Welcome to the World Campbell

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So here I am with my second child, but still feeling like a first time mom at moments. We had to wait a month before taking Addisan home. This has been such a blessing to take Campbell home right away and begin to bond with her. One thing though is still the same…that instant feeling of unconditional love you have for your little one after only meeting them for a second. The feelings of joy, fear, and awe. One of my biggest fears of having another child was wondering how I could love her as much as I love Addisan. I would ask myself what else I could want more in another child that Addisan does not possess….and the answer was always nothing. I knew I did not want Addisan to be an only child, but wondered how a second child would fit into our family puzzle. Without any hesitation, I can say Campbell was the missing piece I never knew was missing. She has already brought our entire family even closer together. With every addition we bring to our family….both two legged and four legged…we get stronger and stronger as a unit. I also learned your heart grows to make room for new additions. Campbell is a very laid back baby who only fusses (not even cries) when she is hungry. She has been sleeping well and eating well. This has been a very different experience than with Addisan. We had to force Addisan to eat to make sure she gained weight in order to regulate her temperature. She was an awful sleeper because her stomach was not big enough to keep her going for me more than two hours….but all of those sleepless nights were worth it to have such a wonderful daughter. Addisan has made her transition of being a big sister with such ease. She hugs her, helps feed her…and has even said, “I take care of my sister.” I am one glowing mom who has counted her blessings this holiday season.

Campbell right after delivery. I didn’t believe the doctor when she told me that she was three times the size of Addisan until I saw her!
Grandma was the first one to hold her before the rest of the family came.

Me loving on my little girl.

The DeRidders giving Campbell some TLC.

Aunt Lora helping her pose for a picture.

For Addisan‘s Big Sister gift, she received a baby doll that she can feed and change her diaper. My hope is that she can take care of her baby while I have to take of Campbell’s needs. She also received a Fisher Price digital camera to take some pics of her new little sister.

Me and the girls.

Addisan checking on her little sister. She calls her either Cami or Camel.

Addisan helping feed Campbell.

Campbell, Addisan, and Cousin Samantha being silly.

Addisan doting over her little sister.


Campbell Layne Arrives

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Campbell Layne Taylor arrived on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 7:59am weighing 8 lbs 15 oz and measuring in at 21 inches long!  Campbell is almost three times the size of her sister Addisan who was 3 lbs 2 oz!! 

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Mommy, Campbell, and Daddy

Addisan came by to see her sister but was more excited by her big sister gifts, a baby doll (who she had to sleep with that night), and an indestructible (hopefully) digital camera!

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Addisan taking her first photos with her new camera

Mom and baby are doing well and are trying to outsleep each other!  Mom is receiving visitors at Johnston-Willis through Friday.  She and Campbell, and Tommy of course will be home on Saturday sometime!


Soccer Time

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With winter approaching, I thought signing up Addisan for indoor soccer might be a good idea to get out some of her energy. In addition, I thought it was a great idea for some quality bonding time for Daddy and Addisan. I don’t know what is more amusing…watching Addisan go to the beat of her own drummer during practice or Tommy trying to keep up with her. The coaches do a lot of age appropriate activities with the two year olds. They begin each class with stretching and then they proceed to running the field, kicking the balls off of cones, walking the “rocks”, dribbling the balls, kicking balloons, and other fun things. The coaches also provide snack at the end of each practice…so cute! I do not think Addisan is a natural born soccer player, but I know she has a lot of fun….which is all that really matters. My little girl is not so little anymore…she is growing up way too quickly.

Daddy helping Addisan walk the “rocks.”

Addisan dribbling the ball down the field with Daddy cheering her on.

Addisan and Daddy stretching.

Look at her go!

This is Addisan’s trouble on the field…she is known for handballs.