WELCOME TO THE CHAOS AND JOY

Elle Caroline, 

We've been waiting for you for a while now. 

All weekend we've been squeezing in last minute errands. 

Like buying you cute little bows for your new born pictures. 

On Friday Ryan and I came home, on Saturday Jack flew in from Texas. 

We spent all of Saturday wedding dress shopping for your oldest sister. 

Mom's been doing funny stretches and poses to try and make you come faster. 

Ava doesn't totally know what's happening.

We ask her where the baby is and she usually points to her own stomach. 

Your room is sort of ready, but were in the middle of a lot of transition. 

We're currently planning two weddings, and its pretty exciting. 

If you learn to walk fast enough (unlikely) you can be a flower girl. 

The house is rather messy, but only because its well lived in and loved. 

You're going to learn to sleep throughout a lot of noises, and hopefully you'll learn to like football.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, is going to want to hold you. 

You might even beat Ava as the "most held baby in the world." 

Ava is going to be your best friend, I promise. 

Bode will probably be your favorite sibling and will take care of you very well, and very often. 

Cade will make you laugh lots.

Abby will treat you like a little princess and always cuddle you.

Ryan will come home to see you all the time because he's lucky and goes to college close to home. 

Jack lives in Texas, but he'll come home often enough and he'll be your gentle, giant brother. 

Katherine will love you loads and will always be the best big sister. 

Mom will be the best mama to you, she's practiced a lot and has the mama skills down pretty well. 

Dad will take care of you and will always make sure you have all 6 strollers, 3 car seats, 101 toys, 5 blankets, and 12 binkies that you need. 

This life of ours is crazy, and we can't wait for you to be apart of it.

Our family is something else, at least from my experience. But despite the madness, I can almost guarantee we'll all turn out to be your best pals. 

At least, that's what I've found. 

Welcome to the madness, the grace, the chaos, the beauty.

Welcome to the world, baby Elle.

We love you so much already. 

xx Court