Friday, May 28, 2010


Week 3 of Lia's life was full of adventure and new introductions! The most exciting for our family was introducing her to her brand new cousin, Ella Jean, born May 27th at 12:10am. She came 10 hours before my mom boarded a plane for about perfect timing. We cannot wait for these precious girls to grow up together and create countless family memories.

Introductions also included: Cousin Ellen, Aunt Julie, and two special Teresa's in our life!

What we've learned as new parents in Lia's first 20 days:
1. That we are truly blessed in our marriage and need one another daily to celebrate the miracle of it all and to support the challenges of it all.

2. That we are surrounded by a community that deeply loves and cares for us and our new daughter. Thanks for reminding us how grateful we are for your friendships!

3. That baby girls can compete with any boy in the gas and spit up department.

4. That TV is overrated as Lia's facial expressions trump any technological form of entertainment.

5. That we still have so much more to learn!

We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you've extended to our family. We are thrilled to continue walking alongside all of you in this journey.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Work It!

Last weekend Lia brought out all the poses for her very first photo shoot at 8 days old. We continue to marvel at her every move. Enjoy these highlights from her very first modeling spread.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Week of 1sts

Lia has certainly taken to the camera and given us some incredible visuals of her first 6 days of life.

First photo shoot with Carl

First road trip to Dr.: All dressed up in her frills!

First Bath

First indication that Mom and Dad have gone too crazy with all the flash photography

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Lia!

Lia Emily Reitsema
6 lbs. 13 ounces; 19 1/2 inches long
Born May 8th 4:07pm
Here are some snapshots of our biggest Reitsema family adventure yet: Meeting our little peanut in person and bringing her home for the first time. Thanks so much for loving this precious girl right alongside us, for praying for her health and ours, and for sharing in the gift of brand new life. Enjoy the photo journey!