Sunday, November 18, 2007

It's good to be home

It seems so strange to say, but one of the things I was looking forward to most about coming home was reading my blog -- not just the comments, but the posts by my aunt -- and I can tell you that I'm just blown away from the outpouring of support and well wishes. Thank you.

And Glrr, I knew I could count on you months ago when I entrusted you with the task of updating my blog in my absence (something I wouldn't just hand over to anybody), but I had no idea how much fun it would be to read. I think some would argue you should take over novelle360.com from here. I can't thank you enough.

As for me? I couldn't be happier. I'm sore, exhausted and thoroughly confused as to what to do when or how often to care for my daughter, but I'm learning. (And falling more and more in love with Alli every moment of every day.)

I'm hoping to be able to write about my labor and delivery soon, but that's going to require a considerable amount of time and thought, and right now I think I may only have an hour before I need to feed her again -- but believe me, I'll take it.

In the meantime, here are a few little thoughts that I jotted down on the back of a folder that the hospital staff gave me filled with newborn information. It killed me not to have access to a keyboard, but I did have a pen. And not writing during such a momentous time would've been completely impossible.

  • I'm taking such pleasure in discovering some of the smallest things about her -- she has dimples right under her eyes just like her father, the vein pattern in her right hand matches mine and there are little flecks of gold in her hair.
  • What a difference a day makes: Yes! She's up! ... Yes! She's asleep!
  • It's true what they say: You don't know what unconditional love is until you look into the eyes of your child.
  • Sometimes, her bottom lip completely disappears into her mouth and I think I might just burst.
  • She totally looks like Jer. And I love it.
  • If I could save just one thing about the last few days and preserve it to enjoy forever, it would be the smell of the top of her head when I kiss her.
  • My love for Jerry has grown indefinitely over the past few days. There is nothing sexier than a man successfully comforting his screaming daughter at 5 a.m.
  • No, newborns don't come with an instruction manual, but they DO come with a 5 inch-thick book. I have enough pamphlets on umbilical cord care and feeding charts and sleeping positions and temperature guidelines and bathing routines to start my own library.

Let the adventure begin.


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Baby's first Steelers game.

140 comments:

gorakagaz said...

yay!!! you're back =]
congratulations again. she's tooo adorable <3

Diane Harrington said...

I have been looking forward to this update in a way you wouldn't even believe.

I am so happy for you and Jerry and Alli. She is beautiful.

Congratulations and have fun.

Liz said...

I feel like crying. i love reading your blog its great! and i am so happy for you and jerry she isso pretty! well i wish you all the best of luck and a wonderful life with your baby girl!

Liz said...

congrats kelly she is so pretty! he look just like her daddy. i wish you and jerry both the best of luck!

tossedrice said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! You look amazing and Allison Grace is just beautiful. Best wishes to you and your family.

sarahhh said...

there's no place like home... plus a baby!

as a young woman it's impossible for me not to be curious. it's so cool reading your blog and now it will include a baby! many happy wishes and blessings to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home!
I hope the newest chapter of your life you are entering into with Jerry is a magical one for both of you.
Baby Alli has amazing parents and I am sure her life will be very blessed.
Wishing you the best of luck
~Kirs

Lori :-) said...

Welcome home Kelly, and Jerry, and Alli!!! How's Toby handling this new member of the family?

um... Pictures?

Lori :-) said...

Welcome home Kelly, and Jerry, and Alli!!! How's Toby handling this new member of the family?

um... Pictures?

Anonymous said...

Congrats kelly, you have been in my thoughts for days and im glad to see your words and know you are doing good!! I cant wait to read the baby posts!

-sarah

Ray said...

WELCOME HOME KELLY! I'VE MISSED YOU! Beautiful post. I can't wait to hear (read) the labor story, but for now this was good enough.

Take, care. <3

Emmy said...

Enjoy your big adventure in Mommyland! I know you'll do great! <3

esther said...

I cant wait to read all about it!
I told my best friend today : "I'm so excited kelly has a kid!!''.

Unfortunately she looked at me in surprise asking who kelly is. I guess we cant all understand the true love for internet blogrings ;)!

chelsea said...

You and Jerry will make wonderful parents! I'm so happy for you! I almost teared up reading your post today! And by the way, Alli is sucha cute nickname! <3

chelsea said...

I think my comment didn't go through..so I'll say it again! You and Jerry will be such great parents! And I honestly teared up reading your blog today, you're so lucky and so is Alli! <3

Heidi said...

Yay! So glad to see you posted, Kelly! I know I am not a mom (yet) but I am a paediatric nurse. So if you need any help at all, feel free to ask me! My email address is heidillydoo@gmail.com.
Congratulations, again! Allison is gorgeous! I know I've told you that about 17 times, but she really is.

julie said...

Aw!! Welcome home, Kelly and Alli. It's good to have you back, Kel.

Emma said...

I can not express how happy i am for you!

She sounds, and looks, adorable and i only hope she remains so even when she's crying for the eighth time in one night lol.

She so lucky to have you two as a mummy and daddy! (and toby as a brother of course)

Have a great week!

xxE

the plainsman said...

Welcome back to the net. I can see your big smile in everything you write!

I remembered how you wrote about the uncertanties of holding a baby properly a few months back when I saw the first photo of you holding Alli and smiled when I saw how natural and comfortable you looked holding her.

I have enjoyed (and learned from)reading your blog for quite a while and you have taken us on many different journeys. I'm looking forward to the new adventures of Alli, Novelle, Jerry and Toby.

But only when you can fit us in!

Wish you all continued good health, good luck and happiness!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you and completely excited! Though I don't know you, I feel absolutely connected to your excitement. It has been such a blessing to read your blog. I check it everyday and read each post with excitement.

Congratulations! Little Allison will be getting a lot of love. I can tell how much you two really love her and I don't even know you. What a blessing it must be to see first hand.

Glad to have you back on the blog, we have missed you.

Anonymous said...

whoever you are that made such an ignorant comment needs to never comment on this site again. i think you must be so ugly yourself that you are jealous of a cute little baby!!!! you are absolutely an ugly person for saying anything about an innocent little baby!

the plainsman said...

Welcome back to the net, Kelly!

When I first saw that photograph of you holding Alli yesterday, I could not help but remember back to when you wrote about the uncertanties of holding a baby and smiled to myself, thinking, she has got that down!

I have been reading your blog for quite a while any have enjoyed (and/or learned from) the many journeys you have taken us. Now I'm looking forward to the future adventures of Alli, Kelly, Jerry and Toby, but only when you can squeeze us in.

In the meanwhile, continued good health, good luck and boundless happiness to you all.

Ps. Figured I did not type my prior comment properly, but just noticed the new comment moderation notice (sadly, a good move). If that is why my first version of this did not go through, please delete this second version!

Amy said...

I'm amazed at how you managed to write this after having a baby not so long ago. Your a very strong woman and I respect that about you.

Also she looks and sounds adorable, I know you'll notice more and more things about her with each minute that you love, can't wait to read about them :).

Congratulations to you Jerry and Toby, the new addition to your family seems to be just perfect.
Best wishes to you all.
x

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back, everybody is healthy. Congratulations, and I look forward to hearing more about everything when you are rested and have some time.

Bettina said...

Welcome home, Kelly & Alli! Relax and enjoy the precious time while getting to know each other.

I wish you two my very best(and Jerry and Toby, too, of course:o)

P.S. By the way, how does Toby like the baby? What was his first reaction?

Jenn said...

i'm so happy for you. she's a beautiful baby!

erica said...

Congratulations. I'm sure it feels wonderful to finally bring her home

Janice said...

She's adorable! Congrats again! I'm really looking forward to reading all that you have to say and how much of an amazing experience it was for you!

Epros said...

She really does look like Jerry!

Ahh, she's such a cutie. I'm so glad that everything went well.

I hope you're feeling okay.

Wendy said...

Congrats Kelly! I know you are glad to be home. And, she is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait for the adventure through your words.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, and what a pretty girl you have there!
-khatijaz@xanga.com

Wendy said...

Congrats! I know ya'll are glad to finally be home. She is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to read about the adventure!

katie said...

The long awaited return! Congratulations, once again... I can't imagine what it's like.

...and boooo Steelers! :)

Anonymous said...

Grrr! It's not letting me comment.

I am glad ya'll made it home and I know you are glad to be there. She is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to read about the adventure.

Wendy

Cindy said...

She's just beautiful Kelly! I can't wait to read about your experience! And I look forward to more and more pictures of her soon!

Anonymous said...

Im soo glad your back!!! Im really looking forward to hearing all the new stories of the baby!

Liz

Anonymous said...

Oh MY God!!!! She is darling and damn she does look like her daddy. Thank you Kelly for sharing her. I was wondering what Toby thought?

Hannah said...

Congrats to Kelly, Jerry, and Toby! I've been reading you since you were on xanga! I just wanted to wish you the best and tell you just how beautiful Allison is! (And she DOES look like Jerry!) I know she will be such a blessing!

Tiffany said...

Amazing post Kelly... you are such a wonderful mother already. Welcome home!

LOVE the Steelers picture :-)

Ray said...

OMG, that is one cute picture. I love it! Glad I came back to see it. ;o)

Anonymous said...

OH my god she's adorable.
she was well worth the wait

its_just_ang from Xanga said...

Just lovely...
So good to have you back.

Emily said...

congratulations again :) what a wonderful blog :)

Silverwolf said...

Congrats!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my that picture is adorable!
Best wishes to you and Jerry.
Baby Alli is so sweet!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you!

She's so adorable!

Amy said...

So glad you're home and happy! That is an amazing picture of Alli, she's just gorgeous! I look forward to seeing much more of her. And what does Toby think about it all??

Jennifer said...

She is so beautiful! What a great pic.

I thought the best thing in the world after giving birth, (besides the baby of course), was my first shower. That was heaven!

Glad you are home and doing well. Its good to hear from you.

Kimberly said...

First Steelers game :) I almost sent her a terrible towel as a shower gift, but figured Jer had you covered.

Now that she is here I can ask. I like to get the kind of gift you realize you need only after the baby comes. What do you still need?

Congratulations... again.

Anonymous said...

She is unbelievably cute! You sound good so however, ahem, uncomfortable it was, I know you know it was worth every second. Happy mother's day, Kelly. And kudos to Jerry for being an ace dad already.

jessica (finlady from xanga) said...

Kelly, she's beautiful. I remember the first few days home with my daughter like they were yesterday - cherish every minute, even if it's 3am and you find yourself nodding off while she's still feeding and you have melted easter chocolate stuck all over you (ok, that last part was totally just what happened to me) There's just something about the way a baby loves and needs you. And you them. Congratulations again, enjoy these next few weeks and months!

Jessica said...

She's gorgeous!
Congratulations again : )

I read your blog all the time but usually don't comment. I figured this was a good time to start!

Anonymous said...

What does toby think of your new little bundle of joy?

amy said...

Ok, nevermind...I thought she looked like you Kelly, but she looks exactly like Jerry. She is adorable.

Good to have you back.

jsi said...

The smell of a baby's head is the most addictive smell on earth. What a gorgeous gaze!

Sarah said...

You're back to the blogging world already?! That was quick! =D

She's such a cute baby! I hope she doesn't give you too much trouble. The Steelers hat is priceless!

Good luck to you and Jerry! =]

Anonymous said...

As much as she looks like Jerry, in this picture, I can definitely see the Kelly in her.

kristen said...

she is absolutely precious!!

Anonymous said...

shes got her mommas fierce stare! love it!

Sarah said...

OH MY GOD!!!

I love her little face, and those are the most gorgeous eyes!

Congratulations!

mercurial scribe said...

Congratulations, hun! I'm so happy for you and your little family... and to know I'm not the only one who will be itching to write minutes after giving birth. ;-)

Enjoy this time with Alli and Jer. These are memories you'll cherish forever.

Kendra said...

She is just so adorable. I cant wait to read the posts about labor and delivery. Good luck getting a routine down!

Emilee said...

Awww! You've already nicknamed her! She is so adorable, and she does look a lot like Jerry! I can't wait to hear the labor & delivery story. Again, congratulations! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with Allison. :] How is Toby adjusting to having her home?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter. She's so sweet!

~rita ... thatsmypoint@xanga.com said...

Happy homecoming!!!

The adventure begins ... :)

~rita

Katie said...

Allison is beautiful!! Wow,I can't believe she is finally here! To my surprise, she was born on my birthday!!! I knew it!

Congratulations! =]

<3 Katie

Shalini said...

OMG, she is so cute in her Steelers stuff :)

You and Jer made a beautiful lil girl!

I am bursting with happiness for you. Enjoy the journey.

Welcome to the parents club :)

Anonymous said...

Oh My God! She is so sweet!

mshellskewl said...

Kelly she is stunning. Congratulations to you and Jerry. Savor every moment as many will tell you! It is unbelievable how we as parents watch them grow, morph, evolve, and become independent right before our very eyes...all the while thinking we still have forever with them. We don't. My baby is turning 9 in 23 days...oh how I wish Id have sweated the small stuff less and savored all the irretrievable moments more. COngrats to you both...Savor it all!

Jennifer said...

She does look just like Jerry!!
Ah! I'm so happy for you!!!

Jess said...

She's gorgeous! Congrats!

Nikki said...

I was wondering if you had any Steelers attire for Allison to wear for the game today. She wears it well.

Katherine said...

She is absolutely beautiful--my brother and his wife are expecting in February and I hope their little one is half so adorable!

Best of luck!

Christie (risingstar_fallingstar) said...

She is absolutely beautiful, Kelly. Absolutely beautiful. Wow.

Anonymous said...

She is gorgeous! She is seriously such a cute baby :) I can't wait to hear about the labor and delivery in the next couple of days!

Molly said...

She does look like Jerry. I am so happy for the both of you! You guys will do great! And, I love her name.

Trish said...

The name Alli reminds me of Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. Great movie.
You saying that her hair has gold flecks, and wanting to save the smell of her head made my eyes tear up.
How do you do it?
You never fail to amaze me with your words.
The pictures remind me of my days with my two girls when they were first born.
Good luck with everything.

Alexandria said...

She is just too precious!

I can't wait to hear more about her and your amazing experiences with her.

Marina said...

You are wonderful. I couldn't wait for you to get back and post. I couldn't be happier for you. I've never been so excited for anybody's baby. Haha. And I know you two will be utterly fantastic parents! I can't wait to hear your stories over the next few years. :D Congrats again.

Laura said...

I cant wait to see the adventures of Allison
Glad you are home and all is well

Joanna said...

Kelly I couldn't be happier for you.

Congratulations on it all. Shes absolutely breath taking.

Can't wait to be able to "watch" her grow up!

Mia said...

Glad to hear from you, Kelly.
Alli is absolutely adorable :)

Janice said...

Is there a reason the comments don't show up?

Anonymous said...

welcome back kelly...these are magical moments.treasure them!!!
-sreenitha

aahcoffee said...

Oh My GOSH!!! I LOVE the Steelers picture!!!

Just ditch most of the pamphlets and paper stuff. You'll figure out what works for you on your own.

I'm so thrilled for you guys!

Heather said...

She is so adorable! Congrats! It is such a wonderful feeling to be a parent. I had my daughter 4 months ago and it is such a blessing. I love to wake up to her smiling face and watch all the new things that she is learning.

Randall said...

So glad that you are home safe and sound with your new little family. Thanks for sharing this all with us.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww, how adorable!!

fiona said...

Congratulations; she's adorable!!
My little girl will be four weeks on Wednesday and it's amazing how much they change you in just a matter of minutes, hours, days, weeks, etc.
Nothing will EVER compare to this journey of motherhood.
And you're right; I thought I loved Brian as much as possible. But then whenever I see him with our precious little girl, I fall even more in love with him. Before I found his eyes attractive, and while I still do I'm also finding the way he can't keep his hands off our daughter just as attractive.
Alli (gorgeous name, by the way) is completely precious. I wish you and your new family all of the best.

kristin said...

I'm so excited to hear the tales of Allison and friends :) She is absolutely adorable.

kristin said...

I can't wait to hear the adventures of Allison and friends. She is absolutely adorable.

Kriston said...

You are making me want to cry. I'm so happy for you.

Erinn said...

She is beautiful and you're right she looks like Jerry. Alli's fans just adore her and can't wait to watch her grow. Thanks again to Glrr for keeping us posted. But we are glad to have you back.

Erinn said...

Alli is just beautiful. We are so glad everyone is home and safe. I can't believe how much she looks like Jerry. He must be so proud. Thanks again to Glrr for the updating.(Some of us would have gone nuts without the updates)

Lioncloud said...

OMG! She's sweeter every day! No I _have_ to get her a Red Sox hat!

Glrr

gisela said...

She DOES look like Jer!!! But I think the eyes are yours (not the brows) and the mouth.

She's freakin' gorgeous.

ps- it's good she looks like jer, cause then she looks like me :p always a plus.

meghan said...

Oh my gosh KELLY!! I can't believe there aren't any comments on this post yet. I've been away from the internet all weekend and have been dying to see--I'm so glad you posted pictures. Congratulations, Allison is now on the list of the many adorable babies that make me want one of my own! It's so funny how close you seem to all of us strangers since we've followed you through your pregnancy--I still remember getting teary eyed last November with all that happened and now I'm so happy that you are in such a joyous time in your life! Congrats to you, Jerry, and Allison!

Tanya said...

I know you've heard this about a million times in the past few days, but she's SO gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

She's adorable.
and she does totally look like Jerry!

Rachel said...

That picture of Allie is truly precious. I bet that you can't stop looking at her. “A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” Congratulations on you new bundle of joy!

Emma Catherine said...

I thought newborn babies were supposed to be ugly? Alli completely failed to live up to that expectation.

Congrats Kelli, on the sweet child and a wonderful first few days.

Melissa said...

Welcome home! I love that you included such special moments. My baby is due in March and reading about your experiences makes me so excited about what's to come in my own life. Allie is beautiful and I'm so happy for you and Jerry!!

MandyElvins said...

She is absolutely adorable!

kimiedawn said...

She is beautiful! Congrats to your whole family. She will definately make you happier then you've ever dreamed of.

Kimber said...

I'm so happy you and the baby are home and doing well! I know you must be enjoying every minute. :)

(she does look like Jerry!)

Anna said...

These first moments are so special. Though, I've found that bursting feeling never really goes away. There's always something that makes you feel like you'll burst with total and enormously complete love.

Your girl is so gorgeous. Enjoy these early days :-).

denae said...

She's beautiful :) I'm so happy for you I could burst! I can't wait to have my first child!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I', sure you know by now that none of the comments are showing up. Maybe you have them blocked or what ever, but thought I would let you know

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She is so adorable.

Anonymous said...

1st!
Congrats again, great job, she is adorable.

Sheryl said...

Oh, Kelly! I couldn't be happier for you, Jerry and your precious Alli! I'm glad your pregnancy has had such a happy ending. I'm looking forward to what you continue to share about your family's journey.

Congratulations!

Heidi said...

What an absolutely amazing picture of an absolutely gorgeous baby. Congrats again, and I know you will enjoy and cherish your adventure forever. I know I can't wait to read about it!

Heidi said...

What an absolutely amazing picture of an absolutely gorgeous baby. Congrats again, and I know you will enjoy and cherish your adventure forever. I know I can't wait to read about it!

Heidi said...

What an absolutely amazing picture of an absolutely gorgeous baby. Congrats again, and I know you will enjoy and cherish your adventure forever. I know I can't wait to read about it!

whitney/weber said...

Kelly, how beautiful. Thats all I can say. What a wonderful first blog back. I love the comments about unconditional love and your love for Jerry. Congrats again, I cant say it enough!

christy

whitney/weber said...

Kelly, how beautiful. Thats all I can say. What a wonderful first blog back. I love the comments about unconditional love and your love for Jerry. Congrats again, I cant say it enough!

christy

whitney/weber said...

Kelly, how beautiful. Thats all I can say. What a wonderful first blog back. I love the comments about unconditional love and your love for Jerry. Congrats again, I cant say it enough!

christy

Kristen said...

Aw. She is beautiful.

Rachael said...
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Anonymous said...

She's adorable. The hat is even cute, regardless of the fact that it's a steelers hat!

Anonymous said...

aw.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is adorable & Ilove that she's already a football fan ; )

Congrats to you, Jerry, and Toby on your new family member!!

Pauline said...

That is the most adorable picture ever. Ever. I like to think it's good newborns don't come with manuals... because then you get to make your own :]

Keri said...

She's gorgeous. You and Jerry are going to be awesome parents.

Anonymous said...

Awwwwww... the little rosy-cheeked wonder. :)

Congratulations again and again. :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Obi Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker - "you've just taken a step into a much larger world." Congrats, she's a beauty !!! She looks very large to me, our last grandbaby was born Oct. 22 weighing just 560 grams. She's holding her own, thanks for asking :-)

Anonymous said...

What an awesome post. How does Toby feel about the newest member of the family? I love the picture, she is SO cute!!
*g

Anonymous said...

Cute!

Anonymous said...

so cute!

Rachael said...

cute

Anonymous said...

why does she look chinese?

Anonymous said...

She's sooo sooo cute:) Alli, I like that:)

meg said...

She's beautiful, Kelly!

- Meghana

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, Even though we understand, We do miss your daily blog. We know you must be enjoying
you new gift from heaven.

Erica said...

She's absolutely GORGEOUS. Good luck! Motherhood is the best thing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! Beautiful!!
By the way, where is everyone? How do you go from over 100 comments to zero??

Marsha said...

There's nothing like your first child, that's for sure.

And you've had some practce with Toby LOL.

She is gorgeous, and yes, right now she does look SO MUCH like Jer.

Love you all!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to someday feel that way. Congratulations again to you!! Can't wait to hear more about your beautiful gift.