Linked 2013: Fresh

So since I just had a new baby girl, she’s on my mind. And to me she’s totally fresh. Freshly delivered from God.

Here she is Norah Lee. Born Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 12:15 am in Lethbridge Alberta. 8 pounds 14 ounces and 21.5 inches long.

(Regan some and I took some.)

Three funny things to add:

1. When Regan was home again with the kids on Tuesday morning one of them said to him, “well I guess the doctor got it wrong. She wasn’t born on the 21st she was born on the 22nd.”

2. While sitting in church on the 20th all of a sudden Eli looked up and said “WAIT, you mean tomorrow we get to just have the baby? The day is tomorrow and we just get the girl baby?”

3. At school Alden’s class participates in something called Roots of Empathy. Where a mom (actually his teacher from last year) brings in her baby and the kids talk about his growth and development and about babies and such. So Alden has been learning a lot about babies. So while sitting in the hospital holding Norah for the first time he says to me “so mom, are you feeding with breast or bottle?” No the usual question from a 10 year old boy 🙂

Three things about the labour and delivery:

1. I had an insane amount of amniotic fluid. Like insane.

2. It took roughly 8 hours. Just like every other one of my labors.

3. As soon as she was out and I was cleaned up I said to Regan “I am so happy I am NEVER doing that again… ever.” I meant labor and delivery AND pregnancy. So happy that those things are now out of my life and I can move on to raising this family of mine.

Quite a few people have asked about Oliver and how he is adjusting. Really I am not sure. He has been sick (along with Eli and me) so it’s hard to tell if he is out of sorts cause he is sick or cause there is a small noisy thing that mom seems to constantly be holding. He is very very interested in her. And I can tell that Norah will not be getting much time out of my constant care or she’ll get hurt. He pokes and squishes and is just wondering about her. He was mad this morning she was in the crib that he used to crawl into and walk around. And when I was feeding her this morning he was trying to weasel his way in between us. So yes, it’ll be an adjustment. But I was expecting that!

Three other random things:

1. I have loved her name for a long time. It’s been on my list since I was pregnant with Eli. Finally got a little girl to use it on. Lee is my middle name and my mom’s too.

2. Lucy is beyond excited about a sister. On Wednesday when she got home her first sentence was “On saturday can I pick out her outfit?” and quickly followed by “can I hold her? Where is she?” Which is what she asks every other day since we came home.

3. Alden has been so very helpful. And for that I am so grateful. He is trying to help out with all of the other kids and I really really appreciate his tender heart and that he wants to help me by helping the kids.

We sure love her and are so glad she is here.


linked 2013 is a monthly blog project. check out what fresh looks like to these ladies linking up with me this month:AndreaAmandaCarlaHanneHeatherHeidiJanetJeanJennKristinTracey and Tracy

  • January 25, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Clarissa Foss - She’s gorgeous! She has those pinch-able cheeks and that hair! I guess she was almost born on her due date then.

  • January 25, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Catherine - That baby has some serious cheeks! She’s precious. Congratulations!

  • January 25, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    The Raymond Kristin - My eyes are brimming with tears (of joy!) for your family.
    She is absolutely beautiful – and yes, the cheeks! Gorgeous!
    I asked Eli on Tuesday (while I was helping at preschool) if you had had the baby,
    and he said “Yep, but I haven’t seen her yet!”
    I knew that she had to be FRESH. That’s the best smell is fresh, little babies!
    I’m so happy for you guys.
    CONGRATS girl!

  • January 25, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Jen - So precious! All of your kiddos are so precious!

  • January 25, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Christal - Love it fresh is the perfect description fresh in so many ways 🙂 You are a beautiful mother and those kids are so lucky to have you and Regan! and each other and what a blessing they all are eh!! Congrats again what a road eh! and now she’s here!!! I gotta come hold her again soon she is so so cute!!

  • January 25, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Jenn - I was thinking you weren’t going to have a hard time coming up with what to photograph this time around. 🙂 She is absolutely gorgeous and I adore her name. Hope you’re all feeling better!

  • January 25, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    Jean - This is so darling! I love how the kids are so helpful and loving to your new addition. What a lovely gift. And of course, congratulations!

  • January 25, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Michelle B - Congratulations Rhonda, she’s beautiful!

  • January 25, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    Christy B - I am so happy that she is here! And so nice that you never have to be pregnant again! Or labour lol.

    She is a doll and is the perfect addition to your family.

  • January 25, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    HeatherV - Congratulations Rhonda and family! She is so cute! I pray that Eli will love his sister so much and adjust well to her being there.

  • January 25, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Amy - Aw, I look forward to meeting this girl! Cutest little surprise ever hey?
    So, what’s the story behind the kids’ comments on the date of birth? Were you induced?
    Funny, I have no idea where I’d heard your middle name, but I remembered Lee was your middle name.
    The name I was sooo settled on for Tyson was vetoed by Aubey, blah.
    And more “awwww”s from me, I love that Lucy is so excited to have a sister. And Alden, what a little sweetheart. I’m not surprised that he is being so helpful. He just seems like the little gentleman type, so thoughtful and kind.

  • January 27, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Carla - Congratulations! I love the name Norah. Beautiful.
    Perfect subject for this month’s theme of fresh. 🙂

  • January 27, 2013 - 7:32 am

    janet - Congratulation on your Fresh delivery. She looks pretty fresh, although I think she may spoil quickly ( soft and squishy, right).
    Ok, that’s all I got!
    She is a beauty 😀
    I would say take it easy and get some rest, but…yeah, right.

  • January 27, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Janae - Congratulations! She sure is a sweetie. Loved the different things your kids said. So cute! You have a cute family!

  • January 28, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    Tracy - Oh, congratulations on this sweet baby girl joining your family!!! She is so beautiful. I love the little bits your wrote about her, the kids and her arrival. Such wonderful memories to document.

  • January 29, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Alysha - She is beautiful! I love her chubby cheeks. Hopefully Oliver adjusts quickly. Congrats!!

  • January 31, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Amanda - Oh amazing!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! Since we welcomed our little guy in October I’ve been distant from blogging and didn’t even know you were expecting! So awesome! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! My best friend photographed the birth of our son!