Announcing Grace Margaret Elise

Category: Baby

At 3:40 yesterday morning, Grace Margaret Elise was born 11 days earlier than expected.  She weighted 6 lbs. and 10 ounces, and has a surprisingly full head of dark hair.  She's perfect.

Both mom and daughter are doing well.  Here are a few of the first pictures to introduce her to everyone... :-)



Finally, for the parents and friends out there here's a short video clip of J holding Grace for the first time.  She's a real charmer.  :-) 

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Amazing Grace!!! POPS --30--


Wow! Congratulations!

Congratulations to you on your new arrival! She's beautiful!!!!!

Wow, she is beautiful. And has a beautiful name. And a beautiful house to come home to. Congratulations to both of you!

OMG! she is gorgeous!!! i miss those days when they're all wrinkly and squishy and smelling so fresh! ahh... tears are welling up... CONGRATULATIONS! and good name choice! can't wait to see her with her first tool belt! lol get lots of sleep while you can!

Welcome to the renovating with kids family, congratulations!

Congratulations! Beautiful girl, beautiful name, beautiful parents. :)

She is beautiful! Congrats!!

You're right - she IS perfect!

But what was her length? Inquiring minds want to know!

What a beauty. Congratulations!

Did she come with any power tools or a pink tool belt? No warranty either I bet!

From this point on triple the expected time to complete a project. Just call it the "Grace factor"!

Congratulations, you guys! She's beautiful, and you are to be commended for bringing her into the world.

Now opening the pool on how many days it takes before you guys are posting about new home improvement work here again. My guess: about 15 days.

She's beautiful!!! Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a beauty...and with a beautiful name to match.

How exciting for you! Welcome to the world, Grace. And congratulations to A&J. Nothing but the best wishes for all of you.

(Now, to pretend I was doing something else so my coworkers don't wonder why I gasped in delight.)

Congratulations. She is beautiful! What an amazing addition to your household. Who knew the contractor would come in ahead of schedule!...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby.

She's gorgeous! Love all that hair! Congratulations!!

Congratulations! She's beautiful!

she is beautiful! congratulations!

I'm smiling and feeling oh so good right now. What an incredible surprise! Thank you so much for sharing with your internet friends like me. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!!!

What a wonderful surprise for those who feel they've gotten to know you a bit through this blog~ thanks for taking the time to post Grace's arrival. You two have made some wonderful things together, but she's certainly the finest.

she is the most beautiful project you guys have ever done. A lifetime of congratulations. So glad to hear that mom and baby are perfect but how is dad? aimee

Awsome! Take care, all of you.


(Long time reader, first time commenter)

Congratulations! Grace is adorable. I can't wait to see pictures of the nursery, with her in it!

Congratulations- I'm so happy that all is well - she looks perfect! Welcome Grace!

Congratulations!!! She's beautiful and, of course, I love the name. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos.

She's an angel! Congratulations on your first born. The news of her birth was well worth the 5 and 5:20am phone calls that kjerstin and I buried our heads under the pillows for.

As of Jan. 11 2006 we celebrated our daughter Anika's 18th birthday! She was 6-13 when born. Your Grace is beautiful and you three will be very happy in your great little house! How Fun! Lea Ashley

She is beautiful.....I was wondering if she had arrived yet, when I hadn't seen any postings for a while.
Enjoy her, enjoy your time together, and relax all you can...they grow up fast!

Congratulations on your baby girl!!! She's gorgeous. :-)


WHen I called Lisa to wish her a Happy Birthday she told me of the arrival of Grace. She was ecstatic and no wonder. A special gift on her secial day. Congratulations!

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

what a wonderful surprise! congratulations to all of you. gracie's a cutie.


yay! she's here! welcome, Grace, and congratulations to you both...

Congratulations! What a beautiful little girl with a lovely name. So glad that everyone is happy & healthy.

Congrads guys! Wish it was our turn.

thank you for sharing this increadiable moment with us. she is absolutely wonderful.

AWESOME!!!!! Happy Newborn stage! Thank goodness for the gift of modern plumbing and baby wipes! How did/do people do it without these luxuries? Lovely name! Blessings to all!

What will Dave the Cat and Coco think of their new sister? She's lovely! Way to go!

Congratulations! Grace shares a birthdate with the newborn daughter of my good friends, also born 10 days early at 6lb14oz.

I've never posted before but I've been enjoying your blog for several months now (after buying our own first home last year).

Congratulations! Best wishes from France.
She looks perfect, loved the video.
...and if you thought renovations were hard work, just wait.

Pat and Maureen

Congratulations! She is beautiful.

Proud Grandparents have spread the word. She is beautiful and we send our Congratulations!!! Tom and Cyndy in Colo.

Proud Grandparents have spread the word. She is beautiful and we send our Congratulations!!! Tom and Cyndy in Colo.

Congratulations on the baby! It's great that you made so much progress before she arrived. I'm sure she'll love growing up there.

Congratulations to you both! What a great name and she is lucky to have such great parents you two! I am very happy for you. My sister had her baby on Sunday- a boy named Cieran (gailic name pronounced "Keer-ran"). It's such a happy occasion. :)

What a sweetie...congratulations!

ACK! She's wonderful!! I love the name. Grace you have very cool parents and a house full of labor and love. You don't even know this yet but you will learn it someday (you probably won't appreciate it until you're about 30 though). Mom and dad enjoy cocooning with her. This time will be gone before you can blink an eye. Enjoy every second--even the difficult ones.

I loved the video. Thanks for sharing guys. You made my evening ! :)

Congratulations! Baby Grace and I share the same birthday! January 10th! Hooray for the NW side!

Congratulations! She's beautiful!

Welcome Grace!

Guys, this is your best home improvement yet! Congratulations!

OMG! What an *incredibly cute* baby!

Rest and take care of yourselves, parents. Slow down! Get people to bring you takeout! OK? Seriously.

Congratulations! She's lovely. :)

A belated congratulations on the new beauty in your life! We still check in now and then from Quito to see how your house is coming along. The nursery sure looks great :) Keep pluggin' away!


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