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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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