Clara RoMae Bakke was born on October 29 and we were so excited to meet her! Two weeks after her birth, Lucas and I flew to Arizona for a quick visit to meet our new girl! I'm so glad we were able to see her while she was still an itty bitty newborn. That stage is gone in the blink of an eye and I didn't want to miss it!!
We had an afternoon flight and while we were en route, I couldn't help but smile looking at Lucas' seat. Traveling with a boy. I love it.
We were picked up by grandma and grandpa Nelson and had dinner together before heading to my parents' house.
We spent most of Thursday running around to take care of things for a little baby shower for Baby Nelson while Lucas played at David and Colleen's. We headed over to Brian and Jackie's to meet Clara in the afternoon and I was only in the door long enough to set my things down before I stole her with zero intention to share!
Teeny tiny everything! Lucas said her hands were little and "Lucas' hands are big."
I was generous enough to let my mom hold her toward the end of our visit (also, I needed to go to the bathroom!) and I snapped this sweet photo of the cousins.
We had dinner in the evening at my grandpa's house with the rest of the family and Lucas had a blast running around with his second cousins and playing.
Friday, we had Baby Nelson's little shower, which took up most of the day and then had dinner with Brian and Jackie and Clara in the evening.
Toes are so delicious!
On Saturday, I had to take advantage of the absolutely GORGEOUS Arizona fall weather, so the grandmas accompanied Lucas and I to the Phoenix Zoo.
I love that little pointer finger!
Standing like a "flingo"
Buddy wasn't shy at all to touch all the snake skins they had on display.
Every time we go to the Phoenix Zoo, this friendly horse is always there ready for a nose rub. I would take him home if I could!
Lucas was thrilled to get on a saddle and pretend to ride.
I love how he does this little looking glass hand lately. Watching his imagination blossom has been so much fun!
Brushing the goats!
Hello there, goat!
We haven't seen the gorillas the last few visits, but we were able to watch two adults and a baby being fed snacks up close this time.
We had a great time and Lucas crashed in the car before we even got on the freeway.
Saturday night, we went to Mark and Jenny's house for dinner with the parents and Brian, Jackie and Clara. It was fun for Lucas to play with Jenny's little guy, Andrew, while we snuggled the baby.
I knew getting a shot of a toddler and a newborn together would be tough, but I managed to get a couple of Lucas and Clara together that were halfway decent.
Especially when your toddler does the weird smile!
Such a beautiful little girl!
The proud grandparents with their little girl!
I love how she's checking out grandpa in this one.
Auntie feeding my sweet niece!
Our flight left late on Sunday so we had most of the day to get packed and hang out before we left for the airport. Grandpa kept Lucas entertained outside playing ball and in the garage while I was getting ready. Lucas was thrilled to pieces to "drive" grandpa's cool car back and fourth in the driveway!
Look at that cool dude!
Bye bye, mama!
Grandpa wanted to take Lucas to look at Christmas lights, which was a good time for them both. After we got home, Brian and Jackie came over for one last visit before we headed back to Washington. Clara and Lucas looked so cute in their Cardinals gear!
It was a great visit and I can't believe my sweet girl will be almost 6 months old the next time I see her. It makes my heart hurt to think how much she'll change in between snuggles! I am thankful, though, that we got the time that we did to see this precious little addition to our family!
November 13-17, 2013