Elise came to us at the perfect time. I will always remember that she was born on a Friday because Brad had a big test on Thursday and at McGill they always got the day after the test off, which meant that Brad didn't miss the test, or any school because we went in to St. Mary's hospital (in Montreal) around 5am Friday morning. I remember thinking as I was going, how perfect it was that I had ironed Samantha's dress for church already, which is odd because I usually don't iron until Sunday morning :D They watched me for awhile and then decided to induce me because she had stopped moving. She was born around 11 am that morning, 5lbs 4oz, just as healthy as could be which was remarkable since she was 4 weeks early.
One of my fondest memories was on Saturday at the hospital when our friends the Jarvis's, the Glowa's and the Salmon's all saw fit to visit me, all 10 of them (unbeknownst to the other) at the same time, just as they released Elise from the special care nursery. It was so amazing to me that I had such a wonderful family of friends encircling me, since my own family was thousands of miles away. We have always been so blessed with good friends that were close as family. Again, it is one of my most treasured memories.
Elise was a very colicky baby. Here is Benji trying to hold her "just right" and do "the dance" (about 3 months old in this pic)
Elise didn't get her first real hair cut until Kindergarten, here she is bald and beautiful around 15 months old.
Once her hair started coming in it was super curly. 2 1/2 years old.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Elise. She learned to ride her 2 wheeler when she was only 3 years old. In Dedham the kids rode their bikes everyday (since all there was to play on was asphalt) I LOVE the goggles! She thought she was pretty hot stuff!
Elise has always had a tender heart and wants those around her to be happy. We are glad she is a part of our family.