Catching You Up in Pictures

Hi Siestas! I’ve been trying to come up with a great post about our first week with Annabeth, but I can’t seem to be in the right frame of mind to do it when I get a window of opportunity. I am so happy but sleepy and busy! So far, our adjustment has been a lot easier than it was when we had Jackson. It helps so much to have even the smallest clue what I’m doing this time. (Jackson’s diaper was the first I ever changed, if you can believe that.) Also, knowing that these sleepless nights really do end has done a lot for my attitude about sleeplessness. I find myself wanting to keep rocking my baby even after she falls asleep in my arms at night. I would give anything to go back and rock Jackson at this size one more time!

I know this post won’t address some of the questions I’ve been seeing about Annabeth’s name, how Jackson is doing, etc., but I plan on getting to those things soon. Thanks for all your sweet words over the last week. We love you girls!

This is Jackson at just a few hours old. My boy will turn three next Tuesday.

And here’s his little sister at just a few hours old.

Annabeth meeting her namesake for the first time.

Two grandmas trying to get a peek at their baby.

My mom and my sweet mother-in-law enjoying their first granddaughter.

This was right before we left the hospital.

You can see her going home outfit better here. I got that in the fall at Janie and Jack. It’s preemie size but still swallowed her. She had a matching hat and shoes, but they were enormous!

Here is Jackson holding Annabeth for the first time. He was so excited. We delayed this moment for quite a while just in case he was going to come down with that stomach bug. Unfortunately, he did get sick last night. At this point it seems to be a less evil strain of the virus than what my dad and sister had, for which I’m very thankful.

Here is a perfect picture of my son’s gorgeous eyelashes. I’m not ashamed to say I prayed for my daughter to be blessed with them. So far her eyelashes are blond. Her hair is light brown right now if you can’t quite tell.

Annabeth hanging out on her daddy.

The princess, all fresh and clean (and mad) after her first sponge bath at home.

Curt and Jackson went to church last night and my mom came over to keep us girls company. She brought Annabeth some preemie outfits so she would have something that fits for the next couple of weeks. They’re so sweet!

Look at those sweet little lips.

Leave it to me to show you a picture of baked goods. These are my favorite cookies in Houston. They’re from an Italian cafe’ called Paulie’s. Aren’t they beautiful? My co-workers brought us these, along with brownies and a feast of fajitas on the day we came home from the hospital.

Here’s the amazing cake we had at my LPM baby lunch. It was from Cake Affairs.


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  1. 1
    Bennett says:

    So precious, Amanda! Jackson and she look so much alike in those newborn pics!

  2. 2
    Melinda says:

    I couldn’t be happier about that little gal if she were my own.

    Grandbaby, that is.

    After my girls are married, of course.

    Well, okay – maybe I’ll just be darn happy for YOU and leave it at that. :o)

  3. 3
    Tara says:

    Amanda! You amaze me! Your beautiful daughter is only a week old, you are recovering from giving birth and not getting much sleep, yet you take the time to share such special pictures with all of us Siestas! We sure do love you!

    I absolutely love the outfit you picked out to have her go home in. So cute! And I love her new preemie outfits from your Mom. My twins were born at 34 weeks and we had the most luck at WalMart finding cute preemie stuff. So if you need more, I’d head there:)

    So happy for you! Glad that you are enjoying the snuggle time- Praying for Jackson to feel better soon!


  4. 4
    Andrea says:

    She’s precious and I love the pic of Jackson with her. You can tell he just ADORES his baby! And, Amanda, you look AWESOME! Praying for everyone to get well and you to get more sleep!

  5. 5
    Darlene says:

    that little girl is BEAUTIFUL!!! we are all so excited for your entire family!!!!

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    wow the pictures just make me smile! God bless you! k

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    You have such a beautiful family.Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. I am expecting my first grandchild in June. Her name will be Elizabeth Grace. I am the mom of 2 boys so to have a girl will be a wonderful treat!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on her.

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    Momuv2 says:

    Thanks for sharing! My favorite pics are of the two Grandmas holding “their baby” and Jackson with such a big smile on his face holding his little sister.

    My own girls are 16 and 18 (sigh) and I still get some of their special baby outfits and baby books out on their birthdays. My oldest daughter was a 6 lb. baby, I remember how tiny she was. Now at 5’2″ and 97 pounds she still seems like a “little peanut” to me. Her younger sister loves to introduce herself as the older sister because she is taller :o)

    Have a great day!

  9. 9
    luvgod2 says:

    Thank you for sharing your pictures of your new little one! I love Jacksons’ face when he’s holding his baby sister for the first time! How wonderfully sweet!
    God bless all of you amazingly!

  10. 10
    Terri says:

    Your children are just precious. Savor every moment with those two gifts from God because in a blink those moments will be gone. My two are 13 and almost 12, I can’t believe it. Where did time go?

  11. 11
    Gena says:

    She’s just beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you do get a little sleep, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. 12
    Siesta OC says:

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    My favorite parts:

    1. The two Grandma’s sneaking a peek at her through the window all the while above Beth’s head it reads: “While we can relate to your excitement…have they met your mom!?

    and 2. When Bibby is holding her in one of the preemie outfits she bought her, Annabeth’s facial expression; is it me or does she resemble her Bibby when teaching bible study.
    “Is somebody going there with me?”

    Blessings fun family, what a joy.
    Jackson looks so happy and proud.

    May God bless you all richly,

    Siesta OC

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Ohhhhhhhh, I’m so glad you took the time for us ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

    She is sooooo tiny. And so beautiful.

    With her Bibby she just looks like a ball-of-fire jes waitin’ for her opportunity! I bet they’ll be alot alike.

    Blessings to you all!

  14. 14
    the4leegirls says:

    I love the picture of Annabeth with your mom and mother-in-law! A few years back I started calling my mother in-law….my mother-in-love. It has been a sweet word picture for my children to hear….
    Humbly His,

  15. 15
    Marla Taviano says:

    Jackson and Annabeth look EXACTLY alike!! So sweet! None of my girls looked alike when they were born.

    She’s beautiful, and I love her! And you too, sweet Amanda!

  16. 16
    3girlsmom says:

    Um, yeah, it’s pretty evident that Jackson and Annabeth are brother and sister. AND COULD HE BE ANY SWEETER HOLDING THAT BABY? Lawsie.

    My oldest was born at 41 weeks and 3 days. Yes, I was ready to have her outside my body. Even though she was late, she also wore preemie clothes for a while. They are so precious and so tiny and she’ll outgrow them quickly, so hang on to them.

    Thank you for sharing Annabeth with us. It’ll be fun to watch our little Siesta grow up just like we have been watching The Mister grow up!

  17. 17
    Traci says:

    Love the picture of Annabeth hanging out on her Daddy. Love them all really. Just precious!

  18. 18
    Abba's Girl says:

    What a precious new Siesta!

  19. 19
    Tina Leigh says:

    AWWWWWW!!! What else is there to say!!!! Congrats on a beautiful baby girl! Thank you for sharing the pctures!

  20. 20
    Terrie and Carley says:

    Amanda your post brings tears to my eyes. I remember those first sleepless nights as if they were yesterday. My oldest will be turning 18 Sunday. Enjoy each and every moment(good and bad)with your little ones.

    Looking forward to hearing your stories.


  21. 21
    Andrea R says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share all those beautiful pictures and private moments with us.
    I love Annabeth’s going home outfit. All shiny and pretty. And I love the look on her face in the pic where Bibby is holding her.
    Get all the rest you can and savor each moment as you already know they grow too fast. Keep us up to date when you can ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 22
    LisaShaw says:

    Your children are absolutely adorable. I love all the photos and the descriptions (smile).

    Thank you for sharing with all of us. I’ve not been here long visiting over the last few weeks but I am enjoying it.

  23. 23
    fuzzytop says:

    IS it just me or do Annabeth and Jackson look so very similar in the “few hours old” photos???

    She is absolutely darling, and I love the second photo of Jackson holding her. That’s a photo you will treasure.

    I told my hubby that Beth had her first granddaughter, and honest to goodness, it made him get teary-eyed… ssshh don’t tell him I told you!

    Baby girls are such a blessing


  24. 24
    Christina L says:

    she is precious. the treats looked great, too.

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Amanda, Thank you for sharing all the sweet pictures. We are rejoicing with you all. In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    What joy fills my soul as you share your beautiful family with us. Thank you for being so generous with the great pictures. I didn’t want them to end.
    God bless you with some sleep and rest in the midst of all this wonderful excitement.

    Sandy S.

  27. 27
    tiggerdaisy says:

    How sweet of you to share these moments and pictures with us Amanda! You have a beautiful little girl and a WONDERFUL family and friend support system. You are indeed a blessed woman!

    Have a great day!


  28. 28
    Danny, Jennifer, and Tyler Watson says:

    I just can’t get over how tiny she is!! She’s a doll!

    We’re expecting our second baby in May, so I am SO comforted to hear that round two is a little easier.

    Get some rest and keep those pictures coming as often as you can…we love y’all!! Can you tell?

  29. 29
    Holly says:

    She IS beautiful!!

    God Bless you and your family, Amanda. You are greatly esteemed and loved.

  30. 30
    Kristen says:

    I just adored your picture story!
    I just want to give that sweet baby a squeeze. So adorable! Since I can only give a cyber (((hug))) give that sweet girl a kiss for all of us!

    What a wonderful mommy you are!


  31. 31
    Gods Girl *Court* says:

    All that is just priceless!!!Please o please stay up all night and hold her.Time slips away way to fast.
    Blessings to ya’ll

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    God is sooooo GOOD! Praising Him for such a joyful time. Thanks for sharing with us. The day we heard about you in labor, I felt like the siestas were like the two grandma’s picture waiting to see her through that window. I couldn’t wait to hear the news. We’re just one big extended family.
    Love and blessings, Lori

  33. 33
    TAMMY says:

    Yes, hold her as much as possible.
    Time flies. Next thing you know they are in college.
    Wonderful moments. Thanks for

  34. 34
    Ann says:

    What a beautiful baby girl! It is adorable how excited Jackson is about her! You have a very sweet family, Amanda…God has richly blessed you. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

  35. 35
    Womack says:

    What a beautiful blessing Annabeth is! She looks so much like Jackson’s baby picture. Yes,nights of little sleep will end. That’s got to be one of the hardest things about having a newborn (my second is 7 months old), but isn’t it amazing how God gives us the grace to endure and not be too crabby about it.

  36. 36
    Ashley says:

    She is just precious!! Makes me want to have another right this minute! You have the perfect order too! Big brother, little sister!! That’s how mine are and he seems like he’s going to be protective of her ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it so much easier the second time with some perspective? Knowing how quickly it ends makes the sleepless nights so much more bearable – even enjoyable! What a joyful, blessed time!

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    What a joy to have you sharing these beautiful pictures of your lives with all we "Siesta's." Thank you Amanda for all the effort it takes with a newborn, to think of us and bless us with these shots. I'm singing "Glory to God in the highest…." Your beautiful little angels are so sweet, you just want to eat them up! (Speaking of eating – what glorious cookies and amazing cake to celebrate the birth of Annabeth!) Starbucks, anyone? (Just to go with the cake and cookies?) LOL! Dear Beth, you look amazing holding your precious own little pink princess! She's a beauty, like her Bibby! So thrilled for you all….
    Pam Houston,><>
    Buena Park, CA.

  38. 38
    Elizabeth Smillie says:

    What a darling rosebud mouth!!! You might want to photograph it as much as you can now, because those baby lips never really stay. (sniff)
    Your baby girly is a gorgeous treasure, Amanda, and Jackson looks so proud of her! Blessings (and prayers) to you and Curtis over the next few sleepless weeks. <3

  39. 39
    lori says:

    Thanks for sharing, she is so beautiful!!!

  40. 40
    jolinda says:

    Absolutely priceless! Thanks Amanda for sharing your little Angels with us. Jackson looks so proud & the Grandma's are just beaming with Joy! You look great!
    Isn't life a blessing! I am so happy for you all! God Bless!

  41. 41
    danne says:

    How BEAUTIFUL is your precious daughter?? What I love about her is the way she looks like she has something to say! She is so bright eyed and seriously looks like she cannot wait to talk! Jackson is going to be such a good big brother. Boys are such a blessing, I have three! May God bless all of you, you are all precious!
    P.S. Tell Beth she doesn’t look like a grandmother of two! You are both adorable!

  42. 42
    The Quiet One says:

    Awww, how sweet! I so appreciate your sharing with us. Blessings to you all!

  43. 43
    Jacque says:

    Both of your children are just precious! I have not had the blessing or pleasure of ever being married or being pregnant and having my own children! I am 42 and I still hold the faith that God will bring ,to me or me to him, my MOG (Man of God) and we will have a family, either our own or through adoption! Sarah was 90 when she had Issac! Lord please don’t make me wait that long! PLEASE!! LOL God Bless you and yours, all of them, close and extended!

  44. 44
    Connie says:

    Absolutely P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S!

    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Connie in WA

  45. 45
    petrii says:

    These pics are so beautiful!!! Beth with baby girl is so sweet. And girl you look GREAT for just having a baby — I mean REALLY GREAT!!

    Have a Blessed evening,

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Such a precious little girl !! you have been very very blessed ๐Ÿ™‚
    and she is so alert. Enjoy every sweet moment.


  47. 47
    wannagrowwannago says:

    my boys are 16, 14 and 12…and i cannot TELL you how many times i have said i would give anything to go back for one hour and rock them again as little guys!! or just give the a squeeze!! i just don’t know if moms ever get past that! live in every minute of it!!

  48. 48
    shronie says:

    Amanda, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy…..I know you will. ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember those middle-of-the-night feedings and they were so very precious. I never minded getting up w/ my babies, b/c it was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience w/ them. They were so hungry, and so helpless and I just loved being “the only ones awake in the world together”!

  49. 49
    Vickie says:

    She is beautiful Amanda! Thank you for sharing these great pictures with us. Brother and Sister photos are so sweet! Many blessings for all of you.

  50. 50
    shronie says:

    Oh, and i do love those lips! My son had those as a baby & he still has them (& he's 15)!

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