Wednesday, April 1, 2015

home at last

Good news - Eleni came home on Sunday!


(Don't worry, carseat problems were addressed!)

Has it really been just three days?  I feel a world keeps passing with each day, my sense of time is so far gone.   I miss being in this space regularly, and I miss our old, settled routines, but I'm also loving and finally feel I'm living this new reality - I have a baby!

I have a baby - a real, beautiful baby.  She's home and she's mine.  So happy.

a Marissa Dress

Well, Easter is coming fast, isn't it?  Today I started sewing Aria's dress, once again using the Marissa Dress pattern by Sis Boom.  I'm using size 9/10 and cut the skirt pieces 23" x 40". (Those measurements mainly for my reference next year.  I seem to make this dress every single year!)  

a Marissa Dress

The Leah Duncan Morning Walk fabrics are so delicately beautiful, pretty without being cutesy.  I would absolutely wear a dress in this fabric myself!  And I actually have enough leftover to make a little dress or romper for Eleni, later this summer.

grandma + Eleni

Today's Marissa dress sewing brought to you by the loving hands of grandma.  We are so incredibly fortunate to live in the same area as both maternal and paternal grandparents.  They have bonded so closely with this little baby from regular hospital visits and will continue to be a part of her life on a weekly basis.  What a special gift that is - to mama and baby both!

110 comments:

  1. Wow! Yay! and all the other big exclamations!!! congratulations on finally getting your precious little package home. she's positively beautiful. i know life is upside down right now and wonderland-strange, but it will all settle in over time. golly, she's wonderful!

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  2. So, so beautiful! We are very happy for you and your family.

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  3. She's precious and so sweet. Your family is still in my prayers and know that God will continue to show His goodness to you.

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  4. She's precious and so sweet. Your family is still in my prayers and know that God will continue to show His goodness to you.

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  5. she is exquisite ! Many blessings on your home and family.

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  6. Congratulations! I'm so happy she is home, and in time for Easter as well- I hope you have a joyful holiday!

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  7. She's beautiful, Rachel. So glad she is home now.

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  8. Praying cheers for you all :) So very glad to read this happy news Rachel!

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  9. She has done well to get out of the hospital so soon. She is adorable.
    You are lucky to have family so close--they will be a big help. Hope the big sister and brother are enjoying her. Is that your mother (grandma) in the photo?
    Hope you are getting some sleep.

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  10. So happy she is home and what a cutie pie!

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  11. Congratulations on getting to bring Eleni home. You must all be ecstatic. That is one milestone you can tick off the list and hopefully many more to come. Have a wonderful Easter and I look forward to seeing Aria modelling the completed dress :-)

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  12. I'm so happy you were able to bring Eleni home at last. She is so beautiful. Happy Easter to your family.

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  13. Awww, so precious Rachel, she is just beautiful. So glad she is finally home!

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  14. Hooray! Much as we might miss you, Rachel, when you are busy with your beautiful baby girl, we understand. As a G'ma I know how lucky both sets of grandparents feel to live close to you and be part of your lives, especially when you need extra hands.

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  15. She is absolutely precious. So happy she is home! Happy Easter to you and your family. You are way ahead of me on Easter dress sewing. : )

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  16. So happy for you! Congrats, congrats! :)

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  17. Rosemary B here:
    Family close by, especially the Grands, is the best. I am sure all of you are glad to finally get settled into new baby routine. What heavenly fun.
    God is so good. Eleni looks so incredibly sweet.❤️

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  18. So happy for you! She is beautiful 😊

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  19. Eleni is so precious and adorable! Happy tears for you!

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  20. Such a cutie! I bet your whole family is excited to have Eleni at home and to start getting into a regular family schedule. Have a great Easter!

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  21. I'm just so happy for you. I hope she's a good sleeper. And good for you for making the dress - made your daughter feel special despite all the attention to the new baby.

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  22. She is just gorgeous! I can only imagine how desperately you must have been longing to have her home, in your arms. I will be sending your family my good thoughts over the next few weeks.

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  23. Yayyyyyyy happy baby, happy family! Our hearts are full. :)

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  24. Home, together. Such beautiful words. So happy for you.

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  25. Congratulations!!!! She is so gorgeous, I just want to give that little nugget a hug!!!!! I'm so happy for you and your family!! xo

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  26. Welcome home Little One! She will be so loved and be such a special blessing to all of you~
    I will keep you both in my prayers. Susan

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  27. Lovely news to hear today. Welcome to your loving home, little girl! Thank you for sharing your blessings!

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  28. Lovely news to hear today. Welcome to your loving home, little girl! Thank you for sharing your blessings!

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  29. Such wonderful news! Yay for you all!

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  30. I'm so glad your sweet baby is home...she is precious!

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  31. What joy to have her home. I will keep her in my prayers.

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  32. What a precious little baby, I am so happy for you that she is finally home.
    The dress looks adorable. Blessings to you all

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  33. So so happy to read! Welcome home Eleni!!

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  34. What a blessing to have her home! And to have special relatives so close!

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  35. So happy all are home. Have a lovely Easter season!

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  36. Congratulations on Eleni's homecoming. She will just thrive now that she is home! Can't wait to see that cute little dress all finished. The fabric is precious!

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  37. Congratulations to all of you!!! Such a beautiful, sweet baby!! Wishing blessings to all of you!! The dress is coming together nicely!!
    Diana in Texas

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  38. She's beautiful. Praising God that she is home now. Enjoy each precious moment.

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  39. Congrats again on getting to bring your little one home! I am sure it feels great to finally all be home together as a family!

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  40. Amen! So thankful she is home! Praying for continued healing. May the miraculous be achieved through the Holy Spirit and bring glory to Him that reigns, in the name of the Precious Son, Jesus Christ, amen.

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  41. She is so precious and beautiful !!! I'm so glad to hear that she is home and you all are settling in. I hope things continue to get better and better for you all!

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  42. Wonderful news! What a beautiful sight, lovely Eleni's in the arms of her Gran! A lovely Easter gift for your family.

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  43. I'm so happy for you! She is so adorable - I love her little knitted hat in the first photo. Did you make it?

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    1. My wonderful friend, Liz, made it! I was waiting to have her wear it out of the Nicu where I could be sure it was safe and sound. And it fits so perfectly too =)

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  44. She is beautiful, So pleased she is home. You can now settle into a routine. I too love Eleni's hat, gorgeous . hugs and prayers Sue x

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  45. She is beautiful, So pleased she is home. You can now settle into a routine. I too love Eleni's hat, gorgeous . hugs and prayers Sue x

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  46. She is beautiful, So pleased she is home. You can now settle into a routine. I too love Eleni's hat, gorgeous . hugs and prayers Sue x

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  47. So so happy for you that little Eleni is home! Can't wait to see the finished dress!

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  48. Grandparents are the BEST! I live near both sets too and they have been lifesavers in those times when I needed them. My son is very close to all of them and sees them so often, it's a very special relationship they all have going on! Lucky Eleni (and you)!

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  49. How wonderful! Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  50. Oh how lovely your daughter is home now, enjoy!!! Happy Easter!

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  51. I'm so pleased to see she is home with you ... I hope you are able to settle into you new reality comfortably and have time to enjoy your beautiful little girl along with the rest of your precious clan. My mother is quite close to me and it's so touching to see her interact with my two little ones, I treasure it with all my heart :)

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  52. I'm so glad she's home with you and both grandmas are there to help. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. :)

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  53. She is beautiful! Happy Eastern for your whole family!

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  54. Such a beautiful little bundle of love, Eleni looks beautiful! Enjoy your Easter weekend with the family!

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  55. What a tremendous blessing to have Eleni home!

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  56. Glad your little sweetheart is finally home:-)

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  57. Eleni is beautiful! And how blessed indeed to have grandparents nearby! Take care of yourself!

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  58. She is so sweet, Rachel :) Good luck! You are really lovely family :) Have a great time! Jolana

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  59. She's precious and will be lovely in a little romper. So happy that she is at home, now she is all yours.

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  60. She's beautiful Rachel! Congratulations on bringing your little bundle home!

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  61. I am SO happy for you! Congratulations on having the entire family together. Your grandparents are a blessing! Enjoy this Easter weekend.

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  62. Gorgeous. So glad you have got her home. All my warmest wishes for the future. Happy Easter.

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  63. Hurray and congratulations on bringing your girlie home!

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  64. Look at those big beautiful eyes, those baby cheeks, those rose bud lips, and that dark hair which I know is so very soft....beautiful baby girl!!! I'm teary with gladness that she is home where you can wrap her in love every moment of the day, where you can sit in quiet and just breath her in. Spring is a time for new beginnings and what better beginning for a home than a new baby. Easter is a remembrance of the hope we are given and what better hope do we have than that the Maker is alive and still holds the world in His hands. Happy Spring, Happy Easter Hauser family!

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  65. I have been watching for a new post for you, hoping it would impart good news about Eleni -- that you got to bring her home is good news indeed. I am so happy for you and your family to all be under one roof and at least relieve the stress of being pulled between different locations to care for all of your children. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter together, and I look forward to seeing the finished dress. I especially love the fabrics you are using.

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  66. Little Eleni is beautiful ~ so glad she's home and in the loving arms of your family!

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  67. Eleni is such a cutie! I'm so glad she's home with her family. Have a happy Easter!

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  68. Where is the Like button! Or Love! I am so happy for you!

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  69. That is the best news! So happy for your family.

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  70. Yay! She's a beautiful girl and I'm so glad she's home with you. Continued prayers for your family and I look forward to more pictures. :)

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  71. Wonderful news that Elani is home in time for the Easter holiday season. She is simply beautiful.

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  72. Oh, Rachel - she is so precious. And we're so grateful you finally got to take her home.

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  73. So happy you have your sweet Eleni home.

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  74. So happy for you to finally have your little girl home with all your family around her and what lovely photos of her and her Grandmother :)

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  75. How wonderful, welcome home Eleni. I hope she continues to surpass all expectations.

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  76. So glad to hear you were able to bring her home :)

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  77. Wonderful news that is great cause for celebration and prayers of praise! Welcome home Eleni! So happy that the whole family is together!

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  78. So very happy for you and your entire family that Eleni is home!!! What a blessing.

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  79. I cannot help but think That Eleni is so happy to be in a peaceful home atmosphere. Most Cerebal Palsy people are very above average in intelligence. How happy she must feel to hear your heartbeat again! I'm so very glad for all of you. This is great news for Easter...the time of the greatest news of all the earth.

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  80. Oh Rachel, I'm SO very happy for you. Eleni looks glorious in that beautiful knitted cap! And I LOVE the picture of Grandma with Eleni...love is written all over your mother-in-law's face. I just knew that Eleni would bring untold blessings to your lovely family...it's already happening.

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  81. Goodness, what a beautiful little face! I'm so happy to hear that she's home now! I will keep you all in my prayers. May you be blessed with a very joyful Easter. xo

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  82. So happy to hear she's home safe. She's beautiful!

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  83. So happy to see her home and in the arms of her loving family. You are so right about the blessing that grandparents are to children. Mine grew up FAR from their grandparents, but still felt the love that they sent our way in so many ways. You are lucky to have those helping hands as well as their hearts.

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  84. I'm so happy to see her home with you. Tears of joy for you and the baby!

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  85. She is beautiful. So happy for you that she is home with her family/

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  86. Welcome home Eleni! So happy to see her big brown eyes open <3

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  87. I was so hoping that your quietness meant you had someone at home who needed your attention. I'm so glad you can all be home for Easter.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  88. That's fantastic news, Rachel! Eleni looks so adorable in her car seat. Happy Easter!

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  89. She's beautiful, welcome home little one!!!

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  90. what a wonderful post to read! I am so happy for all of you...continued prayers and best wishes to you and your family. Sue.

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  91. Love the photo of grandma and Eleni, so beautiful.

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  92. So wonderful to see your little bundle of joy home where she belongs and what a beautiful photo of her with her grandma. It must be wonderful to have both sets of grandparents so close by, while my husband's parents are nearby my own are not and it is one thing I do so miss, especially for my children. Aria's dresss looks as if it is progressing beautifully. The two fabrics really do work so well together and I think it is lovely that you can go back to the same pattern year after year. Looking back on the dresses must tell a beautiful story of how your little girl has grown and how her tastes have changed from year to year. Happy Easter to you all.

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  93. Happy Easter Rachel!!! So glad you have your entire family home with you now. Baby Eleni is so beautiful! Such a precious photo of her with Grandma. I love the fabric for Aria's dress. My sister just shared an old Easter photo of us on Instagram, and it's special to see us wearing the Easter dresses our mom made us growing up. I'm sure your daughter feels the same. Hugs xoxo

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  94. Happy Easter! I hope your time together as a family was sweet!!

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  95. I'm so happy for you that your precious girl is home. She surely is a beautiful baby! It must be a wonderous time for your family. Everything is new and different, but you all will settle in to your daily routine quickly. Spend as much time each day holding that little one because she will not be little for very long. These days will speed by at 90 MPH and you will wonder where they went. Blessings to you all.

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  96. I hope you were able to get the dress finished! (Of course you were!). I checked out the pattern and it had a zipper, which of course scares me too much to attempt. I finished up the three dresses and they were a hit! I hope you had a wonderful easter!

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  97. Hooray, I'm so glad your family are all together at last, especially to share Elenis first Easter. Love Arias dress, you're certainly keeping yourself busy!! Love Clare xx

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