Saturday, May 22, 2010

Good Better Best

Good: Sleeping in a brand new (to you) crib instead of a bassinet you could practically climb out of.


Better: Your mom coming to hang out with you as soon as you start yelling at her.


Best: Getting super exciting news, like learning that...


The best friend you've been waiting six long months for has finally arrived!


You two will totally be painting each other's toenails before you know it.


Miss Nora Lilliana made her debut this morning, at a very healthy 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. I am pleased as punch that she's here and healthy! To be honest, birthing babies scares me a little after all we've been through, and I always feel better once they're here and in my arms their parents arms my arms. Holding Nora tonight was so nice and it reminded me so much of Vivi and how very tiny she was. Nora outweighed Vivi by 4 pounds or so at birth, and she feels just perfect.

She's the perfect bookend to her family and I'm so happy to be able to be a part of it. I won't lie and say that every new baby that is born crying doesn't remind me of Eli and how he never did cry, even though I've had two living children since his birth, but it is what it is, and it's just another way I know I'll never forget him, because I'll never be able to see a newborn without thinking of him and how he felt when I held him.

But Nora is precious and lovely and seeing her mama and daddy there together to welcome her to the world was just so right and I love that this family is so in love with each other. Babies are amazing and the families that just effortlessly open their arms and welcome them make me so happy, especially when I know that those families get it, the good and the bad... that they know more kids mean more stress and less time together but they'll still make it work no matter what it takes.

You can't really define a family, what makes a good one or a bad one, and you can't always predict what families will make it and which ones will be broken. But I believe, strongly, that the moment a new baby is born, seeing what you've created with this other person, is one of the best bonding moments ever.

It's a blessed baby whose parents only fall more in love with each other over the tops of their sweet heads.
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