Sunday, November 29, 2009

Welcome Home!

Ellis, Papa, and Grandma Krueger gave Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie a wonderful welcome home. They did all the finishing touches to get their nursery ready and the girls love their room.

Our "new normal" with Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie home is wonderfully busy. The spirit they bring into the home is truly a piece of heaven. We are so grateful for all the miracles that have taken place in anticipation of their arrival.

We are so grateful for family! Grandma and Papa Krueger are absolutely amazing and help take care of every detail. Ann-Marie and I are so appreciative for all their help.

Ellis and Papa bought a pink, purple, and yellow balloon as well as a Welcome Home balloon for the arrival of Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie.
Ellis made this welcome home note for his sisters

Ellis's first chance to see his sisters since they were born. Here he is looking at Annie.

Ellis and Ruthie

Ellis's first chance to see Gracie

One happy big brother!

Ellis often is asked "So how does it feel to have three sisters?!"

Ellis and Ruthie

Daddy catching his breath from bringing the girls in from the van as well as their monitors and oxygen tanks. Annie is in the car seat with the green cover, Gracie with the orange cover, and Ruthie in the pink cover.

Ellis holding Ruthie

Ellis and Ruthie

Annie and Gracie

Ellis and Gracie

Ann-Marie's cousin made these cute cookies that we gave to the nurses at the NICU to say thank you for all their help. Thanks, Kim!

Papa with Ruthie

Mommy, Annie, Gracie, and Ellis

Ellis received a lego set as a gift from his sisters

Annie and Gracie

Mommy and Annie

Grandma and Papa Krueger with Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie

Thanks to Grandma Krueger the girls had their toenails painted to help in remembering which one is which.

David and Karen's chance to see and hold the girls

Ruthie with her nails painted

Pink for Ruthie, yellow for Annie, and purple for Gracie

Ruthie, Gracie, and Annie in their new crib. Aunt Erica made them these fun blankets with their colors on one side and matching fabric on the other.

Ellis and Annie the following day

Ellis's first chance to feed Annie

Daddy burping Ruthie

Grandpa and Grandma Bott came up and filled their arms full of their granddaughters!

Ellis, Mommy, Grandpa Bott, Ruthie, Gracie, Daddy, and Grandma Bott

We had to use duct tape to make the little halos for the girls' heads in an effort to maintain round heads. Grandma Krueger made name tags in helping remember where the girls are in the crib (we've had to rotate them in the crib so they don't keep sleeping on the same side of their heads).


  1. I'm so glad that everyone is home safe and sound and that Ellis gets to see his sisters! What a great idea to paint their toenails their colors! Those cookies for the nurses are adorable!

  2. Welcome home! YAY! Thats so cool, I love that you have their nails painted and bows on them already!

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  4. That is seriously awesome you guys! I am so happy for you and am in 'awe' of your new life! Happy happy day!!

    P.S. Sorry, I spelled a couple of words wrong and had to redo...:)

  5. Congratulations! Your families look so happy. Ellis is adorable with his sisters. Love, Janeal

  6. I am so glad all 6 of you are reunited again. The girls look so precious. Also that is a mighty cute note left from Eliis.

  7. We are so happy for you all! I looked at your post and just smiled and smiled for all of you!Wish we were there to help. Ellis is such a neat big brother! He's the man! Love, Gordon and Emolyn

  8. It's so fun to get an idea of what life at home looks like for you. The girls look like they're just loving it.
    Ellis is so cute. He looks like he couldn't be happier.
    We're so happy for you all!

  9. You all look so happy, especially Ellis. It must be nice having everyone home. It is so fun to see the girls growing up so much.
    Love you guys

  10. Love seeing them at home! What great pictures of the girls surrounded by family! Love it!

  11. Yay! So glad they're home. Too precious. I dropped a gift off with Kelly for them. I wish I could have dropped it off myself but we ran out of time and I know you literally have your hands full :)

  12. Hi you guys! Sorry I've been out of town and unable to keep up with everything. Glad the girls are home and you have helping hands. Congratulations on all your new quiet moments, and good luck with all the noisy ones!