We named our baby Elizabeth Tam Nielson, planning on using Betty as the nickname for Elizabeth. Elizabeth is my middle name, and Betty and Tam are my grandma's names. She was born with some very distinctive birthmarks on her face, just like her big sister Cora. Like Cora's, these are expected to fade after a year or so. The nurse informed us that these types of birthmarks are known as angel kisses, and indeed, the one on her forehead looks like a lipstick mark. I love having this little reminder of where she comes from and treasure the thought of one of our many family members in heaven giving her a parting kiss before sending her down to us.
After church on Sunday the kids went to Grandma and Grandpa's house for a while and then uncle Johnny brought them to the hospital to meet baby Betty. They loved her right away - especially Cora. She fell right into her role as big sister all over again and has been very loving and protective towards her baby sister ever since.
Here are some more things that we got up to in the month before the baby arrived.
These are a couple of tops I sewed for Cora. I made these two and one other that I didn't get a picture of that she never wears - so frustrating! I love them but she doesn't - even though she said she did when I was making them and even gave me input on details like the pockets. It's really hit or miss sewing for her and even though I try to pay attention to things like comfort and details she likes, like front buttons, floral fabric, pockets, etc, nothing is a sure bet except maybe pink floral.
Our sweet little Elijah turned 3 on the 29th. He requested to have "old McDonald's" for dinner. Then we had a fun, low key family party with an elephant theme, Elijah's favorite animal. I made a yummy homemade 3 layer chocolate cake with blue buttercream frosting, per Elijah's request. Cora and Elijah decorated it with skittles and we put an elephant on top for good measure. That's my new favorite way to decorate birthday cakes - candy border, plastic toy topper, maybe sprinkles and a name or age piped on (but not this time). Cute and easy and the kids can help!
A couple nights last week we drove out to check out the big waves on the North Shore. The first day it wasn't actually that big, but the kids had fun playing in the sand a bit and we saw a nice sunset.
Here are my little chefs in home-sewn chef attire. Cora has an apron and oven mitts too that I made but wasn't wearing them for this pic. She is still waiting patiently for me to make her a chef hat too.