Welcoming Elanora Sophia!

by Mama Chocolate on August 29, 2012

She’s a week and a half old now, so I’m thinking it’s high time you all met our beautiful Elanora Sophia!

(my apologies for not getting you pictures sooner…I hope I have a good excuse.) ;-)

Our sweet little lady arrived on her due date (!!) of August 19th at 9:53am, after only six hours of labor, via successful home water birth! By far my easiest labor as of yet, it was nearly 1/3 as long as my other two, and I felt pretty amazing afterwards in comparison!

(Birth story coming soon!)

Only 5 people correctly guessed that we would be welcoming a baby girl into our family right on her due date, August 19th. I used Random.org to pick the official winner from those five, and Kristen Bobbitt was the lucky one who will be seeing a $25 Amazon gift code in her inbox soon!

I also picked a random winner for the $10 gift code from all the entries (to give ya’ll a fighting chance!) and Ashley Hazelton was the lucky one!

(I’m pretty sure at some point during the day, Victoria was wearing pants…)

Congrats to both of the winners, and thanks to everyone who played along! I loved reading everyone’s guesses and why they made them! After reading several of you apologizing for predicting that we’d have a girl, I realized that I failed to mention that while we are very much looking forward to having a boy someday, (Lord willing!) we would be (and now ARE) absolutely thrilled to have another daughter.

I am part of three girls in a row, (although we have three older brothers,) and we loved growing up together so close in age. I am so excited that my girls have each other to play with and grow up together through the years, and I hope they will all be bestest friends like me and my dear sisters.

Elanora is our smallest baby yet, born at 7lbs, 4oz, and measuring 20 inches. Newborns always amaze me with how tiny they are, and our “little” toddler Victoria looks huge now!

After 10 days of getting to know her, I think it’s safe to say that we have one happy, content little girl here. Elanora has been amazing. She sleeps well at night, nurses like that’s what she was born to do, and is alert and calm for long periods of time each day.

That’s not to say that she still doesn’t bring with her the usual upheaval of the household that a newborn generally causes. ;-) We are officially outnumbered now, and I, especially, am having to learn how to keep up alone with 3 little ones aged 3 and under during the day!

God has blessed our family immensely and I am looking forward to learning more about our new little girl and who she is as she grows into another precious little person in our household!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and well-wishes!

 

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Polka Dot August 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I love her. :)
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Cat Davis August 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

What a precious baby girl she is. Having three kids has been the biggest headache of my life but also the wonderful experience ever. Enjoy your new family!
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Barbie August 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

She’s so adorable! Congratulations!
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Romina August 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

She’s beautiful. Congratulations.
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ModCoupons August 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations! She’s beautiful.
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ashley August 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

She is just beautiful! I am so glad to have won as well!

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Melissa August 30, 2012 at 3:50 am

I have four kiddos and I always tell people that the hardest was the third. Learning how to deal with three children and two hands took some work but after mastering those skills, caring for another is a piece of cake! Congratulations on your new little one. She is darling and your family beautiful!

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Mama Chocolate August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That’s what my mom has always said, too! After three, what’s one more? ;-)

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Michael Dwenn August 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

Congratulations! I’m wishing Her a long and happy life!
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Sarah Skelton August 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

Ooh congratulations Johanna!! She is beautiful! I’m so glad you put pictures up on your blog, I am no longer a Facebook user and I was so looking forward to seeing pictures of your precious little one! :-) She sounds so small and sweet! :-) Once y’all get rested I would love to come meet her and see you! :-)

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mjskit August 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

What a darling little girl and a beautiful family! I especially love the picture where she is smiling at her daddy even with her eyes closes. Congratulations and thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures! Love her name!
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Alesha @ Full Time Mama August 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

Yay! Can’t wait to read the birth story!!!!! She is so adorable!
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Leah V. August 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Hooray! I’ve been checking back to see if you’d posted any pictures. She is beautiful!
We’ll be in the 3 children 3 and under boat here too before long. Trying to remember that God will give 3 baby grace when I need it. ;)

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Jayde Ann Shrew August 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Congratulations to your Family, she is very beautiful! my kids are grown but they are close in age and i to had three little ones 3 and under and using cloth diapers back in the day.

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Joyce Raymond August 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Yay! I was staying really close to see when she was born, and I think I was one of the firsts to see the announcement and the first beautiful picture you posted! I love babies! And her name is awesome! Congrats again to all of you..ummmm…Dad? One of these days she’s gonna get a good grip on that mustache and beard…yeeeeeooooow!!

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Jo-Ann Brightman August 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Congratulations. She is beautiful

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Cindy August 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

What a sweet baby! Congratulations!
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D Schmidt August 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Beautiful! Congratulations :)

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Carolyn Colley August 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

she’s so precious

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Jenny August 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Congratulations! God Bless you and your beautiful family!

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Mary Dailey August 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

She is so adorable! Congratulations!

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Alex Liz Robinson August 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

She is so adorable and what a beautiful name! You have a lovely family, congrats!

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Rosey August 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

It is a beautiful name, beautiful baby, beautiful family pictures! Congratulations to all of you!!

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Sarah Jane August 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Congrats!! I’m looking forward to reading her birth story.
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Jeannette Laframboise August 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Oh my goodness! She is oh, so gorgeous! You now have 3 lovely little girls, how wonderful. Enjoy every second as the time passes far too quickly. Congratulations to you, your husband and the 2 big sisters. ;-)

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Danielle @ We Have It All August 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Oh she’s so so sweet! Congrats again! I can’t wait to read your birth story.
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JulieK September 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Awww she is a beauty! Congrats!! Enjoy!
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Terri S. September 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Congrats to you and your family on the birth of your newest precious baby girl! She is beautiful just like her sisters. Sorry for my late congrats as I’m recovering from surgery.

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Lindsey G. September 9, 2012 at 3:38 am

She is beautiful, just like her name!
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Jenna Burris November 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

she is a beauty! and I love the name! congrats to your beautiful family!

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Karen D November 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

Congratulations!

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Amanda Evans November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

She’s already gotten so much bigger than this!
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Jo-Ann Brightman November 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Congratulation. She is beautiful and I hope things have calmed down a little by now.

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Jodi M. November 18, 2012 at 12:40 am

Congratulations! You have a beautiful family. I have 4 kids myself and totally agree with the above comments about “what’s one more?”
Enjoy your lovelies!

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Trisha W. November 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

I missed this post earlier this year. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your newest addition with your readers. She is precious.

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Amanda E December 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

She is beautiful! You are brave to do an at home birth!

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