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Introducing.....Callie Lynn Graham

Our baby girl has finally come to join our family!

Callie was born on August 10th at 6:34 pm., weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and measuring 19.5 inches long. She is a absolute delight and Preston and I can't seem to get enough of her. Although the laboring went quickly, the delivery proved a bit trickier for me and we ended up needing to deliver by C-section. Callie was extremely healthy and was ready to leave the hospital even before I was!
Due to a few complications, Preston, Callie, and I ended up staying at the hospital for 5 days. Luckily Preston has so much time off of work - don't know what we would have done if he needed to go back after a week. We can't seem to say enough positive things about the nursing staff at St. Joseph's hospital. They were amazing! Although it was not fun staying at the hospital that long (especially since we only packed our bag for one night) we got a lot of extra help with nursing and overall care of Callie. Both Preston and Callie were so supportive and patient throughout the whole experience. We are also so blessed to have such a loving family and supportive friends that made the hospital stay much better. I think the hardest thing (for me at least....) was the fact that we were not allowed visitors at the hospital. Callie has had to wait to meet all the wonderful people in our lives. Thank you to everyone for all their continued support and prayers throughout this experience!
Preston and I are realizing that we have not spent so much time together since college. It is amazing to know that we can continually make each other laugh and enjoy each other so much! I wouldn't want to spend my days with anyone else.

We are already learning quite a few things about Callie (I know she is only a week old and things are going to change quickly but here's what we know.....)
  • Callie is all about immediate gratification - when she wants something she lets us know! It has been quite the experience trying to figure out exactly what she wants but Preston is becoming a pro at it! We are just waiting for everything to change though - what is it they say, just when you think you are getting the hang of it, things change!
  • Callie is a great sleeper - we have yet to be woken up in the middle of the night to a screaming baby. In fact, we are actually setting alarms to get her up to feed her in the night. Last night, she actually woke herself up for feedings (which was really nice) but still no crying! Let's hope this never changes...
  • In addition to being a great sleeper, she is a great stretcher. She could spend an hour (if we let her) after waking up just laying around and stretching her arms and legs.
  • She doesn't like the PROCESS of being swaddled but LOVES to be swaddled!
  • She has just recently decided that diaper changes are good - no longer are we trying to change the diaper of a squirming, screaming baby - this is a very good change!
We are such a blessed family and could not ask for a better addition! We want to thank everyone again for all their continued support and prayers!


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We had amazing weather for Mother's Day weekend and tried to enjoy every minute of the summer.

On Sunday, Callie and I ran the color run. A 5k through Seattle which involved a lot of dust and color. It was a lot of fun and  I was super proud of her and how she pushed herself.

Before the race. Shirts are still white and hair is still normal color. We ran with one of Callie's good friends and her mom. 
Bubbles! That was a highlight for Callie, she loved running through the bubbles. 
Done! Color and dust everywhere!

We spent Saturday with Katy and Dennis and explored Renton and a local beach and park.

Callie and Katy
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Saturday was so beautiful that we actually went home and the kids ran in the sprinklers and played in the bathing suits all day. 

Summer Fun

As I'm getting ready to post this, I realize that I was very bad about taking pictures this summer. None of these pictures capture all of the fun that we had. We hiked, camped, played, and stayed as busy as possible. 
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Playground fun
We spent a lot of this summer at the rock climbing gym. They both seem to love it.
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Sun River 2018

For mid winter break, we headed up to Sun River for the week. As always, it did not disappoint! The kids had a blast spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa, all their cousins, skiing, and playing in the snow. This year we started with no snow on the ground and ended with a blizzard that made driving home very tricky. Liam stayed home with Grandma while Callie and I skied. Although it is always hard to be left behind, he loves his Grandma so much and they had an absolute blast together. I'm also realizing that she took all the pictures so I have very few with her...major bummer!

We celebrated these 2 boys on this trip. 
When there is this many kids, you not only take over the whole run but there it is also very difficult to figure out which way to go....

Grandpa and his gang
Pretty soon we won't all fit on one couch.
Unfortunately our sister/dad ski day did not go as planned. Sarah took a spill the day before and was not able to ski with us for the rest of the trip