Monday, February 15, 2010

Another One Walking the Path With Us

It's a girl! She's here. She's healthy, she's happy and she's ours. Loaned to us by the Lord for a short time on this earth to love and munch on : )
And...she was our Valentine. The one day that I had decided I didn't really want to have a baby on. However, when I felt the first real contraction at 7:24 AM, I knew I wasn't ready to wait until the 15th just to avoid having a Valentine's baby.

I'll spare you all the gruesome details...but give you a little glimpse.
Like I said, contractions started around 7:30 in the morning. They were very painful, but never regular--coming in hard clusters and then taking breaks. So I sent Tadd and the kids off to Sunday school. I hemmed and hawed and really didn't want to go to the hospital to be sent away. Then I called Tadd, told him to leave the kids with his parents and come home. Good thing. When he got here he took command and told me we were leaving...who cares if we got sent home. Praise the Lord he did. We realized that our time until having the baby was quite short and poor Tadd had to break the law by quite a lot in order to get to the hospital. He helped me crawl (literally) through the elevators and into labor and delivery where we safely delivered a baby girl about half an hour later. As soon as I saw all the dark hair, I just knew it was a girl--just like Caroline looked at birth!


The nursery ladies give all the little girls a hair-do and a bow.

Grandpa and Grandma Idaho brought Ezra and Caroline up for a visit that evening. Both kids had skipped naps, fallen asleep in the car, had to be wakened to come up to the room...and were very cranky. They were also quite nervous to be in a hospital room and see me on that scary bed. But, with some food and coaxing they warmed up. Caroline claimed Nora as "my baby" and didn't want to put her down. Ezra settled for snuggling with mommy on my bed.




And we managed to get our first official family picture. Did you notice that the kids out number the adults? Yeah, we did too. Frightened out of our minds!
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Daddy has three girls to keep happy now. I hope he's up for the job!


She has the signature chubby cheeks both her siblings sported.

And we'll be using the girl blanket : )

We brought her home this afternoon. Right now Tadd is with the kids at "gym night" helping them to run off some energy...and allowing himself to work off some stress in a game of basketball. And I am enjoying a quiet evening at home.

Check that...not quiet anymore. I hear little Miss Nora Liv calling my name...

Oh yeah, for those of you wondering about stats:
Nora Liv (pronounced Leev)
born February 14th at 12:24 pm
7 pounds, 8 ounces
20 inches long

18 comments:

Adkins Family said...

Praise the Lord she's here safe and healthy! Your delivery sounds shockingly familiar to Wyatt's... if I would have thought of crawling, I would have! I'll be praying for a speedy recovery.

By the way, she's adorable and so tiny in that car seat! So precious.

The Chatty Housewife said...

Congratulations! Nora is such a beautiful choice for a name. She is so cute and that hair is adorable!

robyn said...

!!! What a beautiful baby girl !!! So happy for you, all 5 of you... congratulations!! You've got me smiling and crying tears of joy :)

DallasandLisa said...

Congratulations!! She is so precious and sweet - love that hair! You guys look good as a family of five. :)

Anonymous said...

I already commented on fb but wow I love the pics on your blog that weren't on there. When I saw your dad walk out of meeting at the end of B of B Sunday and then come back in grinning lol I KNEW :D ~Cathy :)

~Holly~ said...

Congratulations! I love that name, :) It was actually one of the names on my list when Avah was born. :) So glad to hear that everyone is doing well!

p.s. - I still haven't sent out that hat! I'm hoping to get to it this week, though, :)

Mike, Alice, and Hank the DOG said...

Now I have another grand niece to love and spoil! Thank you, Tadd and Brooke....

Sjo said...

So Sweet! Glad she's here safe and sound. Quick deliveries are great,usually make for a quicker recovery too.Congrats to all!

NaomiG said...

She is beautiful... your family picture is adorable!! I know I said it before, but I'll say it again, I just love her name. So excited for you guys!

Amy said...

Yay!! She's here! Now you can pack away that pregnancy fitness video :-) Nora is beautiful and I love her full head of hair. You all look wonderful in the first family photo! Ours didn't even make it in the album, but you look great! Many congratulations to you and Tad.

Lily of the Valley said...

Aw, she's absolutely adorable! Congratulations, you have a beautiful family! Love the chubby cheeks and dark hair. Glad everything went okay and that you have a healthy baby girl! It's a good thing you have a proactive husband or you might have had an unplanned home birth!

kdk said...

Congratulations! She's perfect, of course. I like the way newborns look so much smaller than the car seat.

Rose said...

What a precious Valentine's present!!! Love the cute little red bow on that darling little head of hers!

nicole said...

how wonderful. blessings all around.

Erlandson Family said...

soooo exciting! what a blessing from "Him", eh? beautiful. makes me even more anxious for these next 4 + months to go by! ;) she's the first nora i know besides my grandma and me (middle name)...
bye bye denise austin.. ;) i read that on facebook and could REALLY relate.. ha ha..
congrats to you and yours and hugs and kisses to that little bundle!! :)

rebecca said...

Congratulations. Being outnumbered not so bad *but then again you saw how well behaved Max is in meeting so maybe it is : )
Congratulations she is beautiful

Anna-b-bonkers said...

Wow, yay!!! Beautiful! Congratulations on your new little blessing!

gourmetgirl said...

Yay, she's here! Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you. It looks like Caroline has already adopted the role of big sister quite well :)