so, Saturday night, i went to bed like any other normal night, and woke around midnight with contractions, like any other normal night in the past 2 weeks. this time though, they stuck around and took on a consistent flow that made me get all the way up and time them. sure enough they stayed 5 minutes apart for over an hour and by 2 am i was in some pain and ready to go. i told Jason, "they will not send me home tonight, i won't let them." well, i'd say are new eager little girl had more to do with me being admitted. when we arrived, they said they'd monitor me for an hour to see if i progressed, not liking that prognosis, the baby kicked it up a notch and was born less than 2 hours later. good girl! oh yes, she is a girl. another pretty princess to join the Earl family. at 8 pounds, 7 ounces at 20 1/4 inches, she is our tiniest little bundle of joy! after 2 days in the hospital, with everyone breathing down our necks, we finally named her Avery Nicole Earl. she is a beautiful clone of her older sisters, and let me rest while we spent some alone time. the other girls were sick, so they didn't meet Avery until we got home. they are both enchanted with her, especially Anna, who can't even sleep at night from excitement. here she is making some important calls while caring for her new sister. Madeline can sit and pet Avery's head for hours.
and she loves to help in all aspects of caring for a newborn, especially this crazy concept of nursing! both girls are suffering from some short term memory loss, and cannot grasp why this baby needs to eat THAT. we are thrilled to welcome our new baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!