And now, for the better-late-than-never announcement of the century: On September 5, 2014—exactly three months ago today—our precious, beautiful baby daughter was born. Lily Joanne Walters came into the world at 2:08 PM in Torrance, California. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, measured 20 inches long, and had a full head of dark, curly hair. She completely transformed life as we know it. Here she is at only about an hour old—our first photo together:

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Lily at 1 hour old

And here she is at five days old, already rocking the frilly clothing and accessories. This photo was taken by the incredibly talented Sigal Ineno of Milan Photography during Lily’s newborn photo shoot. She was sleeping comfortably on Daddy’s Army uniform:

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Lily at 5 days old

 

Lily was fortunate enough to spend her first month of life in sunny Torrance, California. She spent time at the beach, went to Johnnie’s Pastrami and In N out Burger, and got to know many of our west coast friends. She continued to grow at lightning speed!

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Lily at 1 month old

 

By the time Lily turned two months old, we were already living at our new home in Northern Virginia. She conquered the cross-country drive like a rock star, visiting friends and family and spending several nights in hotels along the way. She enjoyed her first Halloween, dressing as an owl to go trick or treating with her big brothers. She proved to be a laid-back and adaptable baby who loved to eat, sleep, and stare at Matt and Nate. She barely seemed to notice the upheaval and the house full of boxes! At her two-month appointment, our big girl weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces and was 24 inches long—80th percentile for weight and 90th for height!

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Lily at 2 months old

 

And now, here we are. Precious Lily is three months old, and we are all more in love with her than ever. Lily’s fun-loving personality and happy demeanor is really shining through. She coos and babbles constantly, squeals with delight when she sees a familiar face, laughs out loud when we play with her, and smiles so big it looks like her giant cheeks will explode. She is already sleeping 11 to 12 hours at night and is generally napping twice a day for one to two hours at a time. She is very strong, holding her head up for long periods of time and turning it back and forth to check out her surroundings. She is starting to show a lot of interest in books and toys. And she still loves to eat, which may explain why her 3-6 month clothing is fitting her quite nicely. 🙂

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Lily at 3 months old

Lily has had quite an exciting third month. We went to New York for her first Thanksgiving, where she met many more of her family members. Again, she handled the long drive there and back like a rock star. When we returned, she officially moved into her new nursery and made a smooth transition to her “big-girl crib.” I can’t wait to share photos of the nursery with you all!

Matt and Nate are continuing to thrive and relishing their roles as big brothers. They started preschool exactly one month ago and they absolutely love it. They go three days a week, but wish they could go every day.

Life is chaotic, to say the least, and likely will be for a long time. Keith is settling into his new job, and I officially started working again two weeks ago. We are also very busy getting the new house set up and preparing for the holidays. We are all slowly adjusting to life in NOVA. We miss Southern California terribly, but we are looking forward to new adventures here at our new home, and to our first Christmas as a family of five!