So Monday was a very eventful start to the week. :)
My niece decided it was time to make an appearance around dawn and well, Monday was one big rollercoaster of a day in the best way possible.
As soon as the news came in from my brother and there'd been a hurried exchange of photos between everyone, it was time to get to my craft desk!
The day before I had an inkling things would be happening soon, so I made the last few preparations for some of the gifts I'd bought over the summer:
Here they are ready to be united with their new friend:
Daphne Bunny was accompanied by a little bunny rattle and another pal for little miss Heidi:
By 8 a.m. I think I was stationed at my craft desk working on a very special card:
Paper: Crate Paper
Dies: Mama Elephant, PTI, Lawn Fawn
Thickers: American Crafts
Other: button, twine, typewriter, 3D foam tape
Typewriter II saved the day - it was perfect for adding the date and a fitting greeting to this card. :)
I am so glad I snapped up these papers from Crate Paper's Little You line earlier this year in preparation for the big event, as Heidi's mum is loving the bunny theme.
And speaking of, as soon as I knew the weight and length it was off to Next to purchase a few new outfits I'd had my eye on.
The Bunny dungarees:
The autumnal kitty dungarees:
The full on cat lady kitty outfit:
I also popped next door to get some balloons and all the trimmings - my goodness did I underestimate the size of the balloons once inflated... It was such a windy day! What a sight I must have been trying to corral these 4 huge helium-filled balloons into the back of a 3-door Swift while also trying to get the seats down to fit everything in!
Anyway, visiting hours were 3 - 4 so I made a mad dash home to get everything wrapped and ready to go to my mum and dads so we could all go to the hospital together to meet the new arrival.
Goodness me was it hot in out there and on the ward in the hospital.
But what a sight greeted us, new mum was looking absolutely amazing considering she'd had zero sleep since the day before and had given birth 10 hours earlier!
There were lots of cuddles coming...
My mum enjoyed her new Babcia status:
So proud and content:
My dad showed he hadn't lost his skill at handling a baby:
And Auntie Natty had her first cuddle:
In fact Auntie Natty enjoyed her cuddles so much she hogged baby Heidi for much of the visit. ;)
The new parents were still floating on cloud nine, rightly so!
We looked more tired than they did! lol
My brother and I also demonstrated what must be a genetic trait, our innate ability to lean on any surface like it's a bar...
I didn't manage to get many photos with my camera - too busy enjoying the moment and the cuddles, but I love this one where you can see her fingers:
She slept the whole visit through, even when she did a few starfish manoeuvres while I was holding her. hehe
But before we knew it the hour had passed, so it was time to head home and then back to my mum and dad's for some celebrating to wet the baby's head Polish style.
I'd saved this from the wedding last year for this very occasion. :)
But of course, my mum and dad's recent trip to Poland had brought back with it many new vodka varieties... including a lovely gift from my brother's god father:
A few vodkas later and nutritional relief was required in the form of Tort Wedlowski!
And after a few phone calls with family and friends we were all ready for bed around midnight!
So that's how the week started.
The new little family is back home and settling into their new life.
Little Heidi was on Facetime this evening and was sleeping soundly still.
Here's hoping she has inherited her mum's appreciation for Bake Off and will continue to snooze through the rest of the evening. ;)
And now Auntie Natty needs to go make sure she has everything in place ready to watch Bake Off too!
Already looking forward to my next cuddle.