Thursday, November 29, 2012

{ cecelia mae }

On November 19, 2012 our sweet little Cecelia Mae came into our lives. We are so incredibly happy and overwhelmed with how wonderful she is! And Berkley is so excited about being a big sister! Whenever Cecelia cries, she rushes over and in a soft voice says,"It's ok baby, big sister is here." Melts my heart every time she says that. 
We couldn't believe how quickly she came. I started petosin at 9am and contracted for a couple hours without the epidural (I was always planning on having one, my pain tolerance isn't too high) and then I was dilated to 10cm around 1:30pm or so. I waited while the doctor and nurses got ready for her to arrive and started pushing around 1:49pm. Cecelia was born at 1:56pm...Just 7 minutes of pushing? I'll take it!! 
It was such a wonderful experience! 
I had Matt, my mom, mother-in-law, my cousin Sarah, and my sweet friend Jalene there with me, rooting me on and sharing that sweet experience with me. My friend Jalene (hire her for your birth story! J.Taylor Photography) took the most beautiful pictures of the whole day! And I'm so excited to share them with everyone! 

They let me have lollipops! 

Playing the waiting game. Do you think he is excited, nervous or bored?

The cheering section.

Part way through pushing I was overwhelmed with emotion and started to cry a little. I was just so incredibly happy. 

This picture makes me cry. Knowing that Matt is always by my side in every aspect of our lives. I don't know what I would do without him.

The Grandma's

The view from our room. Just gorgeous!

Big sister, Berkley!

I just love how interested Berkley was with everything. She was so happy for all of us to be together...finally after MONTHS of waiting.


Family Picture

The happiest big sister on earth.

Me and my girls.


  1. You're right, your pictures are amazing. Congratulations Val, I couldn't be happier for you. Your family is beautiful.

  2. Val these are amazing! You look so beautiful (especially for just having a baby) And your little girls are so darling! Congrats! Kirsten

  3. So sweet. I love seeing all the joyful expressions on your faces when the baby came.

  4. I love the pictures. You guys are the cutest ever! I love your family. Berk is such a sweet big sister. You are the cutest and best Mom ever.

  5. Only you could make child birth look like a beautiful walk in the park, Val. I loved your birth story on Jalene's website. Congrats on the newest addition to the Dahlin Family. You guys sure do make cute kiddos. :) Can't wait to meet her.

  6. Congrats Val! That is so exciting. Both your girls are so beautiful, what a cute family.

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