I've been a little busy lately - I think you can see why. I am now officially "Mimi 3" as last Friday we welcomed little "Nellie Bean" into the family. That's her nickname per her mommy and daddy (my oldest daughter and son-in-law) who, along with the rest of her doting relatives are mesmerized by her adorable petite self. Nellie Edith really isn't that tiny of a baby, weighing in at 7 lbs., 2.6 oz. but on just 19" when compared with her "taller" siblings she does seem just a bit of a thing.
This amazing smile was captured by her daddy during their first night at the hospital -- they know it has to be just "gas" but still, isn't it absolutely precious? And Nellie was so alert that first day (and night, according to her parents - no sleep for them!). She finally decided that it was okay to enjoy peace on earth and take some zzz's her second day when she did sleep most of the day.
Nellie is a bright light to our family at this time of year, and her name especially tugs at my heart -- she is named after my father's mother. Dad's birthday (and the four-year anniversary of his unexpected passing) was this past Sunday - just two days after Nellie's birth. She is welcomed at home by my other two precious grandchildren - Abby and Matthew who are already proving to be loving and helpful big sister and big brother. I think you can tell I adore all of them so very much, but now, whenever, I look at Nellie, I will also be remembering treasured memories with my dad - what a joyful gift!