Four Years with Our Girl

Our sweet Isabel turned four today. Four years ago…in 45 minutes…Isa was born. Four years ago at this time I was in labor. Crazy.

Funny what we block out or fail to remember. Yesterday, my sister had to remind me of the details of Isabel’s birth…how I went to my doctor’s appointment and then got sent over to the hospital from there. Oh right! I started to remember. How Isa was born at 10 pm to the shock and amazement of us all. A girl? How can it be?!

Isabel birth

Those days all seem like a whirl. Not a blur because I do remember them, but I think back to that time and the details seem like watercolors, soft edges and faint. My book had been published April 1, a book about life with boys! And then a few days later, I give birth to a girl. What a crazy time. I remember one early morning radio interview where I had to ask the show’s hosts to repeat the question three separate times. My brain, my sleep-deprived self, was totally useless. I was promoting a book! But really, I was a zombie. A very happy zombie.


What an adventure this has been. So beautiful. Not better — just different. So sweet and lovely and yes challenging too. Parenting at its finest.

Here’s what I wrote right after Isabel was born. I’m amazed how true it rings for me still.


  1. Wow, 4 years. I remember reading your blog during the pregnancy and all the book fun. It was such a happy day when you announced her birth. As a mother who had 6 boys before that sweet girl blew into our lives, I completely felt the joy!

  2. I just have to say that the picture of you snuggling with Isabel in the bed is like a picture of Heaven. How beautiful! God bless you and your family!

  3. I love that first picture! You look so excited/shocked! It’s priceless.

  4. I agree with Beth. That picture is priceless. I only have 3 sons, but I do know that having my girls puts a certain calm in the room. When the girls aren’t around…look out! You have a beautiful family. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  5. That picture makes me cry-so wonderful.

  6. I’ve been following your blog now since you were pregnant with Isobel- I was pregnant with my no 5 and 4th boy at the time and he’ll be four in two weeks. It’s been a privilege watching your family grow and made me value and observe my own crew more. Here’s to many more years to Emma ps I actually started a blog myself a few years ago too- I’m sure you inspired that somehow too so thank youxx pps happy birthday to Isobel x

  7. Love both those pics. I’m glad our girls are friends. XO