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S: Heaven Sent

FC: Prayer for the New Baby | Lord let me walk with you. Lord let me walk with you. | Although my steps are small. | Stay beside me, hold my hand. And never let me fall. Amen.

1: As baby Olsen moves closer to greeting her family, others wanted to take a moment to help in the wonderful journey ahead with a little advice. | Brand New Little Daughter ~ by Linda Lee Elrod ~ Shes your brand new little daughter, so enchanted, sweet and smart. With a coo, she'll have you smiling, With a laugh, she'll own your heart. Its the time for hugs and kisses, reassurance when she cries. Its the time for making moments, full of love and lullabies. For these golden days of childhood, come and go so very fast - Hold her tight and love her dearly. Make these precious moments last.

2: Due Date: October 19, 2011 | HOORAY! IT'S A GIRL




7: My Parent's wishes for me | We want our baby girl to grow up knowing how much we love her, understanding the tremendous beauty, purpose, and value of her life, and how to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to everyone she encounters. ____________________________________________________________________Ultimately, we don't really care if it's a boy or girl and we just pray she is born healthy. From there, she is a blank canvas and we hope to help her paint a story that is really fun and full of bright colors for everyone to see! And if she isn't born healthy, we'll love her equally as much. We wish good health solely for her own well-being and journey. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8: My Baby Shower Poem I'm really glad that you could come To help surprise my mother. Sit down, relax, enjoy yourselves and chat with one another. Sorry I can't be with you to share in Mummy's shower but you see I'm very busy cause I'm growing more each hour. Though I'm not here to thank you for the special gift you brought my family and I are grateful... we appreciate the thought. I'll be arriving shortly I'm happy as can be So after I've been home a while Please come visit me!

9: Three Generations of Babies. Can you guess who?

10: Celebrating your special day.

12: A little advice, loving words and inspiration.

14: "I made up a little song for you when you were just a few weeks old, and sang it to you while you nursed. It went like this: I love you, Nakysha You're my girl. I dress you up in pink. You're beautiful I think. Oh, Nakysha, You're my girl. I love you, Nakysha You're my girl. I love you so, Everyone must know that Nakysha you're my girl!

15: When you were 8 months old, my girlfriend Dawn, asked me to be her maid of honor. The sad part was that she was getting married in Florida and I wouldn't be able to take you along. Your dad assured me he could take care of you just fine and when he was at work, you spent time with Aunt Diane. I was gone for 5 days and when I got back, you wanted nothing to do with me. (You acted like you had forgotten who I was.) So for nearly a week, you wouldn't look at me and would only let me hold you if you were facing away from me. Then one day, as you were sitting ram rod straight on my lap, facing away so you wouldn't have to see me, I began to sing the Nakysha song to you. The most wonderful thing happened. You remembered the song, let a sigh of excitement, and twisted around to look right in my eyes. You smiled at me and gave me the sweetest, longest cuddly hug. And we were mommy and daughter once again! Sing to your little one, a song just for her, while you nurse and cuddle and bond. I love you my sweet Nakysha so very much."

16: Dear Nakysha, It is no doubt to me that you will be a wonderful mother. You are caring, gentle, and kind. You will give your child all the love they need and deserve. You will give of yourself until there is little left and then you will give even more. My advice to you is this: 1. Let yourself rest. You are no good to your little one, if you are not healthy and rested. Sleep when she sleeps and take breaks when you need them. 2. Accept help when it is offered. At first, you will feel like there are so many visitors and you might even wish they would go away and let you have a break from them. They are not only there to see the little one, they are there to give you some rest. Sometimes, a shower or bath after a long night of every other hour nursing can be just what you need. Let someone give you the time to do it. 3. Number 2 comes with a caveat. Sometimes, you need to tell people to go away. Have Ben do it. Emotions sometimes run uneven just after birth (as you probably know) and what to you seems perfectly kind and reasonable might not to others. Sometimes Daddy needs to take charge. 4. Remember you are only one person. I know that women have been having babies for years and were still expected to come home, clean the house and make dinner. Thankfully we live in a much more civilized world now. Have Ben get take out once in a while and let your bed be unmade and your dishes undone. No one will be harmed if things aren't always perfect. 5. Take a night off. This is the advice I wish I had gotten. Sometimes a night out to connect with your husband like you used to before baby can be invaluable. Don't wait too long to do it. You have a mom and sister in law who would be happy to babysit.

17: Dear Ben, Fatherhood is a bit different than motherhood. Because women carry their baby for 9+ months, they develop an instant bond, the bond felt while the baby grows inside. Fathers, unfortunately aren't able to feel that same sensation. However, fathers are lucky in that they can develop a bond through watching their wives while pregnant without the added weight and pain of labor. I have no doubt that you will be a wonderful, caring and devoted father, just as you have been a caring and devoted husband to Nakysha. You can tell what kind of father someone will be by watching them with their wives. My advice to you is a bit more practical. 1. Bring home a blanket from the hospital for the dogs. Dogs are territorial creatures and a baby is a foreign object coming into their territory. Our nurse advised us to bring a blanket with the baby's scent home so the dog could sniff it, play with it and even sleep with it. Cali was much calmer when Emma came home, I am sure because of that little blanket. 2. Give Nakysha a break once in a while. She won't ask for it, no mommy does. They often feel like they shouldn't ask for help. Take your little one so Nik can have a nap, give her a bottle of milk (pumped, of course) or just give her a back or foot rub spontaneously. 3. In the hospital, just be there. All the stuff you learn about breathing, or walking or sitting in different positions sometimes goes out the window. Unfortunately, you won't know what works until you're in the moment. You almost have to be an on the job learner, but you'll be great at it. Whatever you do, don't be like Luke and leave half way though to get breakfast, because she's not allowed to eat, so you shouldn't either. Love, Jen

18: Dear Ben and Nakysha, You know that Kirby, Lily and I love you both so much (and of course little princess to be named later)! Here are just a few things that we found helpful. Just remember, you two are a team and no matter what, your baby is your baby. So raise her the way the two of you see fit, especially because the immense trust in God and love for your daughter will be the best guides. 1. The best advice that I received from a friend when I was pregnant was: "Let it go." So many things will be changing and life will feel like a roller coaster ride. Just LET IT GO! Don't get hung up on the little things, remember you BOTH are brand new at this! It is so easy to take things personally and let little things become bigger problems, just try not to let it happen. My mom always says, "Pick your battles carefully." It was great advice for us because when you are both a little sleep deprived you can tend to read into 'tones' and 'attitudes' more so than necessary. And whatever you do, do not play scorekeeper over who is more tired because they got less sleep. Thankfully there was only one time that thought ever ran into my head; I had to snuff it out right away because that is only a recipe for resentment. 2. The best trick I learned about nursing...Let your nipple DRY before you put your bra back in place. You DON'T want that thing drying to your nursing pad, not fun pulling it off before you have to nurse again. Also, use the lanolin cream, it is a lifesaver. Do NOT overdo it too soon. Allow yourself the FULL six weeks of healing time before you power walk or work out. If you do not, you will just get yourself sick. Nursing at night: I found that laying down was comfortable...too comfortable. I never wanted to sit up and burp her because I was so comfortable. Therefore, use your glider for all its worth! Thanks so much for this opportunity, what a fantastic idea! You are such a great and loving family :) See you on the 13th! (Lily and I) Love, Emily, Kirby, and Lily Sanford Amen

19: 3. Make sure to cuddle each other when you put your little one down to sleep. Don't forget she is not the only woman in the house who needs a good cuddle! 4. When you feel up to it...Let someone take her for 1-2 hours between feedings so you and Ben can have a walk alone or a meal alone. It will help you keep your sanity to share some quiet time together to focus on JUST loving each other as husband and wife. 5. BEN! When you are changing a diaper, make sure to put the new one under the dirty one before you begin Babies tend to make messes again when the cold wipe hits their bum! We learned the hard way after we had to change the changing pad 3 times in a row from poopy messes :) Prayer: Lord, thank you for the health and wellness of our family. Thank you for the work our guardian angels have done today. I pray that the sleep I receive, you multiply so I can serve my family fully rejuvenated. I call upon our Blessed Mother to remain with me so I may have the patience and gentleness that she so graciously pours out. I love you and I need you my Father, my Savior, and my Spirit. Amen. Emily Sanford

20: Dear Nakysha 1.) I learned that it is very helpful to have some sort of breast pump on hand. The first few weeks of learning how to breastfeed can be tough and it can be a lifesaver to have a pump on hand to keep the baby fed while you two practice (they suggest using a dropper or spoon instead of a bottle though to avoid nipple confusion). I also forgot to get nursing bras before my baby was born... that's a helpful one to buy ahead of time. 2.) The nurse at the hospital told me to be prepared... She graphically said the few weeks were weeks of fluid -blood, milk and tears. I found it to be very true and found comfort in the fact that those usually (except milk:) subside some by the 6th week. Love, Stephanie

21: Here are a couple of thoughts..... When young children are fussy/crying/whining use distraction techniques to move their attitude into a better place. Sing/dance/ swing them around/ laugh/ tickle them/ point out things around them that are cool or interesting to take their minds off their unhappiness. You, as parents, will always be happier when your child is happier! When you are raising young children the days are endless, but the years fly by! Remember that babies are not breakable (though they are somewhat delicate at the start). Although this is all new to you as first time parents, remember that human beings have been doing this for thousands of years... procreating and continuing the human race. You are definitely up to the challenge and will be great parents, Nakysha and Ben!!! Sharon Fortune

22: Dear Nakysha I know you and Ben will be great parents, my mom only gave me two pieces of advice, Always look at your child with love in your eyes, even if you are upset with them at the time, and always treat your husband first because someday your children will be on their own and the two of you will be left. Love, Joan

23: This was one of my favorite poems when I raised my children: Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs, dust, go to sleep... I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep. With love, from Auntie Carolyn

24: Sisterhood When you get exhausted, confused or just out of ideas, you can turn to your sisters, because we are right there with you in your new adventure of Motherhood... "The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." ~Saint Therese of Lisieux Motherhood "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." ~Blessed Mother Teresa

25: Nakysha, I am beyond blessed to know you and what joy I have for you and Ben as you enter into parenthood. I am always praying for you and will always look forward to times we will get to see each other with our growing families. You will be an amazing Mommy and don’t forget that! I love you! Love, Michelle

27: Dear Nakysha, Guess the only advice from a mom of 3 grown adults....On your worst day just remember..... they only get older! And most important... don't forget about your marriage and relationship with Ben! Lea Kostka

28: GROWTH CHART | AGE IN MONTHS WEIGHT HEIGHT | 0-1 | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | 1-2 | 2-3 | 3-4 | 4-5 | 5-6

29: AGE IN MONTHS WEIGHT HEIGHT | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | 6-7 | 7-8 | 8-9 | 9-10 | 10-11 | 11-12

30: Milestones | Milestone Age in months Notes | First tooth ______________ ______________________ ______________________ | First Smile ----------------- ---------------------------- ----------------------------- | First laugh --------------- ---------------------------- --------------------------- | First Roll Over ---------------- -------------------------- --------------------------- | First Crawl ---------------- -------------------------- --------------------------

31: Milestone Age in Months Notes | First Cold ------------ --------------------------- -------------------------- | First Steps ------------ --------------------------- ______________________ | First Word ------------ ---------------------------- ---------------------------- | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------

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