Sunday, December 6, 2009

Introducing Oakland...

I am the luckiest girl alive right now! I'm sitting here blogging while my Husband and new baby girl are cuddled up on the bed watching a movie. Not at a funeral. Not crying tears of pain and hurt. This time, I got to bring a healthy little baby girl right in to my home. I have never been happier in my entire life!! Here are a couple of pictures but there are so much more that I wasn't sure how long it would take me and I wanted to make sure I got some posted soon!

These are the first pictures of Josh and I with Oakland (story and feelings to come in a later post but you can probably get close to them with these pictures.)





And here are some close ups of Oakland! I must say that I am a little fond of her. :)
I had to add this picture because of the meaning it has for Josh and I. When I delivered Mac, this was something I would never have with him...him hold my finger and open his eyes at me. That was one of the first things Oakland did for me. She opened her eyes and looked right in to mine and then reached up and took hold of my finger like a reassurance that she wasn't going anywhere. This picture is when Josh took her to get bathed and I adore it!
Stayed tuned...

62 comments:

Sarah Garner said...

Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful. That first picture of you and your baby girl speaks a million words, and you deserve every bit of joy that she is bringing into your world!!!!

Nikki said...

WOW!!!! Make me cry! She is adorable! I am so happy for you and your family! What an amazing blessing she is. I bet Mac told her to hold your finger since he never got to! :)

bryce and kianna said...

She's beautiful! The picture with her holding your finger is priceless, I just love her eyes. Congratulations. We love her so much! :)

HollySteffen said...

i have goosebumps. congratulations times a million!!! :) :)

Butterflygirlms Blog Designs (Heather) said...

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!!! You guys so deserve this, I've read your story and this post brought me to tears especially the 1st one of you and her ;) She is so beautiful. God is good. He gave a wonderful Christmas gift!

The Jensen Family said...

Yay finally some pictures of this sweet baby girl. I can't wait to hold her in a few weeks. Congratulations to you both she is such an angel:)

Ali the B. said...

Josh & Cali...
Congratulations!! I am so excited for you, to start this journey, of a different kind!! May you continue to feel heaven so close to your hearts as you grow together as a family!!
We miss having you in the ward & wish you all the best...she is absolutely beautiful...enjoy every little tender mercy that she is going to bring into your life!!!
Ali Bawden :)

Ashley said...

Hi! This is Ashley again. I've been "stalking" your blog since Mac was born...
I just wanted to congratulate you on the birth of your baby girl. She is BEAUTIFUL! I am overcome with joy for you as I realize what an amazing moment this is for you. Enjoy every moment with this precious girl. They fly by way to fast. I'm sure you will. May little Oakland as well as your family be blessed with health and happiness.

Keddington Chronicles said...

Albeit that I am a mere stranger to you and your cute family, I started following your blog last summer. I am very happy for you. Your new little addition is adorbale and precious. Congrats!!!

Ashley said...

CONGRATULATIONS CALI!!!!! She is beautiful! I heard from Brindi's facebook status she was born! Yay!! Much love to you and your little family! :)

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

I am so touched. Congratulations to you and Josh. She is beautiful!

laurie said...

Congrats!!!!!! God bless you all and that BEAUTIFUL Oakland.

The Kent Family said...

Congratulations!!!!!! She's beautiful....;)

Scott ~ Diane ~ kids said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl. Our family has been following your blog and praying for you and your precious Oakland. What wonderful times you have ahead of you.

Again, much love to your family and Happy Holidays!!!

nennermommy said...

I have been so excited for you this week! Congrats! I love that picture of Daddy telling someone his baby girl is here... He has the happiest smile ever! She is so Beautiful... Mac has got to see so proud!

Rohde Family said...

Congrats you two!

You don't know me, Cali, but I grew up with Josh and his family back in the West Valley ward. I had heard from Taylor and Rachel about Mac and have been following your blog ever since. You two have been in my prayers and I am thrilled that little Oakland is here and well. What a blessing! Good luck and keep on blogging.

Love,
Holly Gates-Rohde

April said...

She is beautiful. I am so so happy for you guys. You deserve to have a sweet little baby in your home. I am glad all is well and really the pictures do say it all.

kyleandtaryn said...

I found your blog through a friend, and I just want to send you my congratulations! The time is going to fly by so soak up every second of it! Best wishes!

Taryn

CK said...

Josh and Cali -

I have been following your blog through a friends post about Mac, so you don't know me, but I wanted to tell you congratulations! Your hearts must be filled with so much joy right now. The last part about Oakland holding your finger made me tear up and have goosebumps! I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful holiday gift! Happy Holidays!!

Courtney Kelly

Parker's Paradise said...

YEA!!! What a beautiful little girl!! I am so excited for you guys!! Such a blessing!! If you don't mind me asking, what is her full name? (Mac's name and the name Oakland are so fun!!)

Marc and Megan said...

Cali, I am so so happy for you and Josh!! She is a beautiful little miracle! Congratulations!!

Erin said...

So I cried when I first looked at those pictures on your camera and now I'm crying again!!! I hope you guys will be at mom & dad's today so I can see little Oakland again! She is such a blessing!

The Eyre Family said...

I am so incredibly happy for you guys! What an amazing blessing and journey you have been on! She is absolutely beautiful...keep a look out for a little package we sent! And enjoy every second with her

Sara said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you and she is beautiful! I hope that you now have a quick recovery!

Lindsey said...

She's beautiful Cali! Thanks for letting us hold her the other night!

Sarah Carr said...

There are so many people who read your blog, I never know if you get to see my comments, because I'm always later on the list. I am so incredibly happy for you. You deserve everything good in this world, and I am so glad that everything went well. She is beautiful and will probably be a supermodel like her parents. I'll be hanging out in Sandy in a few weeks, and I would love to give you congrats in person. I'm just so happy for you.

The Kims said...

YAY! She's beautiful, I'm so happy for you!!!

Anonymous said...

I came to your blog after a friend mentioned Mac - whose blog I went to and then voila, here was your blog. I am so glad that heaven has blessed you with this sweet little one. Gods blessings be upon you all!
from Idaho

Christine said...

Congratulations!! She is totally beautiful!

Amy said...

I've been checking your blog multiple times a day for a week! I am so, so, so, so, so happy for you! And she is a BEAUTIFUL baby. That last picture is so precious. Congratulations.

The Gray Fam said...

I am so happy for you guys and so happy that everything went so well. What a beautiful little girl you have!!!

ryansmom said...

Congratulations! She is so adorable. Welcome Oakland!

TAYBEL said...

Wow Cali. I absolutely love those pictures. She is adorable and I can't wait to see her in person. As always, tears are streaming down my face. What a beautiful girl.

Lance, Tiff n Ash said...

Yay!! Shes beautiful, you guys are grat! Im sooo happy we got to meet her finally, I still cannot believe how tiny they are!! Congrats you guys!! We love you guys! :)

Marni said...

Woohoo!!!! I can't believe she was EIGHT pounds! My family and I are so excited for you. I want to meet her when I come down to Sandy.

Sara said...

Congratulations! I have been following your story for a while now - I couldn't be happier for you!

Kylee said...

Congrats! She is gorgeous! I am so happy for you.

Henich Family said...

Congrats Josh and Cali, she is adorable. I love the name you picked out for her!!!!

Mike and Bree said...

CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you! She is beautiful!!!

MeKell and Aaron said...

Congrats! We are so happy for you and your sweet little family. I know it's hard to tell when they are just newborn, but I think Oakland resembles Mac quite a bit. Love the name by the way and she is so beautiful. I remember feeling so close to heaven the first time I held Taegan as we both just looked at each other forever. Congrats again, we need to come and see you guys sometime!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations :-) She's a beauty!

Jake and Sharee said...

Josh and Cali, Congratulations!!! She is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing moment that must have been for you guys in the delivery room. I am so happy for you guys!

Kindra said...

You don't know me, but I have followed your blog since learning about Mac from a friend. Oakland is beautiful and I am so happy for you guys. I'm sure Mac is smiling down from heaven and he is just as happy as you are to have her in your sweet family. You are all an inspiration to so many people!

Orr Family said...

SO Happy for you! Enjoy this time it goes by way to fast! You two are great Parents to your two beautiful children!!!

Meredith said...

Cali, I love every one of them and can't wait to see her grow up! I am so happy for you. How does it feel to be the mother of two? You are so blessed to have both a son and a daughter.

Congratulations,
Meredith

Matt and Stephanie said...

The 1rst picture of you and Oakland I saw it and I started balling! I'm so happy for you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You are a strong amazing woman. I'm soooooo so happy for you guys!

Lachele said...

She is beautiful! Congrats you two. You'll make fantastic parents!

antigone1022 said...

oh what wonderful news, so pleased for you

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Chelsy said...

We were SO happy to hear the news when we got the text from Josh! Congratulations to you both!!!

Mommason Hillary said...

Perfect....absolutely beautiful and perfect - contrats. XOXOX from the Hillary Family!

Stephanie said...

congrats!!!! those pictures bring tears to my eyes. what a great moment and picture to see you guys together, i am sure mac was in the room having a party with you guys. happy holidays, and can't wait to see more pictures!

Angie&Blake said...

A BIG Congratulations to you two! Oakland is so beautiful! I am so happy for the two of you! You two are going to have one wonderful Christmas with her! Congratulations again! How wonderful!
~Angie

summergibbs said...

Congratulations...she is so adorable! I am so happy for you guys eventhough I don't know you. It makes me so happy for you to have your arms full again. If she could talk to you I'm sure she would be telling you some incredible stories of her big brother and how much she loves him!

Ryan & Holly Willard said...

Congrats!!! She is so beautiful! I cried just looking at the pictures I can't imagine what an amazing and emotional experience it was. I thought about you all day Tuesday! I was so happy for your grandpa's email and pics the next day.

Tasha said...

The picture of her holding your finger is PRECIOUS!! Blow it up huge and hang it in your front room:) I am so glad she is home and that everyone is healthy! Congratulations!

jenna said...

i've been reading your story for quite some time now. you are so inspiring to me. i'm so happy for your new addition and can't imagine the spirit and joy that was felt as you welcomed her to earth! i'm sure mac told her all sorts of wonderful things about you. keep us updated!

The Musings Of Mothers said...

Congrats!!! Brings tears to my eyes, to hear of your great joy!! Enjoy every minute!!!

Our Family said...

Congratulations! I was brought to tears to see you and your sweet baby. Enjoy!!

Jessica said...

Once again, I sit here with tears streaming. I don't think it will ever seize to amaze me at the lives and people that your story has touched. We TRULY love both of you so much and are so very proud of your strength and courage! You deserve this little angel... who is BTW - so stinking cute I can't even stand it! Thanks for sharing her with us! I cannot wait to see her grow up with such awesome parents to guide her! Both of you are so special... ok... getting a little soft here... we love ya... call me if you need an extra set of hands!

Travis & Kira Evans said...

Congrats! She is adorable!

Anonymous said...

I have been checking your blog for over a year now, each time praying that your dreams come true. My heart is over-joyed for you and your husband on the birth of your daughter. Thank you so much for sharing your story with so many, you have been such an inspiration to many! May God Bless you and your family

Mandy said...

Congratulations to you and your family. I love coming and reading your blog and how you are so honest about your feelings. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.