March Inn

Why"March Inn?" March Inn was the name of that magic place where I spent my summers growing up. I have alluded to this place before, and I probably will again. March Inn is no longer standing. The waters of Katrina rendered it unlivable so my children will never know that "March Inn." That makes me sad. In fact it brings me to tears whenever I think about it. I want my children to have their own "March Inn," and I want to capture our lives as they are growing and changing. I invite you to "march inn" to our lives. My hope is that you will catch glimpses of the real world. You will see our creations. You will see our chaos. You will see our affection. You will also see our frustrations, fears, and disappointments. Enjoy your march!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Our Newest Arrival

One last photo opportunity as a family of five ~

What a miracle! What a blessing! What a relief!
Our newest arrival is here...and it's a GIRL!
So what's her name?

With each of our children we have been downright selfish and boring to the rest of the world. We don't find out what the gender is going to be prior to delivery {there are few good surprises in life and we just want a healthy baby} and we don't share our names {we don't want every one's opinion}. I guess it was with Mary Frances when I ended up having a c-section and the grandparents knew it was a girl because of Frank's pink wristband, but they didn't know the name because Frank was showing them the baby and the wristband through a glass window that we came up with a system to let them know the name. Our tradition has been to prepare two envelopes and give them to Pops the night before the birth. One envelope says "girl" and the other says "boy" ~ Once Frank shows them the baby and the wristband, Steve opens the appropriate envelope and destroys the other one.
Elizabeth Chapman ~ "Betsy" was born Thursday, January 13th at 7:16. She weighed 5 pounds 14 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.

Mommy and Betsy went to recovery and Frank and the rest of the family went for breakfast. The children drank pink milk in honor of their new sister.
So what do we think of our little sister~
One sibling is beside herself to have a sister... In fact I think she is still having difficulty finding the words to express her excitement, and I've never known my daughter to be at a loss for words. She can sit and hold her for hours. {Well who doesn't love holding a baby ~ baby sounds, baby smells, baby features}
One sibling would have initially been happier to hear the words "it's a boy" but he is excited to be a big brother again. He can't wait to give her a bottle.
This sibling would have been content to stay the baby of the family, but he is warming up to the idea of being a big brother. He's gotten very good at saying her name and is looking forward to showing mommy where she is going to sleep.
Betsy and Pops~ Betsy and ShuShu~ Our family is complete!


  1. Congratulations to all the Springfields! She is lovely. And what a perfect name, if I do say so myself!

  2. You truly are super-mom to have updated your blog the day you came home from the hospital! Betsy is perfect...loved seeing her picture...especially all the dark hair! Hope you are feeling okay. Talk soon!!