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Tessa Catherine

July 29th, 2008

Please welcome Tessa Catherina to this wonderful world. Tessa and mom are busy right now learning to to breast feed, so the proud dad is making this post.

Born at 8:52 PM CST. 6 pounds and 12.8 ounces, and 20 inches. Here she is about 5 minutes after greeting mom and dad for the first time.

The Newest Brownlee

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127 Responses to “Tessa Catherine”

  1. Amy Says:

    Congratulations!!!!! So happy for you. She is beautiful and so smart!!! Love you guys!


  2. Type (little) a Says:

    Welcome to the world, sweetheart.

    Congratulations Michelle, Steve and Sabrina.

  3. Maureen Says:

    Congratulations. She’s a beauty!

  4. Rhonda FTC Says:

    OMGosh she’s just gorgeous, CONGRATULATIONS……..We are so incredibly happy for your family. Welcome TESSA!!!!

  5. Jenn Says:

    Congratulations!!! I’m so glad that everything went well and Tessa has arrived.

  6. TNKerry Says:

    So glad she is here and she looks healthy and beautiful. Hope Mom is doing OK.

  7. Liz FTC Says:

    She is beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  8. Melissa K. Says:

    Congratulations Michelle and Steve, and big sister Sabrina!

  9. Julie W. Says:

    Congratulations Michelle, Steve and Sabrina!!!!! She is absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy! Julie

  10. Lindsay Says:

    Shes beautiful, although I expected nothing less. Congrats to your family! Glad to see that everything went well.

  11. Gail Says:

    So happy that Tessa is here and everyone is doing well. What a little beauty! Sabrina is going to be a great big sister.

  12. Cindy Says:

    Yeah!! Congratulations to your whole family on the new arrival!! Awesome Job momma!!

  13. Tera Says:

    GORGEOUS, rosey, GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

    Steve, Michelle and sweet Sabrina…congratulations!!!!!! Welcome to the worlds, beautiful Tessa.

    God bless.

  14. goodbyetoallfat Says:



  15. teri Says:


  16. Becky Taylor Says:

    Congratulations! I just love newborns…..I presume that she is 20 inches long. Just stumbled upon Michelle’s blog a couple of weeks ago, and have been reading the Archives….love it!

  17. Stacy Says:

    Congratulations! She’s a beauty.

  18. Kelly M Says:

    Welcome to the world–what a tiny beauty!

  19. carla Says:

    chills and much love,


  20. Brenda Says:


  21. sig Says:

    WOOHOO!!! Welcome to the world little Tessa!!!! So very very excited for your family, you have got a great one.
    Love you guys!

  22. Yary Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! She’s beautiful! I am SO happy for your family and wish you nothing but the best. Sorry that I haven’t commented before, I’ve been reading your blog religiously for about a year and a half now (found you through old american baby boards)and have been waiting for Tessa’s arrival with much anticipation. Awesome Job Michelle & Steve!!! Tell Sabrina congrats on being a BIG SISTER!!! Take care ;)

  23. Soltana Says:

    Congrats!!!! She is beautiful!!!!

    I’m so happy for you guys:)

    Tell that cute BIG SISTER congrats too, I know she’s gonna do a great job:)

    Hugs from VA

  24. Nancy Says:


  25. Kim Says:

    Congrats!!!! Welcome to the world Tessa. Hugs to everyone!!!!

  26. Merrill Says:

    Beautiful Baby!
    Best Wishes,

  27. Dottie Says:

    Welcome sweet Tessa….
    Congrat’s Mom Dad and Sabrina….


  28. Julie P Says:

    Super Congrats to all of you. What a beautiful addition to your family.

  29. ani Says:

    COngratulations!!!!!!! What a beautiful baby girl. Welcome to the world, Tessa.

  30. Julia Says:

    sweet baby girl
    welcome to the world little one!


    She is perfect! Absolutely perect!
    just like her big sister;)

    Enjoy it all and take care of each other:)

    So happy for all four of you:)

    what a beautiful baby girl:)

  31. Abby (from Just Moms) Says:

    YAY!!!! Congrats! You did it! Welcome to the world Tessa! I kept checking all day yesterday! I’m guessing this was not a C-section then…Good Job!!!!

  32. Angie Says:

    YIPEE! Congratulations! She is beautiful!!!

  33. kelly Says:

    oh, what a sweet tiny bundle of love!!!!!!!
    I am so so so happy for your family of FOUR!

  34. Bobbi Says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!! She is just beautiful. That is the same size Cassie was. So tiny and snuggly.

    Hope all went well.

    Sabrina, congratulations, big sister!!!

  35. tonya Says:

    Thanks for sharing her with us. What a beauty. Congratulations Brownlees!

  36. Priscilla Says:

    What a darling little one! Congrats to the whole family. Lots of love to you all.

  37. Gwen Says:

    She is so cute! Congratulations to your family!!! I hope Michelle is doing ok and is able to get some rest. Can’t wait to hear more!!!

  38. Tricia Says:


    ~~~ And congratulations to big sis, Sabrina!! ~~~

    Tessa, thank you for finally making your grand appearance – blogland has been eagerly stalking, I mean, awaiting your blessed arrival!!! You have a bunch of CRAZY aunties already, you know!

    LOVE and big hugs to your mom & dad,
    Auntie Tricia :)

  39. rachael Says:

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  40. Jenny Says:

    Welcome to the world Tessa!!

    Congratulations Michelle, Steve, and Sabrina!!!!!!!

  41. Gibb Says:

    Woohoo! Congrats, guys!!

  42. Jamie Says:


  43. stephanie Says:


  44. mama k Says:

    Thanks for updating. She is lovely!

  45. Krystal Says:

    Congratulations!!! She is beautiful :)

  46. Tracy Says:


  47. Farrah Says:

    Welcome to the world beautiful girl…..

    She is precious and so healthy!!!

    Congrats Steve, Michelle, and Little Sister Sabrina….

  48. Muriel Says:

    Congrats…she is gorgeous.

  49. april Says:

    Congratulations!!! She’s absolutely beautiful. I know how long you’ve waited for her and Sabrina is going to be an amazing big sister! Much love and happiness to your entire family on this day!!!!!

  50. karen Says:

    Congratulations on the new addition!!!!

  51. Steph Says:

    She’s PERRRRRRRRFECT!!!! (And tall and skinny too!! )

    Much love and many congratulations to Mommy and Daddy and big sister!!!!

  52. Amy from JM Says:

    Congrats!!!! She is SOOOO beautiful!!! I am so happy for all of you!!!

  53. emily Says:

    Congrats! She’s adorable and so healthy! I hope Sabrina is excited to meet her new baby sister! Hope Michelle is recovering nicely and you guys get to go home and get settled soon. I also hope you meant she was 20 INCHES….not POUNDS like you typed…lol. I’ll chalk that up to new dad syndrome or maybe Michelle was right all these months!

  54. Ashley Says:

    She is so precious! Congrats happy family! :)

  55. Shannon Says:

    AWWWWWWWW She is fabulous! I can tell already she has her mom’s sense of humor!! Congrats to both of you. Good job Michelle!! :-)

  56. nora Says:

    What a beautiful perfect baby! She’ll be a perfect little sister! I bet her big sister is so excited! Take care of yourself and enjoy easing into your transition to a family of four!

  57. Jen Says:

    What a blessing!
    Wishing you all the best,

  58. Pat Says:

    Congratulations! Now that is one beautiful baby!

  59. Ashley J Says:

    OH THAT SWEET FACE… congrats!

  60. Dirkey Says:

    She is truly a gorgeous little girl!
    So happy for you guys!

  61. Anne Says:

    What a sweetie! Congratulations to all of you!

  62. Dawn from old AB Says:

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations!!!

  63. Regina (FTC) Says:

    She is beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Trace Says:


  65. Kelly Says:


    Welcome to the world sweet baby girl!!!!!

  66. Ansley Says:

    Congratulations to all of you!!! She is just gorgeous.

    Welcome to the world, Miss Tessa!

  67. Alleen Says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m crying in my coffee now…..

    She’s beautiful!!

  68. nikki Says:

    Happy Birthday Miss Tessa!!!!

    Congratulations to the whole family!!!!

  69. Andrea Says:

    Congrats! She is beautiful!

  70. Kerry Collins Says:

    She is absolutely GORGEOUS. Congratulations to the whole family (including big sis) and welcome sweet Tessa!

  71. Kerry Collins Says:

    I actually meant to say ESPECIALLY big sis ;)…wouldn’t want to sound not PC ya know ;).

  72. Melissa Says:

    She is perfect! Welcome to the world sweet Tessa.

  73. Jennifer (from AB & JM) Says:

    Congrats Michelle (& Steve and Sabrina too)!! Tessa is so beautiful!!

  74. Jennifer J Says:

    Congratulations to the whole family!!!

  75. Jessica Says:

    Congrats!!! She is beautiful!!! Enjoy!!

  76. DD Says:

    Congrulations to you all!!

    Can’t wait to hear about Sabrina’s intro to Tessa.

  77. Jenny Says:

    Congratulations Michelle, Steve and Sabrina! Now starts the fun :)


  78. Abby Says:

    Oh wow! Congratulations to all, especially to Miss Sabrina for becoming a big sister. What a beautiful family – so happy for you!

  79. DJ Holly Rock Says:

    WOOHOO Congrats to the now two feet larger B family!!! She is beautiful!!! She looks a little pissed off in the picture though…I wonder why?


  80. Sonia in MO (FTC) Says:

    She is absolutely precious :) Can’t wait to read how Sabrina reacts to her! Congrats to your whole family – Tessa is just beautiful!

  81. Cynthia Says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to meet her! Congratulations to all of you!!

  82. sandi Says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful dream come true.

  83. Sarah Says:

    Congratulations on your precious new baby girl! Now we need pictures of your two girls together (not to be pushy or anything)!!! LOL!

    Hope you got some rest last night!

  84. Burgh Baby Says:

    Congratulations! Tessa is GORGEOUS. You two done good. Real good.

  85. Lori Says:

    Congratulations!!! Sabrina’s going to be an awesome big sister :-)

  86. melany Says:

    YEA! So happy for you guys. Kisses to Tessa and Sabrina!

  87. Kecia Says:

    AWWWWW. Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop. It looks like she has Sabrina’s fiesty personality already…you guys might be in trouble! Speeding healing vibes to Michelle and a big encircling light of love and blessings for Ms. Tessa.

  88. Shelly Says:

    Congratulations! Tessa is a beauty! Has Sabrina met her yet? What does she think of being a big sister?

    Hope you all are doing well.

    Shelly V.

  89. Kerri Says:

    Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

  90. Sandy (McLane) Stuber Says:

    Tessa. Sweet, tiny, beautiful Tessa. I am glad your Mom is coming.

    My one (and only) regret is your Father couldn’t be here to see his
    “little pumpkin” become a mom, for the second time. He would be so happy, and so very proud of you all.

    Somehow, I know that he knows, and he’s smiling about this, as are we all. Rusty, Aunt Helen and I send our love.

    Love, Sandy

  91. MichelleAnn Says:

    She is so sweet! Congratulations! Sabrina is a big sis!

  92. Kim Says:

    Congratulations! She is so adorable! :)

  93. Fran (FTC) Says:

    Welcome to the world sweet Tessa!
    And congratulations to Michelle, Steve and big hermana Sabrina!

  94. Gibb Says:

    Just stopped by to say HOLY CRAP…you have 93 comments already on this post. Lots of cyber love today!!

    Hope all is well.

  95. Laura Says:

    Oh, my!!!! Oh, my!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  96. habesha child Says:

    Yay yay yay!! Congratulations and welcome Tessa!!!!!!

  97. Trish Says:

    Congrats on the new addition! You have two very adorable little girls. I hope the adjustment goes smoothly. Can’t wait to hear how all is going.

    Enjoy every minute they grow way too quickly.

  98. Swampgirl Says:

    Congratulations! She looks very “spirited” – those little hands clenched in fists. I wonder who she gets that from?!?! I can’t wait to see her meet Sabrina!

  99. Trish Says:

    Congrats on your new addition! You have two very adorable little girls. Hope the adjustment goes well.

    Enjoy every minute as they grow way too quickly.

  100. Vanessa Says:

    Congratulations to you all! How wonderful. She’s beautiful.
    Welcome to the world Tessa Catherine! Congrats on being a big sister Sabrina!

  101. Amy Says:

    CONGRATS!! What a beautiful family!!

  102. Leigh Says:

    She’s just gorgeous! a HUGE congrats! YAY!! :) :)

  103. Tracie Says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for all the details of her birth.

  104. Laurie Says:

    Welcome beautiful baby girl!!! Yay!

  105. Terry Says:

    Congatulations!! She’s beautiful!
    Welcome to the world, Tessa!

  106. Martha Says:

    Welcome Tessa. How does it feel to be a mommy to two?! Congrats you guys!

  107. Lori Says:

    Welcome Tessa!! Congratulations Sabrina, Michelle and Steve!! Hope all went well and everyone is doing fine!

  108. Hadyn Says:

    Make sure Tessa knows how many blogfriends were waiting with baited breath (see refresh key) for her arrival (this post)


    God bless …

  109. Sarcastic Mom Says:

    A million congratulations to you guys. Life is so beautiful!!!

  110. Maris from AB Says:

    Congratulations Michelle, Steve & Sabrina!! She is just the cutest thing! So happy for you guys!! :o)

  111. karla | looking towards heaven Says:

    I am so happy for y’all!

    Huge hugs and congratulations.



  112. Malia Says:

    Congratulations!!! So glad all is well and that Tessa is finally here! :)

  113. Just Lurking Says:

    Happy Birth Day Tessa!

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  115. Kathleen Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She is beautiful! Cant wait to hear stories and “watch” her grow up with Sabrina! :) CONGRATS!!!!

  116. Amy Lynn Smith Says:

    Congrats! I hope that all is going great and that mom and baby are healthy. Her name is beautiful.

  117. Amy Lynn Smith Says:

    Congrats! You have given her such a beautiful name. I hope that mom and Tessa continue to do well.

  118. Rusty Gerber Says:

    Michelle, We are so proud of you and love you very much and we’re so glad for the addition to our family Love you and will talk to you two later. Love, Rusty Mikey and Ricky

  119. Deb Says:

    Welcome, welcome. Congratulations to you both on your newest daughter.

    love and hugs to you,

  120. Pocklock Says:

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  121. Nicole Says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you guys!

  122. Maria Says:

    She is just plain beautiful !!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL !!

  123. Samantha Says:

    there she is. finally! what an amazing journey and how cool that you shared it with all of us so intimately. sending so much love to you all!

  124. Pattie Says:

    Wow, I knew I should have checked one more time last night. Congratulations on your beautiful baby! I think I’d be making that face too, if they plopped a hat like that on my head. Here’s hoping that you are able to get some sleep in the next couple of days, before heading home.

  125. artsweet Says:

    She’s so beautiful. And your mom’s comment gave me chills.

  126. Jamie Says:

    She is just beautiful! Belated congrats to you and your family. :)

  127. Michelle Smiles » Blog Archive » One year ago today… Says:

    [...] One year ago today, at 8:52 pm central, Tessa made her entrance into this world. My biggest memories from that day are a lot of waiting around, a bit of pain, “copious amounts” of fluid when they broke my water, being stoned off my ass after getting my epidural, and the epidural lady being mean. It also stands out that Steve left the hospital 5 minutes before they decided to rush me down for a c-section and my panic until they found him, the discussion in the OR that some piece of equipment had stopped working and my conviction that it meant that my sweet epidural would wear off mid-c-section, the gasp and splash of blood when Tessa didn’t want to exit my nether regions and tried to avoid eviction, and the incredible relief and joy when we heard her cry for the first time. I also recall my epidural wearing off minutes after returning to my room and shaking uncontrollably for almost an hour but that is overshadowed by the memory of my first night spent with little Tessa dozing on my chest. Our birth day recap is here for anyone who is curious. [...]

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