April 19, 2016

HEARTLESS' First Day Out

Well, my darlings. It's been a long time coming. The emotional states of birthing a book are much like that of birthing a child. There's excitement (Woo! This is happening!). There's dread (oh my God, I'm in over my head!). There's joy (It's coming! It's coming!). There's terror (What if I suuuuuuuck at this?).

But then one day it all happens, and suddenly...a book is born.

Friday was that day for me. Upon returning from an outing with a visiting cousin, I found up on my doorstep, as though left there by the legendary stork itself...my HEARTLESS!

It was love at first sight, let me tell you. That beautiful baby book. How could I not fall in love?

This is me, holding HEARTLESS for the first time.
Excuse the hat and hair, please. Birthing a book is tough.
From there, I knew, we would be together always. Here's a glimpse of HEARTLESS' first day out in the world.

On her first morning home with us, her big sister Zoe decided to put on a puppet show for her. Here's HEARTLESS, watching with dubious feelings, as a paper bag puppet loomed over her.

Scary Bow Tie Puppet is scary.

After that, we had places to go, people to see. First, we went to an Art Fair at Zoe's school. Here's HEARTLESS, posing by her sister's owl collage. Isn't it lovely?

Beautiful Owl is beautiful. HEARTLESS agrees.
Next it was on to the Book Fair, where HEARTLESS was delighted to be among her own kind. 

Doesn't she look delightful, face-out on a book shelf?

Of course, after all those fairs, it seemed only right to stop at the playground. Here's HEARTLESS, enjoying her first ride on a swing. She's so adorable! If only you could have heard her squeals!

What you don't see is Zoe and her friend,
laughing at me.

And what Rhyne weekend would be complete without at least one trip to a soccer field? Big sister Zoe played LIGHTS OUT in goal that day, almost having a shut-out. Her team beat a MUCH bigger team, 2-1. Gooooooo LIGHTNING! And here's HEARTLESS, posing in the goal after the game, feeling SO PROUD of her big sister.

All that dirt in front of the goal?
Yeah. I'm still trying to get it out of big sister's white uniform!
Man, oh, man, you guys. HEARTLESS' first weekend in the world was a busy one. After that soccer game, she got to meet HORSES for the first time! She even got to ride one! Look and see!

HEARTLESS meets Abby...and Houston's butt

Look at that grace, up on a horse!
I've never known a newborn to ride so well!

Well, y'all...that was a lot for a first day out in the world. By the time we went to bed, we were all exhausted. Thankfully, HEARTLESS was a good girl, and she slept through the night. I was so grateful, the next day we went out and adopted 19 more copies of her!

Cue "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

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Take HEARTLESS home for yourself on May 10, 2016! Guaranteed to sleep through the night, or your money back!!

(That said...hopefully you'll WANT to stay up late, reading her!!!!!)

(She says she can't wait to meet YOU!!!)

2 comments:

w_layne_h said...

i'm-a be at that book launch on may 10th, homey. so proud of you.

Jocelyn Rish said...

Giggling like a loon through this post. So thrilled for you!!

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