Welcome Home Baby!


Edith (Edie) Elizabeth was born on Tuesday, November 24th at 11:50.


Named after my grandmother (Edith) one of the best cowgirls and all around women I know and my mother (Elizabeth) one of the bravest, she came into this world proving to be the healthy, active, fierce being I thought she’d be at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 21 1/4 inches long.


As soon as she took her first breath in this world she opened her eyes and looked right into mine and if ever there was a life before she came into it, it was only to prepare me to be hers forever.

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Words have yet to be invented to describe what she is to us.

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Before she was born my neighbor, a cowboy who raised three girls up the road from us, told me that on her first breath it will feel like she was ours forever.

Like there was no life before her.


He was right.

I was nervous to meet her. Nervous I wouldn’t know what to do.

I didn’t trust my instincts.

But we were sent a good one. She knows how to be a baby. I know how to be here momma. And we’re getting along just fine.

We made it through the birth and the welcoming crowd and the first feeding and the first poop and the first sleepless nights and the long drive home

and when we crossed the cattle guard on Thanksgiving day my husband said “Welcome home Edie baby, this is all yours.”

And I will never forget it.

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Welcome to your ranch Edie. We can’t wait to love you forever.

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37 thoughts on “Welcome Home Baby!

  1. I could not love this more! That little gummy smile…my goodness, I could melt! Miss Edie, you are an amazing little lady (just like your Mom, and Grandma, and Great-Grandma before you!) and I can’t wait to meet you. Jessie, in the pics with the blue bow in her hair, she looks SO MUCH like you as a baby!! What an absolute dolly!!

  2. Congratulations!! As a long-time follower of Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I know from reading your posts over the years how much you’ve hoped and longed for this beautiful baby. I am so happy for you all. πŸ™‚

  3. Jessie and Chad as I am misting up looking at these pictures and reading the words. I don’t know what is more amazing and joyous that beautiful baby girl or the smile on your face and the glow in Chad’s! That first family picture in the hospital has love and happiness perfectly captured! I am so happy for you two!

  4. Jessie-
    I had a memory pop up on my Facebook recently and it was a message from you congratulating me on the birth of my Maddie. How beautiful that almost exactly seven years later I get to congratulate you on the birth of your sweet girl. I’m so happy for you and Chad and can’t wait to see what life has in store for you and Baby Edie.
    Congrats again! -Darcy

  5. You don’t know me…but I read your column first on Sunday morning. You are a great writer. Your baby Edith is beautiful. Congratulations. Elaine from Wahpeton.

  6. Thank you for sharing your journey of a hopeful trip to pregnancy and the final act of child birth. You have been an inspiration to many young women who have dreamed of this journey. I wish you all the pleasures and love you have both been waiting to share with this new beautiful baby girl. Welcome to the world of motherhood…there’s no going back😍😍😍

  7. Congratulations to you both! Life will never be the same. Such a precious, precious cherub. I still remember when my first bub was born. Unbelievable how much love I felt. I wish you so much happiness. x

  8. This is just beautiful. I stumbled upon your blog today as I was doing some research for a teacher in my school (I’m a library media specialist in Bismarck). My grandfather-in-law clips your articles out from the Grand Forks Herald and mails them to me for my “homework.” But it’s definitely not work to read your stuff. And this was just beautiful. Congratulations on the beautiful girl! As I am a brand new mother myself, I wish you all the best. And I cannot wait to share this with my grandfather-in-law over Christmas. He will be tickled. πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations!! I’ve loved reading your blog these past few years and I always look forward to your posts. Reading about this particular journey and seeing the joy baby Edie brings you both is so beautiful and heartwarming. I’m sure Thanksgiving was extra special this year (as Christmas will be too!). Again, congratulations to both of you – she’s lovely and adorable!

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