Bright-eyed just a few minutes after arrival!
I love the way Sophie's shoulders are all hunched up in an "I'm so excited!!" way in this picture...
Proud big sister (and protective Daddy)!
Fred and his girls
She is a very mellow baby and the hospital nursery staff were all very fond of her. Very little crying or fussing, just like her big sister.
Love this picture with Grandad...
Grandad & Ainsley
Gigi & Ainsley
Great picture of my Mom (Gigi), Sophie & Ainsley
We came home from the hospital on Saturday, October 2nd and have been settling in and getting used to being "Stephens, party of four." Sophie is really enjoying being a big sister and takes a lot of pride in helping out wherever possible - hoping that it lasts! :)
For now, we're all just recuperating and getting to know one another, but we'll have some additional pictures and updates to post soon.
Thank you again to everyone who has sent thoughtful notes, offered meals or just sent kind thoughts and prayers. We are so excited Ainsley is here and looking forward to watching all the tiny changes in the coming weeks!
*By the way, here's some background on her name meaning, although I believe I mentioned previously that we chose Belle for Fred's mom, Maggie Bell:
Transferred use of the Scottish surname taken from the place-name Ainsley, which is derived from the name element Æne's or Ægen's and the Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure). (From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman).
Also: From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves mean either "Anne's field" or "hermitage field" from the Old English ansetl "hermitage" and leah "field". Name origin: Scottish/Celtic/Gaelic/Old English.
Fred, Beth, Sophie & Ainsley