Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

She’s Here!!

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We’re thrilled to introduce our daughter, Joanie May Condell, born at 8:26 PM on 7-7-15, 5 lbs. 13 oz. She’s sweet as can be and can’t wait to meet her big brother later today and more family and friends soon. Everyone is healthy, happy, and tired. More photos and details to come.

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    MissDre July 8, 2015, 6:49 am

    AHHHH Congrats Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    joanna July 8, 2015, 6:59 am

    Congrats on completing your family Wendy!

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    Sandy July 8, 2015, 7:01 am

    Congratulations Wendy! Ahhhh ^_^ (Hope you both are getting good rest).

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    tangerbean July 8, 2015, 7:15 am

    Congratulations! Love the name!

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    jilliebean July 8, 2015, 7:23 am

    I just yelled a big “awwww!” at my computer. Congratulations and all the best to you and your family!!

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  • gigi

    gigi July 8, 2015, 7:31 am

    Congratulations Wendy! She is so precious!

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    Sunshine Brite July 8, 2015, 7:33 am

    Congrats!

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 7:35 am

    Welcome to the world Joanie!

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    Fancy Pants July 8, 2015, 7:40 am

    Congratulations Wendy and Drew!

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  • Portia

    Portia July 8, 2015, 7:44 am

    Such a cutie!!! Congrats!

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    Unwanted_Truth July 8, 2015, 7:48 am

    Congratulations to you and Drew!!! Rest up!

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  • Cleopatra_30

    Cleopatra_30 July 8, 2015, 7:51 am

    yay!! Congrats ๐Ÿ˜€ Have lots of fun with the new baby!

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  • muchachaenlaventana

    muchachaenlaventana July 8, 2015, 7:59 am

    congrats!!! what a beautiful name for the new addition to a beautiful family.

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  • kare

    kare July 8, 2015, 8:07 am

    Congratulations!!!

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    TheRascal July 8, 2015, 8:14 am

    Woo hoooo! Congratulations!

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    ktfran July 8, 2015, 8:20 am

    Oh my gosh, congratulations to you and your family! Her name is so cool. This is way better than any celebrity baby news!!!!!

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      Wendy's Sister July 8, 2015, 8:51 am

      I thought Wendy was a celebrity? (I love my big sister, her husband, and her beautiful, smart, and fortunately healthy children!)

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 8:58 am

        Good point! Tsk, tsk, ktfran.

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        ktfran July 8, 2015, 9:17 am

        Well, I meant celebrity news that shows up in all the magazines and bazillion blogs and tv. THIS IS WAY BETTER.

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    Essie July 8, 2015, 8:21 am

    Yay! Welcome, Joanie!

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway July 8, 2015, 8:23 am

    Congratulations! Glad everyone is doing well!

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    AmyP July 8, 2015, 8:25 am

    Congratulations!

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  • Raccoon eyes

    Raccoon eyes July 8, 2015, 8:30 am

    Congratulations!! You both look amazing!

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  • Eljay

    Eljay July 8, 2015, 8:32 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANIE!!! Congrats mom & dad! What wonderful news to see.

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  • redessa

    redessa July 8, 2015, 8:37 am

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!!!!

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    Jane63 July 8, 2015, 8:37 am

    Congratulations! Joanie May is just precious!

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  • the_optimist

    the_optimist July 8, 2015, 8:39 am

    Congratulations!!!! <3 the name! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    va-in-ny July 8, 2015, 8:44 am

    Congratulations to you and your family! Wonderful news! Happy Birthday, Joanie!!

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    rocketgirl July 8, 2015, 8:48 am

    So beautiful! And you look great, Wendy! Looking forward to hearing about Joanie’s adventures

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    Friend of Beagles July 8, 2015, 8:50 am

    Congratulations on Joanie’s arrival! She’s a beauty!

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    LisforLeslie July 8, 2015, 8:53 am

    Congrats to you and the whole family. Rest up and enjoy some quiet time.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 8:58 am

    I can’t believe she’s here already! Well, I can believe it; Condellberry babies come quick. But still! It means the rest of us are up next – and that’s scary! (I took a parenting class the night before last, and it kind of freaked me out; I know nothing about babies. And I’m terrified I will kill mine.)
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    We can’t wait to hear the details, Wendy! Like, was Drew home when you went into labor? Any problem finding a sitter for Jackson? Did Joanie hold off long enough so you could get an epidural this time? Has Jackson met her yet? What does he think of his baby sister? Does he realize the world as he knows it is forever changed? (Dun dun dun.) Who does she look like? How was it this time around v. last time? Easier? Harder? Ok, that’s all I have (for now). ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    Congratulations to you all!

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 9:25 am

      You’re not alone in the whole terrified that you’re going to kill yours thing. I’m honestly not worried about labor or anything like that. Its the after part when there’s a tiny human completely dependent on me to keep it alive. I can’t even keep plants alive (but I do ok with animals, so that’s something?)… And in our birth class, almost everyone had the same worry. So join the club ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re all getting closer and closer!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy July 8, 2015, 9:26 am

      I will answer all questions in better detail soon, but real quick: yes, made it to the hospital in time! Got an epidural! What a difference! Real labor was about 1 1/2 hours and I pushed for 15 minutes. It was an agonizing 15 minutes, but still… only 15 minutes. I feel incredibly relieved, happy, and fortunate.
      Your turn soon!!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 10:19 am

        WOW – You are a labor god. I think it means you were meant to have, like, two more. Congratulations, again!!

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy July 8, 2015, 10:45 am

        Ha! My OB said I should have five more.

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    • redessa

      redessa July 8, 2015, 11:52 am

      When I had my first, I couldn’t believe they were letting me just walk out of the hospital with this baby! What in the world made them think I was capable of keeping another human being alive? But off we went. I got her home, sat down, laid her next to me, and just stared at her. Then I asked my husband, “What do we do with it?” He didn’t really seem to know either. LOL But we managed to figure it out and you will too. Babies are pretty good at letting you know when they need something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 12:32 pm

        Haha “what do we do with it?” … that sounds about how I feel.

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    Cleopatra Jones July 8, 2015, 8:59 am

    Congrats, Wendy!

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    booknerd July 8, 2015, 9:12 am

    Yay! Congratulations! I love her name.

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    Vathena July 8, 2015, 9:13 am

    So sweet!! Congratulations, Wendy!

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  • sobriquet

    Sobriquet July 8, 2015, 9:16 am

    Congratulations!! July babies are the best, if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 9:23 am

      Close. August babies are obviously the best. Unless of course mine comes in July like he’s supposed to… then its a tie ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 11:29 am

        You’re up next, girlfriend! DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 12:33 pm

        And then you ๐Ÿ˜› So ha! We should have a baby get-together while on maternity leave.

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  • mylaray

    mylaray July 8, 2015, 9:20 am

    Congrats!! I love her name, she’s beautiful.

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    cyndi July 8, 2015, 9:25 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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  • Pamplemousse Rose

    Pamplemousse Rose July 8, 2015, 9:35 am

    Congratulations to all! She’s beautiful. Enjoy that margarita now, Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Wendys Dad July 8, 2015, 9:40 am

    Two down, two to go. I’m looking forward to twins in about a year. J&J need younger siblings to harass. What? No? In any event, Grandma and I are thrilled.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 10:16 am

      I support this.

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      jilliebean July 8, 2015, 10:41 am

      Congrats, Grandpa!!

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    KMJ July 8, 2015, 9:42 am

    Congratulations!

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  • Lianne

    Lianne July 8, 2015, 9:44 am

    Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats to you all. Such a happy occasion. So happy mom and baby are healthy and doing well!

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    K July 8, 2015, 9:47 am

    Congrats!! Glad you had a quick labor!

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    Womanofwords July 8, 2015, 10:02 am

    Congrats to you and your family, Wendy. Joanie is beautiful!

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  • othy

    othy July 8, 2015, 10:02 am

    Congrats! July 7th babies are the best (as my brother and my niece can attest).

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      jlyfsh July 8, 2015, 10:03 am

      My ‘nephew’ was born on the 7th too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great day for a birthday!

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    for_cutie July 8, 2015, 10:03 am

    Congrats little family. Joanie is perfect!

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    SasLinna July 8, 2015, 10:23 am

    Congratulations, what a sweet little girl!

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    Crazy_Pug_Lady July 8, 2015, 10:23 am

    Congrats Wendy!

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    absurdfiction July 8, 2015, 10:24 am

    Yay! So happy for your family, Wendy! I love her name, too, it goes perfectly with Jackson. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • FireStar

    FiresStar July 8, 2015, 10:30 am

    Congratulations! She’s perfect.

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    Samba July 8, 2015, 10:33 am

    YIPPEE congrats Wendy and family!! She is beautiful!! I also love Wendy’s dad’s comment, seems like you have a really wonderful family all around ๐Ÿ˜€

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    girltuesday July 8, 2015, 10:39 am

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful. Love the name.

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  • TaraMonster

    TaraMonster July 8, 2015, 10:41 am

    Yay! Welcome, new little Condleberry! Congrats to youz guyz!

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    • Diablo

      Diablo July 8, 2015, 10:58 am

      Thumbs up for “Condleberry”!

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  • Dear Wendy

    Dear Wendy July 8, 2015, 10:48 am

    Thank you so much, everyone. Your well-wishes make my heart feel even fuller.

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    snoopy128 July 8, 2015, 10:51 am

    Congrats! So excited for you.

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  • juliecatharine

    juliecatharine July 8, 2015, 10:55 am

    Congratulations she is beautiful! Get some rest!!

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  • Diablo

    Diablo July 8, 2015, 10:57 am

    That is just so incredible! Congratulations to you and Drew and everyone else in your family! On behalf of the DW community, I think we would all like to see Addie Pray write a guest column while you are recovering. Have you received any questions about breakfast burritos? Or shoes?

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    • kmtthat

      kmentothat July 8, 2015, 11:42 am

      I fully support this.

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  • bondbabe

    bondbabe July 8, 2015, 10:59 am

    Congratulations to everyone in your family! I LOVE her name.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 11:09 am

    I forgot to ask the most important question of them all: DOES SHE HAVE RED HAIR???

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 11:14 am

      I can’t believe you forgot to ask that!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 11:27 am

        I know, I’m off my game.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy July 8, 2015, 11:24 am

      Alas, it looks like she will be a brunette like the other 3/4 of the Condellberry clan.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 8, 2015, 11:28 am

        Drats. Well, at least she’s still super cute! And there’s always hope for some red-headed grandchildren, especially if J&J choose their life partners wisely.
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        Kate July 8, 2015, 11:31 am

        Probably, but plenty of light-haired kids are born with really dark hair and then it falls out.

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        Ange July 8, 2015, 6:11 pm

        My brother managed to do the complete opposite, he had bright red hair for around 18 months (I think, there are photos of him looking toddlerish with carrot coloured hair) then went completely black. I’ve never checked if that’s a normal thing.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo July 8, 2015, 11:45 am

        It’s a recessive gene, so we gingers will likely be phased out within a blink of evolutionary time. All the more reason to celebrate us now!

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 12:35 pm

        Gingers are going to take over the world.

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 8, 2015, 12:35 pm

        My friend just had a baby (ok… “just” means back in February) and we were hoping for red hair, but she was born with shit tons of brown hair… its starting to take on a little bit of a red tint, but won’t be the same flame red as her daddy and big brother. I told my friend that it was ok, she’d just have to try again ๐Ÿ™‚

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        veritek33 July 9, 2015, 9:06 am

        Wendy there’s still time! I was born with brown hair and you’d never know it now! The red came in around 3 months according to mom. My fingers remain crossed.

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      • Portia

        Portia July 9, 2015, 11:49 am

        Oh yeah, that’s true, hair can definitely change drastically like that when you’re a kid. I was a blond kid and everyone thought I was the outlier in my brunette family, but my hair turned dark around 10. Turns out my dad had the same thing happen to him, same time frame. So if anyone in your family wasn’t born a red head, maybe she’ll change the same as them?

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    shakeourtree July 8, 2015, 11:10 am

    Congratulations! What a tiny little nugget! I hope we get frequent updates. I’m excited to hear all about her as she grows up and into her personality.

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    Kate July 8, 2015, 11:11 am

    Awesome, congratulations! So glad everything went well. She’s a super cutie!

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    Buzzelbee July 8, 2015, 11:15 am

    Congratulations!!!! What an amazing name!

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    AF July 8, 2015, 11:32 am

    Congrats Wendy!!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny July 8, 2015, 11:40 am

    Hooray! Congratulations to the Condellberries! And perhaps her hair will grow in red?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Taylor July 8, 2015, 11:41 am

    Hurray!!!!!! Welcome to the world little Joanie. You have a wonderful family =)

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  • GertietheDino

    GertietheDino July 8, 2015, 11:54 am

    So teeny and cute. Congrats!

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    MsMisery July 8, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Congratulations!!!!
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    Joanie May shares her b-day with Ringo Starr, Kirsten Vangsness, Jim Gaffigan, Michelle Kwan, and Jorja Fox (most notably).

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    rebecca July 8, 2015, 2:50 pm

    Congrats, Wendy & family! Such exciting news. Enjoy your time off!

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed

    LadyinPurpleNotRed July 8, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Yaaaaaaay congrats!!

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    theotherbarb July 8, 2015, 5:05 pm

    Wowie! Congratulations to the new parents and the new big brother!

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  • mrmidtwenties

    mrmidtwenties July 8, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Congrats Wendy. I’m so happy for you and your family

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  • Skyblossom

    Skyblossom July 8, 2015, 6:44 pm

    She is beautiful! What a perfect face! I love the pictures of you with the baby and Jackson. Congratulations to all of you.

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    d2 July 8, 2015, 10:05 pm

    Iโ€™m so glad things turned out well. The photos of you, Joanie and Jackson are adorable. Rest up. Congratulations!

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  • veracityb

    veracityb July 9, 2015, 10:10 am

    Congratulations! She looks lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • BlueKate

    BlueKate July 9, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Sorry I’m late on this, but congrats!!!!!

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    HmC July 9, 2015, 6:36 pm

    Mazel tov Wendy!!! What a beautiful family you have, you are so blessed! Ah when I first came to the site and saw the pics I got chills of happiness for you and I don’t even know you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    RedRoverRedRover July 10, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Congrats! What a sweet little girl!!!

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    Anon July 10, 2015, 7:27 pm

    Congratulations for you and your family!!!

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