It gives us great joy to introduce the newest member of our family, Lucy Carolina Huddle.
She burst onto the scene on July 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches.
We chose the name Lucy because little sister Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia is one of our favorite characters in fiction. Loosely translated from the Latin, Lucy means "as of light."
We chose the name Carolina because as a child I lived in North Carolina, it is where my little sister was born, and every summer for most of my young life my family vacationed on the beaches of South Carolina. The Carolinas hold some of my fondest childhood memories. Translated from the Latin, Carolina means "free man" and translated from French it means "song of happiness or joy."
We have long sensed that this child would be a source of great joy to our family, and it holds to be true now that she has arrived. She is such a good baby, she already exudes peace and she has a sweet, easygoing temperament. Her brother and sister are overjoyed to have her home! They take turns holding her and stroking her hair, she in turn cuddles in their arms and smiles her dreamy little newborn smiles. She nurses well, sleeps well, and feels like such a peanut to us all - as she is the smallest baby of the three - even though she weighed in at over 8 pounds!
I am recovering day by day. My umbilical hernia was repaired after my c-section, as well as two other hernias and an unexpected diastasis recti (my abdominal muscles were separated right down the center). The additional surgery took an hour, and while I am so thankful and pleased that when I am healed my body parts will all be where they belong, the recovery process has been hard. I gave everyone a good scare at the hospital post-partum by passing out in the bathroom, and since I've been home there have been some demoralizing moments of pain. I am getting stronger day by day (and plan to share more when I can!) but have so appreciated the words of encouragement and prayer you have lifted up for us this week.
I can scarcely believe that one week ago I was still pregnant, just moments away from seeing our daughter for the first time!
We are so thankful she is here.