Monday, March 12, 2012

our little, ivy lynn...

oh, i have so much to write, to share, and remember. i can't wait to write about her birth and how perfect it was. from driving up to the hospital that monday morning with butterflies in my stomach to the moment i pushed her out into this world...the experience from beginning to end was simply magical.

a dream.
a dream i wish i could dream every single day of my life.

we are soaking her in. her littleness. her sweetness.

we are getting to know our little, ivy lynn. in a few days i will write all about the moment we met our newest girl, but for now, here are a few photos of our new family of 5.

we are happy and healthy and everything just seems right. the only hard part, is putting her down. i stare at her all day long. i can't stop breathing her in. watching peyton and beckham love her or thanking God for the family he has given us.












i want to say thank you for all of the prayers, well wishes and love sent our way the last year, but more importantly the last week. i have read every comment. and each one i can feel the love from each of you. i have cried while reading most of them because i can feel the support and it feels good to know so many have read our story and celebrated along with us.

wish i could have you all over for a big lasagna dinner.

thank you. XOXO

**i realized tonight, that i didn't update my blog with her name last wednesday when we named her. i had been updating my facebook and instagram regularly but not my blog. i'm sorry about that.

*if you would like to see photos more regularly, i post them on the iphone app called Instagram. my name there is @heidiwish if you'd like to take a look.


Theresa said...

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi!

You have such a GORGEOUS family! Ivy Lynn fits beautifully. I can hear Peyton telling her friends every little detail about Ivy entering your lives, and Beckham, I can see his fierce protectiveness. I can see your joy and wonder at such an unexpected tag along who is what you never knew you were missing.

I love these photos. They are timeless and intimate and I'm so thankful that you shared them. <3

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, update! I have been stalking. ;-) I know everyone uses instagram now but don't think I can view since I don't have an iphone?

Anyway, Ivy is so precious and I am thrilled for you! The kids look like their already have the hang of their big sister/brother roles!

Much love,
Jill B (Overland Park,KS)

Anonymous said...

I've been stalking too. And you know what I was thinking when I looked at your baby? Lucky baby. She is going to be wrapped in love and fun for always.

Tabitha Blue said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE... she is absolutely gorgeous, and tiny and precious. And that hair! I can almost smell that newborn scent. Enjoy mama, soak up every second :)

~Tabitha Blue

Nicole said...

Oh Heidi--

She is insanely perfect!! Good job mama. I think she already looks like big sister, and the pic Peyton holding her--what could be better, dear lord! The love in Peyton's face for her baby sister is beyond breath-taking. Oh so happy for your family...hope you're getting at least a little sleep.


Marian Hazel said...

Oh these photos are so delightful, from her trying to kiss Jeff (that's what it looks like), to the adoration of her older sister and brother to the ones of you cradling her and that last photo- wow what a knowing look she has already!
I can totally get why you don't want to put her down to sleep.
Glad to hear that your birth day was magical. Can't wait to read more.

Roksalanna said...

Ivy Lynn. What beautiful names and so lovely together.
Your new little girl is absolutely gorgeous!

kimberleyb60 said...

Hello honey, I just want to say congratulations (again) . you and Jeff make beautiful babies. You look very beautiful, even after a hard days work! Ivy Lynn, how perfect a name for an angel. I cant wait to meet her! Well you did it again, made your sappy Aunt cry, reading your blog and looking at those touching photos. I miss and love you! hugs xxAunt Kim

Sian said...

Oh Heidi i'm am tearing up looking at your beautiful family. She looks perfect and I'm so glad your birth went well. I can't wait to read about it which is something before I had kids I would never have said haha! Best wishes to you all. Rest and soak it all in. You know the drill ;)

Rhonda said...

Tears for all the pictures. So much love. I love the pic of P & B looking at Baby Ivy thru the bassinet. Such a beautiful family.

Ivy Lynn has so many looks to her. Cant wait to watch her grow.

You are glowing Mamma. Breathe it all in... Your love created all of this!!

Unknown said...

Oh Heidi, she is so beautiful. I want to fly over just for cuddles with little Miss Ivy Lynn! I love the joy on Peyton and Beckham's faces! You look amazing! I hope all is going well, take care of yourself and accept any help you are offered! Congratulations again, to all of you, such a beautiful family. Lots of kiwi love to you xx

SuperMilf said...

I follow you (and comment once in a while) your Instagram feed...but I had to post a comment here too, because these pictures are amazing!! She is SO SO CUTE!!! And these gorgeous pics of your family just tug at the heartstrings... And *gasp* makes me want a third!! Too bad hubby isn't on board...
Congratulations again! :)

cathy said...

Bless her & your entire family


LW said...

Oooooh, sweet baby girl. Love her. Heidi, you look amazing, like a bride glowing on her wedding day. Your family is gorgeous and I can feel the love among you through the photos. Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to read her birth story. xo ~ Lisa (Virginia)

ProudMommyTara said...


I have been following on FB but I wanted to stop here and congratulate you and your beautiful family! You just instantly gave me the itch for my third! :) Keep those pics coming!


Heather said...

Beautiful! All of you. Love the picture of you guys smooching her, the look on her face is priceless. "these guys are mine? really? awesome"

Angie said...

I'm so glad she's here :) Thank you for sharing your sweet treasure with all of us!

Angie from Ohio

Kelly Jo said...

She is absolutley beautiful!!!! Love the name!!! Beckham and Peyton look so happy as well!!!!

Party of Eleven said...

Beautiful photos. She is so sweet, love the CHEEKS! Great job Mama!!

mumofsix said...

Congratulations, Heidi! Well done to you! I'm so glad you had a magical birth. Ivy Lynn looks deliciously perfect. What a lucky girl! Enjoy these early newborn days they go too, too fast. Love from the UK x x Sarah

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Brit Girl said...

Adding my congratulations to the mix! What a beautiful baby and I love the name. Wishing Ivy Lynn health and happiness always. Congratulations on your new party of five!
Brit Girl (I 'know' you through Kelle!)

Jenna | The Eighty Twenty said...

Congratulations, I do follow you on instagram, so fortunately I've been able to see her beautiful little face all week. She is a love and her sister and brother seem so happy!!!

Erica said...

Oh my! I want another baby now! Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy that newborn smell!

Jannice said...

Absolutely precious!

She is so beautiful! Your family looks so happy! Thank you for sharing these moments. Takes me back to my babies births. I could never put them down amazing.
Congratulations again to your family!!

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

Oh man she's beautiful. I love all the IG pics and these are just as awesome. She's perfect and I'm so happy for y'all!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Family!!!! I am so lucky I got to held her. I cant wait to come over again and hold beautiful Ivy again. Brings back the most beautiful memories of my life. When my angels were that little.... The bigger they get the more I miss every second of it. So enjoy-enjoy-enjoy her! And I know you do.... :) XOXO Andrea

Annie said...

The love your family has for one another is apparent and beautiful.

Welcome Ivy Lynn! You are blessed to have warm, loving parents and siblings.

misty said...

I started off following kelle (enjoying the small things) and found you through her. I look forward to each and every one of yall's posts! So inspiring and so beautiful - caused me to get started on my own blog. Right now, it's not as self searching and inspiring as yours and kelle's since I'm in nursing school and that's ALL it's about. Just wanted to let you know how beautiful and precious your family pics are - and admired, not in a creepy, stalker kind of way (i'm still trying to get comfortable with the whole "people are actually reading my blog") thank you for putting it out there :)

Kate said...


I am so happy for all of you what a precious little blessing she is. Oh how I love her name so very sweet. This new chapter will be so amazing for all of you. I have so much to enjoy now with my Heidi fix!! Your photos of your new family of five are an abundance of the love that you all share. Hugs to you xoxo Kate

Maria said...

Heidi~I am ready to burst. I couldn't comment on Instagram but oh, how exciting it was to see the little updates & wait impatiently for the news of her arrival. It's weird, huh, that although we've never met all of us were so excited for you. We felt the joy & excitement as if it were our sister or best friend giving birth. So thank you for sharing. I love our little blog world!
Now (here's where I was about to burst) about her:
She is absolutely gorgeous.
That hair & those perfect lips & eyes wide open from the first pic. Just perfection! I think she looks like you. Love all the pics~Peyton holding her looking at the camera with such pride, Beckham looks like he takes the role of older brother very seriously, and the ones with Jeff, especially where he's kissing her & the one where she is looking up at him..big *sigh*~so lovely.
Can't wait to hear her birth story & see more pics.
God bless all of you. You have a beautiful family. Oh, and the name, no words.
It's just divine. Love to you all.

Anonymous said...

WOw! She is gorgeous and what a beautiful family of five. Congratulations on your amazing and perfect addition.

Anonymous said...

I love how you are so worried about us missing out on something. You and your beautiful family are so sweet. I am so very happy for you and reading this brought tears.. especially since I just found out my family will become that magical "5" you are so happy about in a short 6 mths!!
So happy for you.. She is pure joy.

Shannon said...

Ugh! Her cuteness is hurting me!!! :) Sweet girl, check out Peyton's eyes...she is full of love for that babe! Beckham is enthralled as well! Oh Heidi, now you know...4 became 5 so easily, right?? No worries! All it takes is love, and you all have that...just look at these photos! Much love from an Army Wife in Texas!! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Heidi, Ivy Lynn is gorgeous. I love the photos especially the last two! I absolutely love the way you describe being a family of 5 and the way that you are just breathing her in ..... so lovely. Enjoy sweet lady. Cassie x

Patti said...

so happy to read this, and see more photos of that beautiful girl. We are so happy for you! Her name fits her perfectly, and she looks SO much like her siblings. What a joyful time, Heidi- you are blessed :) oxox

Nicole Wellon {evieLu} said...

Hi Heidi!
I've never commented here before but wanted to say a BIG congratulations on the birth of Ivy. She is gorgeous and there is nothing better in this world than a newborn.

I have 2 little girls of my own - 6 and 2. The newborn days seems so far away for me, and hopefulyl one day god will bless us with a 3rd child to love.

I blog over at and i'd love it if you stopped by :)


Crystal Berry said...

Heidi I cried I truly cried my eyes out, what beautiful pics especially the one where you and Jeff and kissing her..I lol cause I saw Joe in her..they were tears joy! I am sooo Happy for your family and I love u all with all my heart! We maybe many miles apart but thanks to ur blog and pics...your guys are right next to me! I wish I could give you a big HUGE hug from one mommy to another...XOXOXOXO for the kids and Jeff! mmwah

The Swanson Family said...

So Beautiful - COngratulations, and Ivy is a beautiful name. Makes me ALMOST want another one...perhaps someday! Enjoy her, I could never put mine down either!

Amie said...

I follow you on Instagram (amiejanette), and love all of the pictures of Miss Ivy and the rest of your gorgeous family. I found you through Kelle and look forward to your posts so much!

Congratulations on your new family of 5. Now go take a nap :)

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Sarah said...

Heidi, congratulations on such a beautiful daughter, and a beautiful family!! Seeing your "big" kids with their baby sister is just the sweetest thing I have ever seen!! Makes me push past my "Oh, we are so DONE" thoughts to the thoughts of "Hmm....what if??" :) So very sweet!!

shay said...

There is sooooo much love and beauty in everyone of these photos!!! She is a stunning baby girl!

Erin said...

What a beautiful baby girl! I love all of the photos - the love that your family has for each other and sweet Ivy is evident in all of the pics. I'm looking forward to her birth story!

Also, I feel like I need to introduce myself, since I've been checking all of your photos out on Instagram too - I've hopped over after following Kelle for the last 18 months or so (and while I love the world of blogging, I feel a touch creepy commenting without a brief introduction) - anyway, mother of 3 in Chicago checking in.

I love love love the early days - enjoy!

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Tisha said...

congrats darwish family!! baby ivy is beautiful!

Me said...

Congratulations Heidi! Ivy Lynn is adorable... and so are Beckham & Peyton, they look so in love!

SDM said...

OK -- so the last time I logged on I saw you were pregnant... then it took me a while to get back on again & sure enough you had the baby! she is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! a million congratulations & a ton of love sent your way!
enjoy every single second of Ivy! she's a lucky girl!

Sarah said...

Ivy Lynn...what a beautiful name! Congratulations to you and your family! Sounds like you are enjoying every second with your new little one (and hopefully getting some rest too!) :) Love the photos and can't wait to hear your story!

Dara said...

WOW!! What beautiful pictures!! This is making my heart ache for a 3rd baby. Must-not-touch-husband :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Heidi and Jeff:

She is so beautiful and I love how she seems to look at each one of you trying to show how happy she is to be home. I also love that Peyton and Beckham want to get right home after school so they can have another turn to hold her!!

Love Sito

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with her ear? It appears deformed.

Ange in Canada said...

I've been following your blog for a while, and I'm so happy for you! Your family is beautiful!

I'm going through my first pregnancy now, so I'm glad to hear your birth went well! Keep up the beautiful photography, and congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter!

Angela, Canada

Evelyn Louise said...

I love the photo of Peyton and Beckham looking through the bassinet sides... I'm going to steal that idea for pictures of my 3-year-old when the new baby comes in August.

Ivy Lynn is a beautiful name. You have a beautiful family!


Heidi said...

normally, i don't respond to negative and mean spirited comments, but i will make an exception and hope that the coward/anonymous commenter that frequents this blog to study and critique each and every photo and word that i write, will read what i have to say...

i have a feeling that you are the same person that called me old, fat and short... that didn't bother me. i will assume that you are the same commenter that has made several harsh, random, and meaningless comments about me as a business woman and other
unintelligent and barbaric judgements about my best friend and/or her perfect daughter, nella.

your observations regarding my daughter's appearance does not hurt me. i see through your comments as ignorant and mean. without lowering myself to your level, i want to make it clear to you that i picture you sitting at home in front of your computer...with hurt in your heart. hurt so deep that you find it crucial to find fault with those that are happy...fulfilled.

to make a verbal assessment on a newborns appearance seems juvenile and desperate.

i am responding to this because i feel it necessary to let you know that your words would be better directed in writing your own blog and pouring your feelings out that way. you may find it very
therapeutic to your sullen attitude.

:) now, i'm off to the museum with my perfectly beautiful children.

and the ear...well, i am certain i have no idea what you are talking about. and for the record, every part of her body makes her...her. for that i am grateful and would celebrate something that made her even more unique.

thanks for reading:)

Heidi said...

thank you, ladies for your sweet comments!!!

i have read every comment at least twice.

jill b, i think you have to have iphone to get on instagram:(

aunt you:)

proun mommy...go for the's amazing!

kate, xoxo

mumofsix...thank you...6 kids...i come from a family of 6 kids!!!!!!! loved it. for the most part;)


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Anonymous said...

How in the heck did I miss this post!

One of the things that I love about you is that you are one classy chickie...way more than I would be I am afraid..just saying.

Ivy is absolutely beautiful and I have to tell you I want another baby so badly that I am living vicariously through you. I am really enjoying the photos on facebook and she is just getting more gorgeous with each photo.

Keep the pictures coming friend! Love ya!!!♥

Anonymous said...

please do not let ignorant people spoil this beautiful blog. god bless your beautiful perfect children and you and your husband as well...i am missing your family updates and look forward to reading all about your new and beautiful girl...please update soon..your fans are waiting...and maybe anonymous will find out what is missing in their life that makes them so hateful...we can only hope...

Talia said...

Found you via Kelli at enjoyingthesmallthings.

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl. What a lovely family.

Erin James said...

What a beautiful little one and a gorgeous family! You are one lucky mama! :)

figwittage said...

That is one BEAUTIFUL baby you have! I love the photos of Peyton and Beckham holding her. I can envision my little Zayn being a big brother someday :) xx

Heidi said...

louise and joy:)

thank you, xoxoxo

i am writing a post tonight!

Anonymous said...

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have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

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