S: Eliott Benjamin George Plett
FC: Eliott Benjamin George Plett
1: Dear Eliott, I made this book for you. I wanted to document your birth and the important events leading up to that moment. I wanted to create something special for you to always have and for you to know how we prepared for you. Hopefully this book shows that. For such a little person, you sure have taught us so much about love. I hope that when you grow up and look at this book, you come to understand how much we loved you before you were even born. You have changed our lives forever. I love you, Eliott. Love, Mommy
3: March 9, 2009 | Wow, what a great moment! When daddy and I found out we were expecting you, we were definitely filled with lots of different emotions. We were scared and nervous, but most of all we were excited. We knew our lives were about to change, but we had no idea how much joy you would bring us!
4: Mommy's really good friend Sarah Trovato Caley came to our house to take some maternity photos for me. She did an amazing job. I was eight and a half months pregnant.
6: may 14 2009 | 12 weeks | 19 weeks | 21 weeks | 22 weeks | 17 weeks | 18 weeks | On a cruise with my college girlfriends
7: 25 weeks | 28 weeks | 29 weeks | 26 weeks | 30 weeks | 31 weeks | Plett family vacation in Colorado
8: We went on a short, quick walk before we met the Caleys and the Pearsons for dinner. We also did a little photo shoot. These are our last photos before you entered our lives. | 40 weeks | 38 weeks | 37 weeks | 32 weeks
10: The last photo of you in my belly before you were born. | Your dad wanted his photo taken too! | My water broke at 2:00am. Your dad was still sleeping so I woke him up to let him know you were on your way. He started the car and loaded our bags. After a few phone calls to your grandparents and aunts and uncles, we headed to the hospital.
11: We arrived at the hospital around 3:30. My contractions slowed down so we had some time for a few quick pictures. | Auntie Sara came all the way from Michigan with Papa and Grandma Carr. Auntie Kendra and Uncle Ryan came too.Your cousins weren't allowed up to the room because of the flu that was going around. | Dupont Hospital
12: You're here! | Daddy is cutting the cord. | Checking you out for the first time. | Mommy couldn't stop crying.
13: Eliott Benjamin George Plett | so handsome, so sweet. | 11-11-09 1:29pm 7lb. 3oz. 21 1/2 in. | Your dad and I didn't find out if you were a boy or girl, so when Dr. Blackmon said "It's a boy!" we were overcome with emotions and our tears started to flow. The moment was perfect. You had lots of dark brown hair and dark blue/gray eyes. We thought you looked like a little old man. You sucked on your bottom lip all the time. It was very cute, but made it difficult for you to learn to eat. We figured it out though.
14: I couldn't stop kissing your sweet face. | All swaddled up. | A proud daddy.
15: Our first family photo | The Plett Family | 11-11-09 2:30pm
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18: Mommy and Eliott
19: Daddy and Eliott
20: Grandma Carr | Papa Carr | Auntie Kendra Auntie Sara
21: Stephen Prabhakar | Amos & Sarah Caley | You are loved. | All of these people came to meet you on the day you were born.
23: Auntie Sara did a great job capturing all your faces. You were just 1 day old.
24: Just look at this face!
25: On our way home. TEAM PLETT 3! | You were so tiny!
26: Daddy and I had two different names picked out for you. We knew you'd either be Eliott or Isaiah. We didn't want to officially name you until we met you. After a few hours we knew that you were definitely an Eliott. Your middle names come from your Great Grandpa's names. | Benjamin "Benny" Plett | Eliott Benjamin | Benjamin was your Grandpa Plett's daddy. He lived in Kansas. He was a very happy man. He was a farmer and had a great sense of humor. Alot of people say your daddy's goofy personality is alot like Benny's was. He died before daddy was born but there are great stories about him. Ask your Grandpa Plett to tell you some of them the next time you see him.
27: George Carr | George Plett | George was your Papa Carr's daddy. He was a farmer. He grew up in Lake Odessa and eventually ran his own farm, George Carr and Sons. He was a quiet man that smoked a pipe and kept a mouse in the front pocket of his overalls! Not really, but that's always what he told his grandkids. He passed away when mommy was in 4th grade. I wish he would have lived to see what a great little boy you are. Did you know Papa Carr's middle name is George too?
28: E | L | I | O | T | T | Getting your room ready was exciting! Before this was your room, it was daddy's office. Daddy, Jordan Phillips, and Papa Carr repainted the walls gray. I had your bedding picked out for a long time and knew I wanted to incorporate lots of owls. We did eventually put up curtains. And when you were a month and a half old we took a trip to IKEA to buy you a dresser. | Ernie
29: Your neatly organized changing table that only looked like this for about a week. | Your dad made this sweet, simple print to hang on the wall. | These three shelves held your books, pictures, and other cute little knick knacks. I made the striped owl that has your heartbeat recorder in it. The large frame has a cross stitched picture that used to be in my nursery when I was a baby. | This is where we would sit and rock in the late hours of the night and the early hours of the morning. I loved holding you. Even though I can't carry a tune, I would sing to you as we rocked.
30: Over the summer I made a few things for you. I sewed in the dining room while Ernie laid on the floor and watched. | This is a cute little bib. I couldn't wait for you to wear it. I'm sure that if you look closely in your other books, you're bound to see a photo of you in it. It was my favorite. I made the tag for the back that says "made by mom." I remember printing it out and thinking, " wow, this little baby will call me mom." The idea sounded so strange to me. Now it's my favorite thing to hear.
31: This owl was by far my favorite. When your dad and I went to doctor, we got to record your heartbeat on a small device. You were only 12 weeks old when it was recorded. I made this little owl and stuffed the recorder inside. I hope you have it forever. | This swaddler was a project that took me a very long time. I found it in a sewing tutorial book and just had to make it for you. The funny thing is, it wasn't very comfortable so i only put in it for a picture. You loved being swaddled, just not in this one.
32: This is the photo we had taken of you at Dupont Hospital before we left for home.
33: This is your birth announcement that your very creative dad designed. We sent this out with our Christmas cards that year.