Nora is 8 weeks old and it has been quite a ride so far! The whole time I carried her I knew in my head that my life would change and that I would love her like no one else, but I couldn't even begin to fathom it the way it has actually manifested! I've had friends have babies and have seen their schedules and priorities change. I never knew that having her in our family would remind me what love feels like. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband, but after 5 years I've started to take the love we share for granted. Having Nora has made me remember what it's like to think that no one could ever love this way again. She has made me remember just looking at someone and feeling like your heart is going to burst. And having her has revealed something even deeper: sacrificial love on a new level, love that protects and serves from a new heart. It's hard to explain. When I got married I felt like I understood better how Jesus loves us. Now that I have Nora, I feel like I understand better how God the Father loves us...and how He loves Jesus. It made Easter a new experience.
In other news, Nora truly discovered her hands last Sunday. She seemed to suddenly realize that she can put her hands in her mouth ON PURPOSE! She will grab things if you hand them to her and hold a stuffed animal that you put in her arms. We went to the doctor yesterday and she had a perfect checkup. She weighed 12 lbs. 8 oz. and was 23.5 inches. She got her first shots and Daddy said she was fussy for a good bit of the day. When I got home she slept all evening and then woke up for about an hour and a half at about 9pm. Then she was back down at 10:30. She was one tired pup. She is doing very well sleeping. Zach usually gets up with her once sometime between 4 and 5:30, but she's only up long enough to eat and then sleeps for a couple more hours. The doctor said if she regresses to try some rice cereal at night, but not to bother if she stays on this trend or continues to sleep longer!
Zach is going to Junior High Camp at Illiana in June (3 weeks from now...what?!). VBS will be here before I know it in July.
Our 5 year wedding anniversary is tomorrow. On one hand, the time has flown. On the other, I feel like we've been together forever. Both are good feelings.