Saturday, June 30, 2012

Introducing: The Deuce

Caroline Audrey Duckworth arrived on Friday, June 29th at 2:16pm (after twelve hours of labor, which I will be more than happy to detail for you in another post).

She weighed 8 pounds even and is 21 inches long (which explains her talent for kicking my ribs while simultaneously head-butting my bladder).

Her mommy laughed in relief and her daddy cried with joy as she squawked her way into the world.  And then we discovered (much to our surprise) that our Deuce was a girl!

She's basically the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen.  She's so freaking perfect.  I can't believe how in love with her we already are.  And yes, she looks a lot like her sister Eliza.  She is such a gift.

Thanks so much for all the e-mails, comments, and texts.  We're still exhausted and overwhelmed and marveling at our good fortune.


We should get discharged tomorrow.  Can't wait to take our new baby girl home with us.

Baby Caroline on her birthday
(More details and pictures to follow... for now we're just too busy staring at those delicious pink cheeks.)

78 comments:

  1. Congratulations! She is precious and perfect!

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  2. Congratulations. She is beautiful and perfect and I love her name.

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  3. HOT DAMN! Congratulations and hello, Caroline; YOU ARE GORGEOUS. I am so happy for your family, Brooke.

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  4. Oh joy! Happy happy day to beautiful baby Caroline, mommy, daddy and big sister Eliza! :)

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  5. Congratulations! So happy for your family! I'm sure you're enjoying every moment.

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  6. OMG!!! She's gorgeous! Congratulations, and I can't wait to read all bout it.

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  7. Nothing eloquent to add, except congratulations! A million times over, congratulations! Enjoy every minute.

    Jillian

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  8. Dammit. You people are quick! I was totally hoping to be the first comment. So stinking excited the Deuce has arrived. I suppose we can call her Caroline... but just as B has a name, I still often call him Flip. :)

    Keep staring, mama. Love that you can see a little Eliza in her as well. A legacy in sisters.

    With love. We're thrilled for your family.

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  9. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! She is gorgeous, just like her big sister. So full of happiness for the Duckworths!

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  10. My heart is filled with happiness for you. Enjoy every precious minute of loving your new baby girl.

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  11. Wonderful! Our family sends love to sweet little Caroline and her parents and big sister. Yay for little girls with chubby cheeks!

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  12. Gorgeous girl, lovely name! So very, very glad you're all doing well.

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  13. Oh, Brooke, she is absolutely beautiful!! Many, many congratulations to all of you! I am so incredibly happy to hear the wonderful news! Enjoy your sweet baby girl!

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  14. This made my night! I'm so happy to read about Caroline's safe arrival! She's absolutely beautiful, but of course, you already know that! What a precious little sister! Congrats to your family!

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  15. Oh My!, I burst into TEARS! Full of joy for you and David! She made it! The Deuce MADE IT!
    I have been checking constantly today, just non-stop refresh of your blog!
    I could fly if these emotions had wings.
    Beautiful girl, beautiful name, beautiful family...amazing journey.
    I will wait for the labour details - I knew you could do it! - but for now I am still in awe. Sending love <3

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  16. Oh, Brooke! Little Caroline is so lovely!!!

    I am thrilled beyond words that she is here, safe and happily in your arms! Lots of love to you and your family as you celebrate this sweet ray of sunshine.

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  17. Oh, Brooke, I am so elated for you guys! What a blessing! She's just perfect and beautiful, and her name is wonderful. Sending big love and happy tears your way...and I know Eliza is smiling down on her new baby sister! <3

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  18. Welcome welcome welcome! Wonderful! Wonderful!

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  19. Oh Brooke! I wish you and your family the very best! What a beautiful baby sister! I adore the name and can't wait for details!

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  20. 8 pounds of awesomeness. Been smiling all day at your wonderful news.

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  21. so exciting, congratulations. Crying a few happy tears for you over here :) :)

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  22. Crying I am so happy for you! Such a beautiful girl and another beautiful name. I love the names you have given your girls. Classic and contemporary. Both girls are so lucky to have you and David for parents. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.

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  23. Best news I've heard in forever!!! Congratulations!!!

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  24. I've been following your blog and am thrilled for you. Enjoy.

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  25. COngratulations to you guys. She is so adorable. Guess I am too late. I have been thinking about you all this afternoon. What a huge difference, from how paranoid you were just 2 days ago and now. Love you baby girl!

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  26. YAAAAAYYYYYY!!! It's been a busy week or two, but I've been checking in regularly to see if there was any news. So happy for you all!! -- Glad she is here & all is well. Love the name -- and the little yellow duck on her cap. : )

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  27. So so happy for you both!! Welcome baby Caroline!! :)

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  28. Crying tears of joy for you and your family. I am so happy Deuce has finally arrived! I love her name, and her little "duck" outfit and hat, a sweet reminder of her big sister.

    Sending love to both of you, and your 2 beautiful girls.

    Kelley

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  29. You know I love you and that baby! Caroline is the highlight of my week. So incredibly overjoyed for you. Sending a giant hug and so much love.

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  30. How wonderful!!!! She is beautiful. So happy for you.

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  31. I am so happy for you! She is darling and love love her name!:) Glad all is going well and can't wait to see more pictures.

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  32. She is so perfect and beautiful! And so so lucky to have such an amazing family!

    Let me know if you need anything at all (even/especially food once you are home...have I warned you that you are going to be STARVING with nursing all the time? Nursing burns a crazy amount of calories so eat up and enjoy! I would love any excuse you want to give me to see that sweet baby again!

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  33. She really is gorgeous. I love her name..two of my favorites. And I absolutely see the resemblance to Eliza. You all are so blessed to have each other.
    -Gina

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  34. Ahh! I've been waiting for this! Sweet, sweet girl, she is just gorgeous! And I love the name. Enjoy your babymoon!

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  35. Yay!! Congratulations!! She is so beautiful, with a beautiful name to match. I am so very happy for you. What wonderful news.

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  36. I am so so so so happy for all the Ducks. Go enjoy her right now!

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  37. She's beautiful! Well done to you and David. She is perfection, and I adore her ducky outfit. So thrilled for you both. :)

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  38. I just logged in, thinking "Come on Brooke, have the stupid baby, will ya?" And surprise, you did! Yay for you. She's beautiful.

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  39. So glad to FINALLY see a pic!!! ;) so happy for y'all!

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  40. SOOOOO thrilled for your family! Congratulations and enjoy every single minute of her!!! Beautiful!!!! The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.

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  41. Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats!!

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  42. Eliza's baby sister is beautiful! Congrats!

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  43. I just about died 1000 deaths of happiness yesterday when I saw the pics on Instragram. Then Instagram stopped working and I couldn't comment, so I have been hanging out for this post to arrive. Eliza's sister and your second daughter is beautiful and has the most amazing name. I am truly overjoyed for you all and so very relieved. You absolutely made my day yesterday and I shed a few very joyous and thankful tears for you all.
    Enjoy.
    xo

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  44. Congratulations- happy for the safe joyous arrival of baby Caroline x

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  45. So many congratulations! She's beautiful (and a lovely name). My guess that the Deuce was a boy was completely wrong, but I see you were able to find your yellow PJs after all!

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  46. I am just so thrilled to see this post! I have been visiting your blog over and over again the past few days in anticipation of the deuce's arrival. Welcome, baby Caroline! We are so happy you are here!

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  47. So relieved and happy for you. Beautiful girl. Beautiful name. Congratulations!

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  48. My heart is full today with love and joy for your whole family. A hearty and soulful congratulations!!!!

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  49. She's absolutely beautiful! Congratulations and welcome to the world sweet Caroline!

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  50. Oh, I am overflowing with joy for you and David!! Congratulations on Caroline's safe arrival and I soooo look forward to watching her grow!!! Lots of love to your new family!!

    Brooke
    Xoxo

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  51. She is beautiful! So happy for you!

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  52. She'd beautiful. Congratulations!

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  53. 177 sleeps 'til Christmas!!!!!! I will never let her forget. <3 I love you all. Congratulations and remember good ole 'Mator city' cannot wait to meet her!!

    Bet you love my grammar.

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  54. Congratulations and welcome to beautiful Caroline. Will keep all of you, especially big sis Eliza, in my thoughts.

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  55. I KNEW it was a girl!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the world sweet Caroline.. may your path be bathed in light and may your older sister forever be your guide.

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  56. She's lovely. Nicely done and fantastic name.

    I've been thinking of you all weekend.

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  57. Congratulations, Brooke and David! We're all very happy for you!!!

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  58. Congratulations Brooke! I have been reading your blog for about 18 months and I don't think I've ever commented. I'm so happy for you that she arrived safely xx

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  59. Congratulations!!!! So glad she's finally here :)

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  60. Oh she is so beautiful! So so happy. Love to you. Love the duck hat!

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  61. Welcome to our world, Caroline! You're the best bit of news!

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  62. So many congratulations to you. She is beautiful.

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  63. Congrats she is simply amazing.

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  64. Oh Brooke, perfection is right! I was thinking Eliza would get a sister! I am so SO happy for you, David and Eliza! It's been such a long road, but you did it! You made it through the scariest pregnancy EVER! Love her name and her cheeks!

    PS My little sister was born on June 29th and she is the best little sister ever as I am sure Caroline will be xxxooo

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  65. Congratulations! Caroline is just beautiful. Welcome, little rainbow.

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  66. Lindsey and MargaretJuly 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Logged online here in Mexico hoping for this news. Congratulations! Gorgeous baby and lots of love.

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  67. I was up at our family cottage when I saw this post. I had to check, I couldn't resist after you mentioned you were going to be induced.

    I jumped for joy (belly and all!) making my husband and Mom come take a look at beautiful baby Caroline on my tiny cell phone screen. It brought tears to my eyes, to see your sweet little girl. I am genuinely thrilled for you...as a baby loss Mom whom has followed you since the we lost our girl in Feb 2011. Just thrilled.

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  68. Yay! Yay! Yay!

    Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful.

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  69. YAY! Congratulations! ! She is gorgeous and perfect!

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  70. She is so very, very lovely. Congratulations.

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  71. WOW Brooke!!! How late am I to the party? So much love and excitement and relief for you guys! I love the name and she is just beautiful!

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