The Baby Post

The first long night
The first long night

She’s here. Our baby girl, Evelyn Jo Smith arrived on Sunday, December 1st. She decided that 3:09 was as good a time as any to make her entrance, and she came screaming in to this world to greet her mama and papa.

I won’t try to describe with words the emotional high, sheer terror, and unconditional love that I feel when I look at her. Next to her mama, she’s the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.

In our short few days together, I’ve found out we have quite a few things in common.

We both love flannel, she farts and poops more than I do and we both love her mama.

Can’t wait to take this little girl fishing.

Mama and Evie Jo
Mama and Evie Jo
Snuggling on the couch in Flannel
Snuggling on the couch in Flannel
Early Christmas Gift
Early Christmas Gift (This girl doesn’t stand a chance)
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38 Responses to “The Baby Post”

  1. Erin Chittum

    Peter and I are beyond elated for you both! Congratulations on such a gorgeous little lady. We have a gift coming your way to help spoil her just a little more. Hopefully in the future Alice and her can go fishing together!

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks so much Erin and Pete. Can’t wait for our girls to hang and fish someday. Take care.

      Ben

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  2. Hopper Juan

    Congrats. She is wonderful and you will have your hands full chasing those boys off. What was that song by Rodney Atkins? Cleaning this gun. (Come on in boy).

    Enjoy every minute of it!

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    • azwanderings

      Juan, Thank you so much. She’ll be locked in her room til she’s 35 so I won’t need to worry about boys. Right?

      Ben

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  3. Cory

    Congrats on the little one! My wife and I had our first one 7 months ago and it’s absolutely the greatest thing in the world. She has seriously cut into fishing and sleeping time, but we’ll make all of that up together when the time comes. All the best to you guys, she is beautiful!

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Mike. Seeing all those pictures of you and your kids at the Juan get me excited to take my little ones there someday. Thanks.

      Ben

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Barry. I hope she’ll be half the fishergirl your daughter is. Hope all is well.

      Ben

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  4. Mark Kautz

    Just over a week old and she already has you wrapped around her little finger. You are soooo in trouble. She is absolutely gorgeous and the snuggling picture, priceless.

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  5. Aaron A

    Congratulations! Get a good kid carrier (if you haven’t already) like the Ergo and you’ll be back out and about in no time.

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  6. eddie

    Congrats! My little girl is 16 months old now and she is a blast, you guys are in for a treat!

    FYI, watch out holding her on your chest like that, the poop comes out the front of the diaper sometimes too…

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    • azwanderings

      Too late Eddie. I already found that out. Thanks for the heads up.

      Ben

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  7. Aunt Joanne (AJ)

    OMF and I are so very happy for you all! She’s a treasure and gift from God to enrich your lives! I love the pic with the flannel…you’ll have to find some pink!!
    Love you guys and are looking forward to meeting your little sweetheart!!

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  8. Doug Burt

    Congratulations – the Smith’s are now 3.

    Evelyn – you have the coolest dads I know. He’s going to show you so many cool things.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks so much Doug. Looking forward to showing her the great state of AZ.

      Ben

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  9. Mark Coleman

    Man, I forgot how small they are. One thing I remember when my daughter was that age is how quickly the color pink finds its way onto everything in your life. Congratulations Ben-

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks so much Mark. She is tiny, but I feel like she has changed already in this first week. Can’t wait till she’s old enough to get out and hike around with dad. Thanks so much for the kind words.

      Ben

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  10. Joel Wagner

    Congrats, Ben & Michelle! What a blessing and a great Christmas present! You will love having a baby girl. We certainly do.

    Joel

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks so much Joel. It was an excellent Christmas present to say the least. Thanks so much for the comment.

      Ben

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  11. Maria Michael

    I am so excited for both of you and I can’t wait to see her fishing!! You have both been blessed with a beauty!! Congratulations!!

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    • azwanderings

      Maria,

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I can’t wait to see her fishing either!

      Ben

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  12. Jason

    Wowee!! Congrats to all THREE of you! My baby girl is two months away, and also faces a lifetime of back-country wanderings. All the best!

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  13. Les Kish

    Well Ben, I’m late to the party but I’ll add my sincerest congratulations as well. Great choice of a middle name, but then I’m biased. Much happiness!

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  14. Stephanie

    A million congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. Our life has inexplicably changed since our little man came into the world, but in a great way. I have a feeling yours will as well. Happy parenting!

    -Stephanie

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