plus two

“It’s GO time!”

I’d kept my phone’s ringer in the “on” position ever since contractions were detected at a routine appointment several weeks ago. I’d just returned from two weeks in Arizona with the Carlsons, watching Beth’s baby bump increase in size. The babies’ due date was August 20, but docs determined a good and safe arrival date would be July 31 and scheduled a C-section. But babies come when they think the time is right, and Beth was aware her contractions were ramping up. Taylor called to say it’s go time!

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Home base was covered with Declan’s grandpa “Moose” at the helm, so everyone was cool enough to pose for this family shot before heading to the hospital.


Taylor kept his siblings and me updated as the fun continued. He and Beth had been well informed about what to expect, so it was just a matter of following the steps.

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Beth, cucumber cool, chats with her mom and sisters in Virginia as she waits for the OR to be prepped.

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And just like that, Avery (“Ava”) Harper and Emery (“Emma”) Capri Carlson entered the world.

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A while later Moose showed up with Declan to meet the new arrivals.

Declan says Baby

Declan said “baby” for the first time. I could hear it with my own ears as I watched the video.

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Dusty and Quinn know mOm needs pictures! So they sent this one and others of their visit to the hospital. And, bless his heart, Taylor obliged my photo need with a dropbox full of shots of the operating room scene, fresh-born babes held high by the doctor so the new parents could see (and photograph) over the barrier.

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Trish, Beth’s mom, a.k.a. Mimi, flew in from Virginia the day after the birth and immediately dressed the girls to be photo-ready. They’re easy to tell apart because Avery weighed in at 6 lb 3 oz, while Emery weighed 4 lb 14 oz. Though extra small, born one month early, neither girl has cause for NICU attention. PTL!

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Already the parents assign or claim certain physical attributes. Avery has Taylor’s ears and cheeks and looks the most like Declan. And if foot size indicates future height, both girls will be tall!

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This grandma “Gus” looks at these sweet girls and sees perfection.


At the risk of oversharing, I will include these three shots by the hospital photographer. What mom can resist including pictures of her son’s hands cradling his newborn daughters? For sure not this mOm!


The first one was Emery and this one Ava.


Declan will soon understand the full meaning of “baby sisters.” Oh, yes he will!

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6 Responses to plus two

  1. Cheryle Takacs says:

    My heart is filled to brimming over with love and joy. I am so proud of the man Taylor has become and his lovely wife. These girls are beautiful!!

  2. Trish says:

    Sherry, as usual you have done a beautiful job “telling the story” complete with beautiful pics even though you have not been able to hold the precious little ones yet! But you’ll be here soon and you’ll have a hard time leaving the three of them as I will! Thanks!

  3. Cheryl Nill says:

    Congratulations!!! What a beautiful family. I can’t wait to see all of them!!

  4. Aunt Carol and Uncle Bill says:

    Oh my, do those sweeties know they arrived on their dad’s cousin’s (once removed) birthday, that there is another Harper on their daddy’s side and that Emma is the name of their daddy’s great-grandmother! What a heritage they carry! Welcome! … and if their wardrobe of bows and hats are any indication, they will be two fashionable young ladies growing up! We are very happy for all of you on the safe and healthy arrival.
    Aunt Carol and Uncle Bill

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