!

  34. Great post! Baby yawns, burps and all are still sweet!

  35. Oh nunu, love that yawn photo!!

  36. Oh my goodness, Casey. She is everything. And more.


  37. She is just beautiful!

    I saw your tweet about making milk. Congratulations! I knew you could do it. :)

  38. Oh Casey, she’s exquisite! Love that swirl on the back of her head. Could you waft some of that new baby smell through the computer at me? Thanks :)

  39. you were missed at tulip time. but my offer of wooden shoes and hugs remains good for years to come.

    and yes, god is so very good.

  40. Michelle says:

    She is precious! I’m so happy for you and I am so very glad I stumbled upon this blog within the vastness of the web. I have a confession to make: during this weekend’s errand running I internally sneered at the pregnant women I crossed paths with do to my increasing enviousness at how easy it is for most women to get pregnant. During my 18 or 19 (or is it 20 now – I’ve lost track) month struggle to get pregnant I have had some well meaning friends and family give me advice to me and offer love and support but none really now how it feels to hope, then wait, then be devastated like clockwork each and every month. Viewing these pics of Vivi reminds me like no one else can that there is still hope and that the waiting and struggling are worth it in the end. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and all the best to you and your family!

  41. I love her sweet head. She’s the best vacation you’ll ever not take. I love the look of infatuation in Addie’s eyes. I couldn’t be happier for you all.

  42. She is super sweet. Glad you are able to have such a happy spring – even without tulips or a vacation.

  43. Trisha Vargas says:

    Praise God! So happy the doctor was wrong.

  44. Gorgeous shots! Both of your beautiful little girls are adorable.

  45. Shannon says:

    I’m so happy for you Casey. I knew the doctor had to be wrong – Vivi is just too perfect for him not to be. I too was disappointed with my due date – bc I too will have to miss the Indy 500 this year, but I know it’s all worth it in the end… Besides, my hubby isnt too keen on her birth story taking place on the Yard of Bricks :)

  46. Swoon. If pictures of Vivi don’t make me ovulate, I don’t know what will. ;)

  47. I have goosebumps while typing this! So happy you can just enjoy your “little miracle” without all the worry. God is Good. ;)

  48. Brittany says:

    So, so happy for you and your beautiful family. I like to think I speak for all of Indiana when I say it’s so awesome Vivi is a Hoosier :D
    Much love to you all.

  49. Yay! So happy for you all. Phew!!!

  50. Oh how happy I am to hear that last part. Yay for wrong doctors. Much love to you and that wee girl.